Jake Guentzel scored 2:11 in extra time and gave the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night as both East Division rivals occupied the playoff spots.
The top two teams in the division took their postseason spots along with the New York Rangers’ 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday. For the penguins, this is the 15th playoff place in a row – the longest active series in the North American sports leagues.
Washington sent the game into extra time after a goal from Tom Wilson with a 14.3 second lead before Güntzel steered a pass from John Marino past goalkeeper Vitek Vanecek.
Kasperi Kapanen scored twice and Frederick Gaudreau and Zach Aston-Reese also added goals for Pittsburgh. Tristan Jarry made 33 parades. For Washington, TJ Oshie, Dmitry Orlov and Daniel Sprong also scored a goal, and Vanecek stopped 30 shots.
Blitz 3, Stars 0
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 20 shots to continue his dominance in Dallas and stopped hosts Tampa Bay for their fifth season finale and NHL-best 30th win.
Vasilevskiy knocked out the Stars for the third time this season, setting his record 5-0-1 against them. Tampa Bay won its fourth straight to strengthen its position as it competed for the Central Division crown with the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers.
Ondrej Palat scored his 15th goal, Blake Coleman scored his first penalty and Brayden Point hit an empty net. For Dallas, rookie Jake Oettinger stopped 25 of 27 shots, and Jason Robertson watched his team-record nine-point run by a rookie come to an end.
Blues 5, Wild 4 (OT)
Ryan O’Reilly’s second goal in overtime came in overtime, killing St. Louis against Minnesota in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This strengthened the Blues fourth place in the West Division.
Sammy Blais, Tyler Bozak and Marco Scandella also scored, while goalkeeper Ville Husso scored 26 saves for the Blues, who took the 3-0 lead but recovered and won a fourth game in a row.
Joel Eriksson Ek, Kevin Fiala, Victor Rask and Kirill Kaprizov scored a goal for the wild. Minnesota goalkeeper Cam Talbot stopped 16 shots.
Panthers 4, Blackhawks 3 (OT)
Sam Bennett scored 52 seconds in extra time as Florida stayed two points behind the Central Division lead and beat hosts Chicago.
Alex Wennberg, Anthony Duclair and Brandon Montour scored one goal in regulation for the Panthers, and rookie goalkeeper Spencer Knight scored 24 saves.
Adam Gaudette, Vinnie Hinostroza and Alex DeBrincat scored a goal for Chicago six points behind Nashville for the final playoff spot in the division. Blackhawks rookie Kevin Lankinen, who played in his 35th game this season, stopped 35 shots.
Flames 3, Oiler 1
Elias Lindholm scored twice and goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom put in another brilliant performance to give Calgary a win over hosts Edmonton and breathe life into its flickering playoff hopes.
Dillon Dube scored for the Flames too. Markstrom stopped 30 shots – 14 in the third period – in a win that pulled Calgary within four points of the Montreal Canadiens for fourth place in the North Division. Matthew Tkachuk and Rasmus Andersson both collected two templates.
James Neal scored and goalkeeper Mike Smith stopped 27 shots for the Oilers, who are second in the West. Edmonton superstar Connor McDavid, who leads the league’s championship race, was held for the second year in a row without a point without a point against Calgary.
Devil 5, Flyer 3
Yegor Sharangovich scored two goals to get hosts New Jersey past Philadelphia.
Pavel Zacha had a goal and assist while Jesper Bratt and Jesper Boqvist added a goal for the Devils who won their second straight goal after a 10-game losing streak.
Scott Laughton, Travis Konecny and Sean Couturier each scored a goal for the Flyers, who were mathematically eliminated from the playoff competition. Jake Voracek added two templates.
Bruins 5, Sabers 2
David Krejci and Brad Marchand each had one goal and one assist as hosts beat Boston Buffalo. The game drew 2-2 seven minutes into the third half before the Bruins scored three unanswered goals.
Taylor Hall, David Pastrnak and Charlie Coyle scored the Bruins’ other goals, with Pastrnak giving Boston a 1:16 lead. Craig Smith had two assists for the Bruins and Tuukka Rask made 29 saves.
Reinhart and Casey Mittelstadt scored a goal for the Sabers and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 35 shots.
Islanders 4, Rangers 0
Leo Komarov scored his first goal of the season in 14 months and Semyon Varlamov posted his career-high sixth shutout when the visiting New York Islanders crushed the New York Rangers’ playoff hopes.
Oliver Wahlstrom, Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal also scored goals for the Islanders, who were seven points ahead of fifth Rangers in the East Division.
Igor Shesterkin made 23 saves for the Rangers, who lost for the third time in 10 games.
Maple Leafs 4, Canucks 1
Auston Matthews scored his 36th league goal of the season when Toronto beat Vancouver.
William Nylander, Pierre Engvall and Mitchell Marner (empty net) also scored a goal for the Maple Leafs at the start of a two-game set. Marner added a support. Toronto’s David Rittich made 15 saves.
JT Miller scored for the Canucks, who have lost three in a row. Canucks goalkeeper Braden Holtby stopped 20 shots.
Hurricanes 3, Red Wings 1
Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and assist in his second second leg after a long injury-related absence when Carolina led Detroit in Raleigh, NC. The Hurricanes extended their points stretch to nine games (6-0-3).
Brady Skjei and Warren Foegele also scored a goal for Carolina. Sebastian Aho provided two templates. Goalkeeper James Reimer made 16 saves for the Hurricanes.
Jakub Vrana scored the only goal for the Red Wings, who have been 1-3-3 in their last seven games. Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots.
– Field level media
Date: 30/04/2021 02:29
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