Patrick Kane scored his 400th career goal with 10:50 remaining in the third period and the host Chicago Blackhawks pulled away over the final 20 minutes for a 7-2 rout of the Detroit Red Wings.
Kane became the fourth player in team history to score 400 goals for Chicago, joining Hall of Famers Bobby Hull (604) and Stan Mikita (541) along with Steve Larmer (406). He also became the 100th player in NHL history, 10th active player and ninth American-born player to reach the mark.
Kane’s milestone goal came when he fired a wrist shot that sailed over the left shoulder of goaltender Thomas Greiss. It occurred a little over two minutes after Ryan Carpenter scored his second power-play goal during Chicago’s five-goal binge in the third period.
Kane also had two assists, including a nifty drop pass for rookie Pius Suter’s seventh goal 92 seconds into the third that started the barrage. Chicago rookie goaltender Kevin Lankinen made a career-high 44 saves, including 20 in the opening period.
Nikita Zadorov, Dominik Kubalik and Alex DeBrincat also scored for the Blackhawks, with Sam Gagner and Evgeny Svechnikov finding the back of the net for Detroit.
Bruins, 4, Rangers 1
Charlie Coyle scored twice and Tuukka Rask made 20 saves as visiting Boston defeated New York.
The Bruins bounced back from a 6-2 loss to the Rangers on Friday and Thursday’s 7-2 loss to the New York Islanders. They beat the Rangers for the third time in four meetings on a day when Rask was seldom tested and picked up his 299th career win.
Coyle opened the scoring in the first period and added a short-handed empty-net tally. Trent Frederic also scored in the first, Charlie McAvoy tallied in the second and David Pastrnak added two assists as Boston outshot the Rangers by a wide 36-21 margin.
Predators 3, Blue Jackets 1
Juuse Saros made 28 saves and Eeli Tolvanen scored the go-ahead goal on the power play as Nashville earned the back-to-back sweep over visiting Columbus.
Nick Cousins and Erik Haula also scored for the Predators, who won for the fourth time in five games and beat Columbus for the fifth time in six meetings.
Making his first back-to-back starts in the regular season, Saros was locked in throughout the 60 minutes and allowed just a first-period goal by Columbus’ Kevin Stenlund.
Capitals 3, Devils 2
Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winner and Ilya Samsonov made 19 saves to lead visiting Washington over New Jersey.
Tom Wilson had two assists, Jakub Vrana scored and had an assist and Nicklas Backstrom also scored once for Washington, which swept the two-game series in New Jersey after beating the Devils on Saturday.
Mikhail Maltsev and Yegor Sharangovich scored for the Devils, while goalie Mackenzie Blackwood made 20 saves in the losing effort.
Flyers 3, Sabres 0
James van Riemsdyk scored and recorded an assist during a three-goal second period, and Carter Hart made 28 saves for his second career shutout, as visiting Philadelphia blanked Buffalo for a third straight meeting.
Sean Couturier recorded his fifth goal in eight games this season and Michael Raffl also scored for Philadelphia, which outshot the hosts 38-28 to win its third in a row while coach Alain Vigneault earned his 700th career victory.
Even with the return of star Jack Eichel from a two-game absence with a lower-body issue, Buffalo struggled again, offensively. However, the Sabres did hit the iron three times while falling to 0-5-1 in their last six home contests. Buffalo was last shut out in back-to-back games in March 2019.
Islanders 2, Penguins 0
Ilya Sorokin became the second Islanders rookie goalie to post consecutive shutouts, stopping all 20 shots he faced as New York rode a pair of power-play goals to the victory over visiting Pittsburgh at Uniondale, N.Y.
Sorokin recorded Sunday’s shutout 12 days after his previous appearance, when he also stopped 20 shots to earn his first NHL win in a 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The only other Islanders rookie goalie to post back-to-back shutouts was Chico Resch in 1975.
Oliver Wahlstrom scored in the first period and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored in the second for the Islanders, who snapped a four-game losing streak against the Penguins to salvage a split of a two-game series.
–Field Level Media