Ducks 3, Devils 2
After a franchise-record 12-game losing streak, Anaheim is rolling behind John Gibson and bunch of new faces.
Gibson made 29 saves and Troy Terry scored his first NHL goal and set up another Saturday, sending the new-look Ducks past New Jersey for their second straight win after the losing streak.
Gibson has been the big difference in the streak that has the Ducks in the playoff hunt again. He blanked Minnesota on Thursday night and was outstanding sending New Jersey to its third straight loss.
"He's huge to this team," Ducks center Adam Henrique said. "We've known that and everybody knows that; it's no secret. He's one of, if not the best goalie in the league. There have been a lot of moments this year where we really haven't helped him out and he absolutely stood on his head and made huge saves just to keep us in games and give us an opportunity."
While Gibson held the Devils at bay, the Ducks made the most of their 14 shots at Devils rookie goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood.
Daniel Sprong also had a goal and an assist and Derek Grant, playing in his second game with the Ducks after being acquired Wednesday, got the insurance goal early in the third period. Grant scored on a setup by Terry, who was recalled from the minors Wednesday.
The Ducks made four trades in a three-day span leading to their shutout over Minnesota. Gibson was in goal for that one, and his only blemishes against New Jersey came when Marcus Johansson scored in close 6:50 after the opening faceoff and Jesper Bratt struck with 56 seconds to play.
"You don't want to win one and then go back to losing so I think this was as big a win as the game was in Minnesota," Gibson said. "Maybe it wasn't as pretty as the game in Minnesota, but we'll take the two points. Take the win and move on to the next one."
Sprong and Terry scored 1:28 apart to give Anaheim the lead for good midway through the first period.
The difference though was Gibson, who came into the game leading the NHL in saves. He stopped 14 in the second period.
It started early with a save on defenseman Damon Severson coming late on a rush and included power-play stops in close against Pavel Zacha, Kyle Palmieri, Brian Boyle and Bratt and two blasts by former Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen.
"Maybe we deserved a little better," Palmieri said. "It's a tough league to win in. I think their goalie did a good job of making the first stop. They did a good job of clearing the rebounds. We didn't get a ton of looks or it was us getting pushed out of those areas. We were competing and we were following pucks at the net and testing him as much as we could, but we couldn't find a way to get it through him."
Sprong tied it at 9:10, putting in a rebound of a Nick Ritchie deflection.
Terry, who started the season with the Ducks before being sent to San Diego of the AHL, got his first goal on a power play. He took a pass from defenseman Hampus Lindholm in the right circle and ripped a shot past Blackwood, who was screened by Devin Shore, who was acquired from Dallas on Monday.
"I didn't really see what happened," Terry said. "I shot it and said that felt pretty good and wasn't really sure and saw people start to skate toward me, and I was like finally it happened."
Grant scored his goal at 5:11 of the third period, shortly after Gibson stopped Nico Hischier on a shot from below the left circle.
Lightning 6, Sharks 3
Steven Stamkos scored twice and NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov added a pair of assists tp lead NHL-best Tampa Bay.
Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist, and Alex Killorn, Mathieu Joseph and Yanni Gourde also scored for Tampa Bay, which is 6-2 since the Sharks ended the Lightning's 16-game streak of consecutive games with a point on Jan. 5.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves and recorded his 20th victory of the season.
Evander Kane had two goals, and Marcus Sorenson also scored for the Sharks. San Jose was without All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson, who was a late scratch after participating in warmups.
Flames 5, Oilers 2
Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund each had a goal and an assist as Calgary beat Edmonton.
Oliver Kylington also scored for the Flames, who have gone 7-0-1 in their last eight games. David Rittich stopped 22 shots.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic had goals for the Oilers, who had won back-to-back games before playing Calgary. Mikko Koskinen finished with 29 saves.
Golden Knights 7, Penguins 3
Jonathan Marchessault scored three goals for his second career hat trick to lead Vegas.
Shea Theodore, Max Pacioretty, Oscar Lindberg and William Karlsson also scored as the Golden Knights improved to 16-4-3 at home this season. Marc-Andre Fleury, who spent his first 13 seasons with the Penguins, stopped 34 shots to up his record to 27-12-4.
Marchessault scored twice less than four minutes apart in the second period to give Vegas a 5-3 lead. His empty-netter with 21 seconds left in the game completed the scoring with the Golden Knights' first hat trick of the season and third in franchise history.
Phil Kessel, Dominik Simon and Sidney Crosby scored for Pittsburgh, and Casey DeSmith finished with 28 saves.
Wild 2, Blue Jackets 1
Zach Parise scored his team-leading 20th goal and Devan Dubnyk had 19 saves as Minnesota held off Columbus.
Jordan Greenway also scored his ninth goal for Minnesota, which handed the Blue Jackets their second straight loss. Newcomers Pontus Aberg and Victor Rask had assists for their first points with the Wild since being traded earlier in the week from Anaheim and Carolina, respectively.
Artemi Panarin scored Columbus' lone goal, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots.
Stars 4, Jets 2
Brett Ritchie, Blake Comeau and Radek Faksa scored their first goals of the new year and Dallas beat Central Division-leading Winnipeg.
The goals by Ritchie, Comeau and Faksa gave Dallas a 3-0 lead after two periods. Tyler Seguin scored in the third period. Ben Bishop made 15 of his 27 saves in the third period as Dallas snapped a four-game losing streak.
Branden Lemieux and Kyle Connor scored 21 seconds apart in the third period, rallying the Jets to 3-2. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots for the Jets, who had won four in a row and were 18-6 in their previous 24 games.
Panthers 4, Predators 2
Aaron Ekblad and Vincent Trocheck each had a goal and an assist to lead Florida.
Jared McCann and Frank Vatrano had the other goals for the Panthers, who snapped snapped a seven-game losing streak with a home victory over Toronto on Friday night. James Reimr stopped 37 shots.
Nick Bonino and Austin Watson each scored and had an assist, and Juuse Saros made 26 saves for Nashville, which has lost four of its last five.
Ekblad got his 62nd career goal, moving him into first place in Florida franchise history for a defenseman.
Blues 3, Senators 2
Carl Gunnarsson scored the go-ahead goal with 7:44 left in the third period, lifting St. Louis past Ottawa.
Vladimir Tarasenko and Vince Dunn also had goals for the Blues, who beat Ottawa for the fourth straight time. Jordan Binnington made 28 saves.
Gunnarsson's goal was his first in 29 career games against Ottawa, and his second goal overall in as many games. The Senators unsuccessfully challenged the goal, claiming Anderson had covered the puck moments before it was knocked free by Pat Maroon.
Nick Paul and Magnus Paajarvi scored for the Senators, who lost for just the second time in their last six games. Craig Anderson made 35 saves.
Avalanche 7, Kings 1
Mikko Rantanen scored two of Colorado's franchise record-tying six second-period goals, Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots and the Avalanche routed Los Angeles.
Colorado had six goals in a period for the first time since March 3, 1999, at Florida. Gabriel Landeskog, Tyson Barrie, Sheldon Dries and Colin Wilson also scored in the decisive period. Dries' short-handed goal made it 5-0 and chased goalie Jonathan Quick. Carl Soderberg got things rolling with a goal in the first period. Ilya Kovalchuk ended Varlamov's shutout big with a power-play goal in the third.
Flyers 5, Canadiens 2
Nolan Patrick scored twice in the third period and Philadelphia beat Montreal for its third straight win.
Travis Konecny and James van Riemsdyk also had goals and Michael Raffl scored an empty-netter, and Shayne Gostisbehere had two assists. Carter Hart stopped 33 shots while making his fifth consecutive start.
Max Domi and Brett Kulak scored for the Canadiens, whose season-best four-game winning streak was snapped.
It was the first of three meetings this season between the Canadiens and Flyers, who have now beaten Montreal in five straight games dating to the 2016-17 season.
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