The Florida Panthers players returned to the locker room convinced they had won by two points in Toronto, but they had to come back to finally see the Maple Leafs pull off a 2-1 shootout win on Tuesday.
During the session, Auston Matthews gave Anthony Stolarz a nice fake by inserting the puck between his pads. Sam Reinhart equalized with a fine shot and moments later, Ivan Rodriguez beat Joseph Wall which at that point started the Florida celebrations.
However, those in charge of the match reviewed the goal and noted that the Panthers player pushed the ball twice after it hit the goalkeeper, which negated the goal.
Then Noah Gregor took flight for the Leafs and made the ropes shake. The Panthers players who had retreated to the locker room returned to their team’s bench, but only briefly, because Nick Cousins was unable to extend the session and the Leafs left this time with their arms in the air.
After a game with 167 penalty minutes the day before against the Senators, the Panthers were once again involved in scrimmages. 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 dropped their gloves.
Kevin Stenlund and Gregor scored during regulation time for each team. The Leafs couldn’t finish the job before overtime despite a four-minute penalty on Jona Gadjovic for high sticking with just over three minutes left in the third period. The Leafs were also penalized before the siren for having too many men on the ice.
Wall starred in the Leafs’ win with 38 saves while Stolarz made 31 stops.
In the first period of this game, Mitch Marner received a puck to the face and temporarily left the locker room to return to the grill. Defenseman Mark Giordano left the Leafs game with an upper-body injury.
Wild win first game under Hines
Joel Eriksson Ek, Frederik Gaudreau and Matthew Boldy scored, allowing John Heinz to taste victory in his first game behind the Minnesota Wild bench, 3 to 1 over the St. Louis Blues.
So Minnesota ended a seven-game winless slide the day after head coach Dean Evason and assistant Bob Woods were fired.
Filip Gustafsson made 22 saves to record just his third win in 12 games.
In the case of Boldy, who beat Jordan Binnington in the third period, it was his first goal in eleven games since returning from injury. He hasn’t threaded the needle since October 14th.
Goudreau also returned from the infirmary. Quebec opened its account in its tenth game of the campaign.
Colton Parayko was the only scorer for the Blues. His net equalized 1-1, eight minutes after Erikson Ek opened the scoring.
McCarron helps the Preds continue their success
Michael McCarron scored twice to help the Nashville Predators earn a 3-2 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It was Filip Forsberg who played the hero in overtime with a shot to the wrist on a breakaway. An accidental collision between Ryan O’Reilly and Sidney Crosby on the Penguins’ blue line opened the way for a Forsberg breakaway.
Back to McCarron, this is the third two-goal game of his NHL career. McCarron, who scored the first two goals of the game, also dropped the gloves in the second half.
Thus, the Predators team continues its recent success with its sixth consecutive victory.
Evgeni Malkin and Brian Rust scored for the Penguins in the loss.
Jose Saros had a good performance against the Predators cage as he made 29 saves, while Penguins goaltender 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 period while the Predators were down six players due to a late penalty. McCarron jumped on a loose ball 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 of the first half. After a wonderful individual maneuver by Riley Smith when entering the area, Malkin accepted his pass and scored his tenth goalH Net of the season thanks to an excellent wrist shot.
After scoring points, McCarron used his fists in the second half. Moments after Malkin’s goal, McCarron dropped the gloves against John Ludwig in a fight that will go down in history.
Rust scored in the third period when a wrist shot from the top of the circles found its way into Saros’ goal, tying the score at 2-2 and eventually sending the game into overtime.
Forsberg needed just 14 seconds to finish the debate.
The Penguins will return to action on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, while the Predators will face the Minnesota Wild.
Kochetkov leads Kane’s team 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 was given a promotion to the Sebastian Aho line due to a virus preventing Andrei Svechnikov from playing.
He took advantage of this opportunity by scoring the first goal of the match, against Carter Hart, in the eighth minute of play.
The Flyers responded with a goal by Travis Konecny, who scored his 12th goal near the midway point of the game.
Brendan Lemieux scored what would become the game-winning goal at 13:25 of the second period.
But the rest of the match was up to Kochetkov, who was elected the first star of the match. The Russian goalkeeper won the second match in a row, after defeating Columbus on Sunday.
Seth Jarvis beat Hart late in the third period to extend the Canes’ lead, then Jesperi Kotkaniemi completed the scoring by scoring into an empty net.
Oettinger closes the aircraft door
Jake Oettinger stopped 27 pucks to close the game and the Dallas Stars beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-0.
The Stars goalkeeper was not busy in the first half, except for five shots into his net. The Jets were more persistent during the other two engagements with 11 shots in each period, without finding a solution to Oettinger. It was Oettinger’s first shutout of the season. He still recorded the ninth victory in his fifteenth match.
Joe Pavelski gave the Texans the lead during the middle period. In his office in front of Connor Hellebuyck’s cage, the striker only had to redirect Roope Hintz’s pass 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 on a one-on-one and provided him with a smart pass that Seguin sent behind the red line.
Hellebuyck surrendered two hits on just 21 rounds during this engagement.
Falcons win despite turmoil
Petr Mrazek stopped 33 shots and the Chicago Blackhawks scored twice in the first 11 minutes of play to defeat the Seattle Kraken 4-3.
So the Hawks won’t allow the series of incidents involving their former teammate Corey Perry to become a distraction, just hours after buying out his contract.
Boris Kaczuk and Jason Dickinson beat Philipp Grubauer in the first period, giving Chicago a 2-0 lead.
The Kraken’s response was quick, with Matty Beniers and Alex Wennberg hitting back before the first intermission.
Again in the second half the Hawks scored two goals in the first eleven minutes. Goals by Tyler Johnson and Mackenzie Entwistle put the Locals back in the lead 4-2.
Tye Kartye put Seattle inside the Chicago net lately, but Mrazek was able to hold down the fort, especially during the Kraken’s double-digit outnumbered run.
Stamkos will blame himself
The Tampa Bay Lightning missed their share of chances and will leave Mollett Arena with a 3-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.
Jonas Johansson was in goal for the Lightning while Andrei Vasilevskiy enjoyed the day off after watching Monday in a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Johansson was surprised in the first half by Michael Carcone, who shot the ball while turning and the ball found its way to the back of the goal. Travis Boyd added to the locals’ lead in the middle period after a beautiful move inside the area and hit his shot better than the goalkeeper, achieving his first goal of the season.
Steven Stamkos then had the opportunity to close the gap. He was forgotten to the right of Connor Ingram’s cage and Alex Barré-Boulet gave him the puck. However, the Lightning forward was unable to send the puck into an open cage.
Tampa still got close with less than five minutes left before retreating to the locker room. Brayden Point completed a great play by 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 touch with his second goal of the match, beating Johansson on his way home. The Lightning goaltender made 22 saves in the loss.
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