New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist showed that he is returning to his best form as he made some great stops in their 3-2 victory over the Kings on Monday.
The first half of the game was a tight affair, with the Blueshirts having just six shots on goal by midway through the second period.
However, they made their chances count, first through Brandon Pirri with their second shot of the game 11 minutes into the first period and then a breakout pass from Dan Girardi to Derek Stepan created a two-on-one finished by Matt Puempel.
Lundqvist had stopped all 14 shots he faced in the first period, but a long strike by Jordan Nolan went into the top corner to make it 2-1.
Mats Zuccarello was given an opportunity open in front and beat Jeff Zatkoff’s glove to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead with just over 13 minutes to play.
With Zatkoff taken off the ice for an extra attacker, the Kings' Kyle Clifford scored with 0.8 seconds remaining.
“Hank’s [Lundqvist] a competitor, he’s a real good goaltender,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “He’s had two good games and he’s going to follow it up with a third.”
Hurricanes 1, Capitals 6
Dmitry Orlov scored twice as the Capitals defeated the Hurricanes.
Orlov also blocked four shots as Washington won easily, despite conceding the first goal of the night, with Carolina's Jordan Stall scoring on a power play.
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Evgeny Kuznetsov, Justin Williams, T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller scored the others.
Washington goaltender Braden Holtby had a great night, finishing with 25 saves.
Ducks 3, Jets 2
Ryan Getzlaf scored the game-winner with a power-play goal in the third period as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Winnipeg Jets in a physical encounter.
Logan Shaw and Rickard Rakell also scored for Anaheim, while Andrew Copp and Nikolaj Ehlers scored for Winnipeg in a game that had seven power-play periods and more than 30 minutes in penalties.
Sharks 5, Avalanche 2
Patrick Marleau scored four times as the Sharks downed the Avalanche.
San Jose got all four goals from Marleau in the third period as they extended their winning streak to five games.
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Brent Burns picked up a first-period goal to take a 1-0 lead
Jarome Iginla scored in the second period to tie the game up, but their only other addition was at the death by defenseman Nikita Zadorov.
Flames 0, Maple Leafs 4
The Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau was rocked by a high shoulder during their loss to the Maple Leafs.
As the Flames battle to keep the last wildcard spot in the Western Conference, Leo Komarov is probably not the most popular person in Calgary with his hit on the Flames' star forward.
Gaudreau was escorted from the ice in the second period after the hit, but returned later.
Panthers 2, Coyotes 3
Tobias Rieder scored 48 seconds into overtime as the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Florida Panthers with Michael Sgarbossa and Vincent Trocheck adding regulation goals for the winners.
Christian Fischer and Ryan White scored for the Coyotes.