NHL Roundup: Penguins pummel Kraken, Boudreau wins in Canucks debut, Stars streak continues, and more

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Dec 6, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate after scoring a goal against the Seattle Kraken during the second period at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Penguins’ Jake Guentzel has been on fire lately with points in 13 straight. He leads us off this morning as we recap the six games on the NHL schedule for Monday night.

Also, the Dallas Stars tied a franchise record with a strong third period against the Arizona Coyotes.

Penguins 6, Kraken 1

Jake Guentzel had two goals and an assist to extend his point streak to 13 games and Jeff Carter also scored twice as the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins struck early in 6-1 victory over the Seattle Kraken on Monday.

“He’s finding different ways, whether it’s going to the net, or you see his second goal tonight, that shot is just perfect,” Sidney Crosby said of Guentzel. “So it’s great to see that, and I want to keep it going.”

The Penguins found the back of the net three times over the game’s first 5:07.

Crosby — who extended his point streak to six games — and Danton Heinen each scored joined Carter in the early scoring spree. Heinen added two assists and Crosby added one. The Penguins, who are 7-2-1 in their past 10 games, got 28 saves from Casey DeSmith for his first victory in five starts this season.

Jordan Eberle scored his team-leading 12th goal for the Kraken, who entered on a 3-0-1 stretch and were looking for a fourth straight home victory. Seattle’s Joey Daccord made 24 saves in relief of Philipp Grubauer, who was pulled after allowing three goals on the first four shots he saw.

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Avalanche 7, Flyers 5

Erik Johnson had one goal and one assist to help lift Colorado past host Philadelphia.

Tyson Jost, Nazem Kadri, Valeri Nichushkin, Gabriel Landeskog, Alex Newhook and Cale Makar each scored one goal for the Avalanche. Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen added two assists each, and Avalanche goaltender Justus Annunen made 27 saves.

Claude Giroux scored two goals for the reeling Flyers, who lost their ninth in a row (0-7-2) and fired coach Alain Vigneault earlier on Monday. Oskar Lindblom, Cam Atkinson and Scott Laughton contributed one goal apiece Flyers goaltender Martin Jones stopped 43 shots.

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Stars 4, Coyotes 1

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Dec 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) and goaltender Braden Holtby (70) celebrate the win over the Arizona Coyotes at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist, all in the third period, as Dallas defeated visiting Arizona.

“It shows we’re doing something right around here right now, we’re playing some good hockey,” Benn said via NHL.com. “Even when we have some tough periods, we’re finding ways to win. Everyone’s contributing and, top to bottom, it’s just good team efforts.”

The Stars won their seventh consecutive game, tying a franchise record. They also have won their past eight games on home ice.

Alexander Radulov had two assists for the Stars, while Roope Hintz and Jacob Peterson scored the other two Dallas goals. Braden Holtby made 18 saves for the win. Shayne Gostisbehere scored for Arizona, and Scott Wedgewood stopped 23 shots.

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Capitals 4, Ducks 3 (SO)

John Carlson scored in regulation and had the winning goal in the shootout to lift Washington over visiting Anaheim.

The Capitals had lost their previous six games that went beyond regulation this season, including a 3-2 overtime defeat on Nov. 16 in Anaheim. Ilya Samsonov made 31 saves on Monday and stopped three attempts in the five-round shootout for Washington.

Sonny Milano had a goal and an assist, Josh Manson and Vinni Lettieri also scored, and John Gibson made 26 saves for the Ducks in the opener of a five-game road trip.

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Senators 3, Devils 2 (SO)

Tim Stutzle and Josh Norris scored in a shootout and Ottawa rallied twice in regulation before prevailing in Newark, N.J.

The Senators notched their season-high third straight win in the makeup of a Nov. 16 game that was postponed due to Ottawa’s COVID-19 outbreak. Tomas Tatar scored in the shootout for the Devils, whose slump reached 2-6-3 in their past 11 games.

Drake Batherson and Brady Tkachuk each collected a goal and an assist for Ottawa, and Anton Forsberg made 22 saves. Damon Severson and Nathan Bastian scored for the Devils in a game that featured only one power play, for the Senators. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 21 shots.

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Canucks 4, Kings 0

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Dec 6, 2021; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver assistant coach Scott Walker and head coach Bruce Boudreau on the bench during a game against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller both notched one goal and one assist while Thatcher Demko collected his first shutout of the season as the host Vancouver Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 on Monday to give new head coach Bruce Boudreau a win in his first game guiding the team.

“I just keep telling them that they’re good players. I’ve always thought they were good players,” Boudreau said. “They’ve got to start believing that they’re good players. And when they do that, they’ll be fine.”

Conor Garland and Juho Lammikko also scored for the Canucks in their first outing after head coach Travis Green and general manager Jim Benning were fired. Demko made 31 saves for his second career shutout in 90 starts.

The win was the 568th for Boudreau as an NHL head coach. Vancouver has three victories in its past four games.

Cal Petersen stopped 26 shots for the Kings, who have lost three of four games.

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