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Kopitar hurt in Kings loss to Senators

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Zack Smith‘s old baseball skills helped the Ottawa Senators find some of their offensive spark again.

Smith batted in his own rebound with just under four minutes left to play to tie it before Mark Stone scored with 7 seconds to go as Ottawa rallied past the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Friday night.

“I have to give a shout out to my old baseball team, the Maple Creek Mohawks,” Smith said. “My teammates could attest I wasn’t a very good hitter but I think I redeemed myself with that one.”

Stone tracked down a loose puck in the crease and gave the Senators the lead less than four minutes after Smith tied the game.

“We stuck together for the full game, kept believing in our game plan and it paid off at the end,” said Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who had two assists. “We had a lot of chances and you get a little frustrated but you have to keep up with what you’re doing. If you’re getting chances it means you’re doing good things.”

The Senators had totaled just four goals in their previous four games.

Dwight King scored early in the second period for the Kings. Jeff Zatkoff had a shutout going through the first two periods, stopping all 18 shots the Senators sent his way. However, after recently came off the injury reserved list with a lower body injury, Zatkoff pulled himself after the second period.

Peter Budaj, who had a shutout streak of 140:57 snapped Thursday night in Montreal, came on to start the third and stopped the first 12 shots he faced. Smith was then able to bat his own rebound out of the air and in with 3:54 remaining to tie it.

“Zatkoff made some pretty crazy saves there on us. We were getting chances, which was helping us stick to it,” Smith said. “I think that’s important to know that we can stick around all game and if you have to wait for the last couple of minutes to score then so be it. I thought we were good all game.”

Budaj finished with 13 stops.

Craig Anderson was the busiest of the three goalies in the game as he stopped 32 shots.

“We played as good as we could. We were a little overstaffed in the third and we knew they were going to come hard,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.

“They have a lot of forwards who drive the net and both their goals were scored when we had defensemen lying around the net, so we lost a couple of battles there.”

The Kings had the lone power play of the first period and outshot the Senators 14-8 but were unable to get anything past Anderson.

Los Angeles came closest to a goal when Nick Shore used a nifty toe-drag to get around Senators forward Ryan Dzingel and beat Anderson with a shot but it hit the post to keep the game scoreless.

Jeff Carter initially got credit for the Kings’ goal 56 seconds, but replays showed his backhander through traffic appeared to hit King’s left leg before going in.

Anze Kopitar was stopped point-blank by Anderson on the power play and then missed the net on a short-handed breakaway later in the second.

The Senators had a 22-second 5-on-3 advantage in the period but didn’t manage a shot.

— Kopitar was kept to just four shifts in the third period after taking a hit along the boards. He’s expected to travel with the team to Winnipeg for Sunday’s game, per L.A. Kings Insider.

Video: Avalanche score OT victory over Jets thanks to Ehlers’ own goal


The Colorado Avalanche will take it.

The Avalanche scored an overtime victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, thanks to one of the most unusual winning goals you’ll see this season. Rene Bourque was credited with the goal.

It’s one Nikolaj Ehlers certainly won’t forget.

After winning possession of the puck along the boards in his own end, Ehlers went to make a pass back to a teammate. That’s where it all went wrong. The puck missed everyone in a Jets jersey and went under the pads of his stunned goalie Michael Hutchinson.

Game over. The Avalanche, a struggling hockey team coming into this game, skated away with a 3-2 overtime win.

It wasn’t all good news for the Avalanche.

Matt Duchene didn’t take a shift in the third period, and was reportedly being evaluated for an apparent injury. Head coach Jared Bednar didn’t have an update on Duchene following the game.

Quenneville: Blackhawks have been ‘extremely fortunate a lot of nights’ as winning streak ends


Something had to give Friday, as the Capitals and Blackhawks met in Chicago.

Both teams are definitely considered championship contenders in their respective conferences, and both have been piling up the wins to this point in the season. After Friday’s result, the Capitals are now within a point of Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers for the Metropolitan Division lead.

Without Artem Anisimov due to a lower-body injury, which is a big loss because he’s been so productive, the Blackhawks fought back to extend their point streak to 10 games thanks to a late tying goal from Marian Hossa.

The chance for a comeback victory, however, was dashed when Marcus Johansson scored 2:20 into overtime, as the Capitals took this heavyweight clash 3-2. The point streak continues for Chicago, which has benefited from great goaltending and timely scoring, but the winning streak ended at seven games.

“We’ve been in this stretch for a while now, and we’ve been extremely fortunate a lot of nights,” Joel Quenneville told the Chicago Sun-Times. “We can be better in ways, but we’ll take it.”

Meanwhile, the Capitals rebounded from a shutout loss to San Jose earlier in the week.

Up next for the Blackhawks is a Sunday meeting with the Montreal Canadiens and Carey Price, who has been sensational in net. After that, they’re on the road for seven games.

It’s a trip that should present plenty of difficulty for the Blackhawks. Sure, there are games against struggling teams from Calgary and Vancouver.

But they’ll also face Connor McDavid and the Oilers, and travel through California, ending the trip with three games in four nights against San Jose, Anaheim and California.

Andy Greene isn’t known for his scoring, but this OT penalty shot goal was pretty nice


A penalty shot in overtime. Game on the line. Andy Greene standing at center ice with a chance to win it.

No problem, apparently.

The 34-year-old Greene has scored 37 goals in 654 career games in the NHL, but never more than eight goals in a single season. That was in 2013-14. But the veteran defenseman made no mistake facing Anders Nilsson on Friday, deking to his forehand and then sliding the puck through the legs of the Buffalo Sabres goalie to give the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 win.

The Devils, without forward Mike Cammalleri tonight due to personal reasons, have now won three in a row to move into a Wild Card position.

As goaltending remains an issue in Philadelphia, Maple Leafs light up Mason and the Flyers

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 11: Steve Mason #35 of the Philadelphia Flyers makes the first period save on Tyler Bozak #42 of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on November 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

A one-goal lead on the road heading into the third period? Not a bad position to be in.

That’s the situation the Philadelphia Flyers found themselves in Friday, facing the Toronto Maple Leafs. But things quickly spiraled from good to bad for the Flyers in the final period, leading to another disappointing loss.

Yes, the Leafs have a team with young players that have shown they’re capable of scoring and they can do so in bunches.

But the Flyers fell apart in the final period. Their starting goalie, Steve Mason, could now be the focal point for criticism from Philadelphia fans, especially given how goaltending has been an issue for that team.

The Leafs scored four times in the third period. On nine shots. The result of the Flyers’ collapse? A 6-3 win for Toronto, which had only 23 shots on goal.

Scoring hasn’t been an issue for the Flyers.

The same can’t be said for keeping the puck out of their own net, allowing 3.33 goals-against per game while deploying Mason and Michal Neuvirth as their goalies. At five-on-five, they have a league-worst 88.82 save percentage. (The Leafs are 29th in that category.)

“Yeah, I mean we’ve talked about it so much honestly back in Philadelphia, it’s kind of tiring,” Mason told the National Post. “But the goalies just haven’t been good enough. We realize that. We have to get better. It’s simple.”

Friday’s result isn’t likely to quiet the talk about Philadelphia’s goaltending situation.