Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal in the second period as the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins erased a two-goal lead to top the Boston Bruins 4-2 in a game featuring two Stanley Cup contenders on Tuesday. Pittsburgh (+1400) has the seventh-best odds to win the Stanley Cup while Boston (+1800) has the eighth-best odds.
Crosby now has 499 career goals. His next goal will make him the 45th NHL player with 500 career goals and third active player, joining Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Marleau.
Former Boston forward Danton Heinen scored twice in 28 seconds to tie the game. Heinen, who had 34 goals in 220 regular-season games during his four seasons with the Bruins, has 11 goals in 41 games in his first season with the Penguins.
The Bruins were 17-0-0 when leading by at least two goals but have lost two of its last three games when going up by two goals. The defeat at the hands of the Penguins was the first regulation loss of the season for Boston when holding a two-goal lead. There was also the overtime loss to Colorado on Jan. 26, while a power-play goal midway through the third period by David Pastrnak kept the Bruins from squandering points after jumping up on the expansion Seattle Kraken 2-0 on Feb. 1.
The Bruins lost despite outshooting Pittsburgh 45-25.
The visiting New Jersey Devils snapped a seven-game losing streak in emphatic fashion as Michael McLeod’s two goals led seven New Jersey players with multiple-point games in a 7-1 thumping of the Montreal Canadiens. The seven goals matched New Jersey’s output from the previous four games combined as the Devils won for the first time since a 7-4 win over Carolina on Jan. 22.
Brett Kulak scored his first goal in 17 games for Montreal, which has given up 33 goals in the last five games as one of the worst seasons in franchise history continues.
Fewest wins by a team in their first 45 games of a season since the WHA/NHL merger (1979-):
4- Jets (1980-81)
4- Senators (1992-93)
6- Sharks (’92-93)
7- Sens (94-95)
8- #Canadiens (2021-22, as they were flattened 7-1 by the Devils earlier tonight)
8- Sens (93-94)
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— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) February 9, 2022
New Jersey’s blowout win paid +2500 thanks to its six-goal margin of victory. It was just the third time this season that the NHL betting lines listed New Jersey as a favorite on the road. The Devils split the previous two games, falling to Anaheim 4-0 on Nov. 2 and beating Buffalo 4-3 on Dec. 29.
The biggest surprise of the night came when the Ottawa Senators defeated the visiting Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.
Brady Tkachuk scored his 13th and 14th goals as Ottawa jumped out to a 4-0 lead despite missing two of its top three leading scorers, as Drake Batherson and Josh Norris continue to be sidelined.
Carolina made things interesting in the third period with goals by Andrei Svechnikov, Brendan Smith (his first goal in 19 games) and Vincent Trocheck. Carolina remained on the attack after Trocheck’s goal with 1:12 left to play, but Tkachuk blocked shots by Jaccob Slavin and Sebastian Aho to give Ottawa the victory.
Five of the previous six games between Carolina and Ottawa ended up going under the total set by the Las Vegas odds.
The only other one-goal game came when the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets got a goal by Boone Jenner with 45 seconds left to defeat the Washington Capitals 5-4 to end a three-game losing streak to their Metropolitan Division rivals.
Nic Dowd had a goal and an assist to give Washington the early two-goal lead. Patrik Laine had two goals and an assist while Trey Fix-Wolansky scored in his NHL debut for Columbus. Laine’s five shots on goal had a payout of +105. The highest-scoring period came in the second and that carried a moneyline of +255. Speaking of strong payouts, Columbus beating Washington carried a moneyline of +425 and the fifth goal paid +850.
Two other Canadian teams joined Ottawa as winners on Tuesday night.
Kyle Connor assisted on goals by Mark Scheifele and Nate Schmidt as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the visiting Minnesota Wild 2-0 to bring an end to Minnesota’s six-game winning streak. The win carried a moneyline of +130. Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 27 shots he faced to hand the Wild its first shutout loss of the season. Minnesota’s 10-game point streak and six-game point streak on the road also ended with the loss.
With Manitoba COVID-19 restrictions lifted, a crowd of more than 7,000 took in Winnipeg’s victory.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson had three assists to lift the Vancouver Canucks over the Arizona Coyotes. It was Ekman-Larsson’s first game against the Arizona franchise that he suited up for from 2010-11 until 2020-21 before being traded the Vancouver in the offseason. Conor Garland, also acquired in that trade from the Coyotes, opened the scoring with his 11th goal while Lawson Crouse had the lone goal for Arizona, which has dropped seven of its last 10 games.
Those who bet online and went with the Canucks winning by four goals got paid +850.
The news wasn’t all positive for teams north of the border as the Edmonton Oilers fell to the visiting Vegas Golden Knights 4-0.
Vegas won despite being without two of its top six defensemen and opting to start backup goalie Laurent Brossoit, who had 28 saves.
Reilly Smith and William Karlsson each had a goal and an assist as Pacific Division-leading Vegas improved to 14-6-1 on the road.
Edmonton has been held scoreless in two of its last four home games despite having the second and third-leading scorers in the NHL.