Bruins 2, Golden Knights 1
Sean Kuraly scored his first career goal to snap a tie midway through the third period, sending Boston to a victory over Vegas on Thursday night.
Kuraly got to a rebound during a scrum in front of the Vegas net after a shot by Torey Krug with 10:07 left, restoring Boston’s lead and helping the Bruins to avoid being swept by the expansion Golden Knights in their inaugural season. It was the second assist of the night for Krug, who helped set up Reilly Nash’s goal early in the second for Boston, which was coming off consecutive losses in overtime and a shootout.
Cody Eakin scored for Vegas, which fell to 0-3 on a six-game road trip out East.
Maxime Lagace, making his second NHL start, had 26 saves for the Golden Knights, who beat Boston 3-1 on Oct. 15 in the first meeting between the expansion club and the Original Six franchise.
Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots for the Bruins in a game with few offensive chances. Rask faced just eight shots in the first period, which was three more than Boston managed in the opening 20 minutes.
Nash broke the scoreless tie when he poked a rebound past Lagace 3:24 into the second period. Nash got a shot off a few seconds earlier that hit the far post and bounced to Austin Czarnik, who put it right back on Lagace and the rebound went right back to Nash for his first goal of the season.
Eakin evened the score 9:34 into the second on a one-timer off a pass from Nate Schmidt, who intercepted a clearing attempt in the Boston zone and set up Eakin at the right circle.
Rangers 2, Lightning 1 (OT)
J.T. Miller scored 1:19 into overtime and New York beat Tampa Bay.
Miller skated around defenseman Anton Stralman and beat Andrei Vasilevskiy. New York also got a goal from Chris Kreider, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots.
Yanni Gourde had a goal and Vasilevskiy made 33 saves for the Lightning. Vasilevskiy had won nine consecutive decisions.
Kreider opened the scoring during a 3-on-1 at 18:34 of the first.
Gourde tied it at 1 with a short-handed goal off a nifty pass through the slot by Victor Hedman 11 minutes into the second.
Vasilevskiy stopped Kevin Shattenkirk’s breakaway shot and made a stick save on Jesper Fast’s in-close rebound after Michael Grabner’s shot hit the post in the first. He also made several strong saves in the third following Tampa Bay turnovers.
Lundqvist turned aside Steven Stamkos’ left-circle power-play shot during the first and the Lightning captain’s in-close backhander early on in the second.
Stamkos, playing in his 600th NHL game, was held pointless for just the second time in 14 games.
Grabner had a goal early in the second disallowed because the puck was kept in the offensive zone by a high stick.
Tampa Bay had Alex Killorn’s goal three minutes into the third disallowed due to goalie interference. The call was confirmed by a video review following a Lightning challenge.
Capitals 4, Islanders 3
Lars Eller scored two goals, including the winner, and had an assist to help Washington beat New York.
Eller was arguably the best player on the ice, drawing two penalties and committing one as part of an eventful outing. The Danish center’s play helped Washington escape despite being outshot 38-19 and 16-2 in the third period.
Braden Holtby made 35 saves, including many in the third while the Islanders were pouring it on. Taylor Chorney and Alex Chiasson each scored his first goal of the season for the Capitals.
New York’s Anders Lee scored twice and John Tavares got his 12th goal of the season, one behind Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov for the NHL lead. Jaroslav Halak made 15 saves.
Eller looked as if he was feeling it from his first shift. He raced down the ice on the backcheck to break up an odd-man rush and sent the puck up the ice to pave the way for Chorney’s first goal since Jan. 1.
Seemingly always around the puck, Eller beat Halak on a slap shot off the rush with 3:21 left to put the Capitals ahead for good. Eller went to Montreal and Halak to St. Louis when they were traded for each other in 2010.
It took Eller’s heroics for the Capitals to overcome the Islanders’ continued success on the power play. Counting the power-play goals by Tavares and Lee, New York has scored on seven of its past 14 opportunities after starting the season 2 of 33.
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