Alex Turcotte scored his first NHL goal as the Los Angeles Kings led to a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.
Turcotte, whose father Rial was the first pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 1983, has waited nearly four years to experience this great moment after being selected fifth overall in 2019. The 22-year-old American center whose great-grandfather is a Quebec player He is playing only his 14th league match. He also provided an assist on Trevor Lewis' goal in the third period.
For his part, David Rittich was strong in front of the cage, making a season-high 39 saves in the win.
The Preds currently find themselves out of the playoffs for the first time since December 9 after losing their last three games.
Midway through the first half, Carl Grundstrom got the ball back in the neutral zone before attacking Turcotte. He fired a powerful shot past Jose Saros and opened the scoring.
In the second, Trevor Moore crossed the ice at high speed and this time gave Turcotte the opportunity to score the long-awaited goal that made it 2-0.
Taking advantage of a lucky bounce, Filip Forsberg scored his 24th goal of the season in the third and Filip Tomasino also scored with 3:25 left to keep the Preds in the game.
But Kevin Fiala settled the score with an empty net.
Quinton Byfield returned to action for the Kings after missing the last two games due to illness and had an assist.
For Nashville, Alexander Carrier was not at his post after leaving Monday's game in the first half of an overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators. The Quebecois defender, who participated in today's morning training, scored 4 goals and provided 10 assists in 46 matches.
The Anaheim Ducks defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in overtime to achieve their second victory.
They came back from a third-period deficit to win for the ninth time this season, an NHL record.
Troy Terry got both teams back into square one by scoring a goal with 1:01 left in the game. Frank Vatrano then put the finishing touch in extra time with his 22nd goal of the season. John Gibson made 26 saves.
In the defeat, Quebec player Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored a goal in the third match in a row and for the fifth time in the last nine matches.
Anaheim struck early 2:12 into the game. Jakob Silfverberg sent the ball in front of the net and Isak Lundstrom scored from the slot.
Anthony Duclair tied the game with his ninth goal of the season soon after, in a five-man attack, while well placed at the back of the net.
John Gibson held the fort during some important sequences, notably thwarting Calen Addison on two occasions, by pulling the right pad. However, he surrendered to Vlasic at the end of the second half with a shot from the blue line, before the Ducks turned things around.
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