Bruins extend winning streak to a season-high five games
BOSTON: Ryan Spooner and David Krejci scored 2:03 apart late in the third period as the Boston Bruins rallied to beat the New York Rangers 4-3 Friday. Tuukka Rask had 24 saves for the Bruins, who extended their win streak to a season-high five games in a wild finish. Spooner’s power-play goal with 3:46 left to play tied it at 3, then Krejci struck again for the Bruins on a deflected slap shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist with 1:43 remaining. Patrice Bergeron and Brett Connolly also scored for the Bruins, who won their third straight at home. Oscar Lindberg, Rick Nash and JT Miller scored for the Rangers and Lundqvist finished with 30 saves.
BLACKHAWKS 3, DUCKS 2, OT
Artem Anisimov scored 1:53 into overtime and Chicago rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final moments of regulation for a victory over Anaheim. Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith scored man-advantage goals in the final 1:41 of regulation, and Brent Seabrook assisted on all three goals. The defending Stanley Cup champions roared from behind in their first trip to Anaheim since winning Game 7 of the Western Conference finals here six months ago. Hossa ended John Gibson’s shutout bid during a 6-on-4 power play with 1:41 to play, and Keith got the tying goal with 26.6 seconds left. Patrick Kane extended his points streak to 18 games with an assist on Keith’s score, and Corey Crawford stopped 23 shots. Andrew Cogliano and Chris Stewart scored early goals for Anaheim, and Gibson stopped 29 shots.
STARS 3, CANUCKS 2, SO
Tyler Seguin scored on the first shot of the shootout, Antti Niemi stopped all three Vancouver attempts after making 34 saves and Dallas beat Vancouver. Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin tied the game on the power play with 4:10 left. Daniel Sedin assisted with a pass across the goal mouth. The Stars outshot the Canucks 6-2 in overtime, but goalie Ryan Miller stopped them even during a power play. Miller finished with 23 saves. Niemi deflected Vancouver’s last shootout attempt by Chris Higgins wide of the net. Dallas’ Jamie Benn scored his league-leading 17th goal on a tip-in on the power play with 4:33 left in the first period.
COYOTES 2, FLAMES 1, OT Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in overtime, Mike Smith stopped 25 shots and Arizona beat Calgary for coach Dave Tippett’s 500th career victory. Both teams scored goals in the second period on caroms: Martin Hanzal early for Arizona, Mark Giordano late on a power play for Calgary. The Coyotes withstood a long flurry to start overtime and wore the Flames down with one of their own late. Arizona won it with 39 seconds left on the clock when Brad Richardson sent a pass from behind the goal to Ekman-Larsson, and he one-timed it past Karri Ramos. Ramos stopped 18 in his first loss in five career games against Arizona. The Flames lost for the first time in six overtimes.
RED WINGS 4, OILERS 3, OT
Niklas Kronwall scored 26 seconds into overtime to lift Detroit over Edmonton. Kronwall was stripped in front of his net 10 seconds into the extra period, but Henrik Zetterberg and Dylan Larkin were able to tie up the play without allowing a shot. The puck eventually bounced loose, and Larkin led a 2on-1 rush, with Kronwall one-timing a pass past Cam Talbot for his first goal of the season. Larkin, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar also scored for Detroit, while Iiro Pakarinen scored twice for the Oilers and Andrej Sekera added another. Detroit has now gone six games without losing in regulation.
CANADIENS 3, DEVILS 2, SO
Alex Galchenyuk and Sven Andrighetto scored in regulation and again in the shootout and Montreal rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat New Jersey for its fourth straight win. Mike Condon started for the injured Carey Price and preserved the win by stopping Patrik Elias with his pad on the Devils’ fifth attempt in the shootout. He finished with 25 saves, the same as the Devils’ Cory Schneider. Adam Henrique and Lee Stempniak scored for the Devils in regulation and Jacob Josefson had the only New Jersey tally in the shootout. The Devils have lost four of five games. Schneider had two outstanding stops in overtime, including a point-blank save on Max Pacioretty on a power play in the waning seconds and a short-handed stop on Tomas Plekanec’s breakaway. Andrighetto pulled Montreal within 2-1 with 4:43 left in the second period, and then Galchenyuk tied it with 8:46 left in the third.
BLUE JACKETS 2, PENGUINS 1, OT
Cam Atkinson scored with 2:18 left in overtime after a dazzling setup by Brandon Dubinsky and Columbus beat Pittsburgh. The game took on the intensity of an old-school playoff battle after Dubinsky cross-checked Penguins star Sidney Crosby in the back of the neck late in the second period. Crosby was slow getting to his skates and went to the locker room with 1:20 left. He returned for the third period and played the rest of the game. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 41 shots for the Penguins, and Sergei Bobrovsky turned away 24 for Columbus. Evgeni Malkin put Pittsburgh ahead on a power play with 10:45 left, but Ryan Johansen tied it. In overtime, Dubinsky cut in into the slot and patiently curled away from the net and into the right circle before passing to Atkinson in the slot. The goal was Atkinson’s sixth this season.
PANTHERS 3, ISLANDERS 2, SO
Aleksander Barkov scored the winner in a five-round shootout and Florida beat New York. The Panthers scored on all five of their attempts, while the Islanders converted four before Roberto Luongo stopped Brock Nelson to end the game. It was the Panthers’ third straight win over the Islanders, who host Florida in Brooklyn on Dec 15. With Florida ahead 2-0 after two periods, the Islanders stormed back with a pair of goals just over three minutes apart in the third. Ryan Strome beat Luongo high to the glove side for his second goal of the season to cut the deficit to 2-1 with 5:36 gone, and Josh Bailey converted on a one-timer in traffic for his fourth to tie it up at 8:39. Goals by Brandon Pirri and Jussi Jokinen gave Florida its 2-0 lead.
SABRES 4, HURRICANES 1
Chad Johnson made 27 saves, Jack Eichel got his eighth goal of the season and Buffalo beat Carolina to end a six-game losing streak. Josh Gorges, Brian Gionta and David Legwand also scored for Buffalo, and Jamie McGinn had two assists. The Sabres had lost their last four home games. Victor Rask scored Carolina’s only goal, and the Hurricanes failed to pick up a point for the first time in five games. Cam Ward stopped 11 of 14 shots before being replaced by Eddie Lack after two periods. Lack stopped 6 of 7 shots.
CAPITALS 4, LIGHTNING 2
Jason Chimera scored a power-play goal and had an assist during another man advantage to help Washington beat Tampa Bay. Alex Ovechkin and TJ Oshie also scored against Tampa Bay’s usually reliable penalty kill. Marcus Johansson added an even-strength goal in the Capitals’ fourth straight victory. Braden Holtby made 32 saves for Washington to preserve his sixth consecutive victory. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves for the Lightning. Brian Boyle and Victor Hedman scored late for Tampa Bay.
JETS 3, WILD 1
Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and assist, Connor Hellebuyck made 14 saves to win his NHL debut and Winnipeg Jets spoiled left winger Zach Parise’s return from a knee injury by beating Minnesota. Mathieu Perreault added his second goal in two games and Nikolaj Ehlers’ goal late in the third put the game away. The Jets won on the road for the first time in their last seven tries and for just the third time in their last 11 games. Ryan Carter scored for Minnesota, finally getting a shot past Hellebuyck that made it 2-1 midway through the third period. Hellebuyck was college hockey’s top goalie in 2013-14 and the goaltender on the US team that won a bronze medal in the 2015 world championships.
FLYERS 3, PREDATORS 2, OT
Shayne Gostisbehere scored on the power play with 52 seconds left in overtime to lift Philadelphia to a win over Nashville. Colin McDonald and Michael Del Zotto also scored for Philadelphia, which won for just the fourth time in 16 games. The Flyers gave up the tying goal to Michael Fisher with 20 seconds left in regulation. Philadelphia went on the power play when Nashville was called for too many men on the ice. Gostisbehere one-timed Claude Giroux’s pass from the slot past Pekka Rinne for his third goal of the season and second straight winning goal in overtime. He scored 24 seconds into the extra session Monday in Philadelphia’s 3-2 home win over Carolina. Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville.— AP NAGANO: Japan’s high-flying Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu became the first skater to break the 300-point mark yesterday as he soared to victory at the NHK Trophy in breathtaking style. The 20-year-old obliterated the mystical barrier in Nagano, posting a combined world record total of 322.40 points after a jaw-dropping free program which also smashed Canadian Patrick Chan’s previous high, sending thousands of squealing female fans into raptures. Hanyu’s free score of 216.07 was also the first ever to clear the 200-point mark and his astonishing aggregate tally was on a entirely different level to Chan’s previous best of 295.27 set in Paris two years ago. “I don’t believe it,” Hanyu told reporters after being greeted with a bear-hug from Canadian coach Brian Orser and calling out “arigato” (thank you) to his adoring public.
“That score really was a surprise. I was so nervous before I skated but I wanted to go for it. I wanted to show that I’m the Olympic champion, here on a rink where the Olympics were held (in 1998). Despite the score, I still think there is room to improve.” It is difficult to see how after an exquisite performance which could redefine the sport. Hanyu, who covered his face with his hands in disbelief as his score was announced, majestically nailed all of his jumps, including four quads and seven triples, in a high-risk program which left his rivals way back. He punched the air in joy at the end of his skate as the crowd erupted before gliding over to a television camera holding his index finger aloft to underline his status as figure skating’s crown prince.
Lost for words
“It’s hard to describe what I’m feeling right now,” said Hanyu, shaking his head. Chinese teenager Jin Boyang posted a score of 170.79 to finish a distant runner-up with a total of 266.43, joining Hanyu in next month’s Grand Prix Final in Barcelona. Japan’s Takahito Mura took third with a total of 242.21.— AFP
NAGANO: Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs during the men’s singles event at the ISU Grand Prix figure skating NHK Trophy in Nagano yesterday. — AFP