NHL roundup: Leafs edge Devils in Giordano’s debut, Canucks top Avs, and more

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Mar 23, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Giordano (55) warms up before playing the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s NHL Roundup for Wednesday, March 23, 2022 recaps all four exciting matchups.

The Chicago Blackhawks came up with a solid win over the Ducks in Anaheim, while the Buffalo Sabres were able to edge the Pittsburgh Penguins in a shootout at home.

J.T. Miller led his Vancouver Canucks over the juggernaut Avalanche in Colorado and Mark Giordano made his debut in a solid victory for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

NHL Roundup: Maple Leafs 3, Devils 2

Pierre Engvall scored the go-ahead, short-handed goal at 15:18 of the third period and Toronto defeated visiting New Jersey.

Ilya Mikheyev also had a short-handed goal for Toronto. Mitchell Marner had the Maple Leafs’ other goal. Nico Hischier produced a goal and an assist for the Devils, and Damon Severson added a goal.

Petr Mrazek, who cleared waivers on Monday, made 20 saves for Toronto. Nico Daws, playing for the second night in a row, stopped 28 shots for New Jersey. He played Tuesday night in a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers.

Mark Giordano, who was nervous about his debut was very happy with how things went.

“It felt great. It was a hard-fought game obviously, a tight game,” Giordano said via NHL.com. “We had to stay patient, but obviously our penalty kill was a difference with those two huge goals.

“I felt good all day, I felt excited. I remember coming here when I was a young guy and all the nerves; I had some nerves today, but not really. I felt really excited, and I loved the way we played. It was an aggressive style and it was fun to play.”

Sabres 4, Penguins 3 (SO)

Tage Thompson, who scored twice in regulation, and Alex Tuch scored in a shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Sabres goaltender Craig Anderson stopped both shooters he faced in the shootout and made 23 saves through regulation and overtime.

Zemgus Girgensons also scored for the Sabres, who have won three in row for the first time since the opening three games of the season.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and assist, Kris Letang scored and Bryan Rust had two assists for the Penguins, who had won three straight.

Canucks 3, Avalanche 1

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Mar 23, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Vancouver Canucks center J.T. Miller (9) celebrates his goal with teammates as Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) skates away in the third period at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist while Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser also scored as Vancouver beat Colorado in Denver.

“I know for me, I was going to match up against one of the best lines in hockey,” Miller said via NHL.com. “That’s why I play. I want to be on against those guys. Everybody stepped up defensively tonight, but being out there against them, I know it brings the best out of me.”

Jaroslav Halak had 32 saves and Tanner Pearson added two assists for the Canucks, who had won just one of their previous six games (1-3-2). Nazem Kadri scored a goal and Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 shots for the Avalanche, whose four-game winning streak ended.

Andrew Cogliano, who was acquired on Monday from the San Jose Sharks, made his Colorado debut, but Artturi Lehkonen still has to work out immigration issues before he can play. The Avalanche got Lehkonen from the Montreal Canadiens at the trade deadline.

Blackhawks 4, Ducks 2

Dylan Strome scored the go-ahead goal with 3:50 remaining and Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists to lead visiting Chicago past Anaheim. Strome collected his ninth goal in the past nine games, and he also had an assist.

Chicago’s Alex DeBrincat, who sealed the win on an empty-netter with 1:03 to go, had two points. Taylor Raddysh also scored while Kevin Lankinen made 27 saves for the Blackhawks, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Anaheim’s Sam Carrick, playing in his 100th career NHL game, had his first two-goal contest. John Gibson finished with 24 saves for the Ducks, who saw their losing streak reach eight games (0-6-2).

–Field Level Media contributed to this report