- Associated Press - Thursday, March 18, 2021

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Andrei Vasilevskiy made 19 saves for his 10th consecutive victory, rookie Ross Colton broke a third-period tie with his second career goal and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Thursday night.

Victor Hedman, Alex Killorn and Yanni Gourde also scored for Tampa Bay.

Dylan Strome and Mattias Janmark had power-play goals for the Blackhawks. They have lost three straight and are 1-5 in their last six games.

Colton gave Tampa Bay the lead at 5:32 of the third period. He raced up ice and took a pass from Mathieu Joseph, skated in alone on Kevin Lankinen, pulled the puck back to his forehand and tucked a shot between the post and the pad.

The teams will complete the two-game series Saturday.


UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Oskar Lindblom scored his second goal with 2:22 left, Carter Hart made 22 saves and Philadelphia recovered after blowing a late, three-goal lead to beat New York.

Lindblom’s shot from between the circles beat goalie Semyon Varlamov for this fourth goal this season. Travis Konecny assisted, his third of the contest, and the Flyers won in regulation for only the second time in their last 10 games.

Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek also scored a night after the Flyers were trounced 9-0 by the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden - the most-lopsided road shutout loss in franchise history.

Michael Dal Colle, Sebastian Aho and Oliver Wahlstrom scored for New York.

The teams will meet again Saturday at Nassau Coliseum and Monday in Philadelphia.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - David Krejci had three assists to cross the 700-point threshold and Boston beat Buffalo to extend the Sabres’ skid to 13 games.

David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, Craig Smith, Jake DeBrusk and Greg McKegg also scored, and Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves

Kyle Okposo scored his first career short-handed goal but it was hardly enough for the Sabres in their first game under new coach Don Granato.

Buffalo’s 13-game skid (0-11-2) is the second-longest in franchise history and the longest in the NHL since the Sabres lost 14 straight during the 2014-15 season.

The two-game series concludes Saturday in Buffalo, when up to 1,800 fans - 10% of building capacity - will be allowed to attend.

The game was allowed to proceed after both teams canceled their pregame skates due to members entering the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Boston forward Sean Kuraly was added to the protocol list, while the Sabres did not disclose which member of their hockey staff had a positive test.


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Connor McDavid scored twice to close in on the NHL lead and Edmonton beat Winnipeg to move into a tie with Toronto for the North Division lead.

McDavid has 20 goals - a goal behind Toronto’s Auston Matthews - and leads the league in points with 58 and assists with 38.

Tyson Barrie assisted on both goals, and Mikko Koskinen made 24 saves to help the Oilers improve to 20-13-0.

Mathieu Perrault scored for the Jets, and Laurent Brossoit made 19 saves. They are two points behind the Oilers and Maple Leafs in the all-Canadian North at 18-10-2.

The teams will complete the series Saturday night.


DENVER (AP) - Colorado’s top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen combined for four goals and the Avalanche beat ended Minnesota’s winning streak at five.

Rantanen scored twice for the Avalanche, Joonas Donskoi also scored, and Phillip Grubaurer made 19 saves.

Victor Rask scored for Minnesota,.

Minnesota and Colorado meet again Saturday.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Scott Wedgewood made 40 saves, Jack Hughes had a goal and an assist and New Jersey beat Pittsburgh.

P.K. Subban and Travis Zajac also scored, and the Devils won their second straight at home following a losing streak of 11 games (0-10-1) in Newark.

Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust scored for Pittsburgh.

The teams will meet again Saturday at Prudential Center, then closed the three-game set Sunday in Philadelphia.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Seth Jones scored his second goal with 50.4 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Columbus past Carolina.

Kevin Stenlund also scored for the Blue Jackets, Oliver Bjorkstrand assisted on all three goals, and Joonas Korpisalo stopped 25 shots.

Sebastian Aho scored twice for the Hurricanes. They have lost two straight after an eight-game winning streak.

The teams will meet again Saturday night.


DETROIT (AP) - Robby Fabbri scored three goals, one in each period, and Detroit held off Dallas.

The Red Wings did have a setback, losing goaltender Jonathan Bernier to an injury late in the second period after he stopped all 22 shots he faced. Thomas Greiss finished the game in net and had 16 saves.

For the second time in less than a month, the Central Division’s last-place team has won two straight and three of four games. Detroit will shoot for a season-high third straight victory Saturday night against the slumping Stars.

Roope Hintz and Jason Dickinson scored for Dallas.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Adam Henrique scored a power-play goal 43 seconds into overtime, Jamie Drysdale had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut and Anaheim overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Arizona.

Trevor Zegras scored his first career goal, and Ryan Miller made 23 saves to help the Ducks end a four-game losing streak.

Conor Garland and Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes. They have lost five in a row.

The teams will meet again Saturday.


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Calle Jarnkrok scored twice, leading Nashville past Florida.

Juuse Saros stopped 40 shots, allowing only Jonathan Huberdeau’s goal.

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