Mark Stone scored two goals, and Marc-Andre Fleury moved into a tie for sixth place on the NHL’s all-time wins list as the Vegas Golden Knights took sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division with a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Dec 28, 2019; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) skates during the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Chandler Stephenson and Paul Stastny also scored goals, and Shea Theodore tied a career-high with three assists for Vegas, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Fleury, who had allowed a dozen goals in his two previous starts including seven in a 7-3 loss to Colorado on Monday, finished with 27 saves. He moved even with Curtis Joseph for sixth place with his 454th career victory.
Michael Grabner scored for Arizona, which entered the contest tied with Vegas for first place. Antti Raanta stopped 12 of 16 shots before being replaced by Adin Hill early in the second period. Hill finished with 20 saves in his first appearance of the season.
Sharks 6, Flyers 1
Timo Meier collected his first career hat trick as host San Jose routed Philadelphia to snap a four-game losing skid.
Mario Ferraro and Joel Kellman both scored their first NHL goals, and Patrick Marleau also tallied. Goaltender Martin Jones made 26 saves for the Sharks, who went into the game with just one victory in their previous 11 outings.
Ivan Provorov scored the Flyers’ only goal, on a power play less than a minute into the third period. Carter Hart made 23 saves for the Flyers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped in the first outing of a six-game road trip.
Lightning 5, Canadiens 4
Alex Killorn had two goals and an assist, and Victor Hedman had a career-high four assists as Tampa Bay rallied for a victory over visiting Montreal.
Steven Stamkos and Anthony Cirelli each finished with a goal and an assist, and Mitchell Stephens also scored a goal for the Lightning, who extended their win streak against Atlantic Division opponents to 10 games. Andrei Vasilevskiy had 39 saves and also picked up his third assist of the season.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Max Domi, Ben Chiarot and Jordan Weal scored for the Canadiens. Carey Price finished with 25 saves.
Penguins 6, Predators 4
Jake Guentzel stuffed a puck in on a wraparound move for a go-ahead power-play goal with 1:03 left in regulation as host Pittsburgh downed Nashville to sweep the home-and-home series.
Bryan Rust scored twice, including an empty-netter, and added two assists; Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and an assist, Dominik Kahun and Kris Letang also scored; and Evgeni Malkin had three assists for the Penguins. Matt Murray, in just his third start in December, made 44 saves.
Mikael Granlund scored twice, including the tying goal, for Nashville. Viktor Arvidsson and Craig Smith also scored, and Roman Josi had three assists. Predators’ goalie Juuse Saros was pulled during the first period after giving up three goals on eight shots. Pekka Rinne stopped 25 of 27 shots in relief.
Hurricanes 6, Capitals 4
Warren Foegele scored two goals and added an assist as host Carolina defeated Washington, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Lucas Wallmark, Dougie Hamilton, Martin Necas and Andrei Svechnikov also scored for the Hurricanes, who won at Washington in overtime in the second game of the season. Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek made 25 saves for the victory after losses in his last two decisions.
Nic Dowd, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Richard Panik scored for the Capitals. Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots. It was only the fifth time in Holtby’s last 23 games that Washington didn’t secure at least one point.
Rangers 5, Maple Leafs 4
Tony DeAngelo scored 52 seconds into overtime as New York ended host Toronto’s six-game winning streak.
Ryan Strome had two goals and two assists for New York, while Brett Howden and Mika Zibanejad also scored. Artemi Panarin had three assists, and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 44 shots.
Auston Matthews had two goals, including the tying goal in the final minute of regulation, and added an assist for the Maple Leafs. William Nylander added a goal and an assist, Pierre Engvall had a goal, and Tyson Barrie had two assists for Toronto. Frederik Andersen made 33 saves.
Stars 3, Avalanche 2 (SO)
Alexander Radulov returned from injury to score the shootout clincher, and Ben Bishop made 41 saves as host Dallas avoided a third straight loss by beating Colorado for the third time in as many meetings this season.
Tyler Seguin scored his fifth goal in five games, Denis Gurianov posted his ninth goal of the season, and Joe Pavelski also had a shootout goal for Dallas, which had lost three of four. Bishop was solid all night and perfect in the shootout while snapping his four-game losing streak for the Stars, who also ended an 0-2-1 home slide.
Colorado, meanwhile, got goals from J.T. Compher and Ian Cole and a 38-save performance from Philipp Grubauer. The Avalanche have dropped five of their last seven.
Canucks 3, Kings 2
Elias Pettersson had a goal and an assist, including the tiebreaking tally at 7:05 of the third period, and Jacob Markstrom made 49 saves as Vancouver defeated visiting Los Angeles.
Jake Virtanen and Tyler Motte also scored for the Canucks, who returned from their holiday break and won their season-high fourth game in a row — during which they’ve outscored their opponents 16-9.
Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli had goals for the Kings, who were playing the second half of a back-to-back after winning 3-2 in overtime Friday night in San Jose. Jonathan Quick stopped 23 of 26 shots.
Panthers 5, Red Wings 4
Dominic Toninato scored the go-ahead goal in the second period as host Florida rallied to defeat Detroit at Sunrise, Fla.
Florida also got goals from Evgenii Dadonov, Brett Connolly, Mike Hoffman and Anton Stralman as the Panthers rallied from a 3-1 deficit. Hoffman added two assists. Panthers goalie Chris Driedger, starting just his fourth NHL game, made 35 stops to improve to 3-1-0.
Detroit got goals from Darren Helm, Dylan Larkin, Frans Nielsen and Luke Glendening, but the Wings still lost their fifth straight game and have lost 17 of their past 19.
—Field Level Media