Cal Petersen sparkles in win over Vegas

There were a couple of signings in the NHL on Sunday as the Washington Capitals inked defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to a two-year deal worth $950,000 per season and the Los Angeles Kings got defenseman Matt Roy’s name on a three-year extension, worth $9.45 million.

Luke Hughes, the third of the Hughes Brothers and a top-ten prospect in the 2021 Draft, suffered a lower-body injury and missed Sunday’s game and is a question mark for a Prospects Game in April as well as the U18 World Championships.

There were four games in the NHL on Sunday.

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NEW JERSEY 2 PITTSBURGH 1 (Overtime)

It was the Mackenzie Blackwood of old on Sunday as he returned from an upper-body injury that forced him to be a late scratch on Thursday and held the Pittsburgh Penguins to only one goal as he stopped 35 shots in a 2-1 OT win for the Devils.

Blackwood had been slumping hard as he had given up three or more goals in nine straight games and was 1-8-0 during that stretch, before defeating Buffalo Tuesday, giving up two goals on 35 shots.

He won his second straight Sunday and is 7-8-1 with a 2.91 GAA and a .908 save percentage despite the long losing streak.

Jesper Bratt scored the overtime winner for New Jersey. It was only his second goal of the season but he does have 12 assists in 23 contests.

Sami Vatanen opened the scoring for New Jersey as he evened the score at 1in the second period.

Sidney Crosby gave Pittsburgh the early 1-0 lead as he scored at the 3:37 mark of the first but that was all she wrote for the Penguins.

Tristan Jarry made 33 saves but saw his record drop to 12-8-2.

Kris Letang had six shots on net for Pittsburgh while Yegor Sharangovich, Bratt and Kyle Palmieri had five each for Florida.

Florida and Pittsburgh each failed to score in two power play opportunities.

TAMPA BAY 5 FLORIDA 3

It was the battle of the Floridian titans as the top-two teams in the Central Division clashed and Tampa Bay came out on top 5-3.

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The Lightning decided to start Curtis McElhinney as this was their fifth game in the last seven days and Andrei Vasilevskiy had already played three times this week. McElhinney has had trouble of late, going 0-2-1 while giving up 11 goals on only 74 shots in his last three starts.

But it was different Sunday as he stopped 29-of-32 shots for his third win of the season and quieted the critics, as least for one day.

Brayden Point and Yanni Gourde led the way for the Lightning as each had a goal and an assist. Mathieu Joseph, Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson with the game-winner on the power play, also scored for Tampa Bay.

The Panthers went toe-to-toe with Tampa Bay for the first 50 minutes as Carter Verhaeghe scored in the first and Florida added power play goals from Gustav Forsling in the second and Patric Hornqvist in the third to even the game at 3.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped only 19-of-23 shots in taking the loss and seeing his record drop to 12-4-2.

Aleksander Barkov and Blake Coleman each had two assists.

Ondrej Palat, Aaron Ekblad, MacKenzie Weegar and Barclay Goodrow all had a pair of minors.

Erik Cernak had an assist and was a plus-four.

Victor Hedman was held pointless but was a plus-three.

Ryan McDonagh suffered a lower-body injury in the first period and was unable to return for the second and third periods.

Steven Stamkos’ scoring streak was halted at six-games.

LOS ANGELES 3 VEGAS 1

The Vegas Golden Knights were looking for their sixth straight victory but ran into the one thing that ends winning streaks the quickest: a hot goaltender.

Cal Petersen was great as he stopped 41 shots to lead the Kings to a 4-1 win over Vegas and raised his record to 6-6-4. He has all the makings of a starting goaltender and should take over the reins from Jonathan Quick, perhaps as soon as next season. He has a 2.45 GAA and a .926 save percentage compared to Quick’s 2.97 GAA and .897 save percentage.

After a scoreless first period, Sean Walker scored his first of the season. The Golden Knights challenged for goaltender interference but the goal counted and Vegas was given a two-minute minor for delaying the game. The Kings then struck 51 seconds later with Dustin Brown’s 14th of the season and eighth on the power play, putting Vegas behind the eight ball.

Tomas Nosek broke up Petersen’s shutout bid with only 3:27 left in the third as Vegas managed 24 shots on goal in the final stanza but could only beat Petersen the one time.

Jeff Carter with his sixth of the season, completed the scoring.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves and took the loss. He is 16-6-0 this season.

Anze Kopitar had a pair of assists and has 29 this season as well as eight goals.

Keegan Kolesar and Austin Watson each got five for fighting in the second period.

Jonathan Marchessault had eight shots on goal while Shea Theodore had six.

Kurtis MacDermid had six hits.

Olli Maatta was injured in the first period and did not return.

Max Pacioretty missed the game with a lower-body injury.

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NASHVILLE 4 DALLAS 3 (Shootout)

Calle Jarnkrok scored the shootout winner as Nashville spotted the Dallas Stars a two-goal lead and roared back to beat the Stars 4-3.

It was a big night for Eeli Tolvanen who scored once and added two assists. The former first-round pick in 2017 was so highly regarded when he came into the NHL a few years ago but had not established himself until this season. He has seven goals and 12 points in 23 games.

The Stars got off to the 2-0 lead on goals by Rhett Gardner, his first career NHL goal, and Radek Faksa, but Ryan Johansen’s power play goal cut the lead in half as the first period ended 2-1.

Ty Dellandrea re-established the Stars two-goal lead in the second period before Filip Forsberg’s 11th made it 3-2 heading into the third.

Tolvanen scored the only goal in the third to send it into extra time.

Pekka Rinne turned aside 27-of-30 shots and four-of-five in the shootout to pick up his second straight win. He is now 8-11-1 this season.

Anton Khudobin picked up his second straight start of the weekend after shutting out Detroit on Saturday. He stopped 19 shots and is 6-8-2 this season.

John Klingberg had five shots on goal.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

1- by many

Assists

Aleksander Barkov – 2

Blake Coleman – 2

Anze Kopitar – 2

Eeli Tolvanen – 2

Shots on Goal

Jonathan Marchessault – 8

Shea Theodore – 6

Kris Letang – 6

Hits

Kurtis MacDermid – 6

Penalty Minutes

Keegan Kolesar – 5

Austin Wagner – 5

Aaron Ekblad – 4

MacKenzie Weegar – 4

Ondrej Palat – 4

Barclay Goodrow – 4

Rem Pitlick – 4

Published: 2021-03-22 04:00:08

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