NHL roundup: Sharks beat Coyotes in wild shootout, Bolts edge Habs, and Knights trump Kings

The NHL returned to action on Tuesday night with three games and more goals than any fan could handle.

All three contests were high scoring affairs, but none was more entertaining than the slugfest between the Sharks and Coyotes. All and all 32 goals were scored for an average of 10.6 goals per game.

Let’s dive into the recaps.

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Sharks 8, Coyotes 7 (SO)

Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl each scored in regulation and again in the shootout as the San Jose Sharks overcame blowing a late two-goal lead to win 8-7 over the visiting Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.

Down 7-5 with just over three minutes to play in regulation, Arizona’s Shayne Gostisbehere scored to make it a one-goal game, and Andrew Ladd tied it on the power play with 1:29 left. However, the Coyotes couldn’t complete the comeback and lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

San Jose also got goals from Radim Simek, Jeffrey Viel, Nick Bonino, Timo Meier and Alexander Barabanov.

Janis Moser posted his first two NHL goals and Lawson Crouse recorded two goals and two assists for the Coyotes. Clayton Keller also scored, Phil Kessel collected four assists and Johan Larsson had three.

“Obviously happy to get the two points, I’ll never complain about that, but it was a frustrating game to coach,” San Jose coach Bob Boughner said. “I thought we settled down, but we couldn’t keep a lead.”

Lightning 5, Canadiens 4 (OT)

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Dec 28, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) is congratulated by left wing Alex Killorn (17) as he scores a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ondrej Palat scored the game-winner 36 seconds into overtime as host Tampa Bay topped Montreal.

Brayden Point returned to the lineup for the first time since Nov. 20 and collected two goals and an assist, and Ross Colton and Corey Perry also tallied for the Lightning, who have won seven consecutive on home ice. Perry tied the game with 20 seconds left in regulation.

“The game doesn’t change, but some of the timing was a little off,” Point said. “Little bit off in the early parts of the game, but I kind of felt better as the game went on.”

Montreal’s Rafael Harvey-Pinard scored and Corey Schueneman earned an assist on the goal in their NHL debuts. Kale Clague scored his first NHL goal in his 39th game, and Lukas Vejdemo and David Savard netted for the first time this season.

Golden Knights 6, Kings 3

Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and an assist to lead Vegas past host Los Angeles.

Reilly Smith and Chandler Stephenson each had a goal and an assist, and Laurent Brossoit made 24 saves for the Golden Knights, who were playing their first game since Dec. 21. Vegas’ Mattias Janmark and Keegan Kolesar also scored.

“Everybody that is in the lineup is experienced and knows how to just kind of have a greasy, hard-working road game, so I think that was a little emphasis tonight,” Stephenson said.

Adrian Kempe had a goal and an assist and Trevor Moore and Alex Iafallo also scored for Los Angeles, which hadn’t played since Dec. 19. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped just 10 of 15 shots before he was replaced by Garret Sparks early in the second period. Sparks finished with 11 saves.

-Field Level Media