The NHL’s elite teams showed why they are leading the way during the 2021-22 season.
The Colorado Avalanche scored shortly after the New York Islanders had the go-ahead goal disallowed en route to a 5-3 victory to extend their lead in the Western Conference to 14 points.
Andre Burakovsky put Colorado in front for good as he scored in his third straight game while Cale Makar has two assists to tie him with John-Michael Liles for the longest streak of games with an assist by a defenseman in franchise history. Makar has 14 assists during the nine-game streak. Former Islanders defenseman Devon Toews had a goal and two assists while Jack Johnson became the 21st American-born defenseman to play in 1,000 NHL games.
Nathan MacKinnon scored for the third game in a row while Gabriel Landeskog and Erik Johnson also scored for Colorado.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau had a goal and an assist for a New York team that once again played without leading scorer Mathew Barzal and defenseman Zdeno Chara.
Another leading Stanley Cup contender also won at home as the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning topped the Ottawa Senators 5-2 behind a goal and three assists from Brayden Point and two points from Nikita Kucherov, who recorded his fourth straight game with a goal and an assist.
“𝙈𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙚 𝙥𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙖𝙩 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙝𝙪𝙜𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙪𝙨!”
— Bally Sports Sun: Lightning (@BallyLightning) March 2, 2022
Ottawa outshot Tampa Bay 27-22 despite multiple injuries to some of its top forwards but only managed goals by Tyler Ennis and Zach Sanford. It was the first goal in the last 14 games for Ennis and the second in 18 games for Sanford. A goal from Mikhail Sergachev put the game over the total of six set by the Las Vegas odds.
Tampa Bay moved ahead of Florida in the Atlantic Division standings and moved within three points of the Eastern Conference points lead.
Colorado (+450) and Tampa Bay (+650) have the best odds to win the Stanley Cup title.
The Eastern Conference-leading Carolina Hurricanes twice squandered one-goal leads in a 4-3 overtime loss at the Detroit Red Wings.
Rookie Lucas Raymond, who led the Red Wings with six shots on goal, scored on the power play in overtime with less than 10 seconds remaining for his second career game-winning goal. The win carried a moneyline of +175, the highest among Tuesday’s nine games. The contest being decided in overtime carried a payout of +450.
Sebastian Aho, Jesper Fast and Jordan Staal scored for Carolina, which still has a five-point lead in the Metropolitan Division.
Former Carolina goalie Alex Nedeljkovic had 27 saves to pick up his 15th win for Detroit.
Something of interest for those who bet online: It was the fourth time in the last five games that a Carolina game was decided by one goal.
The results were better for another division leader as the Calgary Flames had six forwards record two points in a 5-1 road win against the Minnesota Wild. It was Calgary’s 12th win in the last 13 games.
Calgary got production from the usual suspects as Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau and Andrew Mangiapane, the Flames’ top four scorers during this 13-game hot streak, combined for three goals and five assists. Mikael Backlund and Tyler Toffoli added a goal and an assist each as Calgary won despite being outshot 33-27 and outhit 48-34.
Marcus Foligno scored the goal for Minnesota, which has lost four in a row and six of its last seven games.
The wildest game of the night did not include Wild.
Mark Scheifele had two goals and an assist, Kyle Connor had three assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois added a goal and two assists as the Winnipeg Jets topped the visiting Montreal Canadiens 8-4.
Josh Anderson scored three times in less than 13 minutes as Montreal, which had won its previous five games, rallied from four goals down to tie the game early in the second period. However, Winnipeg scored four power-play goals to pull away. It was the first time in NHL history that a team came back from a four-goal deficit only to lose by four.
Pacific Teams Roll
The Vegas Golden Knights held the visiting San Jose Sharks to 17 shots on goal in a 3-1 victory. Reilly Smith scored twice to help Vegas head coach Peter DeBoer win his 500th career NHL game. The win came against the franchise he coached for 4½ seasons.
San Jose had seven players on the injured list for the game and goalie James Reimer left the game after the first period due to injury. Noah Gregor had the lone goal for San Jose.
The Anaheim Ducks got a power-play goal from Trevor Zegras with less than a minute to play in a 4-3 win against the visiting Boston Bruins.
Boston, coming off a seven-goal performance at Los Angeles 24 hours earlier, rallied from a 3-1 deficit on goals by Brandon Carlo and David Pastrnak.
Isac Lundestrom and Adam Henrique scored in the final 2:07 of the first period to give the Ducks a two-goal lead. Anaheim managed one goal in its previous two games and is just two points out of a playoff spot.
Nick Foligno, who didn’t have a point in his last 10 games, had a goal and an assist for Boston, which saw its five-game winning streak snapped. Foligno got the Gordie Howe hat trick as he also had a fight with Anaheim’s Sam Carrick 2:20 into the game.
The Edmonton Oilers got a 39-save shutout from Mikko Koskinen and two points each from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the top two scorers in the NHL, to blank the host Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 to remain in playoff position. Edmonton’s three-goal win had an NHL betting lines payout of +450.
The Oilers are 6-2 in their last eight road games and improved to 16-10-3 away from home. Philadelphia lost for the 20th time in the last 23 games and is one of five NHL teams with fewer than 10 home wins.
Boone Jenner and Patrik Laine each had a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the visiting New Jersey Devils 4-3.
Jake Christiansen scored his first career goal in his third game for Columbus, which scored three straight goals after Jack Hughes gave New Jersey the early 1-0 lead. Columbus managed two goals in its previous two games.