Columbus plays to Tortorella’s liking in its overtime triumph
BLUE JACKETS 3, ISLANDERS 2 (OT)
John Tortorella and Doug Weight were only a few feet away from each other.
The mental and emotional distance separating the coaches was another matter following a 3-2 victory by Columbus over the host New York Islanders on Saturday. Cam Atkinson delivered the winner for the Blue Jackets 1:19 into overtime.
“I’m very happy with the way we played,” Tortorella said. “I’m happy to win a close-checking one-goal game.”
Oliver Bjorkstrand and Josh Anderson scored 14:48 apart in the second period for Columbus, which won for the seventh time in March and improved to 46-18-6.
“We played really well,” Tortorella said. “I like the way we competed.”
Weight wished he could say the same about his team.
Travis Hamonic and John Tavares scored for New York, which lost for the fourth time in five games (1-3-1).
“We just weren’t good,” Weight said.
RED WINGS 5, AVALANCHE 1: As the clock wound down on the final game between Detroit and visiting Colorado at Joe Louis Arena, the video board at center ice wound the clock back in time.
It showed the wild brawls that erupted between the teams on the night of March 26, 1997, when what would become the NHL’s most bitter rivalry was ignited.
“That video they played at the end during the last TV timeout, it was really cool,” Detroit forward Dylan Larkin said. “It got the fans fired up.”
“I wished they played it a little earlier in the game, maybe in the first, but I definitely got the chills watching it.”
There wasn’t anything close to that in the farewell tour of the Avalanche and Red Wings at the Joe, a lopsided Detroit win that exhibited little in the way of the passion that once drove this showdown.
“Just to be a part of the rivalry is pretty cool, and to play here in their last game at the Joe and get a convincing win, it feels good,” Larkin said.
The Red Wings, who will move into Little Caesars Arena next season, finished with a 31-23-1 edge over the Avalanche at Joe Louis Arena.
RANGERS 3, WILD 2: Oscar Lindberg had a goal and an assist, Antti Raanta made 25 saves, and New York held on to beat Minnesota in St. Paul, Minn.
Brady Skjei and Jimmy Vesey also scored for the Rangers, who are 7-1 in their past eight road games and have a league-high 26 victories away from home this season.
HURRICANES 4, PREDATORS 2: Jeff Skinner scored in each of the first two periods, and Carolina beat visiting Nashville in Raleigh, N.C.
Jordan Staal added a goal and an assist while Jaccob Slavin had two assists for Carolina, which swept the two-game season series and snapped Nashville’s threegame winning streak. Elias Lindholm scored a shorthanded empty-netter with 25.6 seconds to go.
Carolina won the teams’ other meeting, 3-2 in a shootout, Nov. 5 in Nashville.
Skinner had his fifth multi-goal game and sixth multi-point effort of the season.
Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack, starting his second straight game, stopped 27 shots for his first twogame winning streak with Carolina. The Hurricanes improved to 4-0-2 in their past six games.
BLACKHAWKS 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1 (OT): Ryan Hartman scored with 17 seconds left in overtime to lead Chicago to a win at Toronto.
John Hayden notched his first NHL goal, and Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Blackhawks.
CANADIENS 4, SENATORS 3 (SO): Paul Byron and Alexander Radulov scored in the shootout to give Montreal a win at Ottawa in the first half of the teams’ home-and-home series.
Andrew Shaw, Philip Danault and Brendan Gallagher scored in regulation for the Canadiens, and Carey Price finished with 28 saves.
BLUES 3, COYOTES 0: Jake Allen stopped 31 shots for his fourth shutout of the season to lead St. Louis to a win over Arizona in Glendale, Ariz.
Scottie Upshall, Alex Pietrangelo and David Perron scored to help the Blues win for the seventh time in eight games overall and beat the Coyotes for the ninth straight time.
Cam Atkinson scores the winning goal for Columbus against the Islanders and goalie Thomas Greiss.