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Lafreniere Scores 2nd NHL Goal, Rangers Beat Capitals 4-1

PITTSBURGH: Sidney Crosby had two assists in his 1,000th NHL game and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Saturday night.

Kris Letang scored twice, including a tiebreaking goal in the third period, to help Pittsburgh win for the fourth time in five games. Mike Matheson also scored, and Tristan Jarry made 33 saves.

Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored for New York. The Islanders have dropped two straight following a season-high eight-game points streak.

Crosby became the 25th active skater to play in 1,000 games. Hes also the first player in Penguins history to play 1,000 games with the team.


TORONTO: Auston Matthews scored twice to increase his NHL-leading goals total to 18 and added two assists in Toronto’s victory over Montreal.

Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists, Travis Boyd and Alexander Kerfoot also scored and Frederik Andersen stopped 30 saves. Morgan Rielly added two assists to help the NHL-leading Maple Leafs improve to 14-3-2.

Matthews also had two goals and two assists Thursday night at home in a 7-3 victory over Ottawa. Hes the sixth player in franchise history to have a 16-game points streak, two back of record-holders Darryl Sittler and Ed Olczyk.

Matthews scored both goals against the Canadiens on the power play.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Paul Byron and Tyler Toffoli scored for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 22 shots.


WASHINGTON: Alexis Lafreniere scored his second NHL goal, Artemi Panarin had two assists and New York made the best of a new-look lineup, beating Washington for its second consecutive victory.

Lafreniere, the top pick in the 2020 draft, cashed in on his promotion to New Yorks top line by scoring for the first time in eight games. Panarin set up Lafreniere on the doorstep late in the second period, and his shot provided the rebound for Chris Kreiders power-play goal in the first.

With a goal and an assist, Ryan Strome made history as the first player to record 100 points apiece with the Rangers and Islanders. Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves, Mika Zibanejad sealed it with an empty-netter with 2:12 left and New York strung together back-to-back wins for just the second time this season.

The Capitals struggled to match the Rangers energy early in a game moved up to an afternoon start, falling behind 3-0 before Dmitry Orlov scored his first goal of the season with 38.2 seconds left in the second period.


RALEIGH, N.C.: Rookie Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves for first NHL shutout and Carolina beat Tampa Bay.

Vincent Trocheck, Sebastian Aho, Cedric Paquette and Andrei Svechnikov scored for the Hurricanes. They have won five of six and have a six-game points streak. It was the first of four consecutive games between the teams, with Saturdays game coming as part of a revised schedule.

Tampa Bay has yet to score in two meetings, including an overtime loss, with the Hurricanes this season. Nedeljkovic stopped 13 shots in the second period.


ST. LOUIS: Logan Couture scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period and San Jose held off St. Louis.

After the Blues overcame deficits of 3-0 and 4-1 to tie it during a wild second period, Couture scored on a wrist shot with 8:09 left in the third. The puck deflected off goalie Jordan Binningtons back and in. It was Coutures team-leading ninth goal.

The Sharks entered 0-7-1 in their previous eight against the Blues dating to the 2019 playoffs.

Brayden Schenn, Zach Sanford, Ryan OReilly and Jordan Kyrou scored for St. Louis. The Sharks also got goals from Evander Kane, Rudolfs Balcers and Patrick Marleau.

Sharks goalie Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves.


NEWARK, N.J.: Sam Reinhart scored two goals and Buffalo beat New Jersey to snap a four-game losing streak.

Defensemen Colin Miller also scored and Linus Ullmark made 25 saves for the Sabres, who had not won since beating the Devils in a shootout Jan. 30.

Kyle Palmieri and P.K. Subban scored in the third period for the Devils, who welcomed center Nico Hischier for his first game this season by naming him captain.


GLENDALE, Ariz.: Alex Iafallo scored two goals, Cal Peterson stopped 22 shots and Los Angeles beat Arizona for its fourth straight victory.

The Kings beat the Coyotes 3-2 on Thursday when Gabriel Vilardi scored in the fourth round of a shootout. Vilardi came through again, beating Darcy Kuemper with a wrister shortly after Arizonas Phil Kessel tied it. Trevor Moore also scored for Los Angeles, and Iafallo sealed it with an empty-net goal.

Kessel scored for the second straight game and had an assist. Derick Brassard also scored.


DETROIT: Mathias Brome scored his first NHL goal late in the second period and Detroit held off Florida.

Patrik Nemeth added his first goal of the season for the Red Wings, and Jonathan Bernier made 38 saves.

Alex Wennberg scored for Florida.


COLUMBUS, Ohio: Calle Jarnkrok scored in the first and third periods, Pekka Rinne made 21 saves and Nashville beat Columbus to split the two-game series.

The Predators broke a 2-2 tie with two goals in the first 45 seconds of the third period. Jarnkrok beat Elvis Merzlikins from the slot 16 seconds in, and Filip Forsberg followed with his team-leading eighth goal off a faceoff.

Colton Sissons also scored for Nashville. Gabriel Carlsson got his first NHL goal, and Boone Jenner also scored for the Blue Jackets.

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