Hurricanes 3, Panthers 2 (OT)
Martin Necas scored 1:59 into overtime and Carolina beat Florida on Monday night.
Brett Pesce and Vincent Trochek also scored for the Hurricanes, who won at Florida for the second time in three days. Alex Nedeljkovic had a career-high 44 saves.
Necas also had the shootout winner in Carolina's 4-3 win Saturday night as none of the three games between the teams were decided in regulation.
“It feels good. You just end the game,” Necas said. “I really like 3-on-3. There’s a lot of space. You can make some skilled plays.”
Frank Vatrano and Eetu Loustarinen scored in the third period to give Florida the lead, and Chris Driedger finished with 24 saves. The Panthers have lost three of four.
Vatrano tied the score 1-1 at 4:40 of the third with his seventh goal of the season and third in three games.
Loustarinen put the Panthers ahead with 3:09 remaining with his third.
However, Trocheck got his 11th just 1:36 later against his former team.
“It never feels good to lose those (late leads) and go into overtime, but it happens, and we just have to learn from it and move forward,” Florida captain Aleksander Barkov said. “It was a huge point for us again.”
Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour was pleased with his team’s grit and never-say-die attitude.
“Obviously that’s not how you would draw it up. The third period was a little shaky for us,” he said. “But I love how our guys are digging in. They seem to never quit. It’s two points and we’ll take them.”
Carolina’s speed and intensity in the offensive zone paid off in the early going. On the man advantage, Pesce fired a one-timer for a 1-0 lead with 6:25 left in the first. Pesce’s third goal, coming with Patric Hornqvist in the box for roughing, followed his two-assist effort against the Panthers on Saturday night.
“Good teams find ways to win,” Pesce said. “You’ve got to find a way. It was a gutsy win, but we all know we could (play better).”
Carolina escaped a 4-on-3 situation late in the second period as the Panthers dominated in the Hurricanes’ end for over a minute. During that Florida surge, Nedeljkovic made a clutch snap glove save off a blast by Aaron Ekblad.
Pesce praised the effort of the Hurricanes’ backup netminder.
“(Alex) deserved that win so bad,” he said. “We had a lot of breakdowns and he was there to clean it all up and to get that win for him is huge.”
Florida appeared to have tied the game on a power play in the first period, but a quick whistle nullified the goal. Video replay showed Nedeljkovic never had control of the puck, leading to boos at the referees throughout the rest of the game.
Jake Bean had an assist on Pesce's goal, giving him seven points (one goal, six assists) in his last nine games for Carolina.
Vatrano, who’s last three goals have all come in the third period, has six goals over the last 11 games.
Barkov played in his 500th NHL game, becoming the 11th player in franchise history to reach that milestone in a Panthers’ uniform. Barkov, who had six goals and eight assists in 14 games during February, is the sixth player to reach the 500-game mark while spending his entire career with Florida.
“That’s a huge accomplishment for myself, obviously,” Barkov said. “It means a lot; even one game in this league is a dream and every game for me is living the dream.”
The game drew 3,817 fans, including Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, to the BB&T Center. The Panthers are one of only 10 teams allowing a limited number of fans, with the Columbus Blue Jackets set to join that group Tuesday.
Senators 5, Flames 1
Drake Batherson scored twice in Ottawa's victory over Calgary, giving him six straight games with a goal.
Artem Anisimov and Evgenii Dadanov also scored for the Senators, and Colin White had an empty-net goal. Tim Stutzle contributed two assists to help Ottawa (8-15-1) win for the fourth time in five games.
The 22-year-old Batherson has seven goals in his last six games. He matched Jason Spezza for the longest goal streak in franchise history.
Matt Murray, pulled from Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Flames, stopped 27 shots for the win.
Milan Lucic scored for Calgary (10-11-2) in the finale of a six-game, 10-day road trip. David Rittich made 31 saves in his fifth consecutive start.
Canucks 4, Jets 0
Thatcher Demko stopped 27 shots for his first career shutout and Vancouver scored three times in the first period against Winnipeg.
Nate Schmidt, J.T. Miller and Nils Hoglander had early goals to help the Canucks end a four-game losing streak (0-3-1). Elias Pettersson added an empty-netter.
Connor Hellebuyck made 15 saves for the Jets, who had won four straight.
The teams finish their two-game series Tuesday night in Winnipeg.
Blues 5, Ducks 4
Dakota Joshua scored in his NHL debut and Zach Sanford got two goals to lead St. Louis past Anaheim.
Jordan Kyrou and David Perron also scored for the Blues, who won for the second time in five games. Ville Husso made 29 saves in the same arena where he earned his first NHL victory on Jan. 31.
Isac Lundeström scored three goals for the Ducks, whose winless skid stretched to a season-worst seven games. Ryan Getzlaf scored late, and John Gibson stopped 30 shots.
Golden Knights 5, Wild 4 (OT)
Max Pacioretty scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to lift Vegas over Minnesota.
The Golden Knights erased a two-goal deficit in the third period and won a matchup between the West Division’s top two teams.
After Alex Tuch scored the tying goal with 42 seconds left in regulation, it was Pacioretty punching home the winner after captain Mark Stone fed him with his fifth primary assist of the game.
Cody Glass and Nic Hague also scored for Vegas. Marc-Andre Fleury, making his ninth straight start, had 26 saves and improved to 10-3-0.
Marcus Foligno scored twice, and Jordan Greenway and Nick Bonino also had goals for the Wild. Cam Talbot made 34 saves.
Sharks 6, Avalanche 2
Erik Karlsson scored for the first time this season during a four-goal third period that helped San Jose roll past Colorado.
Rudolfs Balcers broke a tie early in the third, John Leonard scored on a breakaway and Evander Kane added an empty-netter as the Sharks pulled away to beat the Avalanche for the first time in three tries this season. Timo Meier assisted on the first three goals in the third.
Radim Simek and Kevin Labanc also scored for San Jose, and Martin Jones made 33 saves.
Samuel Girard and Gabriel Landeskog scored for the Avalanche. Philipp Grubauer had 21 saves.
Maple Leafs 3, Oilers 0
Michael Hutchinson stopped 31 shots for his sixth career shutout as Toronto beat Edmonton.
Morgan Rielly and William Nylander each had a goal and an assist, and Zach Hyman also scored. The Maple Leafs blanked the Oilers for the second straight game, following a 4-0 win Saturday.
Mikko Koskinen allowed three goals on 10 shots before being replaced by Mike Smith to start the second period.
The teams meet again Wednesday night in Edmonton to finish a three-game series.
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