NHL roundup: Canucks win 7th straight, Panthers rally by Rangers, Caps stop Preds, and more

The NHL calendar still had postponed games on it, but six games were left on the docket with plenty of action.

As teams shake off the rust, games remain tight. The Canucks kept their winning streak intact as they knocked off the Ducks in OT. Meanwhile, the Capitals stopped the Predators own winning streak at 7.

Let’s dive into the action.

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Canucks 2, Ducks 1 (OT)

J.T. Miller scored on a breakaway 26 seconds into overtime as the visiting Vancouver Canucks extended their winning streak to seven games with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

“We are rounding into a more complete game right now,” Miller said. “We are finding ways to win. That’s a hard game for us to come off a two-week break.”

Tanner Pearson scored early in the third period for the Canucks, who have won nine of their past 10 games, with much of the winning run coming after Bruce Boudreau replaced fired head coach Travis Green on Dec. 6.

Thatcher Demko had 22 saves for the Canucks, who defeated the Ducks for the first time in three tries this season.

Sam Carrick scored a first-period goal for the Ducks, and John Gibson made 35 saves.

Flyers 3, Kraken 2 (OT)

Ivan Provorov scored on a breakaway 2:14 into overtime as Philadelphia won at Seattle.

James van Riemsdyk tallied twice for the Flyers, who extended their season-high points streak to six games (5-0-1). Martin Jones, filling in with goaltender Carter Hart, who played his junior hockey in nearby Everett, Wash., in the league’s COVID-19 protocol, made 34 saves for the win.

Yanni Gourde and Jeremy Lauzon scored for Seattle and Philipp Grubauer stopped 19 of 22 shots. The Kraken fell to 1-4-2 in their past seven games.

Panthers 4, Rangers 3

Dec 29, 2021; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) controls the puck against New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) during the first period at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Carter Verhaeghe scored the go-ahead goal with 9:29 left in the third period as Florida rallied to beat New York in Sunrise, Fla.

“I’m proud of the way everybody battled tonight coming out of that break,” Weegar said via NHL.com. “It was pretty impressive by everybody. We knew it was going to be a little sloppy. We knew we had to manage the game well. And then in the third period, the Comeback Cats, I guess it’s just the thing that we do.”

The Panthers entered the third trailing 2-1, but they tied the score on a goal by MacKenzie Weegar and went ahead on Verhaeghe’s wrist shot. Anthony Duclair followed with Florida’s third goal of the period. Anton Lundell scored Florida’s other goal, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves to earn the win.

Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad each had one goal and one assist for New York. Chris Kreider also scored, and Igor Shesterkin stopped 28 shots.

Devils 4, Sabres 3

Jack Hughes scored the tiebreaking goal 4:28 into the third period and collected two assists in the first period as visiting New Jersey ended a six-game losing streak with a victory over Buffalo.

Dougie Hamilton, Jesper Bratt and Yegor Sharangovich also scored for New Jersey, with Bratt adding two assists and Sharangovich contributing one helper. Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 19 shots in his return from a neck injury.

Tage Thompson scored twice in the opening 3:17 of the second and Ethan Prow also scored in his NHL debut for Buffalo. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen recorded 38 saves.

Capitals 5, Predators 3

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Dec 29, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

John Carlson had a goal and three assists and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a short-handed goal to give Washington a win over visiting Nashville.

The result snapped the Predators’ seven-game win streak, tied for the third-longest run in franchise history. Carlson recorded the first four-point game of his NHL career. Carl Hagelin had an assist and an empty-net goal for Washington, while Dmitry Orlov had two assists.

“I think, ultimately, it was the first period that cost us the game,” Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm said. “We came out too slow and let them dictate a little too much, took too many penalties. Ultimately, they had three goals. It’s hard to come back from that three-goal deficit, so that needs to be corrected.”

Yakov Trenin, Luke Kunin, and Filip Forsberg scored for the Predators. Dante Fabbro collected two assists.

Blues 4, Oilers 2

Vladimir Tarasenko and Jordan Kyrou had a goal and two assists each to lift St. Louis past visiting Edmonton.

Robert Thomas and Brandon Saad also scored and Jordan Binnington made 26 saves for the Blues, who are 6-1-2 in their past nine games overall and 9-0-1 in their past 10 home games. St. Louis’ Craig Berube earned his 200th NHL coaching victory.

Leon Draisaitl and Evan Bouchard scored for the Oilers, who lost for the seventh time in their past nine games. Mike Smith returned from his leg injury to make 29 saves for Edmonton in his first start since Oct. 19.

–Field Level Media