NHL roundup: Grubauer gets Kraken’s first-ever shutout, Flames’ Tanev nets 4 points, and more

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Feb 2, 2022; Elmont, New York, USA; Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) warms up before the start of the second period against New York Islanders at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL enters the All-Star Break after completing five games on Wednesday night.

Flames defenseman Christoper Tanev recorded four points in a win over the Coyotes. Meanwhile, the Oilers are on a bit of a roll picking up a big victory against the Caps.

We begin our recaps on Long Island, where Philipp Grubauer stunned the Isles and added another historical first for the franchise.

Kraken 3, Islanders 0

Philipp Grubauer stopped all 19 shots he faced Wednesday night in recording the first shutout for the expansion Seattle Kraken, who beat the New York Islanders 3-0 in Elmont, N.Y.

Seattle allowed one goal six times — all wins — prior to Wednesday.

The shutout was the first for Grubauer since he had 18 saves in the Colorado Avalanche’s 6-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on May 12, 2021. After the horn sounded Wednesday, teammates poured on to the ice to congratulate Grubauer, with fellow goalie Chris Driedger greeting Grubauer last and wrapping him in a hug.

“It’s a great game from everybody,” Grubauer said via NHL.com. “I don’t think I had too many great chances (against) when you compare this to like other games we’ve played, like breakaways, 2-on-1s. I think like today it’s been like the least scoring chances we’ve given up like in a long, long time.”

Jared McCann and Vince Dunn scored early in the third period and Mason Appleton added an empty-netter with 1.5 seconds left for Seattle. The Kraken finished 2-2-0 on a four-game Eastern Conference road trip and head into the All-Star break with five wins in their past nine games (5-4-0).

Oilers 5, Capitals 3

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a short-handed goal at 15:57 of the third period to break a tie and lead visiting Edmonton to a victory against Alex Ovechkin-less Washington.

Nugent-Hopkins’ winning goal came on a two-on-one break with Zach Hyman. After the original shot was stopped, Hyman sent the rebound across the goalmouth to Nugent-Hopkins, who tapped the puck in. Nugent-Hopkins added an empty-netter at 18:55 to clinch the victory.

Leon Draisaitl, Evander Kane and Connor McDavid also scored for the Oilers, who extended their point streak to six games (5-0-1). Lars Eller, Conor Sheary and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for Washington, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

“We’ve got things turned around. We’re finding enough goals to win,” Edmonton coach Dave Tippett said. “Koskinen has played real solid for us in [his past] five games, and we feel like we’re back going in the right direction.”

Flames 4, Coyotes 2

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Feb 2, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Calgary Flames defenseman Christopher Tanev (8), goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) and center Elias Lindholm (28) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Christopher Tanev registered the tiebreaking goal and recorded three assists while Blake Coleman scored twice and had an assist as Calgary won its third game in a row, beating Arizona at Glendale, Ariz.

“We came out strong, we made good plays with the puck, getting getting pucks deep,” Tanev said. “Our forwards did a great job of working their defenseman down below the tops of circles and below the goal line, and making plays from there.”

Elias Lindholm also scored and Andrew Mangiapane recorded two assists for the Flames, who outshot the Coyotes 50-28 to enter the All-Star break winners in five of six. Tanev finished with the first four-point night of his 12-year career. Only once previously had he logged three points in a game.

Clayton Keller extended his point streak to six games with a goal and an assist and Alex Galchenyuk scored in a second consecutive contest for the Coyotes, but Arizona couldn’t build on ending its five-game skid Tuesday, when it halted Colorado’s 10-game winning streak with a 3-2 shootout victory.

Kings 5, Red Wings 3

Phillip Danault scored two goals to help lead Los Angeles to a road win over Detroit. The Kings won for the third time in their last four games while the Red Wings lost for the second time in three games.

Arthur Kaliyev, Viktor Arvidsson and Adrian Kempe also scored for Los Angeles, with Arvidsson adding an assist. Trevor Moore and Austin Strand each had two assists, and Jonathan Quick made 22 saves.

The Red Wings got goals from Michael Rasmussen, Tyler Bertuzzi and Joe Veleno. Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 40 shots in the loss.

Wild 5, Blackhawks 0

Frederick Gaudreau and Mats Zuccarello scored 2:03 apart in the second period and Kevin Fiala and Nico Sturm scored 1:24 apart in the third to support a 30-save shutout from Cam Talbot as visiting Minnesota dumped Chicago.

“Shutouts are a team stat,” said Talbot. “Wins are what are most important.

Gaudreau, Zuccarello and Fiala each finished with a goal and an assist to help the Wild extend their winning streak to six games. Kirill Kaprizov also scored for Minnesota, which enters the All-Star break on a 10-game point streak (9-0-1).

Chicago took its seventh loss in eight games (1-5-2). Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves on 30 shots before yielding to Collin Delia with 7:58 to go. Delia stopped all five shots he faced.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report