Oilers defeat Sabres, Capitals roll Penguins - Highlights of Tuesday's NHL games
Huge night of NHL action on Tuesday, with an overtime goal from Connor McDavid bringing home the win for the Edmonton Oilers.
Oilers 2, Sabres 1 (overtime)
Centre Connor McDavid scored 3:48 into overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
It was McDavid's second goal of the game.
The game showcased the top two picks of the 2015 draft, McDavid and Sabres centre Jack Eichel, and the finishing sequence appropriately featured both players.
Capitals 3, Penguins 2
In a hard-fought contest, Pittsburgh centre Evgeni Malkin drew a high sticking penalty with 7:15 left, and the Capitals immediately took advantage, putting pressure on Penguins rookie goalie Matthew Murray.
Niskanen boomed one shot from the blue line that Murray fought off, and when Niskanen received the puck once again, he did not miss, scoring his fourth goal of the season.
Hurricanes 3, Devils 1
Left winger Joakim Nordstrom scored with 1:29 remaining in regulation to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday night.
Nordstrom's ninth of the season was the result of some strong work by centre Elias Lindholm, who snapped a shot from between the circles that was stopped but led to a big rebound.
Devils defenseman John Moore fanned on a clearing attempt, allowing Nordstrom to beat Schneider to stick side for the winner.
Bruins 2, Flames 1
Cashing in on a late too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty on Calgary, the Boston Bruins got a power-play goal from centre Patrice Bergeron and edged the Flames 2-1 Tuesday night.
Bergeron took a pass from fellow centre Ryan Spooner and sent a 40-footer past goaltender Joni Ortio with 3:24 left for Boston's first power-play goal in five games. The Bruins were in an 0-for-13 slump with the man advantage, and they recorded only their fifth goal in 56 power plays over the past 16 games.
Blues 4, Senators 3 (shootout)
Two goals in the final 2:41 of the third period by centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau completed a dramatic comeback for the Senators, who trailed 3-0 just past the midway point of the game.
Wild 6, Avalanche 3
In what felt like a playoff game for both teams, the Minnesota Wild took a big step toward post-season play Tuesday, beating the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 with a trio of third period goals.
Center Charlie Coyle scored twice in the final period for Minnesota, which trailed early, then got goals from right winger Nino Niederreiter, left winger Jason Pominville and center Erik Haula to take a 3-1 lead.
Colorado rallied to tie, but Coyle's game-winner plus an empty-net goal -- Niederreiter also scored an empty-netter -- pulls Minnesota even with the Avalanche in the race for the West's final playoff spot.
Predators 5, Stars 3
Calle Jarnkrok, Shea Weber and Mattias Ekholm scored consecutive goals in the second period, leading the Nashville Predators to their fifth straight win with a 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
Craig Smith and James Neal also scored for the surging Predators (32-21-11), who improved to 7-0-3 in their last 10 games.
Antoine Roussel, Jason Spezza and Vernon Fiddler scored for the Stars (38-20-7), who suffered their fourth straight loss.
Panthers 3, Jets 2
Right winger Reilly Smith fired a pair of goals to pace the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in NHL action Tuesday night.
Smith's second of the game, his 21st of the season, at 1:46 of the third period with the Jets killing a penalty, knotted the score 2-2. Just 1:45 later, the Panthers' seemingly ageless wonder, right winger Jaromir Jagr, notched his 21st of the season to give the visitors the lead on a wrist shot that glanced off defenseman Jacob Trouba's stick and surprised goalie Ondrej Pavelec.