Duclair, Senators beat Red Wings 4-3
DETROIT — Anthony Duclair and his teammates wanted to make sure D.J. Smith got a win in his first game as a head coach in the area where he grew up.
Duclair had two goals and an assist, and the Ottawa Senators held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 Tuesday night.
Smith grew up in Windsor, Ontario, which is across the Detroit River from Detroit. He regularly attended Red Wings games at their former home, Joe Louis Arena.
“We knew it was huge for his first game as a head coach in his hometown so the boys really wanted to give him two points in front of his family,” Duclair said.
Smith lauded Duclair.
“The Duke (Duclair) is a dangerous player and he took advantage of that tonight,” Smith said. “He’s been good all year for us.”
John Gabriel Pageau and Brady Tkachuk also scored for Ottawa. Anders Nilsson made 35 saves, including 15 in the third period when the Senators were outshot 16-3.
“This is the most opportunity I’ve had in the NHL,” said Duclair, who has nine goals and 13 points in 21 games. “And I have to thank D.J. and the coaching staff for giving me this chance.”
The Senators are the 24-year-old Duclairís fifth team.
Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist, and Robby Fabbri and Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit, which ended a five-game point streak (3-0-2). Defenseman Filip Hronek had two assists and Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots.
Mantha scored with 2:46 left and Bernier pulled for the extra attacker to make it 4-3. It was his 12th goal.
The Senators scored three goals in a 5:22 span in the second period to take a 4-2 lead.
Duclair got his second goal of the game and ninth of the season five minutes into the middle period to tie it at 2. Pageau scored on a breakaway 57 seconds later for his 12th goal, and Tkachuk scored off a feed from Duclair at 10:22 to make it 4-2.
“We were terrible in the second period. We came out and played fairly good in the first; it was a weird period,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We played obviously real good in the third, but it was too late. You canít come out and have that period in the second.”
Duclair gave the Senators a 1-0 lead 3:08 into the game with his first goal of the night.
Fabbri tied it at 9:57 of the first when his shot from the right circle trickled through Nilsson and was accidentally kicked in by Ottawaís Logan Brown. It was Fabbriís fourth goal. Filppulaís short-handed goal with 1:28 remaining in the opening period gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead. It was his third.
Hronek appeared to tie it 34 seconds after Duclairís first goal, but the Senators challenged the play was offside. Replays showed that Tyler Bertuzzi was offside along the right boards.
The Senators visit Montreal on Wednesday night. The Red Wings visit Columbus on Thursday night.
NOTES: Ottawa RW Max Veronneau made his season debut after being recalled from AHL Belleville on Monday. … Hronek returned after missing two games with a leg injury. … Red Wings D Mike Green left the game with an upper-body injury. … Detroit F Darren Helm left after the second period with a lower-body injury. … Hockey Hall of Fame member and former Red Wings and Senators goaltender Dominik Hasek was at the game. He won two Stanley Cups with Detroit. He was saluted on the jumbotron during a play stoppage in the first period.
Islanders 5, Penguins 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brock Nelsonís second goal of the game 2:55 into overtime capped a frantic comeback to lift the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 Tuesday night to extend their points streak to 15 games.
The Islanders trailed by two late in the third period before goals by Josh Bailey and Ryan Pulock in the final 4:29 of regulation forced overtime. Nelson won it when he fired a shot at Matt Murray that trickled to the goaltenderís right. Nelson tapped the rebound into the open net for his sixth goal of the season.
Anthony Beauvillier added his seventh for the Islanders, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots as New York improved to 14-0-1 in its last 15 games.
Brandon Tanev scored twice for Pittsburgh. Jake Guentzel had a goal and an assist and Bryan Rust also scored for the Penguins. Murray finished with 37 saves.
Bruins 5, Devils 1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — David Pastrnak and Matt Grzelcyk scored two goals apiece, and Brad Marchand added three assists to lead Boston over New Jersey.
Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and New Jersey native Connor Clifton added a goal as the Bruins beat the Devils for the eighth time in nine meetings.
Blake Coleman scored for New Jersey, which was looking for its first three-game winning streak since December 2018. Mackenzie Blackwood made 23 saves in starting for the 12th time in 14 games.
Blue Jackets 5, Canadiens 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Pierre-Luc Dubois had two goals and an assist, rookie Emil Bemstrom added a goal and an assist, and Columbus beat Montreal.
Joonas Korpisalo stopped 30 shots for his eighth win as Columbus improved to 8-8-4. Eric Robinson and Boone Jenner also scored for the Blue Jackets.
Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia had the goals for the Canadiens. Carey Price stopped 21 shots in his first loss since Nov. 2 as Montreal fell to 11-6-4.
Wild 4, Sabres 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Zach Parise scored twice, Alex Stalock made 30 saves and Minnesota beat Buffalo.
Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist, and Jonas Brodin also scored for the Wild, who improved to 4-2-1 in their last seven.
Brandon Montour scored for the Sabres and Linus Ullmark stopped 22 shots. Buffalo is on a 1-6-2 skid and battling injuries at the forward position following 9-2-1 start.
Panthers 5, Flyers 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov and Brett Connolly each had a goal and an assist to lift Florida over Philadelphia.
Jonathan Huberdeau, Colton Sceviour and Mike Hoffman also scored and Evgenii Dadonov had two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 35 shots. The Panthers are 6-2-1 in their past nine games.
Morgan Frost scored a goal in his first NHL game and Travis Sanheim also scored for the Flyers, who have lost four straight. Carter Hart allowed four goals on 18 shots before being pulled midway through the second period. Brian Elliott stopped seven shots.