NHL: Avalanche win 6-4 over Penguins; doubled by Nathan MacKinnon

Nathan MacKinnon scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Leaders in the general classification of the NHL, the men of Jared Bednar won their 50th victory this season, in their 70th game.

The Avalanche have won their last four games, while the Penguins have been defeated in regulation in their last two outings.

Besides MacKinnon’s 23rd and 24th goals, JT Compher, Josh Manson, Darren Helm and Artturi Lehkonen also scored for Colorado (50-14-6).

In the case of Lehkonen, it was a first goal with his new team. The former Canadian dropped the puck in an empty net late in the game.

Defenseman Devon Toews had three assists, while Darcy Kuemper made 41 saves.

Bryant Rust, Evan Rodrigues, Jake Guentzel and Mike Matheson hit the target for the Penguins (41-20-10).

Last month, the Avalanche became the fourth team in 25 years to reach 100 points in 67 or fewer games.

Mike Smith takes himself for Mcdavid… for McDavid!

Mike Smith served a clever pass to Connor McDavid after an overtime stoppage and the young Oilers star took the opportunity to break away and give the Oilers a 2-1 victory over the Sharks in a spectacular end to the game.

Oilers 2 – Sharks 1 (Overtime)

Trailing by one goal, the Oilers tied the game when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins beat shorthanded James Reimer to bring the whole crowd into overtime. RNH deftly seized a clearance that made a good oddball on the bay window before joining forces with Darnell Nurse and Zach Hyman for their 10th goal of the campaign.

The only goal of the match so far belonged to Tomas Hertl who had taken advantage of the massive attack of his team in the first twenty to open the scoring. Hertl accepted a pass from Brent Burns to fire a one-time slap shot from the face-off circle to Smith’s left.

The Oilers sign a fifth straight victory and overtake the Los Angeles Kings for second place in the Pacific Division. On the side of the Sharks, it is a fourth consecutive defeat.

Johansen’s first-ever hat-trick

Ryan Johansen scored his first NHL hat trick, and the Nashville Predators outscored the Minnesota Wild 6-2.

The Preds have bounced back nicely after being defeated by Buffalo in their last outing.

The Wild suffered their first loss in regulation time in their last ten games (9-0-1). His last defeat of the kind had precisely been cashed against the Preds, on March 13.

Johansen had never scored a hat-trick on the Bettman circuit before, in 773 games. He completed the feat by scoring in an empty net at 19:54 of the third period.

Juuse Saros shone in front of goal for Nashville, making 47 saves at the expense of the mighty Wild.

On the other side, Marc-André Fleury had a more difficult evening, yielding five times on 32 shots. It was his first loss in three starts with Minnesota.

Matt Duchene registered his 36th of the season, while Filip Forsberg provided three assists.

In the loss, Kirill Kaprizov scored his 40th goal of the season. The Wild’s other goal came from linemate Mats Zuccarello.

Team record for Kreider in a victory

Chris Kreider scored his 47th goal of the season, helping the New York Rangers defeat the New Jersey Devils 3-1.

Author of a 25th net on the power play this year, Kreider thus established a new team mark for the Rangers.

The veteran Blueshirts winger also had an assist on Ryan Strome’s goal, which also scored on the power play.

New Rangers acquisition Justin Braun rounded out the scoring, while Alexander Georgiev made 20 saves for his fifth straight start.

The New Yorkers were opportunistic, having fired only 17 shots on the net of Nico Daws.

Yegor Sharangovich was the only one to hit the target for the Devils. He opened the scoring at 6:56 of the first period. He stole the puck from Blue Shirts defender Jacob Trouba in his area before beating Georgiev with a backhand shot.

Three minutes later, Sharangovich battled with Braden Schneider after the latter hit Jesper Boqvist hard in front of the Devils bench. Sharangovich received 17 minutes of penalty for his gesture in addition to sustaining a cut to the head. He did not return to the game.

The Canes surprised by the Sabers

Victor Olofsson broke the tie midway through the third period and the Buffalo Sabers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2.

Olofsson was also part of Dylan Cozens’ superiority goal 3:03 later.

Jeff Skinner and Casey Mittelstadt also scored for Buffalo, while Craig Anderson made 32 saves.

The Sabers are 6-1-3 in their last 10 meetings.

Nino Niederreiter and Jesper Fast fought back for Carolina.

Jordan Staal provided two assists, including his 600th NHL point, while Frederik Andersen stopped 18 shots.

The Hurricanes remain two points away from a second 100-point campaign in franchise history.

Stunning Merzlikins with 47 saves

Justin Danforth scored the game-winning goal late in the third period and Elvis Merzlikins stopped 47 shots to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

This gain allowed the Blue Jackets to end a seven-game losing streak. Sean Kuraly completed the scoring in an empty net in the dying seconds of the game.

Blue Jackets 4 – Flyers 2

The last victory for the Jackets dates back to March 19. Since then, the team has seen its playoff hopes go up in smoke over the past three weeks.

The two teams excluded from the playoffs sent to the ice lineups filled with young prospects. It was an evening marked by premieres!

Brendan Gaunce scored his fifth of the season with the help of Carson Meyer, who collected his first NHL point before scoring his first goal in a 2-on-1 run with 6:37 remaining in the first period.

Noah Cates cut the deficit to 2-1 by also scoring his first career goal late in the first period. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 draft, but preferred to stay in university. He joined the Flyers after Minnesota-Duluth was eliminated last week.

The Flyers then tied the game 2-2 in the second period thanks to James van Riemsdyk. On the game, Ronnie Attard collected his first career point.

Alex Nedeljkovic shines against the Bruins

Alex Nedeljkovic made no less than 47 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings win by a score of 5-3 against the Boston Bruins.

Erik Haula and Brandon Carlo gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the first period, before watching the Wings score four straight goals to nail the visitors’ coffin in Detroit.

With a goal at the end of the first period, Dylan Larkin reached the 30-goal mark for the second time in his career. Along with Larkin, Michael Rasmussen, Filip Zadina and Jakub Vrana all found the back of the net in the home side’s four-goal push.

Patrice Bergeron reduced the gap to just one goal late in the third period with his 19and of the season. Sam Gagner, however, scored the insurance goal into an empty net to seal the match.

The Stars ahead of the Knights with a victory

A shorthanded Radek Faksa goal midway through the second period was the difference Tuesday night as the Dallas Stars won 3-2 over the New York Islanders.

Marian Studenic and Tyler Seguin also hit the mark for the Stars, who took possession of the second-place team drafted for the Western Conference playoffs. They are one point ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights and one point behind the Nashville Predators. Jake Oettinger made 19 saves.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brock Nelson replied for the Islanders who find themselves 11 points behind the Washington Capitals. The Caps hold the last available playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 pucks.

On the winning goal, Luke Glendening caused a turnover on the blue line for the shorthanded Islanders. He then carried the disc to the opposing zone while Faksa rushed directly to the net. Glendening sent the puck in the direction of the goal and Faksa redirected it. The shot was blocked by Varlamov, but the disc hit Pageau’s skate to bounce off the back of the cage.

Studenic opened the scoring at 7:29 of the first period. It’s his first goal since being claimed by the Stars and his second of the season.

Pageau tied the game midway through the period, but Seguin put the Stars ahead in the final minute. .

Noah Dobson also reached a career-high 40 points with two assists in the game.

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