NHL Roundup: Knights end Stars’ win streak, Avalanche bury Rangers, and more

The NHL schedule for Wednesday only had a few select games on tap, but it did see two long winning streaks come to an end.

In New York, the Rangers playing the tail end of a back-to-back with travel and were buried by the Avalanche. Meanwhile in Vegas, the Golden Knights rallied to beat the Stars.

Let’s jump into the recaps.

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Knights 5, Stars 4

Mark Stone notched the tying goal with 5:13 left in regulation and assisted on Max Pacioretty’s go-ahead score a little more than a minute later as the Vegas Golden Knights rallied for a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

The Golden Knights posted three unanswered goals in the last 10:01 to keep the Stars from posting a club-record eighth straight win.

“I think last game was the way we wanted to play as well. Playing a good team in Calgary, knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy one,” Stone said. “But coming back, battling that adversity was huge for our team and hopefully can kickstart something big finishing off this homestand.”

Jonathan Marchessault and Michael Amadio also scored for the Golden Knights, who have won three in a row. Laurent Brossoit stopped 12 of 13 shots in relief of Robin Lehner, who was pulled in the second period after giving up three goals on 10 shots.

Joe Pavelski scored twice, Jason Robertson had a goal and an assist and Tyler Seguin added a goal for the Stars. Dallas’ Roope Hintz and John Klingberg each had two assists, and Braden Holtby made 40 saves.


Canucks 2, Bruins 1 (SO)

J.T. Miller and Bo Horvat both scored in the shootout to give host Vancouver a win over Boston, which was playing the first of a three-game swing through Western Canada. It was the Canucks’ second consecutive win after Bruce Boudreau took over as head coach.

Brock Boeser scored in regulation time for the Canucks, who have won four of five games. Thatcher Demko made 35 saves through overtime, as well as both Boston players he faced in the shootout, to celebrate his 26th birthday.

The Bruins got a game-tying goal from Patrice Bergeron early in the third period. Jeremy Swayman logged 31 saves.


Avalanche 7, Rangers 3

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Dec 8, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Logan O’Connor (25) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Logan O’Connor scored twice in 22 seconds late in a five-goal second period for Colorado, which concluded a five-game road trip with a rout of New York.

“I think our offense was clicking there,” O’Connor said. “I mean, it’s clicked the past couple of games, obviously, and our team defense hasn’t quite been there. But it was nice to have that second-period burst that we had going into the third.”

Mikko Rantanen scored Colorado’s first and final goals as the Avalanche scored seven goals for the fifth time this season, wrapped up a 3-1-1 trip and moved to 10-2-1 in their past 13 games. Colorado goalie Darcy Kuemper made 26 saves.

Jacob Trouba and Filip Chytil scored and rookie Nils Lundkvist got his first career goal during a power play as the Rangers saw their eight-game home winning streak stopped. New York’s seven-game overall winning streak ended, too.

“We had a lot of good games in a row – you lose one, not going to dwell on it,” Trouba said afterwards. “We’re in a heavy stretch of hockey until Christmas. You’ve got to move on quick and worry about the next game.”


Devils 3, Flyers 0

Mackenzie Blackwood made 25 saves and Jesper Bratt had a goal and an assist as New Jersey beat Philadelphia in Newark, N.J.

Blackwood turned aside all 11 shots he faced in the third period to preserve his eighth career shutout and second against the Flyers. Dawson Mercer added a power-play goal for the Devils, who snapped a four-game winless skid (0-3-1).

Carter Hart finished with 24 saves for the Flyers, who have dropped 10 in a row (0-8-2).


–Field Level Media