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NHL capsules: David Perron’s OT goal vs. Jets gives Golden Knights 34th win

David Perron and Shea Theodore of the Vegas Golden Knights celebrate Perron’s game-winning overtime goal against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (JOHN WOODS / Associated Press)
David Perron and Shea Theodore of the Vegas Golden Knights celebrate Perron’s game-winning overtime goal against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (JOHN WOODS / Associated Press)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – David Perron scored 3:57 into overtime to lead Vegas past the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Thursday night for the Golden Knights’ 34th victory, the most by an NHL expansion team in its debut season.

The Jets had the puck rolling in the crease three times in the extra period, but it couldn’t get it into the net. Perron then fired a high shot past Connor Hellebuyck to win it.

Winnipeg’s Kyle Connor had tied it with a high shot to Marc-Andre Fleury’s glove side with 2:36 left in the third period. Joel Armia also had a goal and one assist for Winnipeg.

Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the Jets (30-13-9), who were trying to set a franchise record with their eighth straight home win.

Fleury stopped 24 shots for Vegas (34-12-4). It was his 389th win, putting him into a tie for 13th among NHL goaltenders.

Reilly Smith had a short-handed goal and Erik Haula scored a controversial goal on the power play for Vegas.

Lightning 7, Flames 4

CALGARY, Alberta – Alex Killorn had two goals and two assists as Tampa Bay struck for five unanswered goals, including four in the third period, in a win over Calgary.

Down 4-3 after two periods, Tampa Bay tied it 12 seconds into the third when Killorn pounced on a loose puck near the Flames face-off dot, spun and sent a backhander on net that slipped past Mike Smith.

The rare off-night for Smith continued when Cory Conacher scored on a sharp angle at 5:16 to give the Lightning the lead for good at 5-4.

Just over a minute later, Steven Stamkos scored his 19th of the season and that was it for Smith. As he got the hook from coach Glen Gulutzan for David Rittich, Smith smashed his stick across the goalpost.

Conacher’s second of the night at 8:26, on a shot from below the goal line, capped the third-period surge. Braydon Coburn and Matthew Peca also scored for Tampa Bay, which maintained its one-point lead over Vegas atop the overall standings.

Canucks 4, Blackhawks 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Brendan Gaunce scored his second goal of the game late in the third period, and Vancouver overcame an early deficit to beat Chicago.

Daniel Sedin and Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks. Troy Stecher added two assists, and Vancouver won for the fifth time in eight games after a 2-11-3 stretch.

Nick Schmaltz and Alex DeBrincat scored for Chicago, which ended a two-game winning streak. Duncan Keith had two assists.

Devils 4, Flyers 3

NEWARK, N.J. – Nico Hischier scored on a deflection with 1:27 to play and the New Jersey Devils rallied to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Thursday night.

Damon Severson scored with 9:00 left to tie it, and Hischier’s first goal in 11 games gave New Jersey its second straight win and spoiled goaltender Alex Lyon’s first NHL start.

Kyle Palmieri and Drew Stafford also scored for the Devils, who have won only four times in 14 games (4-7-3) since Dec. 29. Keith Kinkaid made 22 saves.

Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Shayne Gostisbehere scored for the Flyers, who were looking for their third win over the Devils in less than a month. Lyon made 18 saves a night after making his NHL debut in relief of Michal Neuvirth, and Philadelphia lost its second in as many nights.

Senators 2, Ducks 1, OT

OTTAWA, Ontario – Erik Karlsson scored 32 seconds into overtime to lift Ottawa over Anaheim and snap a six-game skid.

Karlsson one-timed a pass from Matt Duchene on a power play, beating Ryan Miller with a shot inside the near post.

Bobby Ryan scored early in the third period for Ottawa, and Mike Condon stopped 30 shots.

Ryan Kesler tied it with 54 seconds left in regulation after Anaheim pulled Miller for an extra attacker. Miller made 30 saves, but Anaheim ended a three-game winning streak.

Predators 5, Kings 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Pekka Rinne made 19 saves, Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist, and Nashville beat Los Angeles.

Craig Smith, Calle Jarnkrok, Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson also scored. Ryan Johansen had three assists.

Making his first start since representing the Predators in last weekend’s All-Star Game, Rinne earned his fifth shutout of the season and 48th of his career.

Jonathan Quick returned after missing the Kings’ previous two games with an undisclosed injury. He made 31 saves.

Bruins 3, Blues 1

BOSTON – Tuukka Rask made 32 saves and extended his personal point streak to 19 games, lifting Boston over St. Louis.

Rask is 17-0-2 in his last 19 starts, and the Bruins improved to 15-1-4 in their last 20 games overall. David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and David Backes scored for Boston.

In a game featuring two of the top three teams in goals against average, the goalies were the story as Jake Allen made 22 of his 43 saves in the second period – including a spectacular glove stop of Krejci. Rask matched Allen by robbing Jaden Schwartz 1:45 into the third period with a glove save of his own.

With the goalie pulled, Schwartz gave the Bruins a scare when he extended his scoring streak to five games and cut the lead to 2-1 with 1:32 remaining.

Avalanche 4, Oilers 3, Ot

EDMONTON, Alberta – J.T Compher scored 2:28 into overtime to help Colorado snap a three-game losing skid with a victory over Edmonton.

Nikita Zadorov, Blake Comeau and Samuel Girard also scored for the Avalanche, who had a 10-game winning streak before going on their recent skid.

Connor McDavid had a pair of goals, and Drake Caggiula scored once for the Oilers, who have lost two of their last three.

Edmonton had tied it with just 27 seconds remaining in regulation and the goalie pulled as McDavid rifled in a puck after it caromed off the boards.

Maple Leafs 4, Rangers 0

NEW YORK – Curtis McElhinney stopped 25 shots to give Toronto its second straight shutout, this time over New York.

James van Riemsdyk, Patrick Marleau, Zach Hyman and Justin Holl scored to help the Maple Leafs get their fourth straight win and a sweep of the teams’ three-game season series. McElhinney was barely tested in his seventh career shutout and second of the season.

It came one night after Frederik Andersen had 25 saves in a 5-0 win at home against the Islanders, giving Toronto back-to-back shutouts for the second time this season.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was pulled early in the second period after giving up four goals on 13 shots. Ondrej Pavelec came on and stopped all 19 shots he faced.

Stars 4, Coyotes 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Devin Shore had a goal and an assist during Dallas’ three-goal second period, and the Stars beat Arizona.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 17 shots and improved to 6-2 in his last eight starts, all on the road.

Shore tied it at 1 in an atypical way when he lifted his stick to bat in the puck after Jason Spezza chipped it over the goal from behind the net. That was at the three-minute mark of the second.

Shore set up the second goal on a power play for Dallas at 5:21. He collected a rebound and centered to Tyler Seguin, whose shot got by Scott Wedgewood.

Hurricanes 2, Canadiens 0

RALEIGH, N.C. – Cam Ward stopped 27 shots in his second shutout of the season, and Carolina beat Montreal.

Brett Pesce and Brock McGinn scored to help the Hurricanes win their third straight, sweep the season series from Montreal and keep themselves in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Carolina entered two points out of a playoff spot.

Carey Price made 28 saves for the Canadiens, who have lost three in a row and fell to 2-5-2 in their last nine games.

Panthers 4, Sabres 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Harri Sateri stopped the final 19 shots he faced and 30 overall, and Keith Yandle had a goal and two assists in leading Florida over Buffalo.

Mike Matheson, Denis Malgin and Colton Sceviour also scored for the Panthers, who won consecutive games for the first time since winning five in a row from Dec. 19-30.

Ryan O’Reilly and Zemgus Girgensons scored for a Sabres team that continues to struggle at home. Chad Johnson stopped 28 shots.


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