NHL Roundup: Islanders finally win at home, Wild streak ends, Oilers lose again, and more

The New York Islanders finally won at game in their new building after eight tries by beating the New Jersey Devils. Speaking of streaks, the Wild’s win streak came to a close. Meanwhile the Oilers losing streak was extended.

Saturday’s night’s NHL calendar boasted 12 games, so let’s get to the recaps.

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Islanders 4, Devils 2

Andy Greene and Zach Parise scored the tying and go-ahead second-period goals against their former team Saturday night as the host New York Islanders finally earned their first win at UBS Arena by beating the New Jersey Devils, 4-2, in Elmont, N.Y.

Parise’s short-handed game-winner was his first goal as a member of the Islanders and came on what would have been his late father J.P.’s 80th birthday. J.P. Parise scored 73 regular season goals for the Islanders in parts of four seasons with the team in the 1970s as well as the overtime game-winner that beat the New York Rangers and earned the franchise’s first postseason series win on April 11, 1975.

Noah Dobson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for the Islanders, who won for the second time in 14 games (2-9-3) and the first time in eight games at UBS Arena, which opened Nov. 20. The seven-game losing streak (0-5-2) to open the building was the longest by a team in its new home in NHL history.

Goalie Ilya Sorokin made 30 saves.

“I was sitting in the office here and you could hear the thunder of the fans in the locker room, in the coaches room. That’s fantastic,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “That’s why the Islander fans are special.”

Senators 4, Lightning 0

Captain Brady Tkachuk produced his first career hat trick and Anton Forsberg recorded his first career shutout to fuel Ottawa to a win over visiting Tampa Bay.

With his club leading 1-0 in the second period, Tkachuk tallied twice in just under two minutes to give the Senators a healthy cushion. His final goal was a result of a center-ice flip past defenseman Victor Hedman. The puck rolled the distance and into an empty net for his 11th goal of the season.

Forsberg, 29, stopped all 25 shots he faced to win his fourth straight start.

Blues 4, Canadiens 1

Pavel Buchnevich scored one goal and set up another as St. Louis defeated visiting Montreal for its seventh straight home victory.

Dakota Joshua, Ivan Barbashev and Torey Krug also scored for the Blues, who have won three straight overall. Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan O’Reilly and Logan Brown each earned two assists.

Alexander Romanov scored and former Blues goaltender Jake Allen made 33 saves for the Canadiens, who are winless (0-5-1) in their last six games.

Hurricanes 3, Oilers 1

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Dec 11, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Brady Skyei (76) trips Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) during the third period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Sebastian Aho scored two goals to go with an assist as Carolina held off host Edmonton for a victory.

Aho posted his 14th and 15th goals of the season by scoring in the first and third periods, and teammate Nino Niederreiter had a second-period goal as the Hurricanes improved to 3-0 on what’s scheduled to be a five-game road trip. Goalie Frederik Andersen made 22 saves.

The Oilers scored on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ goal just after the midway mark of the second period, but their losing streak was extended to five games. The past four of those have come at home.

“I don’t know how many times you want me to say the same thing here, but I thought, again, that we did some good things,” Connor McDavid said. “We generated some chances but didn’t find a way to put it in. That has kind of been the story of this homestand.”

Maple Leafs 5, Blackhawks 4

David Kampf scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and Toronto defeated visiting Chicago.

Kampf scored his fourth goal of the season into an empty net at 18:40 after goaltender Kevin Lankinen went behind the goal to get the puck after a dump in. The puck took an unexpected bounce off the glass and came to Kampf in front of the net.

William Nylander had a goal and two assists and John Tavares and Auston Matthews each had a goal and an assist for Toronto. Pierre Engvall added a goal.

Penguins 1, Ducks 0

Goaltender Casey DeSmith stopped all 33 shots he faced and Brock McGinn scored to stake Pittsburgh to its fourth straight win, a shutout over visiting Anaheim.

DeSmith, the Penguins’ backup goalie making just his sixth start of the season after struggling early on, picked up his seventh career shutout and first of the season.

McGinn’s first-period goal held up for the Penguins, who were playing their first home game after five straight on the road. It was also the second game of a back-to-back set after a 4-2 win Friday at Washington.

Capitals 3, Sabres 2 (SO)

T.J. Oshie scored the shootout winner and visiting Washington defeated Buffalo. With both teams having converted once in their first two attempts, Oshie, who usually shoots first for Washington, took the third shot and beat Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen for the win.

Lars Eller and Martin Fehervary scored in regulation for Washington and Vitek Vanecek made 29 saves in regulation and overtime. Alex Ovechkin had an assist and has scored 18 points (eight goals, ten assists) in his past 11 games.

Vinnie Hinostroza and Will Butcher scored in regulation for the Sabres, who have lost seven straight and are 1-9-2 in their past 12. Playing for the second straight night, Luukkonen made 40 saves in regulation and overtime for Buffalo.

Flyers 5, Coyotes 3

James van Riemsdyk scored two goals to lift Philadelphia past host Arizona in Glendale, Ariz.

Claude Giroux, Scott Laughton and Patrick Brown each added one goal for the Flyers, who won their second in a row following a 10-game losing streak.

Nick Schmaltz had one goal and an assist while Jay Beagle and Lawson Crouse each scored one goal for the struggling Coyotes, who dropped their fifth straight.

Kings 2, Wild 1

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Dec 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) sprays his face with water before the start of the game against the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Quick made 29 saves and host Los Angeles snapped Minnesota’s eight-game winning streak.

Quick, who will turn 36 next month, has won three straight starts while combining to save 76 of 78 shots. Phillip Danault and Brendan Lemieux scored for the Kings, who have won three of four.

“I cared more about winning, and that’s what we were able to do tonight against a really good hockey team that plays similar to the way we do,” Lemieux said. “It felt like we were playing against ourselves at times tonight, and it was awesome to be able come out with a win.”

Marcus Foligno scored and Kaapo Kahkonen made 35 saves for the Wild, who were trying to match their second-longest winning streak in franchise history.

Bruins 4, Flames 2

Brad Marchand collected one goal and one assist to lead visiting Boston to a victory over Calgary.

Connor Clifton, Charlie McAvoy and Curtis Lazar also scored for the Bruins, who have won two straight outings to complete a three-game road trip through Western Canada. Goaltender Linus Ullmark made 40 saves. Patrice Bergeron and Trent Frederic both collected two assists.

Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan replied for the Flames, who have lost a season-worst four straight games. Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 shots, and Rasmus Andersson assisted both goals.

Blue Jackets 5, Kraken 4 (OT)

Jake Bean scored 55 seconds into overtime as Columbus snapped a five-game road losing streak with a win over Seattle.

Bean took a drop pass from Jakub Voracek just outside the top of the right faceoff circle and skated nearly to the dot before placing a wrist shot into the far side of the net.

Max Domi had two goals and an assist, while Bean, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jack Roslovic each had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, who recovered after blowing a three-goal lead in the third period. Voracek and Boone Jenner both had two assists, and goaltender Elvis Merzlikins made 28 saves.

Sharks 2, Stars 1

Playing in his 400th career game, James Reimer made 34 saves, while Tomas Hertl and Erik Karlsson each scored, as host San Jose beat suddenly slumping Dallas.

Timo Meier and Alexander Barabanov each assisted on those goals for San Jose, which has won seven of its last 11 games. Making his first start since Nov. 30 after missing time with a lower-body injury, Reimer wasn’t severely tested on the night, but he was solid enough to record his third consecutive victory — ninth this season — on his milestone evening.

Dallas matched a club record with seven straight wins before embarking on a three-game trip west that began with a 5-4 loss at Vegas and 4-0 defeat to Los Angeles.

–Field Level Media