NHL Roundup: First win for New Coach, another landmark for Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin

Chris Kreider will replace Artemi Panarin as the New York Rangers representative in the NHL All Star weekend at Enterprise Centre in St. Louis this week. Panarin, has an upper body injury that caused him to miss a game for the first time this season, Rangers recent 4-2 loss against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Joel Quenneville won his first game at United Centre as Florida Panthers Coach with a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. Frank Vatrano scored a hat trick and Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves on the night for the Panthers who extended their season high winning streak to six games.

Justin Williams scored two goals in just his second game of the season as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 at PCN Arena on Tuesday. Williams, who recently signed a one-year contract after announcing back in September that he was taking some time away from the NHL. The 38-year-old forward grabbed a powerplay goal in the second- giving Canes their first power play goal in nine games and scored his second of the night in the third period.

Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin passed Mario Lemieux and tied with Steve Yzerman on the NHL goals list on Saturday, after hitting a hat trick in the Capitals 6-4 win over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. Ovechkin, has now hit 692 goals to tie with Yzerman for ninth place. With another eight more goals the Russian will become the eighth player in NHL history to reach 700.

It was a profitable night for Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews who picked up four points with 2+2 in the Blackhawks’ 6-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday. In the same game, the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane picked up his 999th NHL point with an assist on Brandon Saad’s goal.

The Montreal Canadiens handed Peter DeBoer his first loss as Coach of the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 in a shootout at Bell Centre on Saturday. Reilly Smith tied the game for Vegas with only eight seconds remaining of regulation time. Nick Cousins bagged a brace for Montreal, who have now won four of their past five games.

Elvis Merzlikins made an NHL career high 41 saves for his third shutout in the past four games for the Columbus Blue Jackets who defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-0 at Nationwide Arena on Saturday. Cam Atkinson had two goals and an assist for the Blue Jackets who have now won four straight games, and are 14-2-4 in their last 20 games.

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