NHL roundup: Marchand gets tricky vs Habs, Pavelski’s 5 points leads Stars, and Yotes surprise Leafs

The NHL schedule was light on Wednesday night with only three games on tap.

The Bruins and Canadiens were scheduled to originally play in Montreal but instead swapped venues. Also on the docket were the Stars vs Kraken, and the Leafs vs Coyotes.

Let’s recap.

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Bruins 5, Canadiens 1

Brad Marchand recorded his fifth career hat trick to fuel the host Boston Bruins to a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

Marchand scored twice in a 15-second span during the first period before extending his franchise record with his 33rd career short-handed goal in the second. He has eight goals and an assist in his past four games.

“I think we have good momentum going for us now,” Marchand said. “Hopefully it continues all year, but I’m sure there’ll be times where it’s going against us and we have to find a way to get it back. That’s just how the season goes.”

Curtis Lazar collected two goal and one assist for the Bruins, who have won six of their past seven games. Patrice Bergeron contributed two assists, and Linus Ullmark finished with 24 saves to improve to 5-0-0 in his past five starts.

Michael Pezzetta scored in the second period for Montreal’s goal. Sam Montembeault made 31 saves after replacing Jake Allen, who turned aside five of seven shots before exiting in the first period due to an apparent injury. The Canadiens have lost 11 of their last 12 games.

Coyotes 2, Maple Leafs 1

Ryan Dzingel scored two goals, including the game-winner with 7:18 to play, as Arizona earned a victory over visiting Toronto at Glendale, Ariz., to spoil Auston Matthews’ homecoming.

Dzingel, who missed the previous seven games due to an upper-body injury, recorded the 10th two-goal game of his career and doubled his goal total on the season. Karel Vejmelka made 45 saves as the Coyotes won for just the eighth time in 34 games this season, with three of the victories coming in the past six games.

Matthews scored a goal for the Maple Leafs, while Petr Mrazek had 16 saves in just his fourth game of the season. Matthews scored in his ninth consecutive road game to set a franchise record.

“I would have rather, obviously, taken the win,” Matthews said. “I’m still leaving the rink a little bit sour tonight at not getting those two points.”

Stars 5, Kraken 2

Jan 12, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Stars center Joe Pavelski (16) celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period against the Seattle Kraken at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Pavelski had a hand in all five goals — scoring twice and adding three assists — as Dallas defeated visiting Seattle.

“It’s a fun night,” Pavelski said. “Puck’s going in the net, we’re getting a lot of chances. Usually when you have a night where you put a few points on the board, it’s your linemates that have been really good, which was a big part of the case here tonight.”

Roope Hintz had a goal and two assists and Jason Robertson added a goal and an assist for the Stars, who won for the fifth time in their past six games. Jani Hakanpaa tallied on an empty-netter with 1:42 remaining and goaltender Jake Oettinger made 23 saves, stopping all 14 shots he faced in the third period.

Jared McCann had a goal and an assist and Calle Jarnkrok also scored for the expansion Kraken, who have lost seven games in a row (0-6-1). Philipp Grubauer stopped 20 of 24 shots.

–Field Level Media