NHL roundup: Georgiev stuns Canes, Ovechkin ties Gretzky, Dahlin lifts Sabres in OT, and more

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Today’s NHL Roundup recaps all 6 games for Sunday, March 20, 2022.

Alex Ovechkin tied Wayne Gretzky last night, not for all-time goals but for most 40 goals seasons. Another amazing accomplishment in a year where Ovi has made history on several occasions.

In Vancouver, Rasmus Dahlin scored in OT to lift the Buffalo Sabres over the Canucks. However, we start our recaps with a a stunning 44 save shutout by New York Rangers backup Alexandar Georgiev over the Carolina Hurricanes.

NHL Roundup: Rangers 2, Hurricanes 0

Alexandar Georgiev made 44 saves for his first shutout of the season as the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Sunday night in Raleigh, N.C.

“It felt pretty great.” Georgiev said with a huge smile. “It’s been a long time since I had a game like that where it’s not a lot of goals and tight to the end. I tried to enjoy the moment and compete.”

Chris Kreider scored in the second period and Frank Vatrano had an empty-net tally with 41.3 seconds to play for the Rangers.

Hurricanes goalie Frederik Andersen made 16 saves, but Carolina now has its first four-game losing streak of the season. It is 0-3-1 during that stretch.

Sunday marked Georgiev’s seventh career shutout. It had been more than a year — March 17, 2021 — since his last one.

“We’re lucky today,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “I’d like to say we came in here and played a great game, but last night was a great game. Tonight was a great goaltender who was unbelievable. We were a tired hockey team. They were all over us. They dominated, but we found a way to get two points.”

Flyers 2, Islanders 1

Kevin Hayes scored two goals in the second period to lift host Philadelphia to a victory over New York.

Joel Farabee and Travis Konecny each added two assists and Carter Hart made 26 saves for the Flyers, who defeated the Islanders for the first time in four games this season. Philadelphia played its second straight game without captain Claude Giroux, who was traded to the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Casey Cizikas scored the lone goal and Ilya Sorokin turned aside 35 shots for the Islanders, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

Stars 3, Capitals 2

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Mar 20, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) during the first period against the Dallas Stars at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Roope Hintz scored two goals for visiting Dallas in a win against Washington.

Alexander Radulov also scored, and Jake Oettinger made 36 saves in his second start in two days for the Stars, who had lost four of their previous five games.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th goal of the season for Washington, which was the 12th time Ovechkin has scored at least 40 goals in his NHL career, tying Wayne Gretzky for the NHL record. But the Capitals were denied in trying to win five in a row for the first time this season.

“He’s been consistent from start to finish with his game. Pretty incredible accomplishment,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said via NHL.com. “But for me, it’s been a consistent thing we’ve seen from training camp right from the start of the season right through now.”

Jets 6, Blackhawks 4

Jansen Harkins scored twice to fuel a flurry of four straight second-period goals and Kyle Connor had a goal and three assists to boost visiting Winnipeg to a victory against Chicago.

Andrew Copp contributed three assists and Mark Scheifele added two while goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves as the Jets won for the third time in four games.

Dylan Strome and Taylor Raddysh — a recent acquisition from Tampa Bay in Friday’s trade for Brandon Hagel — had a goal and an assist for Chicago, and Patrick Kane had two assists.

Sharks 4, Coyotes 2

Timo Meier and Noah Gregor scored 44 seconds apart late in the third period as host San Jose Sharks rallied to snap a three-game losing streak by beating Arizona.

Arizona had taken a 2-1 lead with 4:51 remaining on Lawson Crouse’s 20th goal of the season. But Meier answered just 22 seconds later with his 26th goal of the season to tie it, and Gregor followed with what proved to be the game-winner 44 seconds later when he put in a wraparound shot inside the left post.

Nick Bonino and Rudolfs Balcers also scored for San Jose. Gregor also had an assist while James Reimer made 23 saves. Phil Kessel and Crouse each had a goal and an assist for Arizona, and Karel Vejmelka finished with 25 saves.

Sabres 3, Canucks 2 (OT)

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Mar 20, 2022; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) celebrates his game winning goal against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Sabres won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Rasmus Dahlin scored 48 seconds into overtime to lift Buffalo over host Vancouver for its fourth win in five games.

“It’s always just like when you whiff on the shot you always score, so it was kind of lucky,” Dahlin said. “I was trying to go bar down. I went five-hole.”

Dahlin took a pass from Alex Tuch along the wall and cut to the slot, going five-hole on Thatcher Demko. Casey Mittelstadt had a goal and an assist and Jeff Skinner also scored for the Sabres. Craig Anderson made 30 saves.

J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist, Bo Horvat also scored and Demko made 26 saves for the Canucks, who lost their third straight and are 1-3-2 in their past six.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report