Loveland Reporter-Herald

Bratt hat trick spurs Devils over Lightning

- By The Associated Press

Jesper Bratt scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick as the New Jersey Devils rallied from two goals down and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 Sunday night to end a three-game skid.

Nico Hischier and Nolan Foote also scored to help the Devils improve their league-leading road record to 26-5-4. Vitek Vanecek finished with 22 saves to help New Jersey get a win after losing at home to the Lightning on Tuesday and Thursday before blowing a 2-0 lead in a 4-2 loss at Florida on Saturday.

Nikita Kucherov reached the 100-point mark for the third time in his career with a goal in the first period and Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning, who had won three straight. Andrei Vasilevski­y had 34 saves.

Elias Pettersson had a power-play goal and an assist to extend his point streak to eight games, Quinn Hughes had two assists to give him 60 for the season, and Vancouver beat Anaheim.

J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist, and Collin Delia made 17 saves to help the Canucks win for the seventh time in eight games.

Ryan Strome scored and John Gibson had 38 saves for the Ducks, who were eliminated from playoff contention.

Matt Boldy scored three goals for his second career hat trick to lead Minnesota.

Ryan Reaves and Brandon Duhaime also scored, and Marc-andre Fleury made 33 saves to improve to 7-0-0 in his last seven starts for the Wild.

Alex Ovechkin scored twice on the power play and Dylan Strome once for Washington.

Kasperi Kapanen, Nathan Walker and Jakub Vrana each scored to lead St. Louis past Winnipeg.

Rookie goalie and Winnipeg native Joel Hofer started in his first home appearance with St. Louis and stopped 33 shots in his fourth NHL start to help the Blues win for the fourth time in six games. Connor

Hellebuyck, starting for the second straight day, had 14 saves for the Jets, who have lost three of their last four games.

Defenseman K’andre Miller had two goals and two assists in New York’s six-goal first period, and Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Rangers.

Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists in the opening period, and Filip Chytil, Mika Zibenejad, Tyler Motte and Chris Kreider also scored to help New York cruse to its fourth straight home win and second shutout in two days.

Jeremy Swayman stopped 26 shots to post his second consecutiv­e shutout, David Pastrnak matched a career-high by scoring his team-leading 48th goal, and Nhl-leading Boston routed reeling Buffalo.

Jake Debrusk had a goal and three assists, Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists, and Garnet Hathaway, Hampus Lindholm, Charlie Coyle and Charlie Mcavoy also scored for the Bruins. Swayman now has four shutouts on the season, all since Jan. 16.

Ukko-pekka Luukkonen stopped 19 shots in dropping to 0-3-2 in his past five.

Jack Eichel scored three goals for his second hat trick of the season and fourth of his career to lead Vegas.

Phil Kessel and Pavel Dorofeyev each had a goal and an assist, and Paul Cotter and Zach Whitecloud also scored for the Golden Knights. Alex Pietrangel­o had a career-high four assists and Jiri Patera stopped 35 shots in his second career start to improve to 2-0.

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