NHL Roundup: Campbell, Leafs shut out Flyers; Preds and Wild victorious
The Toronto Maple Leafs kicked off the light schedule on Wednesday by shutting out the Philadelphia Flyers. Toronto did so without John Tavares, who is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Let’s dive into the action.
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Maple Leafs 3, Flyers 0
William Nylander scored two goals and Jack Campbell stopped all 36 shots he faced, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-0 victory over the host Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.
“Right from the get-go you could tell we had a serious purpose out there and just executed the whole night,” Campbell said.
Ondrej Kase added a goal and Auston Matthews recorded two assists for the Maple Leafs, who have won six of the last seven. Kase’s goal broke a streak of 16 straight goals tallied a member of the core four (Matthews, Nylander, Tavares, or Mitch Marner).
Flyers goaltender Carter Hart made 30 saves, but the team’s offense continued to struggle. Philadelphia has scored just nine goals in the past six games, going 3-2-1 in that span.
Predators 4, Stars 2
Tanner Jeannot had a goal and an assist as visiting Nashville defeated Dallas.
Ryan Johansen, Matt Duchene and Colton Sissons also scored for the Predators, the latter into an empty net with 43 seconds remaining. Goaltender Juuse Saros made 25 saves as Nashville improved to 3-1-1 on its six-game trip that concludes Thursday in St. Louis.
“We had a couple of moments where we were sitting back a little bit too much, and Juuse came up with some big saves,” Johansen said. “Obviously very timely, huge moments in those games where we needed our goalie to make a save and he did to help us get that win.”
Roope Hintz and Miro Heiskanen scored and Braden Holtby stopped 18 of 21 shots for the Stars, who dropped to 1-4-2 over their past seven games.
Wild 5, Coyotes 2
Kevin Fiala and Dmitry Kulikov each scored a goal in a 36-second stretch of the second period and Minnesota extended its winning streak to four games with a victory in Glendale, Ariz.
Joel Eriksson Ek, Marcus Foligno and Kirill Kaprizov also tallied for the Wild. Jon Merrill, Jared Spurgeon, Mats Zuccarello and Fiala each had two assists as Minnesota scored five goals for the fourth consecutive game. Wild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen had 24 saves.
Andrew Ladd and Shayne Gostisbehere scored goals for the Coyotes, who lost for the 12th time in 13 games. Arizona had earned its first victory of the season Saturday against the expansion Seattle Kraken.
–Field Level Media