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Dougie Hamilton, New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils look like a much improved team this season and the addition of Hamilton is one of the biggest reasons why.

He is one of the best all-around defensemen in the NHL and he is playing like it this season, and he put together a masterpiece on Sunday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

His stat line included a goal, an assist, 10 shots on goal, 15 total shot attempts, and when he was on the ice during 5-on-5 play the Devils outshot the Flyers 18-4, had a 29-13 total shot attempts advantage, outchanced them 19-8, and outscored them by a 3-1 margin. A truly dominant performance to help the Devils to a 5-2 win.

Highlights from Sunday in the NHL

Another day, another goal for Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin. Another goal closer to another milestone. This is his 19th goal of the season and the 749th goal of his career.

The Chicago Blackhawks could not generate any offense in a 2-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks, but Marc-Andre Fleury and his defenders did team up for this hectic series of saves.

The Bruins’ power play came through in the third period with a pair of goals to lift them to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Brad Marchand scored the game-tying goal, further endearing himself to Vancouver Canucks fans, on this net-front scramble.

Three Takeaways from Sunday in the NHL

Brendan Lemieux offered in-person hearing

Los Angeles Kings forward Brendan Lemieux is going to be facing a potentially significant suspension for a biting incident on Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators. Brady Tkachuk accused Lemieux of biting him during a fight, and it seems the NHL agrees. He has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, which opens the possibility for a suspension of more than five games. The league does not typically offer an in-person hearing if it does not intend to hand out a suspension of more than five games, so Lemieux and the Kings better be bracing themselves for that.

The Chicago Blackhawks can not find any offense

Chicago has been playing better since the coaching change, tightening things up defensively and winning a few games. They can not find any offense though, and were shutout by James Reimer and the San Jose Sharks, 2-0, on Sunday night. Go back over the past 10 games and Chicago has scored just 19 goals during that stretch. They are one of the worst offensive teams in the league for the season overall and are not getting any offense unless it comes from Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are on a roll

Everything is clicking for the Maple Leafs right now. With their 5-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, they have now won 14 out of their past 16 games and are now among the league’s best teams after a 2-4-1 start to the season. The best sign of all for the Maple Leafs? Not only is the offense there, but the defense and goaltending is there as well. Over the aforementioned 16 game stretch they have allowed just 26 total goals. They have allowed one goal or less in nine of those 16 games, including four shutouts.

Monday’s big story

Montreal and Vancouver is not a game between 2021-22 Stanley Cup contenders. In fact, both teams find themselves at the bottom of the NHL standings and are two of the biggest disappointments in the league this season. But it is a game of one team that has already started to make sweeping changes to its front office (Montreal) and another that is probably on the verge of needing to do the same (Vancouver).

Sunday’s NHL scores

Washington Capitals 4, Carolina Hurricanes 2
Minnesota Wild 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 2N
San Jose Sharks 2, Chicago Blackhawks 0
Boston Bruins 3, Vancouver Canucks 2
New Jersey Devils 5, Philadelphia Flyers 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Anaheim Ducks 1
New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers (Postponed)

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    Bruins set NHL record with 12 straight home wins to start season

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    BOSTON — The Boston Bruins set the NHL record for most home victories to start a season with their 12th straight, topping the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime with a power-play goal from David Pastrnak.

    The Bruins broke the mark of 11 that was set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks and equaled by the Florida Panthers last season.

    “That felt awesome,” Bruins first-year coach Jim Montgomery said. “We talked about it after the second (period) going into the third. There’s been a lot of great teams in this league and you’re able to set a precedent, break a record. It’s pretty special and it doesn’t happen if those guys don’t believe in themselves like they do.”

    Boston, which trailed 2-0 late in the second period, tied it with 9:33 left in regulation when David Krejci scored his second of the game on a shot from the right point.

    “It’s never fun being down going into the third, you’re sitting in here (in the locker room) trying to figure it out,” Krejci said. “You want to come out and do the job, something special on the line. It’s hard to win in this league. To get 12 in a row at home is pretty special.”

    In overtime, Carolina was playing shorthanded after being called for too many men on the ice when Pastrnak one-timed a pass from Brad Marchand inside the far post from above the left circle.

    “It was a big win for us, obviously, coming from behind,” Pastrnak said.

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Stefan Noesen each scored a power-play goal for Carolina, and Pyotr Kochetkov made 38 saves. The Hurricanes lost their fifth straight.

    In a rematch of last spring’s opening-round playoff series that the Hurricanes won in seven games, Carolina shutout the NHL’s highest scoring team for nearly two periods and jumped ahead a pair of power-play goals in the opening period.

    “We took too many penalties. That’s hurting us right now,” Kotaniemi said. “I think 5-on-5 we’re doing a really good job. We started good tonight and couldn’t keep that up.”

    Boston’s tying goal was originally disallowed because of goaltender interference on Nick Foligno but overturned on a coach’s challenge after it was ruled that he was nudged into the crease by Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce.

    Boston starting goaltender Linus Ullmark made 28 saves but had to leave with 13:03 left in the third period with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Teammate Connor Clifton had jumped on him to block a shot during a scramble. Jeremy Swayman made six stops in relief.

    Carolina’s Noesen scored at 6:34 in to make it 1-0. And with five minutes left in the period, Kotkaniemi collected the puck near the side of the net after Seth Jarvis‘ shot bounced off the back glass and slipped it inside the post at 15:05.

    Krejci scored for Boston with 31 seconds left in the second.

    Boston came in with a league-high 82 goals in 20 games (4.10 per game), but it was held to relatively few chances despite getting a 5-on-3 power-play advantage early on.

    TAKE NOTE

    The Bruins honored captain Patrice Bergeron, who recorded his 1,000th career point when the team was on the road against Tampa Bay, with a message on the Jumbotron. The crowd gave him a standing ovation.

    Bergeron became just the fourth Bruin to reach the mark, joining Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012).

    UP NEXT

    Hurricanes: Host the Calgary Flames.

    Bruins: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Predators postpone 2 games due to Nashville water main break

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  The Nashville Predators postponed two home games because of a water main break that soaked their downtown arena.

    Hours after the Predators decided they couldn’t play against the Colorado Avalanche, the team announced it also postponed the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Makeup dates for the two games will be announced later.

    The NHL said the water main break that occurred “significantly impacted the event level” of Bridgestone Arena. Team locker rooms and the ice surface are on the event level.

    Predators President and CEO Sean Henry told reporters that the water in the event level ranged from 3 inches to 3 feet.

    “We’re assessing it right now. We’re remediating it,” Henry said. “The good thing is, the water got shut off, the city responded in a pretty fast manner. I don’t think anyone is ready for things like this the Friday after Thanksgiving.”

    Video posted by a WTVF-TV reporter shows the water puddled up on the main floor’s concourse area and the team store. The team was forced to close the store until further notice, pointing shoppers online for Black Friday specials.

    The Predators’ next home game is now scheduled for Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks.

    The water issue also resulted in a switch to a different venue for a college hockey game between Northeastern and Western Michigan. They also had been scheduled to play at Bridgestone Arena, a game that was moved to Ford Ice Center Bellevue.

    Rangers trade Ryan Reaves to Wild for 5th-round pick in 2025

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. — The New York Rangers traded enforcer Ryan Reaves to the Minnesota Wild for a 2025 fifth-round pick.

    Reaves had been a healthy scratch for eight of the past 12 games for the Rangers. He gives struggling Minnesota some extra muscle and a veteran presence.

    The 35-year-old is signed through only the rest of this season at a $1.75 million salary cap hit. He has no points and 12 penalty minutes in 12 games of his second season with New York.

    Reaves has played in 869 NHL regular-season and playoff games for the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights and Rangers. He was with the Golden Knights during their inaugural season in 2017-18 when the reached the Stanley Cup Final.

    Toronto’s Morgan Rielly placed on long-term injured reserve

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    TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Morgan Rielly on long-term injured reserve with a knee injury.

    Rielly was hurt in a collision with with New York forward Kyle Palmieri early in the third period of Toronto’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders at home.

    Rielly has no goals and 16 assists in 20 games this season and is averaging 23 minutes of ice time.

    Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said following practice that the 28-year-old Rielly doesn’t need surgery, adding there’s no firm timeline for his return beyond the minimum 24 days and 10 games required for going on long-term injured reserve.

    Toronto’s defense is also missing Jake Muzzin with a neck injury and T.J. Brodie with an injured oblique.