The Washington Post
Toronto puts three more in protocols
The Toronto Maple Leafs added three more players to the NHL’S covid-19 protocols as an outbreak that started in December continues to drag on.
The Leafs announced Friday that forwards Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie and defenseman Justin Holl were added to the list.
Twenty Maple Leafs players have entered the protocols since the outbreak began last month. Wingers Mitch Marner and Pierre Engvall, who entered seven days ago, were still out of action Friday.
Toronto’s next game is slated for Saturday at the St. Louis Blues.
ISLANDERS: Forward Ross Johnston was suspended for three games without pay for an illegal check to the head against New Jersey Devils forward A. J. Greer.
Johnston was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head early in the Islanders’ 3-2 home victory Thursday.
The suspension will cost Johnston $15,000.
Panthers win third straight
Sam Bennett scored his second hat trick this season and added an assist to lead the Florida Panthers over the Dallas Stars, 7-1, on Friday in Sunrise, Fla.
Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and three assists to give him 51 points. Gustav Forsling scored his first of the season, Anthony Duclair had a goal and two assists and Carter Verhaeghe also scored for the Panthers.
Brandon Montour had two assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves.
The Panthers have won three straight and are 7-0-1 overall since the extended Christmas break. They also improved to 20-3-0 at home.
Jake Oettinger allowed four goals on 17 shots. He was replaced by Anton Khudobin with 13:57 left in the second period. Khudobin finished with 19 saves. Roope Hintz scored for Dallas. The Stars fell to 4-11-1 on the road, where they have only one win in regulation.
AVALANCHE 4, COYOTES 3 (SO): In Denver, Nazem Kadri scored the winner in a shootout, and Colorado extended the NHL’S longest home winning streak in nearly four years to 13 games by beating undermanned Arizona.
Mikko Rantanen, Tyson Jost and Andre Burakovsky scored in regulation for the Avalanche, and Pavel Francouz stopped 23 shots.
All-star Clayton Keller scored his first career shorthanded goal and Johan Larsson also scored for the Coyotes, who went 0 for 3 in the shootout.
Kyle Capobianco was the latest Coyotes defenseman to enter the covid protocols before the game, joining Jakob Chychrun, Cam Dineen and Anton Stralman.
WILD 7, DUCKS 3: In Minneapolis, Matt Boldy and Mats Zuccarello scored four seconds apart in a four-goal third period as Minnesota routed Anaheim.
Zuccarello finished with two goals and an assist, Boldy and Ryan Hartman had one of each, and Kirill Kaprizov added two assists in his return. Kaapo Kahkonen made 39 saves for the rested Wild, which won its 10th straight against the Ducks.
Anthony Stolarz made 23 saves for Anaheim but was pulled after Victor Rask made it 6-1 at 2:05 of the third.