Sports Carlson, Ovechkin power Capitals past Lightning 4-3
Linus Karlsson hopes to sign entry-level deal with Canucks after breaking SHL rookie goal-scoring record
Karlsson, 22, was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the third round of the 2018 draft but was flipped to Vancouver in a trade for Jonathan Dahlen in 2019. Importantly, Karlsson could actually become an unrestricted free agent on June 1 if the team can’t work out an entry-level contract, something that the rest of the league is likely keeping an eye on.The young forward has dominated at every level as he moves through the Swedish hockey system and now has 45 points in 51 games as a rookie in the SHL.
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Carlson scored twice and added two assists for a four-point game, Alex Ovechkin reached 1,400 career points with his 43rd goal of the season and the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap their skid at two.
Martin Fehervary also scored for Washington, which sent the Lightning to a third consecutive loss. Ilya Samsonov made 25 saves in his first home start since allowing three goals on 10 shots and getting the hook after the first intermission Feb. 28 against Toronto.
Nikita Kucherov, Nicholas Paul and Ross Colton had goals for Tampa Bay.
Canadiens expected to sign Northeastern captain Jordan Harris
Harris is now expected to sign with the Montreal Canadiens, a two-year entry-level contract that will start this season, allowing him to enter the lineup down the stretch. © Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire Northeastern captain Jordan Harris was drafted in 2018 by the Canadiens. Harris, 21, was picked by the Canadiens in 2018, 71st overall, and could potentially become an unrestricted free agent should he fail to sign with them by Aug. 15. That seemed unlikely even before Kent Hughes became general manager but especially now given his long history with the young defenseman.
RED WINGS 3, JETS 1
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Sam Gagner scored twice to top 500 career points, and Detroit beat Winnipeg.
Michael Rasmussen had the tiebreaking goal at 9:11 of the third period for Detroit, Dylan Larkin had two assists and Thomas Greiss finished with 32 saves. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill got his 200th victory.
Detroit won for the second straight night after beating Boston 5-3 on Tuesday.
Mark Scheifele scored for Winnipeg, which has lost three straight. Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves.
BLUES 4, KRAKEN 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ville Husso made 27 saves, and Robert Thomas, Justin Faulk, Jordan Kyrou and Ryan O’Reilly each scored to help St. Louis top Seattle.
The Blues have won three in a row and recorded a point in each of their last six games. They also have a point in 11 of their last 14 contests and improved to 15-3-3 against the Pacific Division.
A look at Darcy Kuemper's impending free agency
The Avalanche will have some decisions to make this offseason, including about their star goaltender.To solve the issue, Avalanche GM Joe Sakic made a deal with the Arizona Coyotes, a soon-to-be division rival, to acquire goaltender Darcy Kuemper for Conor Timmins and two draft picks, including a 2022 first-round pick. The trade allowed Colorado to acquire an accomplished goaltender to get out of their difficult situation, but the long-term implications of the trade were cloudy. Kuemper was acquired as a player with only one year left until free agency, meaning there was no guarantee that this trade would be anything but a one-year marriage.
Husso, who has supplanted Jordan Binnington as the Blues’ top netminder, stopped the first 17 shots to record his third win over the Kraken this season. Husso is 13-2-1 at home this season.
Jordan Eberle scored for Seattle, which has lost three of four and was coming off a win Sunday against Dallas. Chris Driedger made 32 saves.
FLAMES 4, DUCKS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Michael Stone got his first goal of the season and an assist in his 500th NHL game, and Elias Lindholm scored his 36th goal in Calgary's victory over Anaheim.
Tyler Toffoli also scored and Johnny Gaudreau got his 96th point on a sharp assist for the Pacific Division-leading Flames, who have won two straight after their first three-game losing streak since January. Jacob Markstrom made 26 saves, and Matthew Tkachuk added an empty-net goal with 35 seconds left.
Trevor Zegras and Adam Henrique scored for the Ducks, who have lost 13 of 14 games since March 6. Anthony Stolarz stopped 24 shots. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was a scratch with a lower-body injury in the first game since he announced his decision to retire at the end of the season.
Carlson's 4 points, Ovechkin's goal lead Caps past Lightning
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Carlson was better than good, Alex Ovechkin reached another milestone and the Washington Capitals handed the Tampa Bay Lightning a third consecutive loss. Carlson scored twice and added two assists for a four-point game, Ovechkin reached 1,400 career points with his 43rd goal of the season and the Capitals beat the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap their own skid at two. ChuckCarlson scored twice and added two assists for a four-point game, Ovechkin reached 1,400 career points with his 43rd goal of the season and the Capitals beat the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap their own skid at two.
CANUCKS 5, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elias Pettersson scored twice and had two assists to lead Vancouver over Vegas, snapping a five-game winning streak for the Golden Knights.
The victory gave the Canucks’ slim playoff hopes a boost as they chase a Western Conference wild card. Both the Golden Knights and Canucks are on the outside looking in, with Vancouver in desperation mode. Vegas (82 points) is one point behind eighth-place Dallas, while the Canucks (76) are seven back of the Stars.
Bo Horvat, Brad Richardson and Tanner Pearson also scored for Vancouver. Thatcher Demko was excellent in stifling what had been a red-hot Golden Knights offense by stopping 33 shots.
Jack Eichel scored the lone goal for Vegas, and Robin Lehner made 26 saves.
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Canucks captain Bo Horvat out for the rest of the regular season with lower-body injury .
With exactly two weeks remaining in their regular-season schedule, the Canucks have announced that captain Bo Horvat has been shut down due to an undisclosed lower-body injury. Horvat will be re-evaluated in two weeks. The announcement comes as a relative surprise; Horvat left Thursday’s game after blocking a shot, but that decision was deemed precautionary and he has since been considered merely day-to-day. As it turns out, the prognosis is much more severe. Horvat, 26, is Vancouver’s leading goal scorer with 31 tallies on the year.