Robin Lehner made 29 saves and stopped all three shootout attempts as the Vegas Golden Knights, on a night that San Jose’s Patrick Marleau played in his 1,768th game to pass Gordie Howe and etch his name in the NHL record book for most games played, won their seventh straight contest, 3-2 on Monday night in Las Vegas.
Alex Tuch scored the game-winner in the first round of the shootout and Mark Stone scored two goals for Vegas. The seven-game winning streak is just one shy of the team record, set in 2017-18 and matched just prior to the pandemic pause last season.
Nikolai Knyzhov and Noah Gregor scored goals while Martin Jones finished with 38 saves for the Sharks.
The 41-year-old Marleau, who also was playing in his 899th consecutive game, moved past Howe, who had held the record since Nov. 26, 1961, when he played his 1,000th game. Marleau, who made his NHL debut on Oct. 1, 1997, started the contest, and the game was paused at the first stoppage in play for a video acknowledgement of the record by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
Wild 5, Coyotes 2
Kirill Kaprizov broke the single-season franchise record for points by a rookie to help Minnesota earn a win at Glendale, Ariz.
Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist while Cam Talbot made 22 saves for the Wild, who have won four in a row. Kaprizov, Jordan Greenway, Marcus Johansson and Jonas Brodin also scored for Minnesota, and Nick Bonino and Matt Dumba added two assists apiece.
Christian Fischer and Alex Goligoski scored and Darcy Kuemper made 19 saves for Arizona.
Oilers 4, Canadiens 1
Connor McDavid had two assists and a spectacular game-winning goal as Edmonton recorded a victory over visiting Montreal. Oilers goalie Mike Smith stopped 22 shots.
The Oilers scored four unanswered goals, all during the final 10 minutes of a dominant third period. Jesse Puljujarvi had a goal and an assist for Edmonton. Ethan Bear and Devin Shore had the Oilers’ other goals.
Eric Staal scored Montreal’s lone goal. Canadiens goalie Carey Price left after the first period due to an upper-body injury, having saved all seven shots he faced. Jake Allen took over and allowed three goals on 28 shots.
Panthers 4, Blue Jackets 2
Sergei Bobrovsky got his fifth win of the season against his former club, making 34 saves as Florida defeated Columbus.
Frank Vatrano scored twice and Sam Bennett and Radko Gudas each had a goal for the Panthers, who improved to 6-0-1 against the Blue Jackets this season.
Oliver Bjorkstrand and Zac Dalpe were the Blue Jackets’ goal-scorers. Columbus’ Elvis Merzlikins stopped 35 shots.
Lightning 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)
Tampa Bay’s Yanni Gourde put in his own rebound 2:50 into overtime in the Lightning’s win over visiting Carolina.
Gourde took a pass from Alex Killorn and put an open shot from the slot that Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek saved, but the puck stayed in the blue paint before Gourde knocked it in.
Alex Killorn and Brayden Point score to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead, but Andrei Svechnikov and Brady Skjei responded for Carolina. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 25 saves while Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek stopped 33 shots.
Stars 3, Red Wings 2 (SO)
Denis Gurianov scored in the fifth round of a shootout as Dallas beat Detroit for its third consecutive win.
Roope Hintz had a goal and an assist, Jason Robertson also scored and Miro Heiskanen notched two assists for Dallas.
Anton Khudobin (20 saves) made a huge pad stop on Evgeny Svechnikov’s shot in the fourth round of the shootout for the Stars, who are amid a 5-0-2 stretch.
Senators 4, Flames 2
Connor Brown scored twice and Josh Norris collected one goal and one assist to lead visiting Ottawa to a victory over Calgary.
Brady Tkachuk also scored for the Senators, who received a 26-save performance from Matt Murray to win a second straight game. Norris is riding a five-game point streak, a stretch with three goals and eight points.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 16 shots while Elias Lindholm and Michael Stone scored for the Flames, who have lost two straight.
Predators 5, Blackhawks 2
Nashville scored two goals in 18 seconds in the third period to pull away for the win over visiting Chicago.
The rapid-fire goals by Tanner Jeannot and Luke Kunin propelled Nashville to its sixth straight victory over Chicago this season. Matt Duchene, Calle Jarnkrok and Mattias Ekholm also scored for Nashville, which notched its 12th victory in the past 16 games.
Alex DeBrincat and David Kampf scored for Chicago.
–Field Level Media