NHL Roundup: Flames Prove Hotter Than Devils

  • Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammate Sean Monahan (23) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) loses his balance while compete for the puck with New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13), of Switzerland, and defenseman Sami Vatanen (45), of Finland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Newark, n.j. — Johnny Gaudreau scored the go-ahead goal and set up linemate Sean Monahan’s second of the game, and the Calgary Flames won their third straight, 3-2 over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Backup David Rittich made 30 saves, giving Mike Smith a rare night off and helping the Flames improve to 15-5-5 on the road.

Taylor Hall and Pavel Zacha scored for New Jersey, which lost its second straight and sixth of nine. Keith Kinkaid made 22 saves.

Sabres 4, Islanders 3

Buffalo, n.y. — Sam Reinhart poked in a rebound with 4:14 left, and Buffalo edged New York after squandering a three-goal lead.

Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues each had a goal and an assist for Buffalo, and Ryan O’Reilly also scored. Robin Lehner stopped 26 shots to help Buffalo salvage the finale of a five-game homestand after going 0-3-1 in its previous four games.

Flyers 5, Canadiens 3

Philadelphia— Travis Konecny scored twice and Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist to help he Philadelphia beat Montreal.

Jakub Voracek and Ivan Provorov also scored, and Shayne Gostisbehere had three assists. The Flyers kept their hold on a playoff spot in a crowded race in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia entered in seventh place, but just one point ahead of Columbus and the New York Islanders, and only four in front of 10th-place Carolina.

Lightning 5, Canucks 2

Tampa, Fla. — Nikita Kucherov stopped an 11-game goal drought, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves for his NHL-best 32nd victory and Tampa Bay beat Vancouver.

Yanni Gourde, Adam Erne, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman also scored for the Lightning, who returned home after a 5-3 trip.

Coyotes 4, Wild 3 (ot)

St. Paul, Minn. — Clayton Keller scored Arizona’s fourth straight goal at 3:55 of overtime to give the Coyotes a comeback victory.

Nick Cousins scored twice for Arizona, which entered the game with the worst record in the NHL.

Blues 6, Avalanche 1

St. Louis — Brayden Schenn scored twice and Vince Dunn had a career-high three assists to help St. Louis beat Colorado.

Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist, and Ivan Barbashev, Kyle Brodziak and Alex Pietrangelo also scored. The Blues scored more than four goals for the first time since Dec. 9.

Senators 4, Predators 3 (ot)

Ottawa, Ontario — Mike Hoffman scored 3:01 into overtime, lifting Ottawa over the Nashville.

Chris DiDomenico, Max McCormick and Magnus Paajarvi also scored as the Senators (19-25-9) won for the fourth time in five games. Craig Anderson made 35 saves for his 15th win of the season.

P.K. Subban scored twice for the Predators (32-12-9), and Calle Jarnkrok picked up his 13th goal. Juuse Saros stopped 32 shots.