The Washington Post Sunday
Tkachuk, Calgary earn rowdy win over Minnesota
FLAMES 2, WILD 1
Matthew Tkachuk scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period for Calgary, David Rittich made 34 saves, and the Flames beat the Wild, 2-1, on Saturday at Minnesota.
Mark Giordano scored shorthanded in the first period for the Flames. Jordan Greenway’s second-period goal was all the Wild were able to muster.
With 11:15 remaining, after James Neal’s pass hit Nick Seeler’s skate and slid backward, Tkachuk snapped the puck through traffic and past goalie Devan Dubnyk’s stick.
Just days after the Flames beat the Wild 2-0 in a tension-filled game in Calgary, both sides brought their grudges to the ice. Forty seconds after the opening faceoff, Tkachuk fought Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, who leveled Flames center Mikael Backlund with an open-ice check in the final minute of the matchup Dec. 6.
Shortly before the first intermission, Wild forward J.T. Brown fought with Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie. A little later, Wild defenseman Ryan Suter dropped his gloves for a scuffle with Flames forward Sam Bennett.
PANTHERS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3 (OT): Aleksander Barkov scored at 3:24 of overtime to complete his first NHL hat trick and give Florida a victory over Toronto in Sunrise, Fla.
DUCKS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1 (OT): Daniel Sprong scored 1:19 into overtime to lift visiting Anaheim over Columbus.
PENGUINS 4, KINGS 3 (OT): Phil Kessel scored a powerplay goal at 3:59 of overtime to give host Pittsburgh a victory over Los Angeles.
llISLANDERS 4, RED WINGS 3 (SO): Mathew Barzal scored on a power play in the third period and had the only goal in the shootout to lift host New York to a win over Detroit.
llCANADIENS 5, SENATORS 2: Shea Weber scored the tiebreaking goal in Montreal’s four-goal third period, and the Canadiens rallied to beat Ottawa at home.
llPREDATORS 2, DEVILS 1 (SO): Ryan Johansen got the winning goal in the sixth round of the shootout to lift Nashville to a victory over visiting New Jersey.
Frederick Gaudreau scored in regulation and Juuse Saros made 33 saves through overtime to help the Predators win their third straight.