BOSTON – Taylor Hall scored twice as the Boston Bruins extended their NHL-record home win streak to open the season to 13 games with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
Reserve goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman made 27 saves and Brad Marchand added an empty net for the Bruins, whose 3-2 overtime win over the Carolinas on Friday broke the 11-ball record set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks and tied with the Florida Panthers last season.
“For us, it’s more about our process, which allows us to get positive results,” Jim Montgomery, Bruins’ first-year coach, said of the series. “We think together how things should work, and we believe in this process.”
Stephen Stamkos scored a powerplay goal that raised his career points total to 999 and Andrei Vasilievsky saved 23 Tampa Bay shots. The Lightning have won six of their last seven games.
“I think those are the (games) that you circle.” – Tampa Bay center Ross Colton said. “These are the ones you want to compare to. For the most part, I think we played really well.”
Hall shot from the slot for the eventual winner with 2:49 left in the third period after receiving a pass from Nick Folignowho began to go around the net, and then quickly turned around and centered the puck.
“I think we’re showing that no matter who we play, it’s really about us and how we play,” Hall said. “We are going to get the best team results, they will be tough. I think we have confidence that if we play our game, we will probably win.”
Swayman hit the crease, flashing his right pad to make a great stop. Corey Perry just under seven minutes left in the game.
“This is the best thing he’s seen this year for me,” Montgomery said of his goaltender. “Very calm in the crease.”
Tampa Bay equalized with Stamkos with 1:40 left in the second period.
Swaiman converted about four or five great chances in the period before Stamkos scored a one-off from a cross from Nikita Kucherov from the near left circle.
“Even though we’ve been successful in the win column, that doesn’t mean the guys haven’t had their ups and downs in different mental states and things like that,” Swayman said. “They do their best to perform on the ice and that’s special.”
In an opening period with few quality opportunities, Hall made it 1–0 just 67 seconds into the game. Located in a slot, the Hall tipped over. Brandon CarloKick from the point, the puck fell from the height of the belt and went between Vasilyevsky’s shields.
Vasilievskiy robbed Jake DeBruskShorthanded call in the middle of a blocker-stop period when the winger broke free and hit a wrist ball between circles.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
Outstanding Defensive Player for the Bruins Charlie McAvoy was in the fall for some time after the puck bounced under his visor and hit the bridge of his nose. He slowly got up, walked down the catwalk to the dressing room, but quickly returned and did not move.
NOTES: Stamkos, who scored two goals including a 6-5 win against Buffalo on Monday night, scored his 26th career goal against the Bruins. . Boston Defender Derek Forbort returned to the roster after missing the previous 11 games with a broken finger and forward Trent Frederick returned after being sidelined for the last two games with an unknown injury.
Lightning: Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
Bruins: Take the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.
FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Stars sign center Rupe Hintza player at his peak, almost a leading player, to an eight-year, $67.6 million contract extension.
“He brings us so much,” Stars general manager Jim Neill said Tuesday. “Now he understands who he is. He came into the league three or four years ago, having found his way. He started, probably, as a third-line center forward and very responsible, and suddenly he turned into this No. 1 center forward. You can just see the confidence he has now.”
Hinz, 26, has 88 goals and 106 assists in 261 games in five seasons, all with Dallas, including 139 points in 142 games since the start of the 2020-21 season.
The Finnish native set a career high with 37 goals and 35 assists last season, and this season he has 8 goals and 16 assists in 22 games for the top stars in the Central Division.
The extension takes effect after the end of that season, when Hintz could have become a restricted free agent. It runs through the 2030-31 season and has an average cost of $8.45 million.
“We wanted to do something quickly if we could. We didn’t want it to drag on. It’s not easy for the players to negotiate during the season,” Neill said. “He’s a 6ft 3cm, number one center in the NHL who skates well, has great skills and scores big, so he’s a very sought after player. It’s hard to find him.”
Hinz contract is identical to one defender Miro Heiskanen signed before last season. The Stars signed a restricted free agent ahead of this season. Jason Robertson $31 million contract, four-year contract and goaltender Jake Oettinger to a three-year, $12 million deal. All three of these players are 23 years old. Robertson, who scored 41 goals last season, is leading the NHL this season with 19 goals in 23 games and 17 assists.
“Now our core is signed,” Neill said. “Trying to put this core together, keep it together for as many years as possible, and that’s why we’ve taken this step now.”
NEW YORK – Jack Hughes and Michael McLeod scored in the second period Vitek Vanechek stopped 35 shots and the rising New Jersey Devils rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the New York Rangers 5-3 on Monday night.
Egor Sharangovich had two goals and Thomas Tatar also scored to help the first-place Devils win their third consecutive streak after breaking their 13-win streak the previous week. New Jersey has won 10 straight road games and has suffered only one defeat since the start of the season 3-3-0.
The Rangers took a 2–0 lead with just three minutes to go, but the Devils scored twice and equalized later in the first period to equalize, then scored twice in the second period to take the lead.
“We stayed with our game. It was calm on the bench,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said of his team’s early deficit. “All I said on the bench was, ‘Let’s score the next goal and we’ll be back in the game.’
Vanechek improved to 11-2-0 as scattered chants of “Let’s Go Devils” erupted in Madison Square Garden.
The Devils have only made the playoffs once, in 2018, after defeating the Rangers in six games in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals.
“It was great to hear that the fans were on our side,” Devils forward. Miles Wood said. “We can’t thank them enough.”
New York also lost for the second time in a row at home, which is discouraging. On Saturday, the Rangers lost a 3-0 win over Edmonton in the third period to lose 4-3. Last season they won 27 of 41 games at the Garden.
“When something goes wrong, it snowballs on us.” – Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren said. “We keep saying we have to play the full 60 points. You can’t keep talking about it, you have to go out and do it.”
Rangers coach Gerard Gallant noted the excellent performance of the young and hungry Devils.
“They attacked you a lot, played fast and showed it,” Gallant said. “They were the best team tonight.”
Tatar closed the gap to 2-1 at 7:31 in the first leg with a great high left shot past Shesterkin for his sixth of the season. Jesper Bratt scored an assist that earned him 18 points in 23 Devils games this season.
Šarangović equalized with an unassisted goal with 6:35 left in the first leg.
Hughes gave the Devils a 5:44 lead after he passed Lindgren and then missed Shesterkin for 12th of the season and fourth in the last two games.
McLeod made it 4–2 at 9:40, scoring his third goal after Wood hit the bar behind Shesterkin.
“I have to play better,” said J., who was also in goal against Edmonton on Saturday and has lost three of his last five games.
It was the fourth time in the past six games that the Devils have scored at least four times and New Jersey improved to 9-0-0 when 21-year-old Hughes — the Devils’ top pick in the 2019 draft — has Target.
Troček scored his eighth powerplay goal for Rangers with 6:42 left in the third leg, but Sharangović added an empty net with 16 seconds left to seal the win.
The Devils improved on their franchise-best 13-1-0 record in November and their NHL-best 16-0-0 record when they were in the lead after two periods.
“It’s fun to play here,” Hishir said. “Is it nice to beat the Rangers?
Panarin hit 1:20 of the game to end a 12-game personal drought, scoring his sixth goal of the season and first since October 30 in Arizona.
Zibanejad did it 2-0 in 3:01, finishing 11th best of the season.
Devils: Host Nashville Thursday night.
Rangers: In Ottawa Wednesday night.
BUFFALO, NEW YORK – Stephen Stamkos scored his second goal of the game with 2:44 left in overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 victory over the Buffalo Sabers on Monday night.
Briden Point there were also two goals, Brandon Hagel scored a goal and made an assist Corey Perry also scored for the Lightning, who recovered from two goals in the third period to force overtime. Nikita Kucherov as well as Mikhail Sergachev each had three assists, with Stamkos adding one on a three-point night.
Brian Elliott there were 32 saves to get the win.
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