NHL Roundup: Stars stop McDavid, Flames win again, and Vasilevskiy blanks Flyers

Recapping games from November 23, 2021

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Nov 23, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) defends against Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL schedule was light on Tuesday night with just three games on tap.

In Calgary, the Flames continue to surprise by leading the Pacific Division. Their win last night also put them in a three-way tie for most points in the league with the Panthers and Hurricanes.

We start our recap in Dallas where the Stars stopped Connor McDavid’s point streak en route to a win.

Stars 4, Oilers 1

Roope Hintz had a goal and an assist and the Dallas Stars held McDavid without a point for the first time this season in a 4-1 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

McDavid attempted three shots, including a one-timer that grazed the crossbar with 12.8 seconds left. He entered the contest with a season-opening 17-game point streak, the third longest in franchise history behind Wayne Gretzky, who had a 51-gamer in 1983-84 and a 30-game streak in 1982-83.

“I think we took time and space away from [McDavid] and played him pretty hard, so he didn’t have that much time to make plays,” Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen said afterwards.

Jason Robertson, Denis Gurianov and Luke Glendening also scored goals for Dallas, which won for the fourth time in its last five games. John Klingberg, who entered the game with just three points all season, added three assists.

Jake Oettinger stopped 21 of 22 shots to improve to 3-0 this season as the Stars extended their home win streak to four games. Ryan McLeod scored for Edmonton, which had a two-game win streak snapped. Stuart Skinner finished with 29 saves.

Lightning 4, Flyers 0

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Nov 23, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim (6) shoots as Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) defend during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Andrei Vasilevskiy crafted his first shutout this season as Tampa Bay defeated visiting Philadelphia for the ninth straight time. Vasilevskiy turned away all 34 shots he faced to register his 27th career shutout and earn his 199th career victory.

Steven Stamkos scored and added two assists, and Zach Bogosian had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who are 9-1-2 in their past 12 games. Corey Perry and Alex Barre-Boulet added goals.

Prior to the game, the Lightning announced they would be without Brayden Point for 4-6 weeks. He joins Nikita Kucherov on the injured list.

“We’ve dealt with this kind of stuff before,” Stamkos said. “Our depth has always been key to our success. A lot of people have been talking about the guys that left, but we’ve got some really good players that came in, including the young guys who have stepped up.”

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Carter Hart stopped 31 of 35 shots for the Flyers, who fell to 0-2-1 in their past three games.

Flames 5, Blackhawks 2

Matthew Tkachuk broke a tie late in the third period to help Calgary defeat visiting Chicago for its fourth win in a row.

“Just looking back to last year, I think that we would have maybe been tied 2-2 late in the third and probably given one up,” Tkachuk said. “It seemed like we gave up points like that all the time last year.”

Dillon Dube, Milan Lucic, Trevor Lewis and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for the Flames. Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Andersson each had two assists, and Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves.

Reese Johnson had a goal and an assist, and Brandon Hagel also scored for the Blackhawks, who are 5-2-0 under interim head coach Derek King. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 of 37 shots.

–Field Level Media