NHL Rink Wrap: Rangers keep rolling; Islanders finally end losing streak

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Top player from Tuesday in the NHL

Artemi Panarin, New York Rangers

The New York Rangers extended their current winning streak to seven games on Tuesday night with a 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. It was another big game for Panarin, the Rangers’ best player, as he scored two goals and recorded four points against his former team. That performance also put him over the 500-point mark for his career. Panarin is one of the best offensive players in the league and he has been especially dominant during the current winning streak, recording 14 points in the seven games. That includes five multi-point games.

Highlights from Tuesday in the NHL

The play of the night came the Anaheim Ducks in their 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres when Trevor Zegras and Sonny Milano completed this incredible behind-the-net, alley-oop play to open the scoring. What a beautiful play.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were 5-4 winners in Columbus, and the big difference-maker in the game was this seven-second stretch where Auston Matthews and John Tavares scored goals. That is two goals in seven seconds.

The St. Louis Blues overcame an ugly start to get a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night thanks to this outstanding effort from Pavel Buchnevich.

Roman Josi helped the Nashville Predators snap the Detroit Red Wings’ winning streak with this great individual effort to skate through the defense.

Three Takeaways from Tuesday in the NHL

Islanders finally snap losing streak

The New York Islanders are finally back in the win column thanks to their 5-3 win in Ottawa, snapping what had been an 11-game losing streak (0-8-3). Anders Lee scored a pair of goals in the win to help the Islanders get a desperately needed win. If you want to be optimistic as an Islanders fan you can look at the fact they do have a four-game point streak now thanks to the last three losses over the streak all coming in overtime or a shootout. So maybe it is a step back in the right direction. But will it be too little, too late this season? Still a lot of hockey remaining. But they are facing quite the deficit in a tough division and Eastern Conference playoff race.

Could be another busy day for the Department Of Player Safety

After suspending Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza for six games on Tuesday for a kneeing incident, the Department Of Player Safety could have a couple of more players to look at on Wednesday. First, there is Jacob Trouba‘s hit on Chicago Blackhawks forward Jujhar Khalia. The slow motion replay sure makes it appear as if Trouba’s arm makes direct contact with Khalia’s head. He had to be removed from the game on a stretcher, but the early reports from the Blackhawks so far are positive. In Carolina, Hurricanes defenseman Ian Cole was ejected from their game against Winnipeg for kneeing Mark Scheifele.

Lightning stun Canadiens

For 57 minutes the Montreal Canadiens looked like they were on track to steal a stunning win against the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Then they allowed two goals in three minutes, including the game-winning goal with less than 30 seconds to play. That is pretty much the story of both team’s seasons at this point. The Lightning keep finding ways to win no matter who is in or out of their lineup, while the Canadiens keep finding ways to lose games no matter the situation.

Wednesday’s big story

The game of the night is in New York where the Colorado Avalanche visit the league’s hottest team, the Rangers. The Rangers will be looking to extend their current winning streak to eight games. It is also a matchup of two of the best defensemen in hockey with the Colorado’s Cale Makar going head-to-head against reigning Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox.

Tuesday’s NHL Scores

Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 4
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
New York Islanders 5, Ottawa Senators 3
Nashville Predators 5, Detroit Red Wings 2
Anaheim Ducks 2, Buffalo Sabres 0
St. Louis Blues 4, Florida Panthers 3 (OT)
Carolina Hurricanes 4, Winnipeg Jets 2
New York Rangers 6, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Minnesota Wild 4, Edmonton Oilers 1
San Jose Sharks 5, Calgary Flames 3

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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.