Best of NHL: Golden Knights edge Predators for shootout win

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Best of NHL: Golden Knights edge Predators for shootout win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Malcolm Subban won a matchup of siblings, making 41 saves and then denying all six shootout attempts Friday night to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over star defenseman P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators.

Reilly Smith scored the only goal of a six-round shootout for the Golden Knights. William Karlsson, James Neal and Erik Haula scored in regulation to help Vegas win its third straight game.

Nate Schmidt had two assists, and Haula forced overtime when he scored with 40 seconds left in the third period after the Golden Knights pulled Subban.

Calle Jarnkrok, Viktor Arvidsson and Nick Bonino had the goals for Nashville, which had won three in a row.

It was the first time the Subbans faced each other in an NHL game. According to the NHL, they became the 10th set of brothers to play against one another with one a skater and the other a goaltender (see full recap).

Capitals beat Rangers for 4th straight win
WASHINGTON -- Matt Niskanen scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:22 remaining and the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 4-2 Friday night to continue their climb up the Metropolitan Division standings.

Braden Holtby made 27 saves for the Capitals, who have won four in a row and seven of eight. Jay Beagle scored 14 seconds in, Nicklas Backstrom had a goal in a second consecutive game after a long drought and Tom Wilson added an insurance goal with 1:32 left.

Wilson also assisted on the winner by Niskanen.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in his first game back after a brief illness. Michael Grabner and Jesper Fast scored for New York, which won its previous two games (see full recap).

Panarin posts 5 assists in Blue Jackets’ victory
NEWARK, N.J. -- Artemi Panarin had five primary assists, setting up the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night and a split of their home-and-home series.

Pierre-Luc Dubois, Lukas Sedlak, Scott Harrington, Alexander Wennberg and Zach Werenski scored for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves.

After losing to the Devils 4-1 in Columbus on Tuesday, the Blue Jackets gained a measure of revenge while also snapping a two-game skid.

The five assists for Panarin tied a Blue Jackets record set by Espen Knutsen against Calgary on March 24, 2001.

Brian Boyle, Marcus Johansson and Blake Coleman had the New Jersey goals. Cory Schneider stopped 23 shots (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Maxime Lagace becomes 4th goalie to get a win for Golden Knights

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Best of NHL: Maxime Lagace becomes 4th goalie to get a win for Golden Knights

OTTAWA, Ontario — Maxime Lagace was relieved to pick up his first NHL victory after allowing 11 goals in his first three appearances.

The 24-year-old goalie made 24 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

"It's good to have the first one finally," Lagace said. "The guys played really well so I have them to thank for that win."

The game was all the more special with Lagace's parents and other family members in attendance.

"It's a really special moment and I'm pretty excited," Lagace said.

Expansion Vegas snapped a three game-losing streak to improve to 9-4-0 (see full recap). 

Wilson scores 2 goals as Capitals beat Bruins 
BOSTON — Tom Wilson posted his first two goals of the season, Alex Ovechkin also scored and the Washington Capitals continued their recent success against the Boston Bruins with a 3-2 victory on Saturday night.

The Capitals have won the last 10 meetings against the Bruins, including two in overtime. Braden Holtby made 31 saves while improving to 12-2 against Boston for his career.

David Pastrank scored both goals for the Bruins, who had collected at least a point in their last six games, going 3-0-3. Tuuka Rask stopped 24 shots, falling to 1-10-5 in his career against Washington.

Pastrnak's power-play goal out of a scramble cut Washington's lead to 3-2 with 2:32 to play, but Holtby made a couple of stops in the closing minute after the Bruins pulled Rask for an extra skater (see full recap.) 

Shattenkirk lifts Rangers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. — Kevin Shattenkirk scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to lift the New York Rangers over the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Saturday night.

Rick Nash, Michael Grabner and Nick Holden also scored for the Rangers, who won their third straight. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots.

Colton Sceviour scored two goals for the Panthers. Vincent Trocheck and Keith Yandle also scored, and Roberto Luongo made 39 saves in his first game since he injured a hand against Pittsburgh on Oct. 20.

Florida dropped its fourth consecutive game.

Shattenkirk fired a shot from the right side that beat Luongo 1:08 into overtime (see full recap).

Pietrangelo scores twice as Blues beat Maple Leafs
ST. LOUIS — Alex Pietrangelo scored twice, Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn each had three assists, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Saturday night.

Vladimir Tarasenko, Joel Edmundson, Magnus Paajarvi and Vladimir Sobotoka also scored for the Blues, who improved to 6-1 at home. Jake Allen had 26 saves.

Edmundson and Pietrangelo gave St. Louis a league-best 16 goals from defensemen this season. Pietrangelo's 15 points leads all NHL defensemen.

The Blues have earned points in six of their last seven home games against Toronto (5-1-1). (see full recap.)

Best of NHL: Rangers storm back in 3rd period to drop Golden Knights

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Best of NHL: Rangers storm back in 3rd period to drop Golden Knights

NEW YORK -- Mika Zibanejad got the tiebreaking goal with 5:39 left and the New York Rangers scored four in the third period to rally for a 6-4 win over the expansion Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night.

Jimmy Vesey, Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich and Michael Graber scored for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves. Zibanejad also had assists on the first two goals in the third, helping the Rangers win for the third time in seven games (3-2-2).

Reilly Smith scored twice, Oscar Lindberg got a goal against his former team and David Perron converted a penalty shot for Vegas, which has lost consecutive games after winning five straight. Maxime Lagace, the fourth goalie used by the Golden Knights this season, stopped 32 shots in his first NHL start.

Kreider pulled the Rangers to 4-3 with a power-play goal as he took a pass from Zibanejad and beat Lagace from the left side for his third at 5:31 of the third.

Buchnevich tied it nearly four minutes later, taking a pass from Zibanejad on the left side and putting it into the open net with Lagace out of position after moving forward in the crease. It gave Buchnevich a goal for the third straight game.

Grabner added an empty-netter with 1:14 left to seal it (see full recap).

Hellebuyck, Jets edge Wild to continue roll
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves, and Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor scored for the Winnipeg Jets in a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

Ehlers scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season and Connor added his second for Winnipeg, which is 6-1-1 since an 0-2 start to the season.

Rookie Luke Kunin scored his second goal of the season and goaltender Alex Stalock stopped 17 shots for Minnesota, which had won two in a row and three of its previous four games.

The Wild were 0 for 5 on the power play.

Hellebuyck continued his strong run in net for the Jets, who had made the move to acquire Steve Mason as the starting netminder in the offseason. While Mason has a 4.84 goals-against average and .872 save percentage in his four games, Hellebuyck's numbers rank among the league's best.

He entered the game sixth in the NHL in save percentage (.937). Hellebuyck (6-0-1) is the only goaltender in the NHL who has made at least five starts and is undefeated in regulation (see full recap).

Red Wings ride fast start to win over Coyotes
DETROIT -- Anthony Mantha scored his team-leading fifth goal and Dylan Larkin added a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Knowing the Coyotes (1-11-1) had played the night before in Philadelphia, where they won in overtime for their first victory of the season, the Red Wings applied the pressure early. They fired the first eight shots on goal and scored twice before the game was three minutes old.

Gustav Nyquist intercepted a clearing attempt by Arizona defenseman Alex Goligoski and threaded a shot through traffic that beat goalie Scott Wedgewood at 1:31 of the first period.

Detroit made it 2-0 at 2:37 when Luke Glendening snapped a high wrist shot past Wedgewood on the blocker side.

The Coyotes got on the board 11:36 into the second when Jason Demers took a feed from Clayton Keller and his point shot eluded a partially screened Jimmy Howard.

But the Red Wings didn't allow the Coyotes a chance to start feeling good. Mantha made it 3-1 at 13:03, chipping a pass from Andreas Athanasiou behind Wedgewood (see full recap).