The Seattle Krakens beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Thursday night to earn their first playoff berth in franchise history and set an NHL record for wins in the expansion franchise’s second season.
Jared McCann, Jordan Eberle, Matty Beniers and Vince Dunn gave the Kraken their 44th win — the most by an NHL team in just the second year since the Original Six era ended in 1968. It’s been a huge turnaround for Seattle, which finished last in the Pacific Division with a record of 27-49-6 in its first season.
Philippe Grubauer made 27 saves for Seattle’s third straight game.
Barrett Hayton and Laurent Dauphin scored for Arizona, which has lost nine straight games. Karel Vejmelka stopped 29 shots.
Bruins 2, Maple Leafs 1, overtime
With 2:30 left in overtime, David Pastrnak scored his 57th goal of the season to give history-chasing Boston a win over Toronto.
Pastrnak’s shot from inside the left circle gave the Bruins their 61st win — an NHL season record set by Detroit in 1995-96 and tied by Tampa Bay in 2018-19 .
Jeremy Swayman made 31 saves for Boston’s four-game winning streak, and Charlie Coyle also scored.
Ilya Samsonov made 31 saves for Toronto, which took a 1-0 lead going into the third quarter on a Sam Rafferty second-quarter goal.
Black Panther 7, Senator 2
Alex Lyon set a franchise-record 56 saves in a regular season, Alexander Barkov scored twice and Florida beat Ottawa for the fifth time in a row.
Lyon surpassed Craig Anderson’s mark of 53 on March 2, 2008. On February 27, 2002, Hall of Famer Roberto Luongo set a record for most saves in a game with 57 in an overtime loss to Detroit.
Florida State is still tied with the New York Islanders for the top wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, but has more wins in the tiebreaker.
Brandon Montour, Sam Reinhart, Eetu Luostarinen, Nick Cousins and Gustav Forsling also scored for Florida, who added five goals in the second quarter alone. Claude Giroud, who played for the Panthers after the trade deadline last season, scored for the Senators, who were knocked out of the playoffs in a loss. Ridly Greig scored for Ottawa late in the third quarter.
Devil 8, Blue Jacket 1
With two goals from Jack Hughes and two assists from Timo Meier, New Jersey beat Columbus with its biggest offensive output in more than four years.
Tomas Tatar, Erik Haula, Damon Severson and Ryan Graves also scored for the Devils’ 50th win of the season, tying a franchise record set in 2008-09. Vitek Vanecek made 16 saves.
The Devils’ franchise record is nine goals in a game.
Finnish rookie Joona Luoto scored his first NHL goal for Columbus.
star 4, flyer 1
Jason Robertson scored twice at the buzzer in the first quarter as the Mavericks beat Philadelphia to stay ahead in a tight Central Division playoff game.
Joe Pavelski scored a goal and assisted twice, and Colin Miller scored to lift the Stars to 100 points, a tie with defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado for the Central team — and a two-point lead over Minnesota.
Kevin Hayes’ 18th goal of the second period prevented Jack Oettinger’s fifth shutout of the season. The Dallas goalie had 24 saves in the Flyers’ fourth straight loss.
Golden Knight 5, King 2
Vegas scored four of its first six shots and took a major step toward claiming the top seed in the Pacific Division and Western Conference with a win over Los Angeles.
Phil Kessel, Ivan Barbashev and Chandler Stephenson each scored and assisted as the third line shone for the Cavaliers. Vegas’ other two goals came from Nicolas Roy and Jonathan Marcheso.
Laurent Brossoit, who competed to be the Cavaliers’ starting goaltender in the playoffs, made 30 saves. Anze Kopitar and Vladislav Gavrikov scored for the Kings.
Saber 7, Red Wing 6, SO
Tage Thompson scored his 45th goal of the season, Dylan Cozens added two and Buffalo beat Detroit on penalties.
Henri Jokiharju, Zemgus Girgensons and Jordan Greenway also scored for the Sabers, with Devon Levi making 26 saves. Alex Tuch and Jack Quinn scored in the penalty shootout.
Thompson is the first Saber player to score 45 or more goals in a single season since Alexander Mogierny (76 goals) and Pat Lafontaine (53 goals) in 1992-93. Thompson also scored 91 points, becoming the first Sabers player to hit that mark since Daniel Brill scored 95 in 2006-07.
Austin Czarnik, Dylan Larkin, Alex Chiasson, Simon Edvinsson, Jonatan Berggren and David Perron scored for the Red Wings during the regular season. Lucas Raymond scored Detroit’s only penalty shootout goal.
penguin 4, wild 1
Tristan Jarry stopped 27 shots as Pittsburgh beat Minnesota to keep pace in the race for one of the Eastern Conference’s two wild-card spots.
Good friend Fleury, who won three Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh before Kris Letang left in the 2017 expansion draft, hit the glove in the first period for his 11th goal of the season. Rickard Rakell, Jason Zucker and Jeff Carter also scored for the Penguins, who are trying to extend their playoff winning streak to 17 years.
Marcus Johansson broke Jarry’s block midway through the third quarter with a two-man score.
Islanders 6, Lightning 1
Adam Pelech, Brock Nelson, Kyle Palmieri and Ryan Pulock scored second-quarter goals and Ilya Sorokin made 29 saves as New York beat Tampa Bay to stay ahead in the East Wild Card game.
Simon Holmstrom and Bo Horvat also scored for the Islanders, who have lost their first two games and three of their last five, before scoring two clutch points in a race against Florida and Pittsburgh for two wild-card spots. .
All three teams won on Thursday night. The Panthers and Islanders are tied at 89 points, with the Penguins trailing by just one. Everyone has three games left.
Nikita Kucherov scored for Tampa Bay.
Blues 3, Rangers 2, overtime
Kasperi Kapanen gave St. Louis a win over New York with 1:16 left in overtime.
Kapanen scored his 15th goal of the season on a pass from Braden Shine for St. Louis, which has won two games in a row. Tyler Pitlick and Alexey Toropchenko also scored and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves.
Vincent Troček leveled the score for Rangers with 2:03 left before Jaroslav Halak was brought in for an extra attacker.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored and assisted in his first game in St. Louis since being traded to New York on Feb. 9 along with Niko Mikkola.
Canadian 6, Capital 2
Joel Amia scored his second career hat-trick as Montreal beat Washington to snap a four-game slump.
Nick Suzuki, Brendan Gallagher and Mike Hoffman also scored for Montreal, Mike Matheson had two assists and Sam Montembeault had 24 saves.
Dylan Strome and Nicklas Backstom scored for Washington and Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves. Washington has lost three straight.
Fresh out of playoff contention, the Capitals played a shorter player with forward Anthony Mansa sidelined with a lower-body injury.
Predator 3, Hurricane 0
Mark Jankowski scored a goal and had an assist in the first quarter as Nashville kept its playoff hopes alive by beating Carolina.
Michael McCarron also scored as the Predators won their second straight and third in four games after leading 2-0 in the first. Dante Fabbro scored with 2:44 left and Spencer Stastney added two assists for his first NHL point.
Juuse Saros made 32 saves for the win, his second of the season and 20th of his career. Saros got some help.
Canucks 3, Blackhawks 0
Thatcher Demko blocked 33 shots in his first stoppage of the season, third in Vancouver’s win over Chicago.
Andrei Kuzmenko, Vitali Kravtsov and JT Miller scored from the net and defenseman Akito Hirose added two assists to help the Canucks snap a four-game losing streak.
Alex Stalock stopped 26 shots for the Blackhawks. They won 4-3 in Calgary on Tuesday night but lost nine of their 10 games.
Avalanche 6, Shark 2
Mikko Rantanen scored a hat trick to lead Colorado past San Jose.
Ratanen has scored 52 goals this season and scored 4 points in the competition. Nathan McKinnon also scored to take four points. Ben Meyers scored the other two goals for Colorado and Alexandar Georgiev made 21 saves.
Erik Karlsson’s goal and assist brought his season total to 98 points for San Jose. Steven Lorentz also scored and Kaapo Kahkonen made 15 saves before being pulled down.
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