Panthers Top Vegas
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Ekblad scored 40 seconds into overtime to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night, spoiling former coach Gerard Gallant’s return to Florida.
Ekblad grabbed a rebound in the high slot and fired it past Malcolm Subban to give Florida its second win in six games this month.
Aleksander Barkov scored his league-leading fifth short-handed goal of the season and had two assists, and Evgenii Dadonov and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Panthers. James Reimer stopped 33 shots.
William Karlsson had a goal and an assist, and David Perron and James Neal also scored for Vegas. Subban finished with 22 saves.
Dadonov broke a 2-2 tie when he poked in a rebound at 3:35 of the third. Barkov’s shot from the high slot bounced off Subban’s glove out to Dadonov to the right of the crease and Dadonov pushed the puck into the net. Dadonov has three goals in the past two games.
Neal tied it with 2:09 left in the third when he roofed a shot past Reimer from in front.
With the score tied 1-all in the first, Barkov put the Panthers ahead on his short-handed goal. Vincent Trocheck’s shot was blocked as he rushed the net but Barkov was able to poke in the rebound from the corner of the net with 4:05 left in the first. The Panthers lead the NHL with nine short-handed goals.
The Golden Knight tied the score 2-2 on Karlsson’s goal at 6:57 of the second. Shea Theodore made a nice feed across to Karlsson, who swept the puck past Reimer. Karlsson leads Vegas with 25 goals.
Canadiens 3, Capitals 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist to help the Montreal Canadiens break a three-game losing streak with a win over the Washington Capitals.
Paul Byron also scored for the Canadiens. Antii Niemi, playing in place of Carey Price, who had been in goal for eight consecutive games, stopped 24 shots.
John Carlson and Lars Eller scored for the Capitals, and Philipp Grubauer finished with 22 saves.
Pacioretty, who has six goals in the last six games, scored Montreal’s first goal at 7:08 in the second period and added an empty-netter with 1:18 remaining in the game.
Byron’s 13th of the season, midway through the third period, put the Canadiens ahead 2-1.
PENGUINS 3, KINGS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patric Hornqvist scored two goals and Evgeni Malkin got the tiebreaking goal early in the third period of the Penguins’ fifth win in six games.
Casey DeSmith stopped 28 shots to earn his first NHL victory in his third career appearance for Pittsburgh. Malkin had a goal and an assist as the Penguins bounced back from a loss in Anaheim one night earlier with a solid effort at Staples Center.