Lightning 4, Hurricanes 2
Tampa Bay was shut down by Carolina for two games, and then found itself trailing the Hurricanes again after the first period despite putting plenty of pucks on the net.
The good news for coach Jon Cooper? The Lightning stayed on the attack.
Ondrej Palat snapped a tie 8:04 into the third period to help Tampa Bay beat Carolina on Monday night, taking the second of four straight games between the teams.
Palat, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who were shut out in each of their first two matchups with the Hurricanes this season. Then they trailed 1-0 after the first despite getting 11 shots on James Reimer and controlling play.
“We had to believe in what we were doing, and we would have a chance to come back if we were playing the same way, and we did,” Cooper said. “And that was the big talk in between the first and the second (period): 'Keep playing the same way and you'll be rewarded,' and they were.”
Stamkos got the Lightning on the board early in the second, and Palat picked up his seventh goal when he poked his own rebound off the skates of Carolina defenseman Brady Skjei and Reimer before it went into the net.
Hedman scored his fourth goal in the second and Alex Killhorn added a late empty-netter to clinch it for the Lightning, who had lost three of four. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 34 saves.
Jesper Fast scored his first two goals for Carolina, which had won five of six. Reimer made 28 saves and held up against Tampa Bay's fast start.
“That’s exactly what we said was going to happen, thought was going to happen, tried to prepare for it,” Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said of the Lightning's start. “Obviously we weren't ready to go from the start. ... They took it to us in the first period — real fortunate to be ahead.”
The Lightning entered Monday having gone nearly 156 minutes of game time and more than seven periods since last finding the back of the net against the Hurricanes.
Stamkos stopped that drought when he one-timed a feed from Hedman on the left side at 2:26 of the second. It was Tampa Bay's first goal against Carolina since Brayden Point's second-period goal in a 3-1 win in January 2020.
“We had some great chances in the first and we didn't bury them,” Hedman said. "It's human nature to start thinking (about the drought), but I think a lot of credit goes to all the guys that we stuck with it and then we got rewarded."
Lightning center Alex Barre-Boulet played 12 minutes in his NHL debut.
The 23-year-old is an undrafted player who signed with the organization in 2018 and went on to become the American Hockey League rookie of the year a year later. He scored 64 goals at the AHL level with Syracuse, with three coming this season.
“I didn't sleep much last night, to be honest,” Barre-Boulet said. “I was really excited.”
Fast, who signed in October after seven seasons with the New York Rangers, found the net in his 12th game with Carolina.
“I feel like I'm trying to focus on playing the right way,” Fast said. “And when you play good, usually the goals and points come."
Carolina entered at 12-3-1 with 25 points, rising to the top of the Central Division standings while matching the franchise's best record through 16 games.
The other time came in the 2005-06 season, which ended with the Hurricanes winning their only Stanley Cup in a seven-game series against Edmonton.
Golden Knights 3, Avalanche 0
Alex Tuch scored twice as part of Vegas’ three-goal spree in the second period, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots and the Golden Knights cruised past Colorado.
Fleury earned his 64th career shutout in the finale of the four-game series, with the Knights and Avs each recording two wins. Jonathan Marchessault also scored for Vegas in the pivotal middle period.
Philipp Grubauer made 25 saves for Colorado.
Flames 3, Maple Leafs 0
David Rittich made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season and fourth of his career as Calgary beat NHL-leading Toronto.
Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan each had a goal and an assist, and Sam Bennett added a goal for Calgary.
Rasmus Andersson added two assists for the Flames, who had lost four of five in regulation and had been outscored 14-3 in three straight losses, including a 7-1 decision to Edmonton on Saturday.
Michael Hutchinson stopped 30 shots in a surprise start for Toronto (14-4-2).
Both teams were without their No. 1 goalies. Frederik Andersen sat out for the Leafs with a lower-body injury. Jacob Markstrom, who was pulled in his last two starts, didn’t dress for the Flames because of an upper-body ailment.
Kings 3, Blues 0
Dustin Brown scored two goals and veteran Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots for his 54th career shutout, lifting Los Angeles past St. Louis.
It was the second shutout this season for the 35-year-old Quick, who helped the Kings win two Stanley Cup championships in his career.
Gabriel Vilardi added a goal for the Kings, who scored in each period and extended their winning streak to five games. Brown closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal at 18:57 of the third.
Panthers 3, Stars 1
Aaron Ekblad and Keith Yandle scored, Chris Driedger made 24 saves and Florida beat slumping Dallas.
Aleksander Barkov scored an empty-net goal to seal the Panthers’ sixth win in eight games.
Blake Comeau scored for Dallas, and Anton Khudobin stopped 49 of 51 shots. The Stars lost their sixth in a row and eighth of nine overall while playing their first game since Feb. 13 due to the weather conditions in Dallas.
Wild 6, Sharks 2
Mats Zuccarello had a goal and three assists, and Minnesota beat San Jose for its third consecutive win.
It was the highest scoring game of the season for Minnesota, which is rounding into form after being sidelined for a couple weeks this month because of COVID-19 protocols.
Victor Rask had a goal and two assists for the Wild, who improved to 3-1 on their five-game road trip. Kirill Kaprizov, Marcus Foligno, Ian Cole and Jonas Brodin also scored, and Kaapo Kahkonen made 31 saves.
Brent Burns and Logan Couture scored for San Jose, but the Sharks were outscored 3-1 in the second period. Martin Jones made 16 saves on 20 shots before he was replaced by Devan Dubnyk.
Coyotes 4, Ducks 3
Christian Dvorak scored two goals and Arizona rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Anaheim in a testy game.
The Ducks, the NHL’s lowest-scoring team, scored twice in the opening period and had a 3-0 lead early in the second.
Arizona stormed back to tie it in the second period with three goals in less than four minutes and went ahead in the third on Dvorak’s second goal.
Jakob Chychrun had a goal and an assist for Arizona. Derick Brassard also scored, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 shots.
Cam Fowler, Jakob Silfverberg and Max Jones scored for Anaheim. John Gibson had 21 saves.
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