Sidney Crosby hits 1,400 career point mark

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There was a couple of big college signings Sunday as Bobby Brink, the Philadelphia Flyers second round pick and 34th overall in 2019, decided to sign an entry-level contract after his University of Denver squad won the Frozen Four tournament this week and the NCAA championship. Brink led the nation in scoring with 57 points in 41 games and was one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best player in college hockey.

As well, Matthew Beniers signed a three-year/entry-level contract with the Seattle Kraken. Beniers was the second player selected in 2022 and had 20 goals and 43 points in 43 games with Michigan as well as seeing action at the abbreviated World Junior tournament and the Winter Olympics as he lined up for the American side.

In addition, Owen Power, the number one pick in 2021 will make his NHL debut with Buffalo on Tuesday. The defenseman is going to be a great one and with former 2018 number one pick Rasmus Dahlin, the Sabres are going to be tough to beat in their own end, never mind how good they are offensively.

There were seven games in the NHL Sunday.

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WASHINGTON 4 BOSTON 2

Lars Eller scored the winner to break a 2-2 tie in the third period as Washington defeated the Boston Bruins 4-2.

It was Eller’s 10th goal of the season as he turned near the boards and fired the puck towards the net. It bounced off the stick of Boston’s Erik Haula and went up and over Linus Ullmark into the Bruins cage.

John Carlson opened the scoring in the second as he fired a shot from the top of the circle past Ullmark who had trouble with his stick getting caught up with Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Curtis Lazar evened the count at 1 as he shoveled in a Nick Foligno pass after Foligno deked Vitek Vanecek out of the crease. It was Lazar’s eighth of the season.

Haula then gave Boston the lead as he blasted a shot off the goal post and past Vanecek.

But the Capitals tied it up when Tom Wilson banged in the rebound off an Eller shot, beating Ullmark between the legs.

Eller scored the winner and Alex Ovechkin clinched it with yet another empty net goal, his 45th marker of the season.

Vanecek stopped 28-of-30 shots for the win as he improved to 18-11-5 with a 2.58 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

Ullmark saw his record fall to 23-10-2 as he stopped 29 shots in 32 attempts. Ullmark has a 2.58 GAA and a .911 save percentage.

Ovechkin led the way with six shots on net and seven hits.

Mark Grzelcyk suffered an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return.

PITTSBURGH 3 NASHVILLE 2 (Overtime)

Sidney Crosby scored twice and added an assist as he led the Penguins to a 3-2 overtime win over Nashville.

It was a momentous game for Crosby who became the 22nd player in NHL history to get 1,400 points with his game-winning overtime goal. The Pittsburgh captain has 28 goals and 75 points in just 61 games.

Crosby opened the scoring in the first period but Matt Duchene with his career-best 38th of the season, tied things up for Nashville with 1:11 left in the first.

After a scoreless second, Nick Cousins gave Nashville the lead after he intercepted a pass from Mike Matheson who ripped a shot from the slot that beat David Rittich.

Jason Zucker evened the score at 2 when he scored his seventh of the season. It was his second game back after a lower-body injury and only his fourth game since Dec. 19. He has 15 points in 34 games this season.

Casey DeSmith was in the Pittsburgh net Sunday and picked up the win, stopping 33 shots. He is 8-4-4 with a 2.89 GAA and a .907 save percentage.

David Rittich got a rare start as the Predators were playing the second game of in back-to-back nights. Rittich made 27 saves and saw his record go to 5-3-2 with a 3.21 GAA and a .891 save percentage.

Tanner Jeannot and Matheson each picked up five minutes for fighting.

Jeremy Lauzon had seven hits for Nashville.

Mark Borowiecki took a stick to his face and did not play in the third period. There was no update after the contest.

TAMPA BAY 5 BUFFALO 0

Brian Elliott stopped all 28 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a four-game losing streak and moved back into third place in the Atlantic with a 5-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Elliott improved his record to 8-3-3 with a 2.31 GAA and a .918 save percentage as he has proven to be a capable backup of late to Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The Lightning struck for two goals only 17 seconds apart in the opening period as Corey Perry with his 17th and Ondrej Palat with his 16th gave Tampa Bay a lead they would never relinquish.

Brandon Hagel with his 24th and Nikita Kucherov with his 15th, scored in the second while Ross Colton’s eighth goal of the season was the only marker in the third.

Palat was the only Lightning player to pick up two points while Alex Killorn was the only Tampa Bay player not to be at least a plus-one.

There was not a lot to talk about as far as the Sabres were concerned with Mattias Samuelsson a minus-four.

Craig Anderson made 23 saves as he lost his second straight game. Anderson is 14-11-2 with a 3.13 GAA and a .899 save percentage. He has given up nine goals on 59 shots in the last two games.

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MINNESOTA 6 LOS ANGELES 3

Minnesota spotted the Los Angeles Kings a 3-0 lead and then roared back with six unanswered goals to easily win 6-3.

The Kings are in serious danger of missing the playoffs as they are only two points up on the Vegas Golden Knights for third place in the Pacific with Vegas holding a game in hand.

The Kings scored in a variety of ways in the first period as Rasmus Kupari scored shorthanded while Carl Grundstrom scored even strength and Adrian Kempe picked up his 32nd of the season with a power play goal.

But Kirill Kaprizov got the Wild going with less than four minutes remaining in the first period on the power play with his 42nd of the season and Matthew Boldy then scored 50 seconds later to cut the Kings lead to one by the end of the opening frame.

Jared Spurgeon with an unassisted goal, tied it at 3 and Mats Zuccarello gave the Wild their first lead of the game just before the halfway mark of the second.

Marcus Foligno also scored in the second while Nick Bjugstad scored the lone goal of the third.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for the win. He is 23-22-4 overall and 4-1 with the Wild. Fleury has a 2.89 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

Cal Petersen was between the pipes for Los Angeles and took the loss. He made 27 saves while giving up all six goals and is 20-13-1 with a 2.79 GAA and a .899 save percentage.

Jacob Middleton had a pair of assists for Minnesota.

Brendan Lemieux and Brandon Duhaime each got five for fighting in the third period while Lemieux later added a minor for tripping.

Viktor Arvidsson had six shots on net.

CAROLINA 5 ANAHEIM 2

Jordan Staal had the hat trick as the Carolina Hurricanes rolled over the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 Sunday.

Staal’s effort gave him 13 goals this season. It had been 4,898 days since Staal’s last hat trick on Nov. 11, 2008, the longest drought between two hat tricks in NHL history.

Andrei Svechnikov with his 28th and Jordan Martinook with his fourth, also scored for Carolina.

Josh Mahura with his second and Troy Terry with his 32nd, replied for Anaheim.

Frederik Andersen got the start in place of Antti Raanta who was not 100 percent, and he stopped 23 shots for the win. He is 34-13-3 with a 2.07 GAA and a .925 save percentage as he halted a personal three game losing streak.

John Gibson was in net for the Ducks and he turned aside 38-of-42 shots. The Anaheim netminder is 17-24-10 with a 3.17 GAA and a .904 save percentage.

Jaccob Slavin and Staal each had six shots on goal.

Nino Niederreiter had two assists.

DALLAS 6 CHICAGO 4

Jason Robertson scored twice, including his 34th goal of the season to give Dallas a much needed 6-4 win over Chicago and giving them a two-point lead in the second wild card over Vegas with the Stars still holding a game in hand.

It was also a big game for Roope Hintz who had a goal and two assists giving him 31 goals and 61 points this season. Hintz had only one assist in his first 10 games but has 60 points in his last 60 games.

Jamie Benn, Joe Pavelski and Tyler Seguin all had a goal and an assist for Dallas.

Jake Oettinger picked up the start and stopped 36-of-40 shots for the win. Oettinger is 26-13-1 with a 2.59 GAA and a .914 save percentage.

Philipp Kurashev, Jonathan Toews, Boris Katchouk and Kirby Dach with his ninth, replied for Chicago.

Kevin Lankinen gave up five goals on 20 shots and was pulled after two periods. Collin Delia came on in relief and stopped nine of 10 shots. Lankinen is 4-12-6 with a 3.66 GAA and a .886 save percentage after Sunday’s poor showing.

Patrick Kane, Miro Heiskanen and Ryan Suter all had two assists.

Riley Stillman had five blocked shots.

Hintz had six shots on goal.

Jani Hakanpaa had seven hits.

WINNIPEG 4 OTTAWA 3

Nikolaj Ehlers scored once and added a pair of assists as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3.

Ehlers has 25 goals and 48 points this season in 53 games as he has been one of the Jets top scorers when healthy.

The Jets were also led by Paul Stastny, Kyle Connor and Pierre-Luc Dubois who all had a goal and an assist.

It was the first points in four games for Connor who has 42 goals and 84 points this season, both career highs.

Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves and is 26-25-10 with a 2.94 GAA and a .911 save percentage.

Brady Tkachuk had his hand in all three Ottawa markers with two goals as well as an assist on Josh Norris’ 32nd goal of the season.

Mads Sogaard managed to stop only 21-of-25 shots in taking his first NHL loss. He is 1-1-0 with a 3.04 GAA and a .889 save percentage.

Tkachuk had eight shots on goal while Tim Stutzle had seven.

Ehlers had seven shots on net for Winnipeg.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Jordan Staal – 3

Sidney Crosby – 2

Jason Robertson – 2

Brady Tkachuk - 2

Assists

Jacob Middleton – 2

Nino Niederreiter – 2

Jesper Fast – 2

Roope Hintz – 2

Miro Heiskanen – 2

Ryan Suter – 2

Patrick Kane – 2

Nikolaj Ehlers - 2

Shots on Goal

Brady Tkachuk – 8

Tim Stutzle – 7

Nikolaj Ehlers – 7

Alex Ovechkin – 6

Roope Hintz - 6

Viktor Arvidsson – 6

Jordan Staal – 6

Jaccob Slavin - 6

Hits

Alex Ovechkin – 7

Jani Hakanpaa - 7

Jeremy Lauzon - 7

Penalty Minutes

Brendan Lemieux – 7

Brandon Duhaime – 5

Mike Matheson – 5

Tanner Jeannot - 5