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NHL: Tomas Tatar leads New Jersey Devils to 9th straight win

Tomas Tatar collected a goal and an assist to allow the New Jersey Devils to defeat the Arizona Coyotes 4 to 2 and thus sign a 9th consecutive victory. Tatar have collected at least one point in each of their last seven games.

Akira Schmid made 16 saves in his first start since Jan. 31 for the Devils (12-3-0), who won nine straight for the first time since 2007. New Jersey’s longest winning streak in the The history of the dealership is 13 (February 26 to March 23, 2001).

Jack Hughes, Jesper Boqvist, with his first of the season, and Dougie Hamilton also found the back of the net for Lindy Ruff’s squad.

Clayton Keller scored to extend his game streak with at least one point to four. Dylan Guenther scored his first goal in the game, his third of the season.

The Coyotes (6-7-1) saw their three-game winning streak end in the fourth of 14 straight games on opposing rinks (tied for the longest streak in NHL history). Karel Vejmelka made 22 saves in the Coyotes net.


Bergeron sounds the charge for the Bruins

Patrice Bergeron scored two goals that Brad Marchand aided in and the duo led the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabers on Saturday.

In the win, Jakub Zboril scored his first NHL goal and Keith Kinkaid made 30 saves in his first start for the Bruins. The Boston team has won 10 of its last 11 games.

Bergeron drove the final nail in the coffin by scoring with 1:49 left in the third period. It was his seventh goal of the campaign.

Tage Thompson scored his 11th goal, but the Sabers still fell for a fifth straight game. Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots.

Thompson gave the Sabers the lead by scoring a shorthanded goal in the first period. He thus extended his series of points to four games.


Opportunists, the Preds have the upper hand

Despite being outshot 35-18, the Nashville Predators capitalized on their opportunism to claim a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.

The Rangers take a fourth loss in their last five games, while the Preds sign a second win in a row.

Young Juuso Parssinen opened the scoring with the first goal of his NHL career early in the first period, 4:58 into the game. Parssinen had a great individual streak, which led to a perfect shot in the top of the net .

Then midway through the second period, Mark Jankowski found the back of the net for the second time this campaign to double Nashville’s lead.

Filip Chytil scored a few minutes later but Rangers were unable to complete the comeback.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 16 of 18 pucks in the Predatoes’ loss. His vis-à-vis Juuse Saros excelled in front of his net with 34 saves.


Nelson and Parise combine their efforts

Brock Nelson hit the target twice, Zach Parise played heroes in overtime and the New York Islanders escaped with a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Jackets played their first game without the presence of defenseman Zach Werenski, who will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Columbus has suffered a sixth loss in its last seven games.

The Jackets were the first to strike in the second period to open the scoring. After 3:09 of play in the middle period, young forward Cole Sillinger took advantage of the power play to score his first goal of the season.

Midway through the period, Nelson scored the first of two goals to tie the game. Emil Bemstrom provided the reply moments later to restore the lead to the Blue Jackets. Nelson scored his second goal of the period with 45 seconds left in the second period to make it 2-2.

Then in the third period, after watching Marcus Bjork score his first NHL goal in his first game, the Islanders tied the game again. This time, Scott Mayfield’s goal forced extra time.

It was finally Parise who played the heroes in overtime with a wrist shot that allowed him to register his fifth goal of the campaign.

Ilya Sorokin saved 26 pucks in the win, while opposite Joonas Korpisalo had a busy night with 42 saves.

The Islanders have won three of their last four games.

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