NHL Roundup: Kane extends Isles losing streak, Knights edge Flames, Wheeler wins in 1000th game, and more

The NHL schedule had six games for fans to enjoy on Sunday.

There will plenty of goals and another milestone as Blake Wheeler played in his 1000th game. The Golden Knights picked up a big win against division leader Flames. and Patrick Kane’s shootout winner extends the Islanders losing streak to 11.

Let’s recap.

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Blackhawks 3, Islanders 2 (SO)

Patrick Kane scored the only goal in the shootout Sunday night as the visiting Chicago Blackhawks edged the New York Islanders, 3-2, in Elmont, N.Y.

Noah Dobson forced overtime by scoring with 3.6 seconds left for the Islanders, but neither team generated a serious threat in overtime before Kane, shooting second for the Blackhawks, shuffled the puck several times before coming to a stop and firing a shot past Semyon Varlamov into the upper right corner of the net.

Marc-Andre Fleury then stopped Anthony Beauvillier to seal the win — the 499th of his career.

“Marc-Andre, great game again. Especially his shootouts have been tremendous,” Blackhawks coach Derek King said. “I think the big thing here is our guys are buying into taking teams to 2-1, to 2-2 tied going into overtime. Take our chances. We’re OK with that.”

Brandon Hagel and Dylan Strome scored for the Blackhawks, who have alternated wins with losses in their last nine games. Fleury made 22 saves.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored in the second for the Islanders, who have earned a loser point in three straight games but have lost 11 consecutive (0-8-3) — their longest skid since a 14-game losing streak (0-11-3) from Oct. 23 through Nov. 24, 2010. New York is 0-4-2 at UBS Arena, which opened on Nov. 20.


Kings 5, Oilers 1

Drew Doughty had a goal and two assists for visiting Los Angeles in a win against Edmonton.

Adrian Kempe scored two goals, Trevor Moore had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 21 saves for the Kings in the opener of the two-game road trip. Darnell Nurse scored short-handed and Mikko Koskinen made 35 saves for the Oilers, who have lost two in a row for the first time this season.

Edmonton forward Connor McDavid, who came into the game second in the NHL in points with 42, was called for a five-minute major and a 10-minute misconduct penalty for boarding Kempe with 6:33 remaining. The Kings scored three times during the ensuing power play.


Golden Knights 3, Flames 2

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Dec 5, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner (90) has the skate of Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund (11) in his glove while attempting to cover the puck during the third period at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Nicolas Roy had one goal and one assist to lead host Vegas to a victory over Calgary for its second straight win.

Max Pacioretty and Evgenii Dadonov also scored for the Golden Knights, who successfully kicked off a four-game homestand. Goaltender Robin Lehner made 23 saves.

Elias Lindholm and Andrew Mangiapane scored for the Flames, who saw a three-game winning streak snapped. Calgary has lost all seven meetings with the Golden Knights in Las Vegas since they joined the league and has been outscored 30-8 in those games. Goalie Jacob Markstrom made 25 saves.

“We really didn’t change our whole game. I thought we played a good game,” Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said via NHL.com. “The top end of their lineup is used to going a little deeper, and it showed in situations tonight.”


Lightning 7, Flyers 1

Corey Perry had two goals and one assist, Ryan McDonagh added one goal and two assists and Tampa Bay defeated reeling host Philadelphia.

Mathieu Joseph had one goal and one assist. Pat Maroon, Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk scored one goal apiece for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning, who won their third in a row. Victor Hedman and Ross Colton added three assists each.

Cam Atkinson scored for the Flyers, who have dropped a season-worst eight straight games. Flyers goaltender Carter Hart allowed five goals and was replaced by Martin Jones at 8:34 of the second period.


Blue Jackets 6, Sharks 4

Adam Boqvist’s second goal proved to be the game winner as Columbus snapped its four-game skid with a win over visiting San Jose.

Twelve of 18 Blue Jackets produced points in the win. Sean Kuraly and Cole Sillinger tallied for Columbus, Andrew Peeke handed out two assists, and Elvis Merzlikins (10-4-0) made 30 saves.

Nick Bonino, Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl netted for the Sharks, who lost their second straight and finished 3-2-0 on the road trip. Matt Nieto and Timo Meier posted two assists, and Adin Hill (5-7-0) totaled 24 saves in his first start against Columbus.


Jets 6, Maple Leafs 3

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Winnipeg scored four second-period goals and defeated visiting Toronto.

Mark Scheifele scored his fourth goal in two games and added an assist for the Jets, who have won two in a row. Seven Jets compiled two points each, including Blake Wheeler, who had two assists in his 1,000th NHL game. Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves.

“It’s one of those things where there is a lot of buildup and anticipation,” Wheeler said. “You want to absorb it and enjoy it and soak in every moment, but at the same time, it’s nice to move on. It’s weird being front and center when you play a team sport, but it was a special day for my family.”

Auston Matthews extended his goal-scoring streak to six games with his 15th goal of the season for the Maple Leafs. Toronto, playing the second of a back-to-back, has lost two in a row and had its point streak snapped at six games (5-0-1). Joseph Woll made 35 saves.


–Field Level Media