Jack Hughes scored a goal and had an assist in his return to action on Saturday, but his brilliance was not enough for the New Jersey Devils, who lost 5-3 to the New Jersey Rangers, York.
Artemi Panarin and Jimmy Vesey had doubles and Vincent Trocheck had three assists for the Rangers, who upset the Devils with three unanswered goals to win their third straight game. They have not lost in regular time in their last 11 games (10-0-1).
Hughes, who was the NHL’s leading scorer at the time of the injury, missed the last five games for the Devils, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Hughes was troubled by an upper body injury.
Panarin opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season at 8:37 of the first period, and Hughes responded with a sixth less than a minute later. Hughes simply headed the puck into the net, and the puck slid quietly between Igor Shesterkin’s box.
The two teams traded two more goals before the end of the first period when Vesey scored his second of the season and Ondrej Palat responded by finally scoring his first of the season.
Erik Haula gave the Devils the lead on a pass from Hughes 1:17 into the third.
Then the Rangers opened the machine. Panarin tied the game with his 10th midway through the period, and Vesey followed it up with a goal that made the difference at 2:49. Blake Wheeler scored his second of the season on an empty net goal.
Shesterkin and Vitek Vanecek, on the other hand, made 30 saves each.
Hendrix Lapierre had the best game of his young career, scoring a goal with two assists to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
After a poor start to the season, the Caps are playing excellent hockey these days, as evidenced by a four-game winning streak and a 9-4-2 record after 15 games.
Lapierre, 21, scored his second NHL goal, more than two years after opening his account, in October 2021.
He came in from the wing and his backhand shot slipped under the arm of Elvis Merzlikins before ending up in the top of the net.
For the Jackets, it was their 10th regular-season loss in 18 gamese match (4-10-4). Pascal Vincent’s side have lost three games in a row in regular time and have won just one of their last eleven games.
Alex Ovechkin joined the fun, as the Russian legend scored his fifth goal of the campaign and his 827the his prolific career.
No. 8 Washington is now 67 goals short of joining Wayne Gretzky at the top of the hierarchy.
Sonny Milano and Aliaksei Protas also blackened the scorers for Spencer Carbery’s side.
Ivan Provorov scored his first goal of the season for Columbus, while Johnny Gaudreau added the second to his tally.
Gaudreau, who has been disappointing at the start of the calendar, was paired with Patrik Laine and Mathieu Olivier for this match.
Justin Danforth pinned Charlie Lindgren at 15:48 of the final period. The team from Ohio shot 36 times on the Caps cage.
On the other hand, Merzlikins gave up 26 hits four times.
The Lightning (8-6-4) ignored, to say the least, a rough start to the game, allowing two goals in the first 8:31 of the game.
With 13 goals and 14 assists to go with his career high of 27 points through 17 games, Kucherov joins three players from Vancouver Canucks – Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson AND JT Miller – at the top of the NHL points column.
This is the first loss for the Oilers (5-10-1) under head coach Kris Knoblauch, who took over for Jay Woodcroft last Sunday.
Edmonton has won the last three games, the last of which was a week ago, the one that preceded the announcement of Woodcroft’s dismissal.
Kucherov and his compatriot Mihail Sergachevalso a three-pointer, then helped Tampa get back into the game.
Bouchard hoped to put the visitors in control for good when he beat Johansson’s caution in a four-on-four situation at 8:04 of the final period.
However, the response from Jon Cooper’s people came quickly, thanks to an excellent exchange between them Brayden Point and Kucherov leading to a perfect one-shot by the captain Steven Stamkos1:24 after Bouchard’s goal.
The final game-winning goal came from the Lightning support staff, while Luke Glendening deflected a shot past Skinner 39 seconds after Stamkos’ tying goal.
Edmonton threatened in the last two minutes of the game, but ended the suspense with Sergačev’s goal into an empty net at 19:05.
Kyle Connor continues to have fun at the expense of opposing goaltenders as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-2.
The Jets forward scored his 14th goal of the season to put Winnipeg up 3-2 in the second period. He led the NHL in scoring at the time. He also added an assist on a Josh Morrissey net in the third period.
In the victory, the defenseman also collected an assist, bringing his total since the beginning of his career to 200. Mark Scheifele, Vladislav Namestnikov and Mason Appleton were the other players who stopped Karl Vejmelka. The latter rejected 21 pucks.
The working evening of his opponent, Laurent Brossoit, was much less busy. The Jets goaltender only got 18 shots. Mattias Maccelli and Matt Dumba lit the red light for the Coyotes.
Oliver Wahlstrom scored in the fourth round of the shootout, and the New York Islanders stole another point from the Calgary Flames, winning 5-4.
The Isles blew leads of 3-1 and 4-3 before Wahlstrom gave them the long-awaited victory after a seven-game winless streak (0-4-3) dating back to Nov. 4.
Hudson Fasching, Kyle Palmieri, Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson scored against Jacob Markstrom in regulation.
The answer of the Fire, who shot 39 times on Ilya Sorokin’s cage, came from Martin Pospisil, Blake Coleman, MacKenzie Weegar and Yegor Sharangovich.
The New Yorkers will have a few days off after the final game of their trip to Western Canada, with a trip to Seattle.
He will return to action on Wednesday at home against the Philadelphia Flyers.
On the other hand, Calgary (6-8-3) will play four times on the opponent’s ice starting Monday.
The team led by Ryan Huska will face the Kraken before heading to Nashville, Dallas and Denver.