NHL roundup: Blues win for Pronger, Meier scores 5 goals, Knights blow big lead to Pens, and more
The NHL served up 8 games on Monday and gave hockey fans a little bit of everything.
In San Jose, Timo Meier put on a show and walloped the Kings with five goals. Over in Vegas, the Golden Knights opened up a 3-0 lead only to blow it to the Penguins. But we start the recaps in St. Louis for a big match up between the Blues and Predators that began with Chris Pronger’s jersey retirement.
“I’m extremely honored and humbled to be up there with the Blues greats, and I find it fitting that I’ll be bookending with Al (MacInnis), and we’ll be out on the ice every day, side-by-side again,” Pronger said before his No. 44 went up to the rafters.
“From boos to cheers, you always showed passion for the game and my style of play,” Pronger concluded. “You always motivated me to play harder… cheers to you all.”
Blues 5, Predators 3
Ivan Barbashev and Brayden Schenn produced two goals and two assists each to rally the St. Louis Blues past the visiting Nashville Predators 5-3 Monday.
“Guys didn’t have a lot of time to warm up and physically prepare, mentally prepare. I think it took us a little longer to get into the game than normal,” Schenn said. “Not that that’s an excuse by any means, but it is kind of one of those things where we want to pay our respects to ‘Prongs’ and maybe it took us a little longer to get our legs underneath us.”
The Blues overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit while improving 13-1-1 in their last 15 home games.
Ryan O’Reilly added a goal and two assists for the Blues. Ville Husso, making his third start in five games, made 32 saves to earn the victory.
Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Yakov Trenin scored for the Predators, who are winless (0-2-1) in their last three games. Juuse Saros made 24 saves while taking the loss.
The Blues got Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko, David Perron and Colton Parayko back from the COVID-19 protocol for this game.
Avalanche 4, Wild 3 (OT)
Mikko Rantanen scored the only goal in the shootout and had a goal and an assist in regulation, Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist as Colorado beat Minnesota in Denver.
Pavel Francouz made 25 saves in relief of Darcy Kuemper and stopped all three in the shootout and Alex Newhook also scored for the Avalanche, who have won 14 straight home games. Kuemper suffered an injury after a collision with Wild forward Jordan Greenway.
Kirill Kaprizov had two goals, Kevin Fiala also scored, Mats Zuccarello had two assists for Minnesota. Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 35 shots and two more in the shootout.
Red Wings 3, Sabres 2 (OT)
Dylan Larkin scored two goals, including the game-winner 2:07 into overtime, and visiting Detroit rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit to defeat Buffalo.
Larkin netted his 18th goal of the season on a setup by Nick Leddy, as he ripping a shot past goaltender Aaron Dell’s glove. Vladislav Namestnikov had the other goal for Detroit while Alex Nedeljkovic made 26 saves as the Red Wings completed a sweep of the four-game season series.
Henri Jokiharju and Jeff Skinner scored for the Sabres, and Dell stopped 32 shots.
Sharks 6, Kings 2
Timo Meier scored a franchise-record five goals to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 6-2 win against the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Monday afternoon.
Meier scored three goals in the first period and two more in the second to break the previous record of four goals shared by Owen Nolan, Tomas Hertl, Patrick Marleau and Evander Kane.
“It’s a pretty cool feeling. But at the same time, you don’t want to get too high,” Meier said. “We get a day off tomorrow and then it’s back to work. It definitely gives you a lot of confidence, but you want to go back and work hard.”
Hertl had four assists, Erik Karlsson added three assists, Rudolfs Balcers provided a goal and James Reimer made 39 saves for San Jose. Te Sharks scored a total of one goal in their previous two games, both losses (0-1-1).
Anze Kopitar and Mikey Anderson scored and Jonathan Quick made 11 saves for the Kings, who had won four in a row and six of seven.
Kraken 3, Blackhawks 2 (SO)
Joonas Donskoi netted the clincher in a shootout, as Seattle snapped a nine-game losing streak with a victory against visiting Chicago.
Vince Dunn and Ryan Donato scored in regulation and Donato also tallied in the shootout for Seattle, which had been 0-8-1 since Dec. 14. Philipp Grubauer stopped 25 shots, plus both of Chicago’s attempts in the shootout.
Dominik Kubalik had a goal and an assist and Brandon Hagel also scored for the Blackhawks, who had a season-best-tying, four-game winning streak snapped. Chicago goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves.
Coyotes 5, Canadiens 2
Nick Schmaltz produced a goal and two assists as Coyotes earned a victory over Montreal in Glendale, Ariz., to snap a two-game losing streak.
Johan Larsson, Clayton Keller and Janis Moser each registered a goal and an assist for the Coyotes. Travis Boyd also hit the back of the net, and Karel Vejmelka turned away 24 of 26 Montreal shots.
Rem Pitlick scored in his second game for the Canadiens, and Ryan Poehling netted a marker for Montreal, which lost its sixth straight (0-4-2).
Penguins 5, Golden Knights 3
Jason Zucker scored two goals and Jake Guentzel recorded his 20th of the season as the Pittsburgh Penguins produced five unanswered goals to rally from a three-goal, first-period deficit to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-3 on Monday night in Las Vegas.
Teddy Blueger and Sidney Crosby also scored goals and Kasperi Kapanen and Jeff Carter each added a pair of assists for Pittsburgh, which won for the 13th time in 15 games. Tristan Jarry made 23 saves for the victory.
Vegas, playing for the first time in six days, didn’t show any rust while jumping out to a 3-0 first-period lead, the first time this season the Penguins allowed three goals in an opening period.
“Leading 3-0 after the first period, you can’t walk away from the game with nothing,” Stone said. “We’ve got a little soul-searching to do.”
Evgenii Dadonov had a goal and assist and Chandler Stephenson and Nicolas Roy also scored goals for Vegas. Alex Pietrangelo added two assists, and Robin Lehner finished with 32 saves.
Islanders 4, Flyers 1
Brock Nelson scored shortly beyond the midway point of the second period Monday night for the New York Islanders, who never relinquished the lead in a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Elmont, N.Y.
Coach Barry Trotz returned to the Islanders’ bench after missing the previous three games, which were played over a 15-day span. He traveled home to Manitoba following the death of his mother on Jan. 1 and was placed in COVID-19 protocol on Jan. 10.
Casey Cizikas, Anthony Beauvillier and Matt Martin also scored for the Islanders, who have won seven of 11 (7-3-1) since an 11-game losing streak from Nov. 7-Dec. 5. New York’s Cal Clutterbuck logged two assists, Nelson also had an assist, and goalie Ilya Sorokin made 26 saves.
Travis Konecny scored his 100th career goal in unusual fashion for the Flyers, who have lost eight straight (0-6-2) — their second skid of at least eight games this season. Philadelphia lost 10 straight (0-8-2) from Nov. 18-Dec. 8.
Flyers goalie Martin Jones recorded 27 saves.
–Field Level Media contributed to this report