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01-10-2019, 12:38 AM,
The Caps have a 3-1 series lead
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Skinner scored three goals for his fifth career hat trick and the Buffalo Sabres‘ reconfigured top line keyed a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.Jason Pominville had a goal and two assists for his 700th career point Womens Joonas Donskoi Jersey , and Jack Eichel added three assists after Sabres coach Phil Housley shuffled his lines in an effort to revive an offense that was held to one goal in three of the past four games.Zach Bogosian also scored and Linus Ullmark made 19 saves for Buffalo.Drew Doughty had a goal and Jonathan Quick made 21 saves for the Kings, who lost their fourth straight game. Quick has allowed 10 goals on 54 shots in two starts since returning from a lower-body injury.AVALANCHE 3, HURRICANES 1RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog scored twice to give him six goals in three games, Nathan MacKinnon added a goal and two assists and Colorado beat Carolina.Landeskog, fresh off a hat trick against New Jersey, opened the scoring late in the first period and added another goal midway through the second. His seven goals through eight games this season are tied for third most in the NHL.MacKinnon scored late in the third and assisted on both of Landeskog’s goals for the Avalanche. Philipp Grubauer stopped 42 shots.Micheal Ferland scored and Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves for the Hurricanes, who have lost three straight after a 4-0-1 start.Carolina outshot Colorado 43-22. The Hurricanes have outshot their opponents in all three games during their losing streak.FLYERS 5, DEVILS 2PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Voracek had a goal and had two assists, and Philadelphia played some solid defense to beat New Jersey.Voracek, who was demoted from the Flyers‘ top line, took a loose puck at center ice and kept it himself on a 2-on-1 breakaway, beating Keith Kinkaid for his third goal of the season to put the Flyers ahead 3-2 with 3:10 remaining.Travis Konecny and Nolan Patrick also scored, and Scott Laughton and Wayne Simmonds added empty-net goals for the Flyers, who limited the Devils to just 21 shots. Philadelphia had allowed four goals or more in five of its first seven games.Brian Elliott, who was pulled after giving up four goals to the Florida Panthers last Tuesday, bounced back to make 19 saves and earn his second win of the season.Damon Severson and Brian Boyle scored for the Devils, who have lost two straight games after winning their first four. Kinkaid made 16 saves.COYOTES 5, JETS 3WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Three Jets scored their first goals of the season, defenseman Jacob Trouba had three assists and Winnipeg beat Arizona.Tyler Myers, Josh Morrissey and Mathieu Perreault each found the net for the first time. Adam Lowry scored his fourth of the season and Blake Wheeler added an empty-netter.Backup goalie Laurent Brossoit stopped 42 shots for his second victory in two starts as the Jets improved to 3-0-1 on their six-game homestand.Clayton Keller scored twice and Christian Fischer had a goal for Arizona.Antti Raanta made 27 saves for the Coyotes, who haven’t won in Winnipeg since the Jets moved from Atlanta to Manitoba in 2011.BLACKHAWKS 4, BLUE JACKETS 1COLUMBUS Justin Braun Jersey Kids , Ohio (AP) — Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, Corey Crawford stopped 37 shots to get his first win in nearly 10 months, and Chicago beat Columbus.Alex DeBrincat and Marcus Kruger also scored for the Blackhawks, who earned a point for the sixth time in seven games (4-1-2).Crawford was playing his second game since a concussion suffered in a win at New Jersey last Dec. 23.Zach Werenski scored for Columbus and Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 22 saves.Kruger put the Blackhawks ahead for good when he tipped a wrister from Alexander Fortin past Bobrovsky at 7:43 of the third. Kane then scored twice 2:37 apart.BLUES 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1TORONTO (AP) — Ryan O’Reilly scored his first goal with St. Louis, and Jake Allen made 22 saves to lead the Blues.Robert Bortuzzo, Zach Sanford and Ivan Barbashev also scored, and David Perron added two assists as St. Louis picked up its second victory in seven games this season.Morgan Rielly scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen stopped 21 of 24 shots as the Leafs dropped consecutive games after five straight wins.Toronto had scored an NHL-high 33 goals in seven games to open the season. But the Maple Leafs were shut out by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday and were scoreless in two periods against the Blues, going 116 minutes 37 seconds without a goal until Rielly cut the deficit to 3-1 early in the third.RED WINGS 4, PANTHERS 3SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Gustav Nyquist scored 3:44 into overtime to lift Detroit to its first win of the season.Dennis Cholowski had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Vanek and Dylan Larkin also scored for the Red Wings, who were 0-5-2 in their first seven games. Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots.On the winner, Nyquist grabbed a loose puck and his shot from the slot beat goalie Michael Hutchinson on the left side.Trailing 3-2, Florida’s Mike Hoffman tied the score with 1:16 left in the third as his shot from the left circle went between Howard’s pads.Nick Bjugstad had a goal and an assist, and Keith Yandle also scored for the Panthers, who played into overtime for the fourth time in their six games. Hutchinson finished with 27 saves.SENATORS 4, CANADIENS 3, OTOTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mark Stone scored his second goal of the game 2:30 into overtime and Ottawa rallied from a two-goal deficit.Stone’s one-timer from the face-off circle beat Carey Price for the winner.Stone had a goal and an assist in regulation, while Mikkel Boedker and Matt Duchene also scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson made 24 saves in the win.The Canadiens got first-period goals from Paul Byron, Max Domi and Phillip Danault. Price made 30 saves.WILD 5, LIGHTNING 4, OTST. PAUL Youth Kevin Labanc Jersey , Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund scored 3:43 into overtime to lead Minnesota.Charlie Coyle, Marcus Foligno, Zach Parise and Jason Zucker all scored in regulation as the Wild rallied again in the third period. Alex Stalock made 27 saves for Minnesota, which has allowed the first goal in six straight games but is 4-1-1 in those contests.Yanni Gourde and J.T. Miller each had a goal and assist for Tampa Bay, which lost in its first road game of the season. Ryan Callahan scored his first of the season for the Lightning and Anton Stralman pushed the game into overtime with his first goal of the season with 4:58 left in the third after the Wild took their first lead of the game.Andrei Vasilekskiy made 29 saves for Tampa Bay, which had it’s three-game winning streak snapped as it played on the road after a season-opening, five-game homestand.CANUCKS 2, BRUINS 1, OTVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Bo Horvat scored at 3:12 of overtime and Vancouver edged Boston.Brandon Sutter scored for the Canucks in regulation, and Joakim Nordstrom scored for the Bruins.Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 30 shots. Jaroslav Halak turned away 20 of 22 shots for the Bruins.PREDATORS 3, OILERS 0EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Juuse Saros made 31 saves in the shutout and Nashville ran its winning streak to five games.P.K. Subban, Viktor Arvidsson and Roman Josi scored for the Predators, who are a perfect 4-0-0 on the road and have won seven of eight games this season. Mattias Ekholm had a pair of assists.The Oilers had a three-game winning streak halted.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3, DUCKS 1LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 17 shots to lead the Golden Knights to their third straight win.Fleury got his 408th career win to move into sole possession of 10th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list. The 15-year-veteran has allowed just two goals in his last three starts.William Karlsson, Ryan Reaves and Jonathan Marchessault scored for the Golden Knights, who outshot the Ducks 45-18.Ben Street had the lone goal for the Ducks, and John Gibson finished with 42 saves.SHARKS 4, ISLANDERS 1SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Brent Burns scored San Jose’s first goal from a defenseman this season and Logan Couture scored his fourth goal in two games to lead the Sharks.Timo Meier and Joonas Donskoi also scored to help the Sharks wrap up a brief two-game homestand with a second straight win and avenge a 4-0 loss at the Islanders earlier this month in a game that got testy down the stretch.Martin Jones made 24 saves to earn his second straight win after opening the season with three regulation losses in his first four starts.Brock Nelson scored the lone goal for the Islanders, who finished a road trip 1-3. Robin Lehner made 37 saves after shutting out San Jose on Oct. 8. LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights (all times local):8:05 p.m.The Washington Capitals have won their first Stanley Cup championship, beating the Vegas Golden Knights in five games.Lars Eller scored with 7:37 left, giving the Capitals a 4-3 lead and they hung on after Vegas pulled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for the extra skater.It is the first championship for the Capitals , who began play in 1974.The Golden Knights wrap up a storybook year, advancing all the way to the final in their first year of existence.—7:50 p.m.Washington has moved a big step toward its first Stanley Cup.Lars Eller scored with 7:37 left, giving the Capitals a 4-3 lead against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.Washington went into the third trailing 3-2 and went ahead after Devante Smith-Pelly and Eller scored 2:31 apart midway through the final period.The Capitals are up 3-1 in the series, a win away from their first NHL championship in franchise history.—7:45 p.m.Devante Smith-Pelly has pulled Washington into a 3-3 tie with Vegas midway through the third period in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.Brooks Orpik sent the puck toward the net, it went off Smith-Pelly’s left skate to help him corral it and he sent a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury as he fell to the ice.Smith-Pelly has seven goals this postseason, matching his total during the regular seasons. He was relegated to signing a two-way contract with the Capitals entering the season and earned a spot in the lineup 75 times during the regular season. He scored in Game 4, too, also collecting the puck off a skate before his shot.Washington has a 3-1 series lead and is looking for its first Stanley Cup championship. If Vegas holds on, Game 6 in Washington will be Sunday night.—7:25 p.m.The Vegas Golden Knights are 10-0 this postseason when leading after two periods, as they do 3-2 against Washington in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.The Capitals have lost four of the six games they’ve played this postseason when trailing after the second period.Washington has a 3-1 series lead and is looking for its first Stanley Cup championship. If Vegas holds on, Game 6 in Washington will be Sunday night.—7:05 p.m.The Vegas Golden Knights are 20 minutes away from forcing Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Final.Vegas leads Washington 3-2 going into the third period after the two teams combined for five goals in a wild second period. There were lead changes, a coach’s challenge, fights and power plays as the teams picked up the pace following a goal-less opening period.Reilly Smith gave Vegas the lead, shooting into an open net off a fantastic pass from Alex Tuch with 28.2 seconds left in the second period.The Golden Knights didn’t get to celebrate very long because there was a lot of pushing, shoving and face-washing behind the net right after the go-ahead goal.Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 18 shots through two periods and Braden Holtby made 17 saves for the Capitals.A win would give the Capitals the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The expansion Golden Knights are hoping to extend their stunning, record-breaking season.—6:50 p.m.Washington and Vegas are tied 2-2 late in a wild second period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.After no goals in the opening period, the offenses got rolling and then some with four goals in a heart-pounding 6:32 stretch.Washington’s Jakub Vrana opened the flurry with a goal 6:24 into the second, rifling a shot over the glove of Marc-Andre Fleury.Alex Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead 2-1 on a power play just 34 seconds after Vegas’ Nate Schmidt was credited with a goal that went off Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen’s skate.David Perron pulled Vegas into the second tie of the period. The goal stood after a coach’s challenge, a move Washington had to try because Braden Holtby was trying to make a save while two players were wrestling in the crease.Washington has a 3-1 series lead, one win away from the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.—6:25 p.m.Washington has taken a 1-0 lead in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against Vegas.Jakub Vrana got behind the Golden Knights’ defense and took advantage of the time and space, scoring from the inside of the left circle 6:24 into the second period. He beat Marc-Andre Fleury on his glove side, sending the puck over his left elbow and into the net.The Caps have a 3-1 series lead and are trying to clinch their first championship in 43 seasons.The Golden Knights have scored only five goals in losing the last three games and are having trouble finding much space again against the Washington defense and goaltender Braden Holtby.—6:05 p.m.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is defending the expansion draft that loaded first-year franchise Vegas with talent.The Golden Knights were the surprise of the NHL this season, winning the Pacific Division and rolling all the way to the Stanley Cup Final against Washington. Critics have suggested the expansion draft was too generous for the new franchise, which saw strong play from veterans including goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury Martin Jones Jersey , James Neal and others.Bettman was asked about it during an NBC interview during the first intermission of Game 5 and said the league’s ”competitive balance shows anything is possible.” He noted the turnaround seasons this year by Colorado and New Jersey.Said Bettman: ”If you’re passionate about your team, you have hope for every season.”—6 p.m.The Washington Capitals are outshooting the Vegas Golden Knights so far but the teams are tied 0-0 after the first period of Game 5 in the Stanley Cup Final.It marked the third scoreless period of the series.Braden Holtby had to make just seven saves for the Capitals. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 10 shots for the Golden Knights, who face elimination.Washington leads the series 3-1, one win away from the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.—5:45 p.m.Hits are outnumbering shots so far through a scoreless first period in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.Washington and Vegas combined for just seven shots while landing a total of 19 hits in the early going. The Capitals had blocked four shots while the Golden Knights blocked a pair of pucks before a shot even got to Marc-Andre Fleury.Washington came up empty on a power play, though Alex Ovechkin rang a shot off the post.Washington is up 3-1, a win away from its first Stanley Cup in franchise history.—5:25 p.m.Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final is under way in Las Vegas.With the Golden Knights scoring only five goals in the previous three games of the Stanley Cup Final, Vegas coach Gerard Gallant shook up his lineup.Veteran forwards Ryan Reaves and Ryan Carpenter were scratched, while William Carrier and David Perron were in uniform. Carrier hadn’t played since Game 5 of the second round against San Jose, missing 10 straight games. Perron played in the Final’s first three games before sitting out Game 4.The Caps have a 3-1 series lead and are trying to clinch their first championship in 43 seasons.—5:15 p.m.Boys will be boys.Washington star Alex Ovechkin skated onto the Vegas side of the rink during pregame warmups, narrowly avoiding Marc-Andre Fleury as the goaltender was stretching along the boards before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.The goaltender skated across the red line and toward the Washington superstar before retreating back to his side. Later, though, Fleury got even by slashing Ovechkin’s legs as they skated past each other.Earlier in the series, the veterans acted like kids squirting water on each other’s side of the red line.The Caps have a 3-1 series lead and are trying to clinch their first championship in 43 NHL seasons.—4:50 p.m.Hundreds of fans braved 97-degree heat and assembled again in the plaza directly outside T-Mobile Arena several hours before Vegas hosted Washington in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.As game time approached, the crowd got larger as it swelled with fans without tickets. A majority of the crowd was wearing Golden Knights garb, but the sea of people included a large portion of red-clad Washington Capitals fans occasionally chanting ”We want the Cup!”The Caps have a 3-1 series lead and are trying to clinch their first championship in 43 NHL seasons.—4:30 p.m.The Washington Capitals are on the brink of raising the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.Alex Ovechkin and his Caps are taking the ice for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final with a 3-1 series lead after three consecutive victories over the Vegas Golden Knights.While past Washington teams have a long history of struggles in closeout games, these Caps have won all three of their potential closeout games. If they can do it again, the Caps will clinch the first championship in 43 NHL seasons for a franchise that began play in 1974.The Knights have never lost four consecutive games in their inaugural season. They won the Final opener, but have been outscored 12-5 since.—4:20 p.m.Willie O’Ree, the first black NHL player, says the player who wins the award named in his honor will have displayed hockey and life skills.The NHL will give the first Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award later this month in Las Vegas. O’Ree broke the league’s color barrier 60 years ago with the Boston Bruins and overcame blindness in his right eye.O’Ree spoke ahead of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, where Washington took a 3-1 lead on the road to Las Vegas.—More Stanley Cup coverage:
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