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NHL summary of December 19, 2022: A double from Bergeron which slows down the Panthers’ comeback

Patrice Bergeron had four points as the Boston Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 7-3 on Monday night.

Trailing 4-0 in the second period, the Panthers scored three in a row, but the Bruins then came back and Bergeron put the finishing touches with two goals to add to his two-assist tally.

They thus deserved their 17th victory of the season at home in 19 games at TD Garden. Goalkeeper Linus Ullmark (18-1-1) has won 18 of his 20 starts so far, with a performance of 36 saves.

Connor Clifton started an unanswerable three-goal push for the Bruins in the first period by taking a return. Brandon Carlo scored his first goal of the campaign to double their lead by shooting from the slot, then Charlie Coyle followed suit.

David Pastrnak kept the momentum going in the second period to make it 4-0 by rattling the ropes on the attack at five after 1:38.

Sam Reinhart finally sounded the alarm clock for the Panthers, while Eric Staal and Carter Verhaeghe jeopardized the Bruins’ precious lead by going 4-3.

David Krejci put an end to this attempt to come back at the end of the second period, then Bergeron completed the scoring with his 11th and 12th goals of the campaign. Brad Marchand had three assists.

Spencer Knight has stopped 19 shots for the Panthers, who have lost four of their last six games.


Ovechkin must wait, Gustafsson scores again

The Washington Capitals erased a deficit on two occasions and Dmitry Orlov played heroes in overtime to give his team a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

It’s the seventh win in their last eight games for the Capitals, as the Red Wings suffer their sixth straight loss.

Alexander Ovechkin failed to hit the target to join Gordie Howe for second all-time in goals, but did pick up an assist.

The Red Wings were the first to sign on to the brand. David Perron opened the scoring midway through the first period when he collected a loose puck in front of the net, before lodging it in the backhand top corner.

Then before the end of the opening period, Oskar Sundqvist took advantage of a power play to get out of the way in net and double Detroit’s lead with his fifth goal of the campaign.

Once the machine started, however, the Capitals only needed 11 seconds to tie the game. With less than five minutes left in the middle period, Nic Dowd completed a superb individual streak to close the gap, before coming back on the charge 11 seconds later with his second goal of the game to tie the game.

He became only the third player in Capitals history to score two goals in 11 seconds or less. The record is held by Stephen Leach, who hit the target twice within 10 seconds in 1990.

The Red Wings found their rhythm quickly in the third period. After only 4:49 of play, Lucas Raymond put the Wings back in the driver’s seat thanks to a nice pass from Andrew Copp outnumbered.

However, Washington had not said its last word. Defender and former Canadiens member Erik Gustafsson scored 70 seconds later to eventually send everyone into overtime. It was his fourth goal in two games.

In overtime, Orlov put the exclamation mark on a great play with 22 seconds left to give the Capitals the win.

It was former Canadiens Charlie Lindgren who recorded the win after a 16-save performance. At the other end of the rink, Ville Husso allowed four goals on 42 shots.


A 1st goal in 8 games for Robertson

Wyatt Johnston scored 55 seconds into the middle frame and the Dallas Stars prevailed 2-1 over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday to stay ahead in the Central Division.

Jason Robertson also scored for the Stars and Jake Oettinger stopped 27 shots in his 100th NHL game. Oettinger saw his shutout hopes dashed when Ken Johnson beat him with a backhand shot with 15 seconds left in the game.

Robertson ended a seven game streak without hitting the target.

The Stars have won seven of their last nine games.

Daniil Tarasov stopped 32 shots but gave up for the third straight game. The Blue Jackets have lost four straight games. They occupy the bottom rank of the Eastern Association.


Rodrigues hero of a defensive match

It took a shootout to finally see a goal between the New York Islanders and the Colorado Avalanche. It was ultimately Evan Rodrigues, thanks to a masterful feint in the shootout, who found the solution to the Ilya Sorkin mystery to give the Avalanche a 1-0 victory.

Before giving in to Rodrigues in the penalty shootout, Sorokin had been perfect in front of the 46 shots directed at him. Rodrigues was the only one to score in the penalty shootout.

In the win, Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev stopped all 26 shots he faced. It was the second shutout of the season for Georgiev and the 10th of his career.

Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen made a career-high 10 shots on goal.

Colorado signs a second victory in a row and a fourth win in its last five games. The Avalanche will be the Canadiens’ next opponent on Wednesday night in Colorado.


Thompson approaches McDavid

Tage Thompson scored for the 26th time this season and the Buffalo Sabers edged the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2.

With this goal, Thompson comes within two goals of Connor McDavid’s 28 goals, at the top of the scorers of the Bettman circuit. Thompson’s goal also allowed him to reach the 50-point plateau, becoming the third player to achieve the feat this season after McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

After building a three-goal lead, the Sabers held off a comeback from the Golden Knights, thanks in part to the brilliance of goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who stopped 41 of 43 shots he faced. He particularly stood out in the third period when he frustrated Jonathan Marchessault on a penalty shot.

The Sabers were the first to score when Jeff Skinner hit the target for the 16th time this season early in the second period.

Then a few minutes later, Thompson added with his 26th goal of the season. He maintained a breakneck pace in December, with 11 goals and 20 points in just eight games.

Lawrence Pilut scored his first goal of the season later in the frame to increase the Sabers lead to three goals.

Then in the third period, Vegas began a comeback when Chandler Stephenson scored 3:54 into the game. Reilly Smith pulled the Goden Knights within a goal of the Sabers with 2:22 left, but the damage was already done.

In the loss, Adin Hill allowed three goals on just 16 shots.

The Sabres, who have posted their fourth straight victory, meet the Lightning on Friday. The Golden Knights will look to get back to winning ways on Wednesday against the Coyotes.


Kyrou gets a hat trick

Jordan Kyrou scored his first career hat trick and added an assist as the St. Louis Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 on Monday.

Robert Thomas, with a power play goal and assist, and Nathan Walker, with his first of the season, also scored for the Blues.

In the win, Vladimir Tarasenko had three assists and Nicky Leddy two.

Jordan Binnington stopped 33 shots for the Blues (16-15-1), which won a fourth straight game.

Ilya Mikheyev scored for the Canucks (13-15-3), who lost a third straight game at Rogers Arena. The Canucks are 5-9-1 at home.

The Canadian club have lost 5-1 at home five times this season. In the loss, Spencer Martin made 22 saves.


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