Best of NHL: Red Wings dominate Jets to snap 7-game skid

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Best of NHL: Red Wings dominate Jets to snap 7-game skid

DETROIT -- Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist scored in a dominant first period for Detroit, and the Red Wings snapped a seven-game slide with a 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Fresh off a 10-1 loss at Montreal on Saturday, the Red Wings outshot Winnipeg 16-3 in the opening period and took a 2-0 lead. They put the game away with three more goals in the third.

Winnipeg, which entered tied for the NHL lead in points, managed only a second-period goal by Patrik Laine on a two-man advantage. The Red Wings answered in the third with goals by Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm and David Booth.

Abdelkader opened the scoring, and Detroit had a two-man advantage for 1:55 later in the first. The Jets killed off both penalties, but seconds after the second one expired, Nyquist lifted a rebound past goalie Connor Hellebuyck to make it 2-0.

Laine's slap shot from the left circle beat goalie Jimmy Howard for his 14th of the season, and Detroit failed to take advantage of another two-man advantage later in the second.

With 15:05 left in the third, Ericsson took a shot that went into the net, with Hellebuyck ending up underneath both Nyquist and Winnipeg defenseman Josh Morrissey. After a long review, officials said Morrissey created the contact and there was no goalie interference (see full recap).

Schneider stops 41 shots in Devils’ win
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Stefan Noesen, Taylor Hall and Jesper Bratt each had a goal and an assist, and Cory Schneider stopped 41 shots to lift the New Jersey Devils over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Travis Zajac also scored and rookie Nico Hischier had two assists for the Devils, one of several teams tussling with Columbus for first place in the rugged Metropolitan Division with a third of the season in the books. Schneider was outstanding in earning his 100th win with New Jersey during his fifth season with the franchise.

Nick Foligno scored and Sergei Bobrovsky had 32 saves for the Blue Jackets, who lost their second straight and continued to squander opportunities with the man advantage. They continue to have the NHL's worst power play, failing to find the back of the net on a half dozen opportunities Tuesday.

The Devils (16-7-4) struck first when Zajac picked up a loose puck in front of the Blue Jackets net and poked it past Bobrovsky 4:24 into the first period.

Foligno tied it later in the first period, just seconds after a Blue Jackets power play expired. He had his back to the net but deflected a shot from Oliver Bjorkstrand to beat Schneider. The Devils goalie held Columbus at bay from there (see full recap).

Gourde, Lightning surge to win over Islanders
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yanni Gourde scored two of Tampa Bay's three goals late in the second period and the Lightning beat the New York Islanders 6-2 on Tuesday night.

After the Islanders dominated the first 16 minutes of the second, Gourde had a power-play rebound goal at 16:22 and then gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead 1:34 later on another rebound effort. The Lightning's top-ranked power play extended the advantage to three when Vladislav Namestnikov scored 50 seconds after Gourde's second of the game.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Brayden Point, Andrej Sustr and Chris Kunitz, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves. The Atlantic Division leaders are 11-2-1 at home.

Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle scored for the Islanders, who had won eight of 10. Thomas Griess stopped 28 shots.

Point opened the scoring 34 seconds into the game from low in the left circle and Sustr made it 2-0 from the blue line late in the first.

Both of Sustr's goals this season have come in the past three games, and the defenseman has 10 in 288 career NHL games (see full recap).

Flyers draft Marcus Westfalt with 205th overall pick in 2018 NHL draft

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Flyers draft Marcus Westfalt with 205th overall pick in 2018 NHL draft

The Flyers brought a close to their 2018 NHL draft class by taking Marcus Westfalt in the seventh round Saturday with the 205th overall pick.

The 18-year-old became the third Swedish player drafted by the Flyers. In 2017-18, Westfalt was a teammate of Samuel Ersson, a goalie the Flyers drafted two rounds prior (see story).

Westfalt scored at more than a point-per-game clip playing Swedish junior hockey for Brynäs IF J20. He recorded 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 26 regular-season games while posting a plus-19 rating. Westfalt also played 39 SHL games, eight of which came in the postseason, for Brynäs, the former club of Flyers winger Oskar Lindblom. Westfalt had four points (one goal, three assists) over that stretch.

Like Westfalt, Lindblom was also a late-round pick, going in the fifth during the 2015 draft. He then turned himself into one of the organization's prized forward prospects before playing 23 games for the Flyers in 2017-18, to go along with four playoff contests.

Westfalt, at 6-foot-3 and 203 pounds, has similar size to Lindblom, who is 6-foot-1, 191 pounds.

The Flyers entered the draft with nine picks. They ended up making eight of those picks, trading the 190th selection to the Canadiens for a 2019 seventh-round pick.

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Flyers draft Gavin Hain with 174th overall pick in 2018 NHL draft

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Flyers draft Gavin Hain with 174th overall pick in 2018 NHL draft

After drafting three defensemen and a goalie on Day 2 of the 2018 NHL draft, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall went back to forward in the sixth round.

The Flyers on Saturday selected center Gavin Hain of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program with the 174th overall pick at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Hain is committed to play college hockey for the University of North Dakota and is the fourth player the Flyers drafted this year that's headed to the NCAA.

The 5-foot-11, 193-pound centerman scored 15 goals and 35 points in 61 games with the Team USA U-18 team. He had 18 points in 25 games for the USNTDP junior team in the USHL.

He's characterized as a two-way center with bottom-six potential. He was teammates with the Flyers' first pick of the draft, Joel Farabee (14th overall).

With Farabee and Hain, the Flyers have drafted two players from the USNTDP. Before Farabee, James van Riemsdyk was the last player they drafted from the program.

On Friday night, Farabee gave a ringing endorsement for the USNDTP.

"The NDTP has been everything really as I look back," Farabee said. "I'd do it again in a heartbeat. To be able to play with such elite players on a day-to-day basis and the coaching staff; they're there every day giving a 100 percent just like you are.

"If you're a U.S.-born player, it's the place to go. They really develop you into the player you need to become. They don't look at you and BS you in what you need to do."

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