NHL Roundup: Rangers rebound to take first place, Flyers end 10-game skid, Avs scoring machine, and more

The New York Rangers have rebounded nicely after their loss to the high-flying Colorado Avalanche. With their win last night over the Buffalo Sabres, coupled with the Washington Capitals loss, they have taken sole possession of first place in the Metro Division.

Friday night showcased seven NHL games including the Philadelphia Flyers finally ending their losing steak. Plus the Avs continue to light up opponents and more.

Let’s recap.

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Rangers 2, Sabres 1

Alexandar Georgiev made a season-high 36 saves, Adam Fox added two assists and New York edged host Buffalo for its eighth win in nine games.

“Felt like there were a lot of shots so I didn’t have too much time to think about anything else, just the game,” Georgiev said. “Tight score through the whole game. Felt really good to get that win.”

In his third start since Igor Shesterkin was injured, Georgiev came within 5:23 of his first shutout this season. Fox notched his 23rd and 24th assists, breaking a tie with Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman for the league lead among defensemen.

Brett Murray scored for Buffalo, which dropped its sixth straight game. Sabres goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 29 saves in sixth career appearance.

Victor Olofsson had a goal disallowed with 57 seconds left while the Sabres were using the extra attacker when officials deemed Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Dahlin was offside.

“We knew right away (it was offside), as soon as they entered the zone our video guys said it was off,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “You really weren’t feeling the pressure when they did score because we knew.”

Penguins 4, Capitals 2

Pittsburgh built a three-goal lead and held on to defeat host Washington for its third straight win.

Danton Heinen, Brock McGinn, Kaspari Kapanen and Jeff Carter scored, and Mike Matheson and Sidney Crosby added two assists apiece for the Penguins, who are 3-2-1 in their past six games. Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry made 29 saves to improve to 7-1-1 in his past nine starts, and also picked up an assist.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Lars Eller scored and Alex Ovechkin had two assists for the Capitals, who had won two in a row and were 5-1-1 in their previous seven.

Flyers 4, Golden Knights 3

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Dec 10, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Philadelphia Flyers players celebrate after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Hayes, Max Willman, Sean Couturier and James van Riemsdyk each scored a goal to lift the Philadelphia Flyers past the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on Friday in Las Vegas, snapping a 10-game losing streak.

Keith Yandle added two assists for the Flyers in Philadelphia’s first win since Nov. 16. Goaltender Carter Hart made 41 saves.

“We’re all out there to win,” Hart said via NHL.com. “We’re doing whatever it takes to win. Sometimes that’s what it takes is to lay down in front of the puck, put your body in front and sacrifice your body for the better of the team.”

Max Pacioretty scored two goals for the Golden Knights, who had won three in a row. William Karlsson contributed the other goal and Alex Pietrangelo had two assists.

Golden Knights goaltender Laurent Brossoit stopped 21 shots.

Panthers 3, Coyotes 1

Florida scored twice in a 10-second span during the first period and never trailed, defeating Arizona in Glendale, Ariz.

The Panthers received goals from Patric Hornqvist, Sam Bennett and Sam Reinhart. Hornqvist and Reinhart each added one assist as the Panthers became the first team in the NHL to reach 40 points this season. Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves to improve to 12-1-2.

Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal for the Coyotes, who got 20 saves from Scott Wedgewood. Florida beat Wedgewood with three high shots in the first period.

Canucks 4, Jets 3 (SO)

Nils Hoglander snapped an 11-game goal drought by scoring twice and Thatcher Demko didn’t allow a goal in the shootout as host Vancouver defeated Winnipeg.

Conor Garland also scored, Bo Horvat registered two assists and Demko made 34 saves. Elias Pettersson tallied the lone goal in the shootout. The win kept Vancouver undefeated in three games under new coach Bruce Boudreau, who replaced the fired Travis Green.

Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler recorded two assists — giving him nine in the last five contests — and his first goal in 22 games this season. However, the Jets’ captain appeared to awkwardly buckle his knee during a net scrum with 11:16 left in regulation. Wheeler managed to gingerly skate off, but he had to be helped to the dressing room.

Avalanche 7, Red Wings 3

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Dec 10, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrates his goal with left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Burakovsky scored twice, Cale Makar had a goal and an assist and Colorado took care of Detroit in Denver.

“I think we’re just hungry around the net,” Burakovsky said. “We’re putting pucks there, we talk a lot about we want to shoot and crash the net and put bodies there. I think we’ve been doing that pretty good lately. We just want to continue to do that.”

Nathan MacKinnon, J.T. Compher, Sam Girard and Darren Helm also scored. Darcy Kuemper stopped 37 shots, Devon Toews had three assists and Gabriel Landeskog also had an assist for the Avalanche before leaving with a lower-body injury. Colorado has scored seven goals in three straight games.

Filip Hronek had a goal and an assist and Joey Veleno and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for Detroit, which has lost three straight. Alex Nedeljkovic had 36 saves in relief of Thomas Greiss for the Red Wings.

Predators 3, Devils 2

Roman Josi, Eeli Tolvanen and Yakov Trenin scored in a 13-minute span bridging the second and third periods as Nashville remained perfect on an Eastern Conference road trip by edging New Jersey in Newark, N.J.

Goalie Juuse Saros made 29 saves for the Predators, who have won four straight overall and the first three games of a trip slated to conclude Sunday against the New York Rangers.

Pavel Zacha and Yegor Sharangovich scored for the Devils, who have lost 10 of 13 (3-7-3). Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood recorded 24 saves.

–Field Level Media