NHL Roundup: Kraken stun Panthers, Jets douse Flames, Rantanen tricks Preds, and more

Kraken stun Panthers
Nov 27, 2021; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Seattle Kraken defenseman Haydn Fleury (4) plays the puck in front of goaltender Chris Driedger (60) and Florida Panthers right wing Patric Hornqvist (70) during the second period at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL schedule for Saturday night was a bit lighter than usual with nine games on the docket.

The Kraken pulled off the most stunning victory in their brief history by ending the Panthers winning streak at home this season. It was a little payback for goalie Chris Driedger, who was exposed by Florida and selected by Seattle in the expansion draft.

Kraken 4, Panthers 1

Chris Driedger made 33 saves against his former team as the Seattle Kraken snapped the Florida Panthers’ record-tying home winning streak with a 4-1 victory on Saturday night in Sunrise, Fla.

Jordan Eberle scored twice, and Ryan Donato and Jamie Oleksiak (empty-netter) added one goal each as Seattle ended Florida’s season-opening 11-game win streak, which matches the NHL record set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks for the longest home winning streak to open a season.

Driedger went 21-8-4 with the Panthers the previous two seasons, but this was just his third start and his first win with the expansion Kraken.

“Definitely no animosity,” said Driedger. “It’s just good to see those guys. Honestly it was a bit of a challenge trying to just keep my head in the game. And it’s so familiar being in this barn.”

Patric Hornqvist scored for the Panthers, who lost a home regular-season game for the first time since April 22 against the Carolina Hurricanes — a span of 15 consecutive contests without a loss.

Oilers 3, Golden Knights 2

Mikko Koskinen tied his season-high with 36 saves to lead Edmonton to a win in Las Vegas on a night the two leading scorers in the NHL were kept off the scoresheet.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zach Hyman and Jesse Puljujarvi scored goals for Edmonton, which won despite Leon Draisaitl (40 points) and Connor McDavid (36) both going without a point in the same game for the first time this season.

Koskinen improved to 11-2-0 with the victory. Chandler Stephenson scored a goal for the third consecutive game and Reilly Smith also scored for Vegas. Robin Lehner finished with 27 saves.

Red Wings 3, Sabres 2 (OT)

Lucas Raymond scored 26 seconds into overtime as Detroit beat visiting Buffalo in the extra period for the second time in as many meetings this season.

Raymond skated into the Sabres’ zone and fired a wrist shot from the top of the left face-off circle that beat Buffalo goalie Dustin Tokarski between the legs.

The Red Wings also won their second straight overall and improved to 7-2-2 at home. Buffalo lost for the fifth time in its last six games and is now 2-5-2 on the road.

Avalanche 6, Predators 2

Mikko Rantanen
Nov 27, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96) celebrates after a hat trick against the Nashville Predators in the third period at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Mikko Rantanen had three goals and an assist, Bo Byram, Tyson Jost and Valeri Nichushkin also scored, and Colorado beat Nashville in Denver.

“I think it was important for us to get the momentum and now to go on the road with high confidence.” Rantanen said after the win.

Cale Makar had three assists to extend his point streak to six games, Gabriel Landeskog, Nazem Kadri and Devon Toews had two assists each, and Jonas Johansson stopped 26 shots for Colorado, which has won seven of its last eight.

Matt Duchene and Luke Kunin had goals, and David Rittich had 29 saves for the Predators.

Blues 6, Blue Jackets 3

Pavel Buchnevich and Ivan Barbashev scored two goals each as St. Louis defeated visiting Columbus.

Jordan Kyrou and Justin Faulk also scored for the Blues, who won for just the third time in their last 10 games. Vladimir Tarasenko earned three assists, Robert Thomas had two helpers and goaltender Ville Husso made 24 saves for St. Louis.

Adam Boqvist had two goals and an assist for the Blue Jackets, who lost for just the second time in their last seven games. Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus and Joonas Korpisalo made 27 saves.

Canadiens 6, Penguins 3

Montreal scored five goals in the third period and goaltender Jake Allen made 47 saves to snap host Pittsburgh’s five-game winning streak.

Josh Anderson scored twice, and Jonathan Drouin, Christian Dvorak, Artturi Lehkonen and Tyler Toffoli also scored for the Canadiens, who had been 1-5-1 in their previous seven games and picked up their second win in 12 road games.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists, and Evan Rodrigues and Jeff Carter also scored for the Penguins. Pittsburgh goaltender Casey DeSmith, making just his fourth start and first since Nov. 13, made 28 saves.

Kings 4, Senators 2

Carl Grundstrom scored two goals to help Los Angeles end a five-game losing streak with a win against visiting Ottawa.

Viktor Arvidsson and Arthur Kaliyev also scored, Anze Kopitar had three assists, and Cal Petersen made 30 saves for the Kings, who had lost four in a row to start a seven-game homestand.

Michael Del Zotto and Connor Brown scored, and Filip Gustavsson made 33 saves for the Senators, who have lost five in a row and are 1-10-1 in their past 12 games.

Jets 4, Flames 2

winnipeg jets calgary flames
Nov 27, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames forward Elias Lindholm (28) battles for the puck with Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor (81) during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Connor scored twice, including the late game-winning goal, to lead visiting Winnipeg to a victory over Calgary.

“As a shooter, you know where the net is, you know where you’re going,” Connor said via NHL.com. “Kind of that spatial awareness where you’re going to shoot. Something like that you just try to get it off quick. High glove was open there.”

Paul Stastny and Andrew Copp also scored, and Blake Wheeler collected two assists for the Jets, who snapped a five-game losing skid. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck turned in a stellar 34-save performance, 16 of them in the third period, en route to erasing a two-goal deficit.

The Flames had all of the third-period momentum until Connor broke the tie with 4:51 remaining in regulation. Off an odd-man rush, he one-timed a top-corner, short-side shot for his 14th goal of the season. Copp added an empty net goal, which snapped a 13-game drought, to round out the scoring.

Stars 3, Coyotes 2

Jason Robertson tallied the game-winning goal and added an assist as Dallas claimed its fourth straight win by edging host Arizona in Glendale.

Robertson broke a 2-2 tie midway through the second as the Stars won for the sixth time in their past seven games.

Roope Hintz netted his team-leading seventh goal, and Jacob Peterson tallied once. Joe Pavelski dished out two assists for the Stars, who are 7-3-1 in November.

–Field Level Media