NHL roundup: Minnesota Wild halt Golden Knights’ 6-game win streak

Mar 8, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (34) defends his net while center Nick Bonino (13) and Vegas Golden Knights left wing William Carrier (28) compete in the third period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 26 shots for his first NHL shutout as the Minnesota Wild ended the Vegas Golden Knights’ six-game win streak with a 2-0 victory on Monday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

Kevin Fiala and Jonas Brodin scored goals for Minnesota, which was playing just its third home game since Jan. 31 because of a two-week COVID-19 pause combined with a road-heavy schedule.

Kahkonen, 24, improved to 10-4-0 on the season while improving his personal winning streak to seven games.

Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury, starting for the 12th time in the past 13 games, had 20 saves. The Golden Knights played without leading scorer Mark Stone (undisclosed) and top defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (left arm), who sustained injuries in the team’s 4-0 victory at San Jose on Saturday night.

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Ducks 6, Kings 5 (OT)

Adam Henrique scored with two minutes remaining in overtime after Rickard Rakell recorded two goals as Anaheim used a rare explosion of offense to earn a victory over visiting Los Angeles.

Kevin Shattenkirk, Jakob Silfverberg and Ben Hutton also scored while Max Comtois had three assists as the Ducks reached a season high in goals before the end of the second period.

Adrian Kempe had a hat trick for the Kings, including the game-tying goal with 2:32 remaining in regulation on a deflection in front of the goal. Los Angeles lost for the fifth time in the past six games (1-2-3) but did earn a point for the 11th time in the past 13 games (7-2-4).

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Canucks 2, Canadiens 1 (SO)

Bo Horvat scored the game-winner in a shootout to give host Vancouver a win over Montreal.

Jeff Petry scored for the Canadiens in the first period, and Adam Gaudette responded for the Canucks with 41 seconds left to force overtime.

Vancouver’s Thatcher Demko won his fourth straight start, turning away 29 shots and all three of the Canadiens’ shootout attempts. Carey Price was tagged with the loss despite making 28 saves.

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Sharks 3, Blues 2 (OT)

Evander Kane scored off an Erik Karlsson assist 41 seconds into overtime to lift San Jose past visiting St. Louis.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Logan Couture also registered goals for San Jose, and Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves in the win. Ryan Donato registered primary assists on both of the Sharks’ regulation goals.

Defenseman Niko Mikkola tallied his first NHL goal and Brayden Schenn also scored for St. Louis. Blues goaltender Ville Husso stopped 17 shots.

Oilers 3, Senators 2

Connor McDavid had two assists as Edmonton recorded a win over visiting Ottawa. The Oilers improved to a perfect 5-0-0 against the Senators this season. The two teams will play again in Edmonton on both Wednesday and Friday.

Edmonton’s lineup saw McDavid and Leon Draisaitl officially reunited onto the same line, playing alongside Kailer Yamamoto. The new formation immediately delivered four points, as Yamamoto and Draisaitl each scored and McDavid collected his ninth multi-assist game of the season.

Alex Chiasson scored the Oilers’ other goal, a power-play marker in the second period. Evgenii Dadonov and Tim Stutzle scored for Ottawa while Thomas Chabot recorded two assists.

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Coyotes 3, Avalanche 2

Antti Raanta stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief of the injured Darcy Kuemper, and Derick Brassard, Jakob Chychrun and Johan Larsson scored goals as Arizona beat Colorado in Denver.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Clayton Keller had two assists each for the Coyotes, who have won three of their past four games. Valeri Nichushkin and Andre Burakovsky scored and Philipp Grubauer had 11 saves for Colorado.

Kuemper left the game early in the third period after making 17 saves. Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said postgame that Kuemper sustained a lower-body injury and would be re-evaluated Tuesday.

–Field Level Media