The Florida Panthers players returned to the locker room convinced that they collected two points in Toronto, but they had to come back to finally see the Maple Leafs sign a 2-1 victory in the shootout on Tuesday.
During the session, Auston Matthews served up a nice fake to Anthony Stolarz by slipping the disc between his pads. Sam Reinhart tied the score with a nice shot and moments later, Evan Rodrigues beat Joseph Woll and that’s when the celebrations started for Florida.
Except the officials changed the goal and pointed out that the Panthers player pushed the puck twice in motion after it hit the goalie who missed the goal.
Noah Gregor then started the Leaves and got the ropes shaking. The Panthers players who withdrew to the locker room returned to their team’s bench, but for a short time, because Nick CousinsoffsesESesesses and the Leafs this time left with their arms in the air.
After a game with 167 penalty minutes the other day against the Senators, the Panthers are once again embroiled in controversy. Matthew Tkachuk was expected in Toronto when he received a double-check from Max Domi. The latter attacked Sam Bennett. Both players found themselves on the ice soon after and they threw down the gloves.
Kevin Stenlund and Gregor scored in regulation time for each team. The Leafs couldn’t get the job done before overtime despite a four-minute penalty to Jonah Gadjovich for high-sticking with just over three minutes left in the third period. The Leafs were also penalized in front of the siren for having too many people on the ice.
Woll shined in the Leafs’ win with 38 saves while Stolarz stopped 31 pucks.
In the first period of this game, Mitch Marner received a puck in the face and temporarily left the locker room to return with a grill. Defenseman Mark Giordano left the Leafs game with an upper body injury.
The Wild won the first game under Hynes
Joel Eriksson Ek, Frédérick Gaudreau and Matthew Boldy hit the target, allowing John Hynes to enjoy a victory in his first game behind the Minnesota Wild bench, 3 to 1 against St. Louis Blues.
So Minnesota ended a seven-game winless slide the day after the firing of head coach Dean Evason and his assistant Bob Woods.
Filip Gustavsson made 22 saves to record his third win in 12 starts.
In the case of Boldy, who beat Jordan Binnington on a breakaway in the third period, it was his first goal in eleven games since his return from injury. He hasn’t threaded the needle since October 14th.
Gaudreau also returned from the infirmary; the Quebecer opened his account, in his tenth game of the campaign.
Colton Parayko was the only scorer for the Blues. His net tied the score at 1-1, eight minutes after Eriksson Ek opened the scoring.
McCarron helped Pred continue its success
Michael McCarron scored two goals to help the Nashville Predators earn a 3-2 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Filip Forsberg played the hero in overtime with a wrist shot as he broke away. An accidental collision between Ryan O’Reilly and Sidney Crosby on the Penguins’ blue line paved the way for Forsberg’s separation.
Coming back to McCarron, this is the third two-goal game of his NHL career. McCarron, who scored the game’s first two goals, also dropped the gloves in the second period.
Thus, the Predators continued their recent success with a sixth straight victory.
Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust scored the Penguins’ goals in the loss.
Juuse Saros did well in front of the Predators cage with 29 saves, while Penguin goalie Tristan Jarry allowed three goals on 26 shots.
McCarron put the Predators in the driver’s seat midway through the first period when he skillfully redirected a Tyson Barrie shot for his second goal of the season.
The former Canadian was on the ice at the end of the season, while the Predators attacked with six players because of a delayed penalty. McCarron pounced on a loose puck in the slot and hit the target with a wrist shot to double his team’s lead.
The Penguins halted their slide in the opening minutes of the middle period. After a great individual maneuver from Reilly Smith entering the zone, Malkin received his pass and scored his 10e net in time, thanks to an excellent wrist shot.
After scoring a point, McCarron used his fists in the second period. Moments after Malkin’s goal, McCarron threw down the gloves against John Ludvig in a fight that will never go down in history.
Rust put the score on the scoresheet in the third period when his wrist shot from above the circles went past Saros, tying the score at 2-2 and ultimately sending the game into overtime.
Forsberg needed just 14 seconds to end the debate.
The Penguins return to action on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, while the Predators take on the Minnesota Wild.
Kochetkov led the Canes to victory
Pyotr Kochetkov made 29 saves, Michael Bunting had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1.
Bunting earned a promotion in Sebastian Aho’s line due to a virus that prevented Andrei Svechnikov from playing.
He took advantage of this opportunity by scoring the first goal of the game, against Carter Hart, in the eighth minute of the game.
The Flyers responded with Travis Konecny, who scored his 12th goal, nearing the halfway mark of the game.
Brendan Lemieux scored what would be the game-winner at 13:25 of the second period.
The rest of the match, however, was the affair of Kochetkov, who was voted the first star of the match. The Russian goalkeeper won his second straight start, following Sunday’s win over Columbus.
Seth Jarvis beat Hart late in the third to extend the Canes’ lead, then Jesperi Kotkaniemi completed the scoring by scoring into an empty net.
Oettinger shut the door on the Jets
Jake Oettinger stopped 27 pucks for a shutout and the Dallas Stars beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-0.
The Stars goalie was not busy in the first period with only five shots against his net. The Jets were more assertive during the other two contests with 11 shots each period, without any finding a solution in front of Oettinger. It was Oettinger’s first shutout this season. He still recorded a ninth win in his 15th game.
Joe Pavelski gave the Texan team the lead midway through the period. In his office in front of Connor Hellebuyck’s cage, the striker only had to redirect Roope Hintz’s delivery into the back of the goal.
Tyler Seguin delivered the final blow with less than five minutes left in the final period. Mason Marchment appeared with his teammate in a two-on-one and served him a smart lift pass that Seguin sent behind the red line.
Hellebuyck gave up twice in just 21 shots during this contest.
The Hawks won despite the chaos
Petr Mrazek blocked 33 shots and the Chicago Blackhawks scored twice in the first eleven minutes of the game to defeat the Seattle Kraken 4-3.
That’s why the Hawks won’t let the series of incidents involving their former teammate Corey Perry, a few hours after buying his contract, get in the way.
Boris Katchouk and Jason Dickinson beat Philipp Grubauer in the first period, giving Chicago a 2-0 lead.
The Kraken’s response was quick, however, as Matty Beniers and Alex Wennberg returned before the first intermission.
Again in the second period, the Hawks scored twice in the first eleven minutes; Goals from Tyler Johnson and Mackenzie Entwistle put the locals back in command by two goals, 4-2.
Tye Kartye brought Seattle to within a Chicago net in the final period, but Mrazek was able to defend the fort, especially during a double-digit lead on the Kraken.
Stamkos will blame himself
The Tampa Bay Lightning missed their share of chances and will leave Mullett Arena with a 3-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.
Jonas Johansson was in net for the Lightning while Andrei Vasilevskiy enjoyed a day off after seeing action on Monday in a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Johansson was surprised in the first period by Michael Carcone who took a shot while turning and the puck found the back of the goal. Travis Boyd added to the lead for the locals in the middle period after a nice move into the zone and his shot got the best of the goalkeeper for his first goal of the season.
Steven Stamkos then had a great opportunity to narrow the gap. He was missed to the right of the cage by Connor Ingram and Alex Barré-Boulet gave him the disc. The Lightning forward, however, was unable to send the puck into a gaping cage.
Tampa still came close with less than five minutes remaining before retreating to the locker room. Brayden Point completed a nice play from Nikita Kucherov to make it 2-1.
However, Ingram stopped all 12 Lightning shots in the third period and finished his game with 30 saves.
Carcone put the finishing touches on his second goal of the game, beating Johansson on his way back into the net. The Lightning goaltender made 22 saves in the loss.
Boeser, new leader in goals
Elias Pettersson scored 32 seconds into the third period, and his goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1.
Brock Boeser, who had the best moments of his career, scored a double – his 16th and 17th goals of the season – to move into first place among NHL scorers. He completed the score into an abandoned net at 19:12.
Anaheim’s (9-13-0) free fall in the standings continues, with its seventh straight loss – all agreed in regulation time.
The Canucks (15-7-1) bounced back from a 4-3 home loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
Thatcher Demko gave Ryan Strome a pass as Vancouver lost early in the second period. He was perfect after that, finishing his night with 30 saves.