NEWARK, NJ (AP) — Jack Hughes had his first NHL hat-trick of his career, Vitek Vanececk made 38 saves against his former team and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Washington Capitals 5-1 on Saturday for Coach’s 800th win Lindy Ruff.
Ruff was the fifth NHL coach to reach that mark. The former Buffalo player won 571 games with the Sabers from 1997 to 2011. He had 165 wins in five seasons with Dallas and 64 in more than two seasons with New Jersey.
The Devils, at the top of the Atlantic Division, have won back-to-back victories after Toronto broke their franchise-record streak of 13 wins.
Devils captain Nico Hischier and Fabian Zetterlund also scored.
John Carlson scored for Washington and Charlie Lindgren made 24 saves.
OILER 4, RANGER 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Leon Draisaitl scored on a power play with 2:02 left and Edmonton had four goals in the third period to break a three-goal deficit and beat New York.
Jack Campbell made 20 saves, defenseman Evan Bouchard scored twice, and Dylan Holloway scored his first NHL goal in the comeback.
After Rangers forward Alexis Lafreniere threw a crude penalty with 2:26 left, Draisaitl completed the breakout with his 12th goal of the season.
Lafreniere, Chris Krieder and Julien Gauther gave New York a 3-0 lead.
ISLANDERS 5, FLYERS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier scored 22 seconds apart early in the third period, Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves and New York beat Philadelphia for their fourth straight win.
The teams will complete the home-and-home set Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
Zach Parise scored twice for the Islanders and Adam Pelech also scored to help New York improve to 8-3-0 at home.
Lukas Sedlak and Joel Farabee scored for Philadelphia. The injury-depleted Flyers are 0-7-3 in their last 10 competitions and haven’t won since Nov. 8.
MAPLE LEAVES 4, PENGUINS 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Marner extended his scoring streak to 16 games with one goal and one assist, and Toronto beat Pittsburgh.
Auston Matthews became the seventh player in team history with 200 tied goals, and William Nylander and Pontus Holmberg also scored for the Maple Leafs. They have eight points in a row and 14 of the last 16.
Erik Kallgren made 25 saves. Toronto have won three straight games and nine of their last 13 overall. The Maple Leafs are 5-0 up in November.
Rickard Rakell scored for Pittsburgh. The penguins had won five times in a row.
BLUES 5, PANTHERS 4, OT
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Kyrou scored his second goal of the game at 1:08 a.m. in overtime to put St. Louis past Florida.
St. Louis overcame a three-goal deficit in the third period to equalize with 3:49 from Vladimir Tarasenko’s goal. Brandon Saad and Ryan O’Reilly also scored and Thomas Greiss made 33 saves.
Aaron Ekblad, Radko Gudas and Carter Verhaeghe scored in the first period for Florida and Anton Lundell made it 4-1 in the second period.
HURRICANES 3, FLAMES 2
RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Brett Pesce broke a third-period tie with his first goal of the season, and Carolina defeated Calgary to end a five-game winning streak.
Seth Jarvis and Martin Necas also scored for Carolina. Antti Raanta made 19 saves in five games on his first action. He had been dealing with an injury earlier in the week and was scratched from a scheduled start on Wednesday night.
Adam Ruzicka and Tyler Toffoli scored Calgary. The Flames went 2-3-1 on a six-game journey.
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