NHL Roundup: Two four goal games, OT thrillers, and some history made in Thursday’s action
The NHL put on a show for its fans on Thursday night with some incredible individual efforts. Patrice Bergeron and Brock Nelson each lit the lamp four times to lead their respective teams to victory.
In Pittsburgh, sans Sidney Crosby and head coach Mike Sullivan (COVID), they edged the Flyers in the Battle of Pennsylvania. Let’s dive in.
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Bruins 5, Red Wings 1
Patrice Bergeron matched a franchise record with a trio of power-play goals and scored four total to help the Boston Bruins skate past the visiting Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Thursday night.
“My game is not just about scoring goals,” Bergeron said. “I think you always have to go back to what you want to do to help your team win, do those things and worry about details, and the rest falls into place.”
Bergeron had been held without a goal during the Bruins’ first seven games. The Boston captain became the fifth player in team history to record a hat trick at age 36 or older, joining Hall of Famer Johnny Bucyk (six times), Jean Ratelle, Dit Clapper and Dave Andreychuk.
Mike Reilly also scored for the Bruins, who secured their second straight win. Boston rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman recorded 14 saves.
Red Wings rookie Lucas Raymond scored his fifth goal for his team-leading 10th point. Thomas Greiss stopped 32 shots for Detroit, which took its fourth straight loss after winning four of seven to open the season.
Islanders 6, Canadiens 2
Brock Nelson scored a career-high four goals to lead New York over host Montreal.
“I thought our line played well and it’s a byproduct of a couple of nice plays,” Nelson said via NHL.com. “[Kyle Palmieri] had an unbelievable backhand touch on the first one. A couple of good plays from ‘Beau’ to get a few, so it’s always nice to have a great night.”
The Islanders are on a six-game (4-0-2) points streak, with all of those games coming away from home. Anthony Beauvillier matched a career best with three assists, Jean-Gabriel Pageau had a goal and an assist, and Oliver Wahlstrom also scored as part of New York’s four-goal second period.
Nick Suzuki and Tyler Toffoli scored third-period goals for the Canadiens, who had lost three of four.
Penguins 3, Flyers 2 (OT)
Kris Letang scored at 1:54 of overtime and undermanned Pittsburgh downed visiting Philadelphia to snap a three-game losing streak.
Letang was making his return from a four-game absence with COVID-19. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Brian Dumoulin, Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel, and coach Mike Sullivan were all absent after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Brock McGinn and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins, and Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry made 36 saves. Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton scored and Carter made 33 saves for the Flyers.
Panthers 5, Capitals 4 (OT)
In a game that featured four goaltenders, Aleksander Barkov scored two goals as Florida remained hot with an overtime win over Washington in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers have yet to lose in regulation this season.
The winning goal, which came with 3:05 left in OT, was credited to Eetu Luostarinen, as his pass went in off the stick of Washington’s Tom Wilson.
Barkov has seven goals this season, including five in his past three games. He also has 188 career goals, tying him with Olli Jokinen for the most in Panthers history. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 10th goal of the season. His 740 career goals place him one behind Brett Hull for fourth place on the all-time NHL list.
Maple Leafs 2, Lightning 1 (OT)
William Nylander scored on a power play at 2:43 of overtime, capping Toronto’s come-from-behind win over visiting Tampa Bay.
John Tavares tied the game for Toronto in the final minute of regulation. Pat Maroon had put Tampa Bay on top in the first period.
Toronto went on the power play when Victor Hedman was called for slashing 57 seconds into the extra session. Nylander fired the game-winner from the left circle to extend Toronto’s winning streak to four games.
Golden Knights 5, Senators 1
Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals and Robin Lehner made 38 saves to lead visiting Vegas past Ottawa for its fourth win in five games.
William Carrier, Brett Howden and Alex Pietrangelo also scored for the Golden Knights, who improved to 4-0-0 all-time at Ottawa.
Brady Tkachuk scored for the Senators, who lost for the sixth time in seven games. Filip Gustavsson finished with 34 saves.
Stars 4, Flames 3 (OT)
Jamie Benn scored the overtime winner and Miro Heiskanen collected three assists as the visiting Dallas Stars snapped a four-game losing skid with a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday.
Denis Gurianov, Blake Comeau and Tyler Seguin also scored for Dallas, and Anton Khudobin made 30 saves. The Stars have four wins this season, but none in regulation time.
The Flames dominated overtime, but Benn netted the winning goal when he took a drop pass from Joe Pavelski and ripped a shot from the slot at 2:59. Dallas has won five straight games in Calgary.
Kraken 5, Sabres 2
Jordan Eberle scored the first hat trick in Kraken history, a natural one at that, as Seattle defeated the visiting Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Thursday night.
“It’s an honor, it’s really cool,” Eberle explained afterwards. “I have a couple [of hat tricks] but this one for sure, you get the first in Kraken history, in this arena, it’s pretty special. I’m not going to lie, when it went in, I definitely thought about it. It’s a neat moment, and it’s part of history.”
Jaden Schwartz added an empty-net goal and two assists, Morgan Geekie also scored and Alex Wennberg had two helpers as the Kraken snapped a two-game losing streak. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 19 saves.
Tage Thompson and Kyle Okposo scored for Buffalo, which completed its four-game West Coast swing with a 1-3-0 record. Goalie Dustin Tokarski, who played junior hockey in Spokane, Wash., kept the Sabres in the game by stopping 33 of 37 shots.
Eberle, selected from the New York Islanders in the expansion draft, tied the score at 2-2 at 18:25 of the second period.
Blues 5, Sharks 3
Brandon Saad scored twice as the visiting St. Louis Blues rallied past the San Jose Sharks 5-3 Thursday night.
Pavel Buchnevich, James Neal and Robert Thomas also scored for the Blues, who have gone 7-1-1 to open the season. Goaltender Joel Hofer made 23 saves and earned an assist while winning his NHL debut.
Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Nick Merkley scored for the Sharks, whose two-game winning streak was snapped. Goaltender Adin Hill made 23 saves in defeat.
Blues forward Brayden Schenn sustained an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return to the game.
–Field Level Media