NHL recap: Jeff Carter scores Four objectives as Pens takes the lead east

Jeff Carter posted a career high of four goals on Thursday as the Pittsburgh Penguins jumped back to first place in the East Division with an 8-4 win over the visiting Buffalo Sabers.

Jared McCann added one goal and two assists, Sidney Crosby and Kasperi Kapanen each recorded one goal and one assist, Brian Dumoulin scored, Frederick Gaudreau had three assists and Kris Letang and Jason Zucker each scored two assists for the Penguins.

Pittsburgh goalkeeper Tristan Jarry made 19 saves.

Drake Caggiula scored twice, Tage Thompson and Jeff Skinner each had a goal and an assist, and Rasmus Ristolainen had two assists for the Sabers.

Michael Houser made 26 saves on his first loss in his third career start this week.

Devils 2, Islanders 1

Michael McLeod scored the winning goal late in the second half when New Jersey beat the New York Flings in Uniondale, NY

Pavel Zacha scored in the first half and goalkeeper MacKenzie Blackwood scored 32 saves for the Devils, who have won five out of six after losing 10 games.

Anthony Beauvillier scored in the second round for the Islanders, who lost three and six of eight total losses to ensure they don’t get home ice in the first round of the playoffs.

Canucks 6, Oilers 3

Nils Hoglander, Jayce Hawryluk, Travis Hamonic and Brock Boeser each had a goal and an assist when Vancouver suffered a six-game loss with a win against hosts Edmonton.

Jack Rathbone scored his first career goal and Tyler Graovac also faced the Canucks, who are last in the North Division of the NHL. Goalkeeper Thatcher Demko made 39 saves in the third half, including a penalty from Edmonton’s leading scorer Connor McDavid.

Leon Draisaitl scored twice and Jesse Puljujarvi also took second place in Edmonton, with all goals supported by McDavid. That gave McDavid 96 points this season as he neared the 100-point plateau in the pandemic-shortened 56-game schedule.

Blackhawks 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT)

Alex DeBrincat scored 2:02 in extra time and a visit to Chicago produced a six-game winning streak as he defeated the Central Raleigh, NC, lead hostess for the Central Division

DeBrincat scored a goal in all three games at the PNC Arena this week, though that was the only time the Blackhawks have come out on top. DeBrincat has a season best run of five goals and a team high of 29 goals.

The Hurricanes remain in position to finish with the best record in the NHL. They achieved a franchise record by extending their points stretch to 13 games and going 9-04 in those games. Petr Mrazek stopped 25 shots and Martin Necas scored a shorthanded goal for the Hurricanes.

Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 2

John Tavares and Mitch Marner both scored one goal and one assist, and Auston Matthews became the first league player to hit the 40-goal mark as hosts Toronto an early four-goal period en route to an easy win over Montreal took advantage of.

Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre Engvall also scored goals for the Maple Leafs, who lead the North Division. Goalkeeper Jack Campbell made 19 saves in the win. Toronto have won six of nine games (6-2-1) between the teams this season. The last duel will take place on Saturday.

Cole Caufield and Artturi Lehkonen answered for the Canadiens, who have lost twice in a row but are still fourth in the division. Goalie Cayden Primeau was delighted after scoring four goals out of 15 shots in the first half. Jake Allen stopped 19 shots with relief.

Bruins 4, Rangers 0

Charlie McAvoy scored in the power play, Brad Marchand and David Krejci each had two assists and host Boston was emotionally drained in New York.

Patrice Bergeron, Jake DeBrusk and Brandon Carlo also had goals for the playoff-tied Bruins, who extended their points streak to six games (5-0-1). Rookie Jeremy Swayman only had to make 15 saves for his second shutout.

Igor Shesterkin stopped 30 shots for the Rangers, who lost their fifth straight straight a day after the sacking of team president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton.

– Field level media

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