NHL roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on January 26

By The Sports Xchange
The New York Islanders continued surging into the All-Star Break with a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Barclays Center. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
The New York Islanders continued surging into the All-Star Break with a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Barclays Center. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

New York Islanders 3, Montreal Canadiens 1

NEW YORK -- Andrew Ladd scored a pair of goals Thursday night, including the go-ahead tally less than eight minutes into the third period, as the New York Islanders continued surging into the All-Star Break with a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Barclays Center.


Josh Bailey also scored and Thomas Greiss made 21 saves for the Islanders, who have won five of six (5-0-1) to climb out of last place in the Eastern Conference and into the wild-card race.

Shea Weber scored in the second period for the Canadiens, who were trying to extend their points streak to four games. Carey Price recorded 39 saves.

Edmonton Oilers 4, San Jose Sharks 1


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Edmonton shrugged off fatigue and playing on the road to grind out a victory over San Jose to move into a virtual first-place tie with the Sharks.

The Oilers, 7-0-1 in their last eight games after road wins on consecutive nights over Anaheim and San Jose, snapped the Sharks' season-high six-game winning streak. San Jose and Edmonton enter the break with a division-leading 64 points apiece with the Sharks playing one fewer game.

Rookie Drake Caggiula scored at 11:31 of the third period to break open a one-goal game. The Oilers' Connor McDavid added an empty-net goal -- his 17th -- at 18:08.

Los Angeles Kings 3, Carolina Hurricanes 0

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Marian Gaborik and Trevor Lewis scored 38 seconds apart late in the third period, and Peter Budaj recorded his fifth shutout of the season as Los Angeles defeated Carolina.

Budaj recorded his 16th career shutout. He stopped 22 shots to move into a tie for second in the league with his fifth shutout of the season.

Kyle Clifford's empty-net goal capped the scoring while Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward made 26 saves.


Washington Capitals 5, New Jersey Devils 2

NEWARK, N.J. -- Washington continued its torrid pace with a victory over New Jersey at the Prudential Center.

The league-leading Capitals received a pair of goals from Evgeni Kuznetsov, including an empty-netter, a goal and an assist apiece from Alex Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky, a goal from Lars Eller and 27 saves from Braden Holtby.

Stefan Noesen and Adam Henrique scored for the Devils.

Philadelphia Flyers 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Roman Lyubimov snapped a 13-game goalless streak, as well as a third-period tie, scoring with 2:37 remaining in regulation to give Philadelphia a win over Toronto at the Wells Fargo Center.

Wayne Simmonds also scored for the Flyers, and Michal Neuvirth, starting in place of Steve Mason on the second end of back-to-back games, stopped 27 shots to improve to 6-4-0.

William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs.

Boston Bruins 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 3

BOSTON -- Brad Marchand scored two goals in the second period as Boston came from behind for a victory over Pittsburgh.


Patrice Bergeron and Riley Nash also scored for the Bruins.

Justin Schultz, Phil Kessel and Patric Hornqvist scored for the Penguins.

Florida Panthers 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (OT)

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jonathan Marchessault scored a power-play overtime goal and James Reimer produced 31 saves to lead Florida past Tampa Bay at the BB&T Center.

The Panthers, who broke a four-game losing streak, also received a shorthanded goal by Jussi Jokinen. It was just his second shorthanded goal in five seasons.

Nikita Kucherov scored his 19th goal of the season and his seventh on a power play for the Lightning.

Calgary Flames 3, Ottawa Senators 2 (OT)

OTTAWA -- Johnny Gaudreau scored at 4:29 of overtime to snap Calgary's losing streak at four games with a victory over Ottawa at Canadian Tire Centre.

Michael Ferland and Sean Monahan scored for the Flames in regulation.

Chris Wideman and Tommy Wingels scored for the Senators in regulation.

Winnipeg Jets 5, Chicago Blackhawks 3


CHICAGO -- Andrew Copp and Bryan Little scored 32 seconds apart late in the third period and Winnipeg rallied to record its fourth win of the season over Chicago.

Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Shawn Matthias also scored for the Jets and Connor Hellebuyck had 37.

Duncan Keith, Nick Schmaltz and Tanner Kero scored for the Blackhawks.

Nashville Predators 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Craig Smith scored two goals as Nashville topped Columbus at Bridgestone Arena.

Calle Jarnkrok and Harry Zolnierczyk also scored for the Predators.

Zach Werenski, Matt Murray and Brandon Saad scored for the Blue Jackets.

Dallas Stars 4, Buffalo Sabres 3

DALLAS -- Patrick Sharp had two goals and Kari Lehtonen stopped 21 shots in relief of Antti Niemi for Dallas in a victory over Buffalo at American Airlines Center.

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin also scored for the Stars, who snapped a three-game winless streak.

Evander Kane had two goals and an assist and Matt Moulson scored a goal for the Sabres, who saw their three-game winning streak. Anders Nilsson made 33 saves.


Arizona Coyotes 3, Vancouver Canucks 0

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Lawson Crouse, Alex Burmistrov and Tobias Rieder scored and Mike Smith made 19 saves for his first shutout this season as Arizona topped Vancouver for its first three-game winning streak of the season.

The shutout was the 31st of Smith's career and his 20th as a Coyote -- one shy of the franchise record held by Nikolai Khabibulin and Ilya Bryzgalov -- allowing Smith to head to the NHL All-Star Game in style as the team's lone representative.

Minnesota Wild 5, St. Louis Blues 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Nino Niederreiter had a goal and two assists, and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves as Minnesota entered the All-Star break with the most points in the Western Conference thanks to a win against St. Louis.

Mikael Granlund added a goal and an assist as the Wild had goals from five different players. Erik Haula, Tyler Graovac and Mikko Koivu also scored for the Wild, who have won 21 of their past 26 games.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 21st goal of the season for St. Louis, but the Blues have lost four of their past five games.


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