NHL Roundup: Rangers sweep Lightning, Eichel plays through injury, Forsberg sets Preds record, and more
NHL Roundup takes us through all 11 games on the docket for Saturday, March 19, 2022.
We begin in Tampa, where the New York Rangers and Mika Zibanejad scored a goal in the final minute of regulation to sweep the season-series against the Lightning. Then we head to Vegas, where Jack Eichel wrapped up his wrist and helped lead a gutsy win for the struggling Golden Knights over the Los Angeles Kings.
In Nashville, pending UFA and potential trade deadline surprise Filip Forsberg established the all-time Predators goal mark in a big victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Let’s dive into all the action and recaps here.
NHL Roundup: Rangers 2, Lightning 1
New York’s Mika Zibanejad ripped a game-winning, power-play goal with 16 seconds left in regulation as the visiting Rangers shocked Tampa Bay 2-1 to complete a season sweep of the Lightning on Saturday night.
From the left circle, Zibanejad one-timed a cross-ice pass from Artemi Panarin for his third game-winning marker against the Lightning this season. He scored the only goal in the shootout in a 4-3 win in Tampa on Dec. 31. He then posted a hat trick in a 4-0 win two days later against the Lightning in New York.
Saturday’s goal was his 25th this season and 13th on the power play. New York went 1-for-6 on the man advantage.
Jacob Trouba tied his career-high with his 10th goal, and Igor Shesterkin (30-8-3) stopped 28 of 29 shots for the Rangers, who swept the season series from Tampa Bay for the first time since 2012-13.
“We stole one, I don’t think we played good enough for long enough today,” Zibanejad said. “And Igor … if it’s not for him I don’t want to imagine what would happen. But at the end of the day we got the two points and we’re moving on. A good lesson, it’s a lot easier to learn those lessons when you win.”
Islanders 4, Stars 2
Brock Nelson scored a third-period hat trick for host New York, which extended its point streak to six games by beating visiting Dallas.
The hat trick was the fourth of Nelson’s career. It gave him eight goals in his last eight games and 27 goals in 50 games this season, breaking his previous career-high of 26 goals set in 68 games in 2019-20.
Ryan Pulock opened the scoring in the second period for the Islanders, who have won two straight and five of six (5-0-1) while building their second-longest point streak of the season. New York went 5-0-2 from Oct. 19 through Nov. 6. Islanders’ goalie Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves.
Canadiens 5, Senators 1
Jake Allen made 29 saves for his first victory since November, and Jake Evans recorded a goal and an assist as Montreal beat visiting Ottawa.
Paul Byron, Cole Caufield and Joel Armia each scored during a breakout second period, and Brett Kulak added some third-period insurance as the Canadiens, who halted an 0-1-2 rut at home.
Josh Norris posted his 26th goal for Ottawa, which has lost nine of its last 12 contests. The Senators’ Filip Gustavsson stopped 22 shots while his losing streak as a starter reached seven games. He has allowed five or more goals four times during that stretch.
Blue Jackets 5, Blues 4
Patrik Laine, Gustav Nyquist and Emil Bemstrom each had a goal and assist as Columbus edged visiting St. Louis.
Jakub Voracek and Sean Kuraly also scored for the Blue Jackets, and Oliver Bjorkstrand and Eric Robinson had two assists. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 19-of-21 shots for Columbus before exiting with an injury with 13:54 left. Joonas Korpisalo replaced him and allowed two goals on seven shots.
David Perron scored a hat trick for the Blues while extending his goal-scoring streak to six games. He has nine goals and two assists during that span. Alexei Toropchenko also scored for the Blues, and Brayden Schenn and Torey Krug had two assists.
Wild 3, Blackhawks 1
Ryan Hartman scored the go-ahead goal with 3:13 remaining in the third period to lift host Minnesota to a win over Chicago in St. Paul.
Hartman, who started his career with the Blackhawks, stung his former team with a wrist shot. It marked his career-high 25th goal and his second in as many games.
Frederick Gaudreau and Jordan Greenway also scored one goal apiece for Minnesota, which won its second game in a row and improved to 4-1-1 in its past six contests. Seth Jones scored the lone goal for Chicago, which is winless in three of its past four games.
Golden Knights 5, Kings 1
Logan Thompson made 38 saves and Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist to lead Vegas to a victory over visiting Los Angeles.
Evgenii Dadonov, Chandler Stephenson, Mattias Janmark and Michael Amadio also scored goals for Vegas which won its second straight game following a five-game losing streak. With the win, the Golden Knights remained in the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, three points ahead of Dallas.
It was the third career win in his fifth NHL start for Thompson. Phillip Danault scored and Cal Petersen finished with 19 saves for Los Angeles, which remained in second place in the Pacific Division, two points ahead of Edmonton.
Vegas got a big boost when Jack Eichel surprisingly took warmups after taking a shot off his wrist and leaving the game in pain.
“We didn’t know until almost game time (that Eichel would be available),” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said of the center. “But he gutted it out. He’s a guy who can play with some pain. That’s what he’s doing with a lot of other guys. It’s that time of year.
“I’ve been really impressed with him. His battle level. His will to compete. His willingness to play a 200-foot playoff-type game for us. Now, he’s willing to play through some injuries in order to be out there helping us.”NHL.com
Eichel finished the game with 1 assist in 15:53 of ice time.
Oilers 6, Devils 3
Evander Kane scored twice, including the tiebreaking power-play goal with 7:57 remaining, as Edmonton extended its winning streak to five games by rallying for a victory over visiting New Jersey.
Kane scored his 11th and 12th goals since making his debut with Edmonton on Jan. 29. He scored late in the second period and then tallied again when the Oilers held the puck for the entire man advantage after Leon Draisaitl drew a tripping penalty on New Jersey defenseman P.K. Subban.
Kane’s game-winner was part of a three-goal flurry in a span of 3:48 after New Jersey scored twice in the opening 3:14 of the third.
Kraken 4, Red Wings 2
Yanni Gourde scored twice, including the go-ahead goal at 13:03 of the third period, as Seattle posted four goals in the third to rally past visiting Detroit.
Adam Larsson and Jaden Schwartz also scored for Seattle, which had lost 12 of its previous 14 games (2-10-2). Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves.
Joe Veleno and Taro Hirose scored in the second period for Detroit, which blew a two-goal lead in the final period to lose for the seventh time in its past eight games. Alex Nedeljkovic, who was coming off a 43-save shutout Thursday in Vancouver, stopped 38 of 41 shots.
Penguins 4, Coyotes 1
Sidney Crosby scored twice and Evgeni Malkin once in the third period as Pittsburgh won for the fourth time in five games, defeating Arizona in Glendale, Ariz.
Kasperi Kapanen also scored for the Penguins, and goaltender Tristan Jarry improved to 6-1 in his past seven games with 20 saves.
Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes, who had won two straight games and six of seven. Arizona goaltender Scott Wedgewood made 45 saves.
Predators 6, Maple Leafs 3
Filip Forsberg scored once to set a franchise record in goals and added an assist, and Nashville defeated visiting Toronto.
Forsberg’s 33rd goal of the season came in the third period and gave him a franchise record of 211, passing David Legwand.
“It was awesome,” Forsberg said. “Obviously, it’s been a great ride so far. I played with [Legwand] for a little bit. My first point was his 200th goal. So we’ve come a long way since then.”
Eeli Tolvanen, Matt Duchene and Yakov Trenin also had a goal and an assist each for the Predators, who have won six of their past eight. Tanner Jeannot and Mattias Ekholm added goals, Roman Josi had three assists and Colton Sissons had two assists.
Flames 5, Canucks 2
Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and two assists as Calgary stretched its lead in the Pacific Division to eight points by beating host Vancouver.
Rasmus Andersson had a goal and an assist, and Noah Hanifin, Elias Lindholm and Johnny Gaudreau also scored. Dan Vladar made 23 saves for the Flames.
Matthew Highmore and Brock Boeser scored for the Canucks, who have lost four of five to dim their playoff hopes. Thatcher Demko allowed four goals on 29 shots over two periods before he was replaced by Jaroslav Halak, who made 14 saves.
–Field Level Media contributed to this report.