Makar and Johnny Gaudreau enjoy special nights

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Cale Makar scored two goals in Colorado’s 6-3 win over Philadelphia. He leads all blueliners this season with 24 goals and set an Avalanche/Nordiques record for the most goals in a single season by a defenseman. The previous record holder in that category was Sandis Ozolinsh, who scored 23 in 1996-97.

Makar’s fourth multi-goal effort of 2021-22 ties him with Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman for the most among defensemen. Only Nashville’s Roman Josi, who leads all defenders with 79 points in 63 games, has more points from the back end that Makar, who is up to 73 points in 61 contests.

It was also a special night for Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau, who scored the 200th goal of his NHL career in a 4-2 victory versus Arizona. He became the 10th player in Calgary’s history to hit the 200-goal mark and the sixth from the 2011 NHL Draft class to accomplish the feat. Gaudreau joins a list that includes Gabriel Landeskog, Nikita Kucherov, Mika Zibanejad, Mark Scheifele and Brandon Saad.

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WASHINGTON 4 BUFFALO 3 (SO)

The Capitals halted a two-game losing skid, while ending a three-game win streak of the Sabres.

Alex Ovechkin potted his 41st goal of the season and scored the winner in the shootout.

Jeff Skinner scored twice for Buffalo to lift his season total to 26.

Anthony Mantha and Nick Jensen also lit the lamp for Washingto

Victor Olofsson had the other goal for the Sabres.

Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson, Conor Sheary, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Casey Mittelstadt, Tage Thompson, Rasmus Asplund and Mattias Samuelsson contributed one assist each.

Ilya Samsonov stopped 20 of 23 shots for his 19th win of the year

Dustin Tokarski blocked 37 of 40 shots in the losing effort.

PITTSBURGH 1 NY RANGERS 5

The Rangers bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to New Jersey, while extending the winless slide of the Penguins to two games

Chris Kreider generated two goals and one assist. His 44th goal of 2021-22 came shorthanded during the second period.

Alexis Lafreniere and Frank Vatrano scored for New York during the first frame.

Andrew Copp rounded out the scoring at the 17:47 mark of the third period with his first goal as a member of the Rangers.

Jeff Carter, who scored during a third-period power play, had the lone goal for Pittsburgh.

Mika Zibanejad set up three goals in the contest, including both markers by Kreider.

Kasperi Kapanen, Danton Heinen, Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Barclay Goodrow and Filip Chytil contributed one assist apiece.

Igor Shesterkin defended 20 shots for his 31st victory of the campaign.

Tristan Jarry stopped 25 of 30 shots in the loss. He was pulled in the match and came back in after Casey DeSmith was injured. DeSmith made three saves on three shots in 4:19 of playing time.

COLUMBUS 3 WINNIPEG 4 (OT)

The Jets rebounded from Thursday’s loss to Ottawa, while handing the Blues Jackets a second straight defeat.

Nikolaj Ehlers tallied the game winner just 21 seconds into overtime. He reached the 20-goal plateau in his 46th appearance.

Kyle Connor and Dominic Toninato produced one goal and one assist each for Winnipeg. They combined for a shorthanded goal by Connor in the first period, which extended his point streak to 10 games.

Josh Morrissey (power play) had the other goal for Winnipeg.

Adam Boqvist and Oliver Bjorkstrand, who tied the game with just 14 seconds remaining in regulation, found the back of the net for Columbus on power plays.

Brendan Gaunce provided the other goal for the Blue Jackets.

Gustav Nyquist, Emil Bemstrom, Jakub Voracek, Jack Roslovic, Zach Werenski, Zach Sanford, Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Brenden Dillon supplied one assist each.

Eric Comrie shielded 33 of 36 shots for his eighth win of the year. He has won his past five starts.

Elvis Merzlikins made 29 saves on 33 shots in the loss.

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PHILADELPHIA 3 COLORADO 6

The Avalanche bounced back from Wednesday’s loss to Vancouver by putting six on the board against the Flyers

Cale Makar netted two goals in the match. He was also credited five shots and four blocks.

Nazem Kadri had a busy night with one goal, two assists, seven penalty minutes and a game-high seven hits. He posted a Gordie Howe hat trick as part of the performance.

Mikko Rantanen and J.T. Compher registered one goal and one assist for Colorado.

Kurtis MacDermid ended his 19-game scoreless drought with his second goal of the 2021-22 season.

James van Riemsdyk, Zack MacEwen and Max Willman scored for Philadelphia.

Erik Johnson recorded a pair of assists, while Kevin Hayes, Joel Farabee, Cam Atkinson, Travis Sanheim, Cam York, Andrew Cogliano, Nathan MacKinnon, Darren Helm and Josh Manson got on the scoresheet with one each.

Pavel Francouz turned aside 28 shots for his 12th win of the year. He has been victorious in each of his past three starts.

Carter Hart stopped 45 of 51 shots in the defeat.

ARIZONA 2 CALGARY 4

The Flames bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to San Jose, while giving the Coyotes a fourth consecutive loss

Johnny Gaudreau accounted for three points in the second period when Calgary jumped out to a 3-0 lead. He had one goal, which was his 30th of the year, and two assists.

Matthew Tkachuk also reached the 30-goal mark in the contest when he opened the scoring 33 seconds into the second stanza. He also added an assist for a two-point performance.

Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Andersson had the other goals for Calgary, which both came on the power play.

Michael Carcone and Vladislav Kolyachonok both scored their first NHL goals for Arizona.

Nick Schmaltz, Cam Dineen, Nikita Zadorov and Noah Hanifin earned one assist apiece.

Jacob Markstrom stopped 16 shots for his 30th win in 50 starts.

Karel Vejmelka defended 29 of 33 shots in the defeat. He has lost his past three outings.