Vasilevskiy strong in return, Lightning top Maple Leafs 4-1
TAMPA, Fla. -- Andrei Vasilevskiy made 48 saves in his return from a broken left foot and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Thursday night in a matchup of the NHL's top two teams.
Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson both scored for Tampa Bay during the final 36 seconds of the second period to make it 4-1. Vasilevskiy, who missed the previous 14 games, stopped all 23 shots he faced in the period.
Anthony Cirelli and Nikita Kucherov also had goals for the Lightning (25-7-1), who have won eight in a row and lead Toronto by eight points in the Atlantic Division. The franchise record is a nine-game winning streak in 2016.
SABRES 3, COYOTES 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jeff Skinner scored his 22nd goal of the season as Buffalo defeated Arizona.
Casey Mittelstadt and Evan Rodrigues also had goals for the Sabres, who won their second straight following a five-game skid. Carter Hutton returned after missing Buffalo's previous two games with an upper-body injury and made 25 saves.
The Sabres improved to 11-3-2 at home, matching their win total from last season at KeyBank Center.
BLUE JACKETS 4, KINGS 1
Lukas Sedlak and Josh Anderson also scored and Cam Atkinson assisted on both of Panarin's goals as the Blue Jackets snapped a two-game skid and held onto second place in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind Washington.
Dustin Brown had the lone goal and Jonathan Quick made 37 saves for the injury-ravaged Kings, who have lost three in a row and seven of their last nine while slipping to the bottom of the Pacific Division.
CANADIENS 6, HURRICANES 4
MONTREAL -- Jeff Petry scored twice and Casey Price made 27 saves for his fourth consecutive victory as Montreal got past Carolina.
WILD 5, PANTHERS 1
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