NHL roundup: Recap, highlights from Thursday’s NHL slate

By Field Level Media
Feb 25, 2021; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Florida Panthers center Frank Vatrano (77) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Panthers, trailing by two goals with less than seven minutes left, got three consecutive tallies to defeat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night at Sunrise, Fla.

Stars rookie goalie Jake Oettinger, in just his seventh NHL game, appeared poised to record his first career shutout. However, the Panthers scored three goals in a span of 2:49.

The goals came from Aleksander Barkov, Anton Stralman and Frank Vatrano, with Vatrano notching the game-winner with 3:10 left. Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves to earn the victory.

Dallas got goals from Joe Pavelski, his team-high 10th of the season, and Jamie Benn. Oettinger finished with 32 saves.

Devils 4, Sabres 3 (OT)

Pavel Zacha extended his point streak to eight games with two assists and the winning goal in overtime as visiting New Jersey rallied to snap a three-game skid with a victory over Buffalo.

After the Sabres tied the game late in the third, Zacha ripped a successful shot off Jesper Bratt’s pass for the winner just 1:17 into the extra session.

Buffalo played without star forward Jack Eichel, who began the day tied for the team lead with 14 points but was a late scratch because of a lower-body injury. Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark exited after one period due to an apparent injury.

Oilers 3, Canucks 0

Mike Smith stopped 32 shots for his second shutout of the season, leading Edmonton to a victory at Vancouver.

Smith, 38, improved to 6-0-0 this season. According to STATS, the only older goalie to start a season with at least six consecutive wins was George Hainsworth, who began 8-0-0 for the 1934-35 Toronto Maple Leafs.

Alex Chiasson, Jesse Puljujarvi and Connor McDavid each scored for the Oilers, who earned their fifth consecutive win and improved to 11-2-0 in their past 13 games. The Canucks lost their four game in a row (0-3-1) after falling to Edmonton for the second consecutive game.

Capitals 5, Penguins 2

Tom Wilson’s goal broke a tie and Washington scored four goals in the third period to beat visiting Pittsburgh.

The Capitals, who never trailed, surged ahead when Wilson scored with 7:20 remaining. Washington added two empty-net goals.

Pittsburgh had won four of the first five meetings between the teams this season.

Islanders 7, Bruins 2

Anthony Beauvillier scored the tiebreaking goal 5:41 into the third period to begin a five-goal flurry by New York, which beat Boston in Uniondale, N.Y.

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Jordan Eberle, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Anders Lee and Oliver Wahlstrom added goals within a six-minute span later in the third for the Islanders, who didn’t score more than four goals in any of their first 18 games this season.

Nick Ritchie scored 1:02 into the first and Craig Smith scored a game-tying goal with 8:24 left in the second for the Bruins.

Jets 6, Canadiens 3

Blake Wheeler recorded a goal and two assists as Winnipeg earned a victory over visiting Montreal. Down 3-1 midway through the game, the Jets scored five unanswered goals to extend their winning streak to three games.

It was an unsuccessful debut for Dominique Ducharme, who replaced Claude Julien as Montreal’s coach on Wednesday. The Canadiens are 0-2-2 in their past four games and 2-5-2 over their past nine games.

Kyle Connor scored two goals for Winnipeg. Pierre-Luc Dubois and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist, and Nate Thompson scored the game-winner. Joel Armia scored two goals, Tomas Tatar added a goal and Jeff Petry had two assists for Montreal.

Red Wings 5, Predators 2

Sam Gagner recorded his third career hat trick — his first three goals of the season — and host Detroit pulled away for a victory over Nashville.

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Luke Glendening had a goal and an assist and Adam Erne also scored for Detroit. Darren Helm and Bobby Ryan each had two assists, and Red Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves.

Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula scored for the Predators, who won 2-0 at Detroit two nights earlier. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves.

Senators 6, Flames 1

Colin White scored twice while goaltender Matt Murray stopped 29 shots to lead host Ottawa to a win over Calgary.

Drake Batherson, Erik Gudbranson, Connor Brown and Erik Brannstrom lit the lamp as the Senators ran their winning streak to a season-high three games.

The Flames, who got a goal from Milan Lucic, have just one victory in their past six outings (1-4-1).

Lightning 3, Hurricanes 1

Yanni Gourde scored the tiebreaking goal 6:22 into the third period, and Tampa Bay beat visiting Carolina to post its third straight win. The contest concluded a four-game set between the teams.

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Mikhail Sergachev and Barclay Goodrow (empty-netter) tallied for Tampa Bay. Lightning goalie Curtis McElhinney made 31 saves.

Brett Pesce had a goal for the Hurricanes, who scored just once in the final two games of the series. James Reimer stopped 19 of 21 shots for Carolina.

Blackhawks 2, Blue Jackets 0

Malcolm Subban made 26 saves in the second shutout of his NHL career as visiting Chicago beat Columbus. The Blackhawks improved to 9-2-1 in their past 12 games.

Patrick Kane scored at 8:45 of the third period, the 399th tally of his career. Carl Soderberg scored an empty-netter with 50 seconds left.

Joonas Korpisalo made 25 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three in a row for the first time this season.

–Field Level Media

Sports deaths this year

Howard Schnellenberger (Miami Hurricanes Head Coach)

Miami, FL – Coach Howard Schnellenberger of the University of Miami Hurricanes during a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions in November 1981 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)

Schnellenberger died on March 27th, 2021. He was 87.

Elgin Baylor (Los Angeles Lakers)

New York, NY — Los Angeles Lakers forward Elgin Baylor (22) shoots against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor died of natural causes on March 22, 2021. He was 86.

'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler (Boxer)

Las Vegas, NV – John Mugabi and Marvin Hagler fight for the WBA, WBC, and IBF Middleweight titles on March 10, 1986 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hagler won the fight with an 11th round knockout. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Hagler died unexpectedly on March 13. He was 66.

Rheal Cormier (MLB Pitcher)

San Francisco, CA – Pitcher Rheal Cormier #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers against the San Francisco Giants during the MLB game at Pac Bell Park on August 9, 2003 in San Francisco, California. The Phillies won 8-6. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Cormier died on March 8th. He was 53.

Mark Pavelich (1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team)

Lake Placid, NY – The USA Team celebrates their 4-3 victory over Russia in the semi-final of the Ice Hockey event at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, USA. The game was dubbed “The Miracle on Ice”. The USA went on to win the gold medal by defeat. (Getty Images)

Pavelich died on March 5th. He was 63.

Joe Altobelli (MLB Manager)

Los Angeles, CA – San Francisco Giants manager Joe Altobelli argues with an umpire during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Darryl Norenberg-USA TODAY Sports

Altobelli died on March 3rd. He was 88.

Irv Cross (Broadcaster/NFL Defensive Back)

Pasadena, CA, USA – CBS broadcaster Irv Cross (left) interviews NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cross died on February 28th. He was 81.

Vincent Jackson (NFL Wide Receiver)

Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) is introduced as he runs out of the tunnel before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Raymond James Stadium on September 13, 2015. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jackson died on February 15th. He was 38.

Marty Schottenheimer (NFL Head Coach)

St. Louis, MO – Kansas City Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer on the sidelines against the New York Jets at Busch Stadium during the 1991 preseason. Credit: Herb Weitman-USA TODAY NETWORK

Schottenheimer died on February 8th. He was 77.

Pedro Gomez (MLB Reporter)

MESA, AZ – Perdo Gomez of ESPN stands in the stands prior to the game between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants at Hohokam Stadium on March 3, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)

Gomez died on February 7th. He was 58.

Leon Spinks (Boxer)

Heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, works out at the Fifth Street Gym in Miami on Jan. 13, 1987. (photo by Tim Chapman)

Spinks died on February 5th. He was 67.

John Chaney (Temple Owls)

LANDOVER, MD – Head coach John Chaney of the Temple Owls looks on from the bench against the Georgetown Hoyas during an NCAA College basketball game circa 1995 at the US Airways Arena in Landover, Maryland. Chaney coached at Temple from 1982-2006. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Chaney died on January 29th. He was 89.

George Armstrong (Toronto Maple Leafs)

TORONTO, ON – Former Leafs Captain George Armstrong waves to the crowd beside (L-R) Red Kelly and David Keon during a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Leafs 64′ Stancley Cup before action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre February 8, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Armstrong died on January 24th. He was 90.

Hawthorne Wingo (New York Knicks)

Atlanta, GA – New York Knicks forward Hawthorne Wingo (43) in action against the Atlanta Hawks at the Omni. Mandatory Credit: Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports

Wingo died on January 23rd. He was 73.

Hank Aaron (Atlanta Braves)

Atlanta, GA, – Atlanta Braves outfielder Hank Aaron (44) celebrates after breaking the all-time career home run record previously held by Babe Ruth at Fulton County Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Credit: Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron died on January 22nd. He was 86.

Ted Thompson (Green Bay Packers)

Arlington, TX – Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy (left) and general manager Ted Thompson after the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Thompson died on January 20th. He was 68.

Don Sutton (MLB Pitcher)

PITTSBURGH, PA – Pitcher Don Sutton of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during a Major League Baseball game at Three Rivers Stadium in 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Sutton died on January 18th. He was 75.

Tommy Lasorda (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Dodgers former manager Tommy Lasorda in attendance as the Los Angeles Dodgers face off against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles CA. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Copyright u00a9 2007 Gary A. Vasquez

Lasorda died January 7th. He was 93.

John Muckler (Edmonton Oilers)

BOSTON, MA – Glen Sather head coach and assistant coach John Muckler of the Edmonton Oilers direct action from behind bench against the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Muckler died on January 4th. He was 86.

Paul Westphal (NBA Head Coach)

PHOENIX, AZ – As part of their 50th season celebration the Phoenix Suns honor former coach Paul Westphal before the game against the Houston Rockets on January 12, 2018 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

Westphal died on January 2nd. He was 70.

Floyd Little (Denver Broncos)

CINCINNATI, OH – Running back Floyd Little #44 of the Denver Broncos runs upfield during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Riverfront Stadium on October 8, 1972 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Broncos 21-10. (Photo by Clifton Boutelle/Getty Images)

Little died on January 1st. He was 78.

Howard Schnellenberger (Miami Hurricanes Head Coach)

Miami, FL – Coach Howard Schnellenberger of the University of Miami Hurricanes during a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions in November 1981 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)

Schnellenberger died on March 27th, 2021. He was 87.