Panthers beat Maple Leafs 3-2 for 13th straight win | Radio WGN 720


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Brandon Montour scored 2:26 into overtime and the NHL-leading Florida Panthers extended their winning streak to a franchise-record 13 games by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 3- 2 Saturday evening.

The streak is the seventh longest in NHL history and is the longest in the league since Columbus won 16 straight games in the 2016-17 season. The win also marked Florida interim coach Andrew Brunette’s 50th in just 71 games behind the Panthers’ bench.

Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists for Florida. Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist and Mason Marchment had two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 34 shots.

Justin Holl and Mitch Marner scored for Toronto. Jack Campbell finished with 32 saves.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov and Anthony Cirelli scored in the first period and the Lightning beat the Predators.

Hedman became the second defenseman in franchise history to score 20 goals in a season, joining Dan Boyle in 2006-07.

Kucherov finished with a goal and two assists, Steve Stamkos also had a goal and two assists, and Ross Colton also scored for the Lightning. Brian Elliott made 19 saves.

Tampa Bay is three points ahead of Boston in the race for third place in the Atlantic Division.

Nashville defensemen Roman Josi and Alexandre Carrier each scored a power-play goal. Josi became the first NHL defenseman to reach 90 points since Boston’s Ray Bourque (91 in 1993-94).


DALLAS (AP) — Roope Hintz scored two goals in the space of about two minutes to pull Dallas even in the second, and Vladislav Namestnikov got the winner for the playoff-contending Stars.

Not only did the Stars overcome an early two-goal deficit, but they rebounded from losing all three games on their trip to Canada which was made even more miserable due to travel issues on the way home.

With three games remaining in the regular season, all at home, the Stars have 93 points and are tied with Nashville for the two wildcard spots in the Western Conference. The Predators, who lost 6-2 on Saturday to Tampa Bay, have four games left to play. Vegas has 89 points with four games to go. The Golden Knights are at home Sunday against San Jose before playing Dallas on Tuesday night.

Riley Sheahan and Yanni Gourde scored for Seattle and Chris Driedger made 28 saves. It was Gourde’s 100th career goal.


NEWARK, NJ (AP) — Rookie Seth Jarvis scored 1:39 into overtime, lifting the Hurricanes to their third straight win.

Carolina trailed 2-0 before Brady Skjei and Nino Niederreiter scored in the final five minutes of regulation time. Rookie Pyotr Kochetkov made 17 saves in his NHL debut.

Yegor Sharangovich and Nico Hischier scored for New Jersey. Jon Gillies, who was minutes away from his first NHL shutout, made 26 saves for the Devils in his first start in a month.

Jarvis won the game with a shot from the right circle after being set up by Tony DeAngelo.


BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak scored his team-leading 39th goal after missing the previous eight games with an undisclosed injury, helping the Bruins to victory.

Taylor Hall and Trent Frederic also scored for Boston, which is battling for the Eastern Conference playoff seeding. Linus Ullmark made 30 saves.

The Bruins had lost four of their previous six games.

Mika Zibanejad scored his 29th goal for New York and Igor Shesterkin made 32 saves.

After locking the ice at home in the first round of the playoffs with a win over the Islanders on Thursday, the Rangers saw their four-game winning streak shattered.


DETROIT (AP) — Evgeni Malkin scored twice, leading Pittsburgh to victory on the road.

Kris Letang had a goal and two assists for the Penguins in the playoffs, which won for the third time in four games. Sidney Crosby, Rickard Rakell and Chad Ruhwedel each finished with a goal and an assist.

Detroit lost its third straight game. Jakub Vrana and Michael Rasmussen scored for the Red Wings. Thomas Greiss made 18 saves in the first two periods and Alex Nedeljkovic finished with 13 saves.


BUFFALO, NY (AP) — Tage Thompson scored his team-leading 37th goal, and the Sabers beat the Islanders in a non-playoff matchup.

Thompson, Rasmus Dahlin and Vinnie Hinostroza scored for Buffalo in the second period. After New York rallied in third, Jeff Skinner made it 5-3 when he grabbed the rebound from Thompson with 7:20 left for his 33rd goal of the season.

Casey Mittelstadt also scored for Buffalo in the first, and Dustin Tokarski stopped 19 shots.

The Sabers hung on for their fourth straight win, the team’s longest since a 10-game streak in November 2018.

Mathew Barzal, Noah Dobson and Kieffer Bellows scored for the Islanders. Ilya Sorokin made 30 saves.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 27 shots, leading San Jose to victory.

Timo Meier had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who won only the second time in 13 games. Tomas Hertl, Jasper Weatherby and Nick Bonino also scored.

Chicago outshot San Jose 28-19, but only managed a second-period goal from Tyler Johnson. Kevin Lankinen made 15 saves.

Kahkonen won his second straight game after going winless in his first seven starts after making a trade to Minnesota on March 21.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Mark Kastelic scored his first two NHL goals, propelling Ottawa to victory.

Austin Watson, Josh Norris, Parker Kelly and Alex Formenton also scored for the Senators. Anton Forsberg made 44 saves.

Rem Pitlick scored twice and Cole Caufield and Joel Edmundson also scored for Montreal, which has lost eight straight. Carey Price, making his third straight start, stopped 20 shots.

The Canadiens had No. 10 crests on their jerseys in honor of Guy Lafleur, who died Friday at the age of 70. Before the puck drop, the Senators showed video clips of Lafleur, which led to a chant of “Guy, Guy,” as many stood up.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Justin Faulk scored his second goal 30 seconds into overtime and St. Louis extended their scoring streak to a tame 15.

St. Louis jumped over Arizona early, building 3-0, 4-1 leads against one of the worst teams in the NHL. The Coyotes clawed their way back early in the third period, 4-3, thanks to goals from Bokondji Imama and Michael Carcone 46 seconds apart.

JJ Moser tied the game with just under five minutes left, but Faulk finished it off quickly in overtime, beating Harri Sateri to tie St. Louis with Minnesota for second place in the Central Division with 107 points. The Blues, who are 13-0-2 in their last 15 games, are battling the Wild for home-court advantage in their first-round playoff series that ended earlier this week.

Logan Brown, Ivan Barbashev and Brandon Saad scored for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington made 16 saves while making consecutive starts for the first time since early January.

Nate Smith also scored and Sateri stopped 27 shots for the Coyotes, who have lost 10 straight shots (0-8-2).


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alexander Edler scored the game-clinching goal early in the third period, and Los Angeles moved closer to its first playoff spot in four years.

Arthur Kaliyev, Matt Roy and Alex Iafallo also scored, and rookie Quinton Byfield and Anze Kopitar had two assists each in the Kings’ fourth straight win. Jonathan Quick overcame a glaring game error and made 19 saves in Los Angeles’ second victory in five days against Anaheim in the Freeway Faceoff Rivalry Series.

Trevor Zegras became the Ducks’ all-time leading rookie scorer with a second-period goal and Gerry Mayhew scored on a spectacular Quick goalkeeper error. Anthony Stolarz stopped 36 shots in Anaheim’s 18th loss in 21 games.


CALGARY, Alta. (AP) — Dillon Dube scored twice and Elias Lindholm scored his 40th goal to lead Calgary.

Brett Ritchie, Nikita Zadorov and Johnny Gaudreau also scored to help the Flames – assured of first place in the Pacific Division – win for the ninth time in 11 games (9-1-1). Dan Vladar made 28 saves to improve to 12-5-2.

Quinn Hughes, Conor Garland and Elias Pettersson scored for Vancouver, which lost its third in a row (0-2-1). Thatcher Demko finished with 25 saves and fell to 33-22-7. With three games remaining, the Canucks lead Nashville and Dallas in the race for Western Conference jokers by six points. Vegas is two points ahead of Vancouver.

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