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Backstrom, Wilson return as Capitals blank Blue Jackets, 1-0 Sizzling Pastrnak’s hat trick sends Bruins past Ducks, 7-1 Marner gets 500th point, Maple Leafs beat Red Wings 4-1 Backstrom, Wilson ready to make season debuts for Capitals Connor’s record 41st winner leads Jets past Lightning 4-2

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WASHINGTON – Niklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson debuted this season, and the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 Sunday night.

It was the first time Backstrom and Wilson took to the ice at Capital One Arena since the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs in May. Both underwent major surgeries in the off-season, with Backstrom undergoing hip resurfacing and Wilson undergoing anterior cruciate ligament surgery.

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After almost eight months of rehab, both were cleared for a long-awaited comeback and quickly entered the top six. Backstrom became the center of the first line between Alexey Ovechkin and Conor Shiri while Wilson played on the right flank of the second line with Dylan Strom and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Both also had powerplay time, with Backstrom running half the wall on the top block while Wilson looked at the second block.

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Darcy Kemper continued his strong game between the pipes, making 37 saves to hold off the swarming Blue Jackets in his fourth closeout of the season and second in five games.

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Although the Capitals regained their two stars, the ice wasn’t quite in their favor as Columbus dominated the shots on goal in a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes and capped Washington’s chances. » by 5. -by-5 ​​and the man has the advantage. However, Erik GustafssonA goal just 2:43 minutes into the game secured the Capitals victory.

Elvis Merzlikins made 18 saves for Columbus, who have lost 10 of their last 12 games.

NOTES: Gustafsson scored his seventh goal of the season, all in the last 11 games. … Pomegranate Hathaway and Gavin Bayreuther dropped his gloves in the first period… Anthony Manta was a healthy scratch for the first time in his tenure with the Capitals as he and Nicolas Aube-Kubel sat out the return of Backstrom and Wilson.


Blue Jackets: Visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

Capitals: Visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday during the first half of the home series.

ANAHEIM, California to David Pastr scored three goals and provided an assist Hempus Lindholm scored a goal in his comeback home in Anaheim, and the Boston Bruins completed a perfect three-game journey with a 7-1 win over the Ducks on Sunday night.

David Krejci scored a goal and provided two assists. Brad MarchandLindholm and Charlie Coyle added goals in the third period for the Bruins in first place. Boston has won four in a row overall after beating three California NHL teams 16-5 over the past four days.

“Our defense is playing well, all four lines are working and we have two great goaltenders,” Pastrnak said after the Bruins (32-4-4) extended their NHL lead to 11 points over Toronto. and Carolina. “We’re doing great and playing for each other.”

Jeremy Swayman made 28 saves for Pastrnak, who scored 32 goals in 40 games this season for his 13th career hat-trick. He scored a whopping seven goals in three Bruins games on the West Coast, and this outbreak in Anaheim was another sign that the Czech winger is about to land a monstrous contract, either before or after he goes unrestricted free this summer. agent.

“I had good looks and was able to capitalize,” Pastrnak said. “An incredible trip for us. Now let’s go home.”

Trevor Zegras scored and John Gibson stopped 35 shots for the Ducks, who failed to secure their first three-game winning streak since November 2021. Last-placed Anaheim dropped to 3–4–1 in their franchise-record 10 games.

“The first two periods I was fine,” said Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins. “In the third, we just twisted our brains.”

After scoring for the sixth 30-goal season of his career, Pastrnak scored in the first period, he completed his hat-trick by scoring two goals 17 seconds apart in the second period. He hit a powerplay ball between Gibson’s legs and then scored a breakaway goal, sending dozens of hats from Bruins fans onto the Orange County ice.

Boston coach Jim Montgomery called Pastrnak “the elite.” Creative. He looks like an artist in many ways. … I would have broken my ankle if I had been a goalkeeper (on the third goal).”

Pastrnak is no stranger to prolific performances against the Ducks, scoring the best four goals of his career with Anaheim in Boston in October 2019.

Ducks fans gave Lindholm, a longtime Anaheim defenseman a warm welcome, who was traded to Boston last spring when new general manager Pat Verbeek chose not to sign him to a long-term contract. Lindholm, the Ducks’ sixth pick in 2012, is third in franchise history by a defenseman in points, goals, assists and blocks.

Lindholm was immediately signed to an eight-year, $52 million contract by the Bruins, and the Swede was worth it, finishing his home game with an impressive 28 points and a plus-29 rating.

“It was a great moment,” Lindholm said of the tribute video and standing ovation to him in the first period. “This place is special to me, but now I’m moving on to a new chapter that I’m very excited about.”

Pastrnak gave the Bruins the lead with less than four minutes to go on the left lap with a quick wrist run through Gibson, who was shielded by a teammate. John Klingberg.

Zegras, who scored 36 points in a single season at Boston University, scored his 12th goal of the season, scoring an embarrassing moment late in the first.


Bruins: Thursday will host Seattle.

Ducks: Take Edmonton on Wednesday.

TORONTO- Mitch Marner scored a goal and an assist and scored 500 career points as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday night.

John Tavares scored two goals and Pontus Holmberg also scored for Toronto, who broke a two-game drift with their first win of the month.

Marner scored 500 points in his 467th career game just four days after Auston Matthews accomplished the feat. Matthews is the fastest player in franchise history to do so in 445 games.

“Of course, it’s just a cool moment,” Marner said. “You definitely don’t try or think about setting milestones or reaching milestones and trying not to be selfish about yourself.”

Earlier in the season, Marner set a franchise record with a streak of 23 points.

“Growing up here in the city, dreaming of playing for this team and doing it all together with this team, it was special, it was a lot of fun, but there are big goals ahead,” said Marner. “It’s cool, I’m enjoying the moment, but it’s time to freshen up and think about (next opponent) Philadelphia now.”

Ilya Samsonov made 22 saves in an attempt to bounce back after conceding five goals in a 6-5 penalty shootout to St. Louis on Tuesday.

“I think the work that Sammy did tonight is noteworthy,” said Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe. “We needed our whole team to play better. … But Sammy, especially the last three games, he and (goalkeeping coach) Curtis Sanford have done a real job.”

Jake Wolman scored for Detroit in their third straight loss. Magnus Hellberg finished with 25 saves.

“Unfortunately, quite a similar theme. It’s a five-on-five game, good,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. “Unfortunately, we lost the special teams battle tonight.”

Tavares ended a four-goal streak for Toronto by scoring an empty net with 1:39 left. It was his 18th place of the season.

Olli Maata sent a laser pass from the end shields, and Wolman broke into a lead halfway through the first period. Wolman beat Samsonov in the top corner to open the scoring with 8:03 left in the first period.

Marner equalized 24 seconds into the second, scoring a goal from an acute angle after rebounding off a spotted shot by Matthews that went wide of the boards behind the net. This gave Marner his milestone and Matthews was credited with an assist, allowing both players to extend their points streak to four games.

Tavares hit the go-ahead at 6:37 seconds when Kalle Jarnkrok found himself rushing down Detroit’s center zone between two defensemen.

“We were actually just talking about picking up our pace and it was just that some of the execution came from ourselves,” Tavares said of the team’s turnaround after a slow start. “I think we just got out of our zone a lot faster, moved the puck a little faster, and that allowed our legs to move and get on the forecheck and tilt the ice a bit.”

Holmberg gave the Leafs a two-goal lead when he bet. Morgan RillyShot point 6:19 in third place for his fourth.

“Pretty good first period, we didn’t lose much,” Lalonde said. “Didn’t really hate our second, looks like we lost some gas. . We came out of this period with a score of 2:1, and then we did not have enough breakthrough in the third.


Five members of Canada’s junior gold medal winning team were honored just after the middle of the first period. Brennan Othmann, Ethan del Mastro, Owen Beck, Shane Wright and Zak Ostapchuk received applause from the Scotiabank Arena audience when they were shown on the video board.


Saturday’s competition was Toronto’s first game to celebrate Indigenous peoples. The players wore warm-up jerseys designed by Indigenous artist Tyler Rushnell. The jerseys will be auctioned off at the Real Sports Auction, with all proceeds going to the Toronto Native Cultural Center. There were also drumming performances by the Toronto Council Fire Native All Nations Juniors when the Leafs players were introduced, and a hoop dance during the second intermission.


Red Wings: Host Winnipeg on Tuesday night to open the home stands for three games.

Maple Leafs: In Philadelphia on a Sunday night.

ARLINGTON, Virginia – Niklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson finally ready to return to the Washington Capitals.

The team said on Saturday that Backstrom and Wilson would be activated from injured reserve to make their respective…


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