Keller helps Coyotes end losing streak

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The NHL continued to struggle with growing COVID-19 cases on Friday and announced more game postponements. The Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers won’t play again until after the holiday break on Dec. 27.

The other big news of the day centered around the surprising resignation of Paul Maurice as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets. He was the second-longest serving NHL coach, sitting behind just Tampa Bay’s Jon Cooper.

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On the ice, Arizona finally got back in the win column in a high-scoring match against Anaheim. The Coyotes have the worst record in the NHL at 6-21-2.

BUFFALO 2 PITTSBURGH 3 (OT)

The Penguins have a six-game win following an overtime win over the Sabres.

Jeff Carter scored the game-winning goal at 2:53 of the extra period after finishing an odd-man rush from a faceoff at center.

Kris Letang had two assists in the contest and he set up Carter’s game winner.

Evan Rodrigues opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period and Brock McGinn gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead in the second stanza.

Zemgus Girgensons got Buffalo on the board at the 12:35 mark of the second period and Rasmus Dahlin tied the game 14:42 into the third.

Sidney Crosby, Teddy Blueger, Mike Matheson, John Hayden, Kyle Okposo, Rasmus Asplund and Casey Fitzgerald picked up an assist each.

Fitzgerald also had a fighting major, two shots, five hits and two blocks in an eventful NHL debut.

Tristan Jarry blocked 19 shots for his 14th win in 23 starts.

Malcolm Subban was superb in the loss with 45 saves on 48 shots.

VEGAS 3 NY RANGERS 2 (SO)

The Golden Knights stretched their win streak to four games with a shootout victory over the Rangers

Brett Howden notched one goal and one assist for his first multi-point performance of the year.

Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider (power play) lit the lamp for New York in the second period. They also both added an assist for multi-point outings.

Kreider has 18 goals on the year and ranks second in markers on the man advantage with 11.

Zibanejad also had a game-high seven shots on target.

Dylan Coghlan potted the game-tying goal at 14:44 of the third period.

William Carrier, Keegan Kolesar, Nicolas Hague, Ryan Strome and K’Andre Miller contributed one helper each.

Jonathan Marchessault supplied the only goal in the shootout.

Laurent Brossoit stopped 27 of 29 shots for his sixth win of the season.

Alexandar Georgiev stopped 28 of 30 shots in the loss. He has gone winless in his past three starts (0-2-1).

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DALLAS 1 ST. LOUIS 4

The Blues posted a second straight 4-1 victory over the Stars on Friday night.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored a pair of goals, including a power-play tally in the third period. He also gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead in the final minute of the second stanza.

Logan Brown opened the scoring at 3:35 of the second period. He has accumulated six points in nine games since joining the Blues from the minors.

Jason Robertson got Dallas on the board at 12:11 of the third period with assists going to John Klingberg and Joe Pavelski.

Ivan Barbashev sealed the win with an empty-netter. He also picked up an assist for a multi-point effort.

Pavel Buchnevich had the primary helper on both goals by Tarasenko.

Torey Krug, Ryan O’Reilly and Colton Parayko got on the scoresheet with an assist apiece.

Charlie Lindgren turned aside 26 shots to extend his win spree to five straight games.

Braden Holtby shielded 30 of 33 shots in the defeat

WASHINGTON 5 WINNIPEG 2

The Capitals bounced back from Wednesday’s overtime loss to Chicago with a win on the road versus the Jets.

Brett Leason, Daniel Sprong and Michael Sgarbossa led the charge offensively with one goal and one assist each.

Leason got the scoring going in the second period when he posted his third goal of the year. Sprong gave Washington a 2-0 lead shortly later and Sgarbossa scored late in the third

Brenden Dillon’s first goal as a member of Winnipeg got his team on the board at 14:32 of the second period.

Josh Morrissey netted a power-play goal just over two minutes into the third period.

Conor Sheary broke the 2-2 tie slightly over seven minutes afterward.

Alex Ovechkin rounded out the scoring in the final minute of regulation time with an empty-netter. He also had a game-high eight shots and ranks second in the league with 22 goals.

Nikolaj Ehlers assisted on both Winnipeg goals and led the team with seven shots on target.

Aliaksei Protas, Justin Schultz, Nick Jensen, Dennis Cholowski, Matt Irwin, John Carlson and Nate Schmidt registered one helper each.

Vitek Vanecek turned aside 40 of 42 shots for his second win a row and his sixth of the season.

Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves on 37 shots in the loss.

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NASHVILLE 3 CHICAGO 2 (OT)

The Predators have won seven consecutive contests following an overtime triumph over the Blackhawks.

Tanner Jeannot earned the game winner just 58 seconds into the extra session. He concluded the contest with six hits, three shots and two penalty minutes.

Thomas Novak opened the scoring with his first career NHL goal. He scored during a first-period power play.

Colton Sissons also scored on the man advantage for Nashville.

Kirby Dach and Jonathan Toews, who has three goals in his past four games, scored for Chicago.

Filip Forsberg, Luke Kunin, Eeli Tolvanen, Alexandre Carrier, Roman Josi, Dominik Kubalik, MacKenzie Entwistle and Riley Stillman chipped in one assist apiece.

Stillaman was also credited with a game-high seven hits.

Juuse Saros blocked 17 shots for his fifth straight victory. He has 15 wins in 24 starts this campaign.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots in the loss, which ended his modest two-game win streak.

ARIZONA 6 ANAHEIM 5 (OT)

The Coyotes snapped a six-game losing skid with an overtime win over the Ducks.

Clayton Keller led the charge with two goals and one assist. He potted the game winner 2:09 into the extra period and finished with seven shots on target.

Hampus Lindholm had two markers, one assist and seven shots on goal as well for Anaheim.

Travis Boyd accounted for three points. He had the primary helpers on goals by Andrew Ladd and Phil Kessel in the third period. Boyd opened the scoring 2:46 into the contest.

Trevor Zegras notched one goal and one helper in the third period to help the Ducks earn a point in the standings.

Kevin Shattenkirk (power play) and Derek Grant found the back of the net for Anaheim in the first period.

Christian Fischer tallied a power-play goal in the second stanza in his return from an upper-body injury.

Nick Schmaltz collected two assists, while Kessel, Barrett Hayton, Shayne Gostisbehere, Ilya Lyubushkin, Anton Stralman, Ryan Getzlaf, Troy Terry, Isac Lundestrom, Jakob Silfverberg, Rickard Rakell, Cam Fowler and Jamie Drysdale had one each.

Scott Wedgewood stopped 32 of 37 shots to end his six-game losing slide.

John Gibson stopped 21 shots in the loss in his return to the lineup from a lower-body injury.