Spurgeon leads Wild past reeling Senators
Jared Spurgeon scored twice to help the Minnesota Wild beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Saturday.
Jordan Greenway and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild (20-17-3), who improved to 2-0 on a four-game trip. Devan Dubnyk stopped 24 shots.
The Senators (15-22-5) dropped their seventh consecutive game.
Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Mark Stone scored for Ottawa, and Anders Nilsson made 22 saves in his Senators debut after he was acquired Wednesday in a trade with Vancouver.
Canucks 3, Flyers 2, OT: TJ Brodie scored 1 minute, 59 seconds into overtime after Matthew Tkachuk tied it with 4:17 left in regulation to lead Calgary to a road victory over Philadelphia.
Tkachuk assisted on the winner in the 3-on-3 extra session. Philadelphia’s Jordan Weal turned the puck over in the Flyers offensive zone to set up a 2-on-1 break. Tkachuk sent a cross-ice pass to Brodie, who beat Carter Hart to lead the Pacific Division leaders to the win.
Johnny Gaudreau notched his 24th goal of the season for the Flames, whose 56 points are tops in the Western Conference.
All-Star Game coaches named: Coaches of Jets, Capitals, Lightning, Flames to work NHL AllStar Game this month in San Jose
The four coaches for this month’s NHL All-Star Game will be Paul Maurice of Winnipeg, Todd Reirden of Washington, Jon Cooper of Tampa Bay and Bill Peters of Calgary.
Each of the teams is a division leader – Winnipeg (Central), Washington (Metropolitan), Tampa Bay (Atlantic) and Calgary (Pacific).
The NHL All-Star Weekend is Jan. 25-26 in San Jose, California. The three-game tournament is played in a 3-on-3 format with teams from each division.
Quick strike: Olli Maatta and Matt Cullen scored 11 seconds apart in the first period, and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Winnipeg Jets for their eighth straight victory. Quick strike II: Dylan Larkin scored with 24.9 seconds left in overtime as Detroit won for the first time in seven games, this one in overtime over Nashville.
Strong debut: Greg McKegg had a goal and an assist in his Carolina debut and the Hurricanes beat Columbus. Overtime winner: Tyler Seguin’s second goal of the game 3:37 into overtime lifted Dallas past Washington. Powerful start: Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen scored powerplay goals early in the first period, helping Colorado beat the Rangers end a six-game slide.
On a roll: Max Pacioretty scored in his return to the Vegas lineup and the Golden Knights won their fifth straight, this over Anaheim.
Strong in shootout: Keith Kinkaid stopped 21 shots and had two saves in a shootout, lifting New Jersey to its fourth win in six games, this one over Arizona.