Alex Nedeljkovic signed his first NHL shutout in nearly 19 months and the Pittsburgh Penguins stunned the powerful Vegas Golden Knights 3-0.
Just two days after scoring a goal in an MLS game, Nedjelkovic stopped all 38 shots he faced to deny the best team in the Western Conference a goal.
This is his first shutout since April 24, 2022 when he made 17 saves against the New Jersey Devils in a Detroit Red Wings uniform. This is his second loss in three appearances with the Penguins.
Ryan Graves and Noel Acciari each scored their first goals of the season to help the Penguins end a two-game losing streak. Graves opened the scoring just 2:13 into the first period, then Acciari made it 2-0 midway through the second period.
Evgeni Malkin completed the scoring into an empty net with his ninth goal this season.
Jake Guentzel collected an assist to extend his streak of games with at least one point to eight. He has 11 during this stretch.
The Golden Knights, who were indefensible to start the season with 23 points out of a possible 24 in their first 12 games, have shown they are human since this series with a 2-4-1 record.
Adin Hill made 30 saves against Vegas.
Bedard and the Falcons were difficult but they brilliantly defeated Dahlin
Rasmus Dahlin contributed all three goals for the Buffalo Sabres, who beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2.
Dahlen scored his fourth goal of the season and had assists on the back of Jeff Skinner and Eric Johnson.
Connor Bedard collected an assist past Filip Kurashev, who also assisted on Taylor Radish’s goal. Bedard has scored nine goals and six assists for a total of 15 points in 16 games this season.
The Sabers led 1-0 and 2-1, but each time the young Blackhawks team managed to tie the game. In the end, Chicago lost the fourth game in a row.
Dahlen opened the scoring for the first time at 4:53 of the first period and Radish tied it at 3:28 of the second.
Skinner broke the tie for the Sabers midway through the period and Kurashev pulled Chicago back into the tie with 2:32 in the second.
Johnson scored the winning goal midway through the third period. He got past defenseman Seth Jones midway through the period before throwing a shot from a tight angle that beat Petr Mrazek on his right shoulder. This is the second goal for the veteran defender this season.
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 24 saves in the win.
The Blues recover at the expense of the Ducks
Joel Hoover made 30 stops, Pavel Buchnevich scored on the power play, and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-1.
Thus, the Blues (9-7-1) put behind them the bitter setback they suffered the previous day at the Los Angeles Kings.
They will finish a four-game road trip on opposite ice on Wednesday with a visit to the Arizona Coyotes.
Jake Neighbors scored for the second straight game, after being the only scorer for his club in a 5-1 loss on Saturday.
Alexei Torobchenko also fooled the alertness of veteran goalkeeper John Gibson.
His goal at 5:39 of the middle period gave St. Louis a three-goal lead.
Mason McTavish gave the Ducks (9-9-0) the only source of celebration of the evening, three minutes after the Blues’ third goal.
Anaheim, which has lost three straight games in regulation, has scored just four goals since its slide began.
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