NHL recap: Darcy Kuempers shutout retains Coyotes in playoff race

John Hayden’s first goal of the season was held when winner and goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper rallied the shutout to lead the visiting Arizona Coyotes to a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Lawson Crouse, Jakob Chychrun and Phil Kessel also scored one goal, while Alex Goligoski set up two assists for the Coyotes (21-22-5, 47 points), who grabbed a two-game skid and one point ahead of the St. Louis Blues arrived chasing fourth place in the West Division.

Kuemper made 26 saves to earn his second shutout of the season and 20th of his career. Calvin Petersen stopped 36 shots for the Kings (17-22-6, 40 points), whose slim playoff hopes scored a goal. Los Angeles have lost four of their last five games and are seven points behind the Coyotes. Eleven games remain in the regular season.

Hayden posted a 23-game drought shortly after mid-opening. He drove to the slot for a pass from Derick Brassard and buried his first goal since March 7, 2020. Brassard’s support was the 500th point of his career.

Golden Knights 5, Ducks 1

Chandler Stephenson had two goals and an assist as Vegas broke a franchise record with their ninth straight win, beating hosts Anaheim.

William Carrier, William Karlsson and Shea Theodore also scored, and goalkeeper Robin Lehner made 23 saves for the Golden Knights, who were four points ahead of Colorado in the West Division. The Avalanche lost 5-3 in St. Louis on Saturday, although they still have two games to play in Vegas.

Sam Steel scored and goalkeeper John Gibson stopped 26 of 31 shots for last place in Anaheim, who lost four straight times and six times in their last eight games.

Penguins 4, devil 2

Bryan Rust and Captain Sidney Crosby each recorded their 20th goals of the season to help hosts Pittsburgh beat New Jersey.

Jeff Carter and Jared McCann also scored one goal and Jake Guentzel added two assists for the Penguins, who won three home games in a row against the tumbling devils. Casey DeSmith made 34 saves as Pittsburgh improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games.

Jack Hughes and Miles Wood scored a goal for New Jersey, who have lost nine straight times and 13 of their last 14 games (1-11-2). Mackenzie Blackwood made 33 saves in one defeat.

Flames 5, Canadiens 2

Johnny Gaudreau scored twice to lead hosts Calgary to a pivotal victory over Montreal that breathed life into the Flames’ playoff hopes.

Milan Lucic, Brett Ritchie and Rasmus Andersson also scored goals for the Flames, who beat the Canadiens for the second time in a row with Jacob Markstrom’s 30-point performance in as many nights.

Nick Suzuki and Tyler Toffoli answered for the Canadiens, who are on a 3-8-0 slide. Cayden Primeau stopped 29 shots in his first NHL start of the season.

Blues 5, Avalanche 3

Ryan O’Reilly had his second hat trick of the season adding an assist, Mike Hoffman and Ivan Barbashev also scored goals and hosts St. Louis beat Colorado.

The Blues broke a 3-3 draw with a goal on a 5v3 power play in the middle of the third period. St. Louis won the faceoff and worked the puck on Hoffman, whose one-timer put the Blues ahead at 11:19 just eight seconds after the two-man advantage.

Jordan Binnington stopped 28 shots and Torey Krug and Brayden Schenn had two assists apiece for the Blues, who scored a five-game skid against Colorado. Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar had one goal and two assists each and Gabriel Landeskog added one goal for Colorado.

Panthers 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)

Aleksander Barkov scored 24 seconds in extra time when Florida defeated Carolina in Sunrise, Florida, after falling two goals early in the third half.

It was only Florida’s second win of the eight-game season when Carolina beat the Panthers 6-0-2. MacKenzie Weegar had one goal and two assists, and Gustav Forsling and Alex Wennberg also scored one goal for Florida. Chris Driedger won with 16 saves.

Dougie Hamilton scored two goals for Carolina, so did Brett Pesce, and Sebastian Aho finished the game with two assists. Hurricanes newcomer Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 32 shots.

Capitals 6, Islanders 3

Daniel Sprong scored two goals and led Washington to a win over New York in Uniondale, NY

Sprong skated the top line of capitals instead of Alex Ovechkin, who suffers from a daily lower body injury. Evgeny Kuznetsov added a goal and two assists for Washington, who is number one in the East Division. Garnet Hathaway, TJ Oshie and Nic Dowd also scored one goal and Brenden Dillon had two assists.

Anthony Beauvillier, Adam Pelech and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored a goal for the islanders.

Maple Leafs 4, Jets 1

Toronto fell back in the first minute of the game, but then scored four goals in a row, defeating hosts Winnipeg.

Joe Thornton, Mitchell Marner, John Tavares and Alexander Kerfoot (empty net) scored a goal for the Maple Leafs, who wiped the two-game set and are 6-3-0 against the Jets for the season. Nikolaj Ehlers scored for the Jets, who have lost three games in a row.

Jack Campbell stopped 25 shots for Toronto. Winnipeg goalkeeper Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves.

Wild 6, Sharks 3

Goalkeepers Kaapo Kahkonen and Minnesota held off a late play from hosts San Jose for a win and their seventh straight win.

Ryan Suter, Marcus Foligno, Jared Spurgeon, Kevin Fiala, Kirill Kaprizov and Nick Bonino all found the bottom line for Minnesota, and Kahkonen made 27 saves.

Logan Couture, Evander Kane and Joachim Blichfeld scored a goal for San Jose. It was Blichfeld’s first career goal. Martin Jones allowed three goals out of eight shots before being replaced by Josef Korenar, who made 15 saves.

Canucks 4, Senators 2

Tanner Pearson scored the decisive goal with 6:15 in the third half and hosts Vancouver beat Ottawa.

Assisted Nate Schmidt, Brock Boeser and JT Miller also scored a goal for the Canucks, who bounced back from a 3-0 loss to Ottawa on Thursday and have fallen to 3-1 since their extended COVID-19 hiatus : 0 improved.

Evgenii Dadonov had one goal and one assist for Ottawa, and Colin White scored too. Pressed in ahead of the game following an injury by Anton Forsberg, Matt Murray made 12 saves before dropping out with an injury of his own. Marcus Hogberg stepped in in his first action since April 7th and stopped 18 of 20 shots.

Stars 2, Red Wings 1 (OT)

Jamie Benn scored 32 seconds in extra time and Dallas beat hosts Detroit for the sixth time in eight games this season.

Benn made a steal in the middle of the ice, ran into the wings zone on the left and threw a shot over the right shoulder of goalkeeper Jonathan Bernier for his 10th goal of the season.

Bernier achieved a career height of 50 saves for the Red Wings. Dennis Cholowski scored his first goal of the season. Mark Pysyk scored in the regulation for the stars, while Anton Khudobin scored 16 saves.

– Field level media

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