LONG ISLAND – The Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at UBS Arena.
Derek Stepan (9And), Seth Jarvis (17 .)And) and Max Domy (11 .)AndHe managed to beat goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov. Forward Jesper Fast (14And) and defenseman Brendan Smith (4And) respectively completed their mark of their scores in an empty grid.
“From day one, it’s been great here,” said Domy, who was acquired by the Hurricanes of his Columbus Blue Jackets last month before the trade deadline. There is a winning mentality here. »
Just Ross Johnston (2And) and Ryan Bullock (4 .)And) I managed to find the back of the net to form New York.
Besides Canes’ offensive production, it was the injury to goalkeeper Antti Raanta that caught the eye in the match. Halfway through the second half, when Kyle Palmieri tried to curl around the net to quickly beat Ranta, the Finn goalkeeper appeared to be injured in a sideways movement. He took a while to get up, but he still had a few minutes in the game. The pain seemed to bother the Hurricane goalkeeper and he ended up retreating to the locker room without returning to the match afterwards.
It was 22-year-old goalkeeper Pyotr Kochetkov who took charge until the end of the match as he saved all seven shots he faced.
Retrieved from the Chicago Wolves, the Russian goalkeeper had already signaled the day before by signing his first win on his debut career against the New Jersey Devils.
Selected in the second round by the Hurricanes in the 2019 NHL Draft, Kochetkov has a record 13 wins in 15 NHL games this year with Chicago, maintaining a 2.09 goal-per-game average and an efficiency ratio of 0.921. Earlier this season, the Russian goalkeeper played 23 domestic league matches with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.
Another slab on top of the sticks
Ante Ranta’s injury comes on top of what his colleague in Hurricane Frederic Andersen suffered last week.
After Andersen, Hurricanes lose Ranta
Andersen was forced out of the match against the Colorado Avalanche on April 16 due to a lower body injury.
So Carolina could find herself in a scenario where she would have to play the last two games of the regular season without her first two goalkeepers and maybe even start the first round of the NHL playoffs.
On the way to the franchise record?
With a win over the Islanders on Sunday, the Hurricanes equaled their one-season victories (52) and points (112) they scored in 2005-06, when they won the Stanley Cup. So Canes could set a franchise record Tuesday night against the New York Rangers.
Carolina also consolidated its lead by four points over the same Rangers, to finish first in the capital division.
Oliver Björkstrand and Jacob Vorasek scored three points each to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday afternoon.
Oilers 2 – Blue Jackets 5
However, Conor MacDavid took advantage of his family’s visit to Ohio to take a new personal level. With assists per game, McDavid now has 118 points this season. His previous mark was 116 and it was registered in 2018-19.
Leon Drystel Evander Kane took advantage of their captain’s passing skills. Draisaitl found the back net for 55And countryside times. Kane scored in the third game in a row and scored five goals during his streak.
Björkstrand, Cole Selinger, Eric Robinson, Jack Roslovic and Nick Blankenburg scored for the jackets. For Blankenburg, it was the first goal of his career in the National Hockey League. Voracek had three assists.
Elvis Merzlikins stood in front of the Ulster cage with 33 saves. Mikko Koskinen blocked 26 pucks from the Oilers, who missed an opportunity to boost second place in the Pacific division.
“Tonight our guys fought hard,” said Bluejackets coach Brad Larsen. It’s a very dangerous team. Elvis was exceptional. I’m really happy for guys. They put a lot of effort into this game. »
Noah Kitts scored two goals and one assist in the Philadelphia Flyers’ 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. Kitts now has seven points in his last five games.
Morgan Frost added a goal and assist as Travis Konechny completed the scoring in the empty nets for the pilots.
Martin Jones has faced 37 times for the Philadelphia team, which won its second consecutive victory after losing its last six games.
Sidney Crosby was the Penguins’ only scorer.
“We have two games left here to make sure we play the right way before the playoffs – no matter where we end up in the standings,” the Pittsburgh captain said after the loss.
The Penguins started day three in the DC division, two points clear of the Washington Capitals. If the Capitals are ahead of the Penguins in the standings, the latter will have to face the Panthers in the first round of playoffs.
The penguins are now gearing up to host Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
The Flyers have already been disqualified from the playoffs for a long time. Entering the game, they had the second worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Alex Nedelkovic saved 17 saves to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
Oscar Sundqvist and Tyler Bertozzi scored a goal and assisted the red wings. Michael Rasmussen finished scoring in an empty net.
The win ended a two-game losing streak for Detroit, which had lost 7-2 the previous day.
The Devils goalkeeper Andrew Hammond saved 21 shots for the Devils, who suffered their seventh straight loss at home.
It was the fourth closing of the season for Nedelkovic, who was lucky at times and helped him with a successful challenge from his head coach.
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