On Thanksgiving Eve, the NHL served up a banquet of games. As a traditional Thanksgiving dinner usually has several courses and a variety of dishes, last night’s action had 14 games for your viewing pleasure.
Several teams remained hot, and we get started in D.C. where Ovechkin went from goal scorer to playmaker to lift the Caps over the Habs. Plus the Rangers down the Islanders in their first meeting at UBS Arena and so much more.
Capitals 6, Canadiens 3
“Every time a different team scored a goal, they kind of have momentum, and it was important for us to get it back right away,” Ovechkin said via NHL.com.
Alex Ovechkin had three assists for host Washington in a victory over Montreal.
Nic Dowd, Evgeny Kuznetsov, John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov each had a goal and an assist for the Capitals. Michael Sgarbossa and Tom Wilson contributed Washington’s other goals.
Jake Evans and Artturi Lehkonen each had a goal and an assist for Montreal. Cole Caulfield also scored for the Canadiens.
Wild 3, Devils 2(SO)
Cam Talbot made a season-high 40 saves and stopped three shots in the shootout as the visiting Minnesota Wild squandered a late lead before recording a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night in Newark, N.J.
The Wild prevailed after encountering heavy traffic. They were delayed in getting from their Manhattan hotel due to a closure in the Holland Tunnel connecting lower Manhattan and Jersey City. Minnesota did not arrive at the arena until 6:26 p.m. ET, and the opening faceoff was delayed 24 minutes.
Pavel Zacha and Yegor Sharangovich scored third-period goals for New Jersey, the latter tying the game with 1:07 to go. Ryan Hartman and Nico Sturm had scored first-period goals for Minnesota.
Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 25 shots.
Panthers 2, Flyers 1 (OT)
Aaron Ekblad scored with 2:21 left in overtime as Florida tied the NHL record with 11 consecutive season-opening home victories, defeating visiting Philadelphia in Sunrise, Fla.
Jonathan Huberdeau and Sam Bennett logged assists on the winning goal. Bennett also scored for Florida, which tied the home-streak record set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks.
Joel Farabee scored for the Flyers, who took their season-high fourth consecutive loss (0-2-2). Philadelphia has scored just 19 goals in its past 12 games.
Oilers 5, Coyotes 3
Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid each had two goals with two assists as Edmonton earned a victory in Glendale, Ariz.
McDavid’s first assist was the 400th of his career in 426 games, making him the fourth fastest to that milestone in NHL history. Zack Kassian also scored a goal for the Oilers, who got 24 saves from Mikko Koskinen.
Clayton Keller had a goal and two assists for Arizona. Shayne Gostisbehere and Travis Boyd also scored, and Scott Wedgewood made 39 saves.
Rangers 4, Islanders 1
Chris Kreider and Kevin Rooney each scored twice for the surging New York Rangers in the first game between the rivals at the New York Islanders’ new home, UBS Arena in Elmont, N.Y.
Igor Shesterkin made 20 saves for the Rangers, who have won six of seven.
Andy Andreoff, one of the many reinforcements called upon with the Islanders missing 10 players due to injuries and COVID-19, scored his first goal in almost four years for the hosts, who have lost seven straight games, all in regulation — the franchise’s longest regulation losing streak since 2010-11.
“They were great, they did their job tonight obviously,” Gerard Gallant said about his 4th line. “Reavo made some great plays, Rooney got a couple of goals, and Goodrow was great. Our 4th line was the difference for me tonight.”
Bruins 5, Sabres 1
Boston scored four times in the first period in a win at Buffalo.
Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who triumphed for the fifth time in their past seven games.
The first goal of the game was scored by the Sabres’ Kyle Okposo, and Aaron Dell allowed four goals on 22 shots before Dustin Tokarski replaced him to start the second period. Tokarski made 21 saves in relief. Buffalo has lost four straight.
Penguins 4, Canucks 1
Brock McGinn scored and added an assist and Tristan Jarry made 36 saves as host Pittsburgh beat Vancouver to win its fourth straight.
Bryan Rust, Evan Rodrigues and Zach Aston-Reese also scored for the Penguins, who were coming off a 3-0-0 road trip. Teddy Blueger notched two assists.
Bo Horvat collected the goal for the Canucks, who got 33 saves from Thatcher Demko.
Red Wings 4, Blues 2
Alex Nedeljkovic made 35 saves to lead Detroit to a home win over St. Louis.
Lucas Raymond, Dylan Larkin, Adam Erne and Robby Fabbri scored for the Red Wings, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Pavel Buchnevich and David Perron scored for St. Louis, which took its third loss in a row. Ville Husso stopped 19 shots.
Avalanche 5, Ducks 2
Nazem Kadri had a goal and an assist, Cale Makar, Alex Newhook, Valeri Nichushkin and Nicolas Aube-Kubel also scored, and Colorado beat Anaheim in Denver for its sixth straight win.
“He’s a special player and he’s hitting his stride,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said of Makar. “He’s playing well. There’s an element to it where he’s shooting the puck more, and there’s an element where he’s just recognizing what teams are giving him.
Gabriel Landeskog had two assists and Jonas Johansson stopped 19 shots in relief of Darcy Kuemper, who experienced an equipment malfunction for the second straight game.
Sonny Milano scored both goals for the Ducks, Jamie Drysdale had two assists and Josh Gibson had 31 saves. Anaheim has lost three in a row.
Blue Jackets 3, Jets 0
Gregory Hofmann scored the winning goal in the first period and Elvis Merzlikins collected his first shutout of the season to give host Columbus a shutout victory over Winnipeg.
Zach Werenski and Andrew Peeke also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won four of five games. Merzlikins made 36 saves for his eighth career shutout.
Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves for the Jets, who have lost a season-worst four straight games.
Kraken 2, Hurricanes 1
Marcus Johansson scored the tiebreaking goal at 16:52 of the third period and Philipp Grubauer made 35 saves for host Seattle in a win over Carolina.
Jared McCann also scored for Seattle, which won its second straight against an Eastern Conference power following a six-game losing streak. The Kraken snapped the skid with a 5-2 win over Washington on Sunday.
Brendan Smith scored the lone goal for Carolina, which lost its second in a row and dropped to 3-1-1 on its six-game trip. Frederik Andersen stopped 20 of 22 shots but the Hurricanes dropped out of a tie with Florida for the NHL’s best record.
Maple Leafs 6, Kings 2
John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Pierre Engvall each had a goal and an assist for visiting Toronto.
“I think we just stayed patient the whole night, played really well within our structure, and when opportunities presented themselves, guys made plays and were able to capitalize,” Matthews said.
Alexander Kerfoot, Jason Spezza and Michael Bunting also scored, Rasmus Sandin had three assists, and Jack Campbell made 30 saves for Toronto, which has won 12 of 14.
Sean Durzi had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut, Viktor Arvidsson also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 32 saves for the Kings, who have lost five in a row following a seven-game winning streak.
Sharks 6, Senators 3
Timo Meier capped a three-point game by scoring the winning goal midway through the third period, leading host San Jose past Ottawa.
Matt Nieto, Tomas Hertl, Nick Bonino, Logan Couture and Jacob Middleton also scored for the Sharks, who have won two straight games. Goaltender James Reimer made 26 saves.
Josh Norris, Brady Tkachuk and Connor Brown scored for the Senators, who are on a three-game losing skid and have posted only one victory in their last 10 games (1-8-1). Matt Murray stopped 23 shots.
Golden Knights 5, Predators 2
Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone each had a goal and an assist and Robin Lehner made 26 saves to lead Vegas to a victory at Nashville.
Alex Pietrangelo, Jonas Rondbjerg and Adam Brooks also scored for the Golden Knights, who earned a split of a two-game road trip that began with a 5-2 loss at St. Louis on Monday.
Filip Forsberg, playing for the first time after missing nine games with an upper-body injury, scored twice for the Predators, and Juuse Saros finished with 30 saves. Nashville had a four-game home winning streak snapped.
–Field Level Media