NHL roundup: Claude Giroux reaches 1,000 points in Senators’ win

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Claude Giroux collected his 1,000th NHL point and the game-winning score while recording two goals and an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

Giroux entered the game with 998 points but reached the milestone before the first intermission. The veteran forward scored at 5:51 of the first period, then picked up his 1,000th point assisting Tim Stutzle’s goal at the 17:26 mark.

With the score tied 2-2 in the third period, a turnover near center ice sprung Shane Pinto for a partial breakaway. Giroux followed up with a backhand shot at the 9:37 mark for his 34th goal of the season, his 1,001st career point and his 52nd career game-winning goal. Stutzle added his 50th assist of the season. Brady Tkachuk had two assists.

Brett Pesce and Brent Burns scored for the Hurricanes, who fought back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the score on Burns’ power-play marker at 2:23 of the third period. Martin Necas assisted on both goals. Frederik Andersen stopped 29 of 32 shots.

Jets 6, Sharks 2

Defenseman Erik Karlsson reached 100 points this season but couldn’t spark his team to victory as host Winnipeg beat San Jose.

Karlsson got his second goal of the game on the power play with 16:18 still on the clock in the third, getting San Jose back within two. The goal was Karlsson’s 100th point of the season, marking the 15th time a blueliner reached 100 points in a season in NHL history and first since Brian Leetch in 1991-92. Bobby Orr has the record with 139 points in 1970-71.

Josh Morrissey had a goal and two helpers for the Jets. Mason Appleton, Adam Lowry, Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 19 pucks. James Reimer made 27 saves for the Sharks.

Stars 6, Red Wings 1

Roope Hintz had a goal and three assists to help Dallas earn a road win over Detroit.

Jason Robertson had a goal and two assists for the Stars, who have won four straight. Joe Pavelski notched his 1,000th career point with a second-period goal. The Stars moved into a first-place tie with Colorado in the Central Division, although Colorado has a game in hand.

David Perron scored the Red Wings’ lone goal of the game.

Predators 3, Flames 2 (SO)

Tommy Novak scored the shootout winner and goaltender Juuse Saros was spectacular between the pipes as visiting Nashville claimed a victory over Calgary to keep its slim playoff hopes alive.

With the loss, the Flames were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Novak, in the fourth round of the shootout, completed a forehand deke for the game-winning tally. Nashville is three points back of the Winnipeg Jets for the Western Conference’s final wild-card spot.

Egor Afanasyev and Zach Sanford scored for the Predators, who have a 12-8 record in games that have gone to extra time. Saros made 42 saves through overtime. Troy Stecher and Mikael Backlund replied for the Flames, who never led in the do-or-die clash. Jacob Markstrom stopped 27 shots through overtime and Andrew Mangiapane collected two assists.

Sabres 3, Rangers 2 (SO)

Casey Mittelstadt scored the game-tying goal and the deciding goal in a shootout to lift Buffalo to a win over host New York.

After each team failed to convert on its first three tries in the shootout, Owen Power scored for Buffalo and Vladimir Tarasenko responded for New York. Mittelstadt scored on the backhand to put the Sabres back in front, and Kaapo Kakko missed wide on the Rangers’ last chance.

Artemi Panarin scored twice for the Rangers, who remain a point behind the New Jersey Devils for second place in the Metropolitan Division. Igor Shesterkin made 37 saves.

Maples Leafs 2, Panthers 1 (OT)

John Tavares scored with 22 seconds left in overtime and Ilya Samsonov made 45 saves to lead Toronto past Florida in Sunrise, Fla.

Auston Matthews scored Toronto’s other goal, his 40th of the season. Mitchell Marner had one assist for his 99th point of the campaign. Brandon Montour scored for the Panthers.

Florida had its six-game winning streak snapped. All six games were won by third-string goalie Alex Lyon, who finally took a loss on Monday despite 23 saves. Earning one point for the overtime loss gave Florida a slight lead over the New York Islanders (91 points) and the idle Pittsburgh Penguins (90) in the Eastern Conference wild-card standings. Only two of those three teams will make the playoffs.

Capitals 5, Islanders 2

Dylan Strome and Rasmus Sandin scored 27 seconds apart as Washington took control just over a minute into the first period and never let up to beat visiting New York.

The Islanders still occupy the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot and are one point ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Islanders are also one point behind the Florida Panthers, whose 36 regulation wins give them the tiebreaker over New York.

Craig Smith also scored in the first period as Washington snapped its six-game losing streak. Tom Wilson and Strome added empty-net goals in the final four-plus minutes of the game. Hudson Fasching and Casey Cizikas scored for the Islanders, who were coming off lopsided home wins over the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers by a combined 10-1 margin.

Wild 4, Blackhawks 2

Marcus Johansson scored two of Minnesota’s three goals over the final six minutes in its win over host Chicago.

Johansson added an assist, Matt Boldy had a goal and an assist and Filip Gustavsson made 40 saves for the short-handed Wild, who pulled within two points of the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars for the top two spots in Central Division with two games left.

Joey Anderson and Anders Bjork scored, and Alex Stalock made 18 saves for the Blackhawks, who have lost 11 of 12.

Kraken 4, Coyotes 1

Jared McCann scored his 40th goal and had an assist and Philipp Grubauer made 22 saves as Seattle hit the 100-point mark with its fifth straight win, a defeat of Arizona in Tempe, Ariz.

Oliver Bjorkstrand celebrated his 28th birthday with his 20th goal, Justin Schultz had a goal and an assist and rookie Matty Beniers also scored for Seattle.

Jack McBain scored for Arizona, which suffered its 10th loss in the last 11 games. Ivan Prosvetov finished with 33 saves.

Kings 3, Canucks 0

Joonas Korpisalo made 20 saves and Los Angeles ended a three-game losing streak with a win against visiting Vancouver.

It was Korpisalo’s first regular-season shutout since Dec. 16, 2019, when he played for the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 3-0 win against the Washington Capitals. Arthur Kaliyev, Vladislav Gavrikov and Drew Doughty scored for Los Angeles, which regained third place in the Pacific Division by two points over the Seattle Kraken with one game left for the Kings and two for the Kraken.

Collin Delia made 25 saves for the Canucks, who were trying to win three in a row.

–Field Level Media

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