NHL roundup: Sharks bite Flames, Crosby moves up assist list, Devils rock Rangers, and more
Today’s NHL Roundup for Tuesday, March 22, 2022 covers all 11 games on the docket.
Sidney Crosby was the offensive driver for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. With three helpers he moved up the NHL assist list, surpassing Nicklas Lidstrom for 22 all-time.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey the New York Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Devils caught them sleeping for a big 7-4 victory. However, we start our recaps in Calgary where the San Jose Sharks rallied by the Flames handing them a rare home loss.
NHL Roundup: Sharks 4, Flames 3
Alexander Barabanov and Logan Couture each scored within a 28-second span in the third period to spark a 4-3 comeback win for the San Jose Sharks over the host Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
It was a rare home loss for the Flames, who were 15-1-2 in their previous 18 home games. The Sharks have won all three games against Calgary this season. San Jose has dominated the rivalry in recent years, with a 12-3-0 record over the last 15 meetings.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Timo Meier scored San Jose’s other goals. Meier left the game with an apparent leg injury late in the third period.
Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist for Calgary, Mikael Backlund and Dillon Dube also scored, and Matthew Tkachuk had two assists.
“Four goals against at home. I thought we kept the chances down. You’ve got to stop all four,” goalie Jacob Markstrom said. “I wasn’t good. I’ve got to be better. It [stinks] when we score three goals after two periods and we should be up 3-0 and we’re not. It gave them a chance to stay in the game. You can’t do that. It’s frustrating. Not a good game from me.”
Markstrom is likely to face discipline for a spearing incident in the game.
Stars 5, Oilers 3
Roope Hintz and Denis Gurianov scored 24 seconds apart in the third period, and host Dallas rallied past Edmonton for its third win in four games.
Tyler Seguin, who assisted on Gurianov’s goal, then scored into an empty net for his 300th career goal. Jason Robertson and Joe Pavelski also scored for the Stars, who moved into playoff position in the Western Conference. Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger made 22 saves.
Kailer Yamamoto scored for the sixth time in seven games, Evander Kane and Leon Draisaitl also scored, and Connor McDavid recorded two assists to extend his point streak to seven games. Mikko Koskinen made 23 saves.
Kraken 4, Coyotes 2
Carson Soucy scored twice as Seattle broke a tie with Arizona for last place in the NHL’s Western Conference, defeating the Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz.
Daniel Sprong, acquired a day earlier from the Washington Capitals at the NHL’s trade deadline, also tallied for the Kraken, who have won three of their past four games. Seattle’s Morgan Geekie added a goal and an assist, and Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves.
Nick Schmaltz and Nick Ritchie scored for Arizona, which was trying to complete a three-game sweep of the season series with the Kraken. Karel Vejmelka stopped 35 of 39 shots.
Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 1
Radim Zohorna and Jake Guentzel scored 36 seconds apart during a four-goal second period as Pittsburgh trounced visiting Columbus.
The goal was the first of two for Guentzel. Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin each added a goal and an assist, and Sidney Crosby had three assists for the Penguins. Crosby’s first assist of the night was his 879th of his career. It pushed him past Nicklas Lidstrom for 22nd in NHL history.
Gustav Nyquist scored for the Blue Jackets, who had won four of their last five.
Trade deadline acquisition Rickard Rakell debuted for the Penguins but was kept off the score sheet.
“Coming here, the warm welcome I got from the whole organization, the players, it’s been great,” Rakell said. “Had a lot of fun. Legs weren’t the best I felt, but it was great to get right back into it and be around the guys, and to get the win was great.”
Kings 6, Predators 1
Quinton Byfield had two goals and an assist for the first multi-point game of his NHL career as Los Angeles defeated visiting Nashville.
Adrian Kempe scored two goals, Trevor Moore had a goal and an assist and Arthur Kaliyev added a goal for the Kings, who had lost four of their previous six games (2-3-1). Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the victory.
Philip Tomasino scored and David Rittich stopped 29 shots for the Predators, who were coming off a 6-3 road win over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, their fourth victory in five games.
Jets 4, Golden Knights 0
Connor Hellebuyck made 42 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as host Winnipeg beat Vegas for the fifth straight time and the seventh time in the past eight meetings.
Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist and Pierre-Luc Dubois and Neal Pionk also scored goals for Winnipeg. It was the 28th career shutout for Hellebuyck, who improved to 6-0-1 in his last seven starts against Vegas. Kyle Connor extended his point streak to eight games with two assists and Blake Wheeler also had two assists for the Jets.
Rookie Logan Thompson, making his fourth consecutive start, stopped 22 of 26 shots for Vegas, which extended its franchise-record road losing streak to seven.
Blues 5, Capitals 2
Brayden Schenn recorded a goal and two assists as visiting St. Louis beat the Capitals to snap a three-game losing streak.
Brandon Saad and David Perron each had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who had won just two of their previous nine games (2-4-3). Ryan O’Reilly and Nathan Walker also scored, and Ville Husso made 19 saves for the victory.
Tom Wilson logged a goal and an assist, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored and Vitek Vanecek stopped 33 shots for the Capitals, who have lost two in a row after a 7-0-1 stretch.
Islanders 3, Senators 0
Scott Mayfield snapped a scoreless tie just before the midway point of the third period and goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 24 shots in his first shutout of the season as host New York beat Ottawa.
The shutout was the first for Varlamov since May 1, 2021. The 33-year-old was bandied about in rumors prior to Monday’s trade deadline but stayed put for the Islanders, who were the only NHL team not to make a move on Sunday or Monday.
Anders Lee scored with 2:35 left and Zach Parise, who signed a one-year extension Monday, added an empty-netter with 46.9 seconds left for the Islanders, who have won seven of their last 10 (7-2-1).
Devils 7, Rangers 4
New Jersey scored five times in the second period and rallied past New York in Newark, N.J.
Dawson Mercer scored the tiebreaking goal for the Devils with 7:20 remaining in the second period. Jack Hughes scored twice for New Jersey, which also got goals from Ryan Graves, P.K. Subban, Tomas Tatar and Yegor Sharangovich.
Mika Zibanejad and Adam Fox scored in the opening 20 minutes for the Rangers, who were coming off an impressive back-to-back road sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes. Ryan Strome and Chris Kreider also scored for the Rangers.
“We had a great first, everyone was in a good mindset, and I think it was just mental errors, some stupid hockey by everyone,” Strome said. “Just mistakes that cost us. Weak hockey and soft hockey.”
Red Wings 6, Flyers 3
Jakub Vrana scored two goals to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-3 home win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
Joe Veleno, Lucas Raymond, Oskar Sundqvist and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit.
Joel Farabee, Oskar Lindblom and James van Riemsdyk scored for Philadelphia.
Detroit opened the scoring with 14:43 remaining in the first period on a goal by Veleno, who circled the back of the net and fired a shot into the goal as Philadelphia defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen collided with goalie Carter Hart in the crease, preventing Hart from stopping Veleno’s shot.
The Red Wings made it 2-0 with 10:45 left in the first when Vrana swatted at a bouncing puck in the left face-off circle and saw it go over Hart’s glove and into the net.
After Philadelphia pulled Hart for an extra attacker, Detroit took a 5-3 lead with 2:51 remaining on an empty-net goal by Sundqvist.
Bertuzzi added another empty-net goal with 1:11 left.
Hurricanes 3, Lightning 2
Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots and Carolina scored twice on power plays to snap a four-game winless streak by defeating Tampa Bay in Raleigh, N.C.
Martin Necas, Tony DeAngelo and Sebastian Aho had the Carolina goals. The first two came on what have become rare power-play tallies for the Hurricanes, who had been 0-3-1 across their previous four games.
Nick Paul scored in his first game with the Lightning and Alex Killorn added the second goal with 59.3 seconds remaining when the Lightning went with an extra skater.
–Field Level Media contributed to this report