Sunday’s NHL schedule offered up 6 matchups including some classic rivalry games.
The Bruins and Canadiens renewed pleasantries for the first time since Feb. 12, 2020. Meanwhile, the Capitals absolutely ripped the Penguins apart.
However, we begin in the Big Apple where the surprising young Devils took on the Rangers.
Rangers 4, Devils 3 (SO)
Chris Kreider scored the game-winning goal in the seventh round to cap an action-packed shootout as New York survived blowing a late lead before defeating visiting New Jersey.
Kreider scored New York’s fourth goal of the shootout when he made a wide move, charged to the net and faked Devils goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Once Bernier went down, Kreider won it by lifting a backhander into the top of the net to give the Rangers their seventh straight win over the Devils.
“To be honest with you, he was hiding at the end of the bench,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said via NHL.com. “‘Kreids’ is great. He’s a confident player right now.”
Kaapo Kakko scored the first New York goal in the shootout after he finished off a give-and-go with Ryan Strome to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead 6:29 into the third. The teams needed overtime after Pavel Zacha scored on a rebound with 2:44 left in regulation.
“Finally got the goal and feeling a little better,” Kakko said. “I knew it was going to come and today was the day.”
Another ugly incident involving PK Subban occurred at the 3:53 mark of the third period.
Sammy Blais and Subban went to the corner to retrieve the puck and the Devils defenseman appeared to stick out his skate. That caused Blais to go hard into the boards leaving him writhing in pain. Blais needed help off the ice and did not return.
“It’s a lot like the Reaves play,” head coach Gerard Gallant said referencing a Subban slew foot that injured Reaves in preseason. The coach added that he doesn’t know the extent of Blais’ injury.
Oilers 5, Blues 4
Kailer Yamamoto scored with 27.8 seconds left to play to lift the visiting Edmonton Oilers to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists for the Oilers, including the set-up on Yamamoto’s game-winning goal from the slot. Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan McLeod also scored for Edmonton.
McDavid extended his season-opening point streak to 14 games. He produced his 600th point in his 421st game, becoming the sixth-fastest NHL player to reach that milestone.
Jordan Kyrou, Robert Bortuzzo, Ivan Barbashev and Vladimir Tarasenko scored for the Blues. Robert Thomas had three assists and Pavel Buchnevich had two.
Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen stopped 35 of 39 shots to earn the victory. Blues netminder Jordan Binnington stopped 27 shots in defeat.
Capitals 6, Penguins 1
Daniel Sprong and Conor Sheary each collected a goal and an assist against their former team to fuel host Washington to a victory over Pittsburgh.
Garnet Hathaway, Tom Wilson and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored and set up a goal to send the Capitals to their fourth straight win. Defenseman Martin Fehervary netted a short-handed goal, captain Alex Ovechkin notched two assists and Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves in the victory.
Jake Guentzel scored a goal and Tristan Jarry turned aside 26 shots for Pittsburgh, which has dropped seven of its past nine games (2-5-2). Prior to the game, the Penguins activated superstar captain Sidney Crosby and defensemen Brian Dumoulin, Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel from the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan also returned to the bench after missing five games while being in protocol.
“I thought he played hard tonight under real challenging circumstances,” Sullivan said of Crosby. “There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll get better and better as each day goes by here and each game he plays.”
Flames 4, Senators 0
Elias Lindholm had a goal and an assist and Dan Vladar made 27 saves for his first career NHL shutout as Calgary defeated host Ottawa.
Andrew Mangiapane, Matthew Tkachuk and Nikita Zadorov also scored for the Flames, who snapped a three-game losing streak. The Flames improved to 1-1-1 on their seven-game trip.
Anton Forsberg stopped 29 of 33 shots for Ottawa, which has won just once in its past eight games, a 6-3 decision over Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Senators remained short-handed with nine players in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol: Forwards Austin Watson, Alex Formenton, Dylan Gambrell and Connor Brown, defensemen Nick Holden, Victor Mete, Nikita Zaitsev and Josh Brown and goalie Matt Murray.
Bruins 5, Canadiens 2
Charlie Coyle was in the right spot to put Boston ahead for good in its win over visiting Montreal in the first meeting between the rivals in nearly two years.
Coyle scored twice, Charlie McAvoy also had a pair of goals for the Bruins, who have won back-to-back games and five of their last seven overall. Boston rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman recorded 27 saves to remain undefeated at home with an 8-0-0 record.
“I’ll take more of those. Sometimes you get a little lucky,” Coyle said. “You try to play the right way, and sometimes you get bounces going your way. I got a really good bounce there. It was a big goal.”
Joel Armia and Michael Pezzetta each netted their first goals of the season for the Canadiens, who dropped their second straight game.
Ducks 5, Canucks 1
Trevor Zegras scored two goals and Troy Terry had an assist to extend his points streak to an NHL-leading 14 games as Anaheim pushed its winning streak to seven games with a victory over visiting Vancouver.
Sonny Milano, Adam Henrique and Sam Steel added goals for the Ducks, while Zegras also had an assist, as Anaheim has built its longest winning streak in a season since the team won 11 straight in the 2015-16 campaign. Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf had two assists to give him 999 career points, while Jakob Silfverberg added an assist in his return from a 10-day quarantine while in NHL COVID-19 protocol.
Nils Hoglander had a goal for the Canucks, who have lost twice to the Ducks during their current four-game losing streak. Four of Hoglander’s five goals on the season have come in the past three games.
–Field Level Media