The Tampa Bay Lightning scored four goals in the second period to overwhelm the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Wednesday and reclaim a share of the lead in the NHL Eastern Conference.
The Lightning moved level with the Montreal Canadiens, who were denied by the Ottawa Senators’ first-game goaltender.
The Lightning and the Canadiens are four points ahead of division rivals the Detroit Red Wings, who won in a shootout in Chicago.
Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored his 31st goal of the season, while Anton Stralman, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov also netted for the Lightning.
Patrick Maroon scored the goal for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks, who have conceded at least four goals in four of their past five games. Regular goalie Frederik Andersen has missed the past four due to injury.
Detroit’s Tomas Tatar scored in regulation and in the shootout, leading the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Gustav Nyquist also scored in the tiebreaker for Detroit, who went into the game with a record of only two wins from 10 shootouts this season.
Darren Helm had a goal and an assist in regulation for the Red Wings.
Jonathan Toews gave Chicago the lead with a goal in the first round of the shootout, but Patrick Kane’s backhander went off the crossbar and Patrick Sharp was stopped by Howard on the final attempt.
Brandon Saad and Kris Versteeg scored in regulation for Chicago.
Ottawa goalie Andrew Hammond made an NHL debut to remember as he pulled off 42 saves to help the Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2.
With regular starter Robin Lehner and backup Craig Anderson both injured, Hammond was called up and stopped the first 26 shots he faced.
Milan Michalek, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Mark Stone and Kyle Turris scored for the Ottawa Senators.
Max Pacioretty and Nathan Beaulieu had goals for the Canadiens.
Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu scored 1 minute, 50 seconds into overtime to give the Wild a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.
The Los Angeles Kings extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche, with Jeff Carter scoring twice.
Edmonton defenseman Martin Marincin scored the lone shootout goal in the 12th round of the tiebreaker to give the Oilers a 4-3 win against the struggling Boston Bruins.
“Road Runner” Alphonso Davies lived up to his nickname with another lightning sprint on Saturday as Bayern Munich opened a 10-point lead in the Bundesliga. Having defeated second-placed Borussia Dortmund 1-0 away in midweek, Bayern enjoyed a 5-0 romp over Fortuna Duesseldorf. Defender Mathias Joergensen scored an early own-goal before Benjamin Pavard, Robert Lewandowski (2) and Davies scored for Bayern. With five games remaining, the defending champions, who have won their past eight league games, are comfortably on course for an eighth straight league title. Davies scored the best goal of the game when the fleet-footed defender pressed Duesseldorf into making a mistake, barged
The losing captain thanked the winning team’s players for their personal sacrifices leading into the match and a charter flight pilot received a big round of applause when his plane beat incoming fog to touch down after midnight following another game as feel-good stories off the field matched those on it as the National Rugby League (NRL) restarted its season in Australia over the weekend. The New Zealand Warriors’ 18-0 win over St George Illawarra was the Auckland-based team’s first of the season after three rounds and it could not have come at a better time. Due to international travel restrictions
Taiwan Steel celebrated a big win over Tatung in the Taiwan Premier League yesterday, while undefeated Taichung Futuro remained at the top of the table, although their lead is only one point. Four of the eight teams were in action, completing matches postponed the previous weekend due to rain, with Taipower and Hang Yuan playing out a scoreless draw in Kaohsiung. Taiwan Steel are sorting out their early-season problems as they chase the leaders and it showed against defending champions Tatung at the Jhubei Stadium in Hsinchu County. Haitian striker Benchy Astama netted a brace and midfielder Kuo Po-wei’s outstanding solo effort sent
DISTANCING RULES: The government said social distancing should be maintained during disputes and celebrations, but conceded it would not be possible during play The Premier League on Saturday was given British government approval to press ahead with its June 17 restart, although players will have to stay apart during goal celebrations and disputes to maintain social distancing. Further details of the league’s plans for dealing with COVID-19 cases have been disclosed with clubs likely to have to play even if they only have 15 fit squad members. In a further boost to the league’s restart plans, there were no positives in the fourth round of twice-weekly testing. Tests were conducted on 1,130 players and club personnel on Thursday and Friday as contact training resumed. The season