Jordan Kyrou had two goals and two assists in a five-goal second period for St. Louis, and the Blues went through the coldest away game in NHL history to beat the Minnesota Wild 6-4 in the Winter Classic on Saturday evening.
The official face-off temperature was minus -5.7 degrees, the first of 33 outdoor games the league has played with a subzero temperature.
David Perron put the Blues on the board in the first period. Vladimir Tarasenko, Ivan Barbashev and Torey Krug joined Kyrou in scoring in the second, and Robert Thomas started with two assists. Jordan Binnington made 29 saves for the Blues. They are 11-1-2 in their last 14 games against rival Wild.
Kirill Kaprizov had one goal and two assists and Ryan Hartman had one goal and one assist for the Wild. They trailed 6-2 in the second intermission and set goalie Cam Talbot after 22 saves in two periods in favor of Kaapo Kahkonen.
Rem Pitlick and Kevin Fiala also scored for the Wild, who shot 6-4 on Fiala’s 6-on-5 goal with 5:38 left after Kahkonen was called out for the extra skater.
Due to virus outbreaks at other teams, the Wild have postponed four games in the past three weeks and haven’t played for 12 days. They have allowed 22 goals in their last four games.
The Blues were naturally the stronger team, having beaten Edmonton 4-2 Wednesday behind one goal and two assists from Kyrou upon returning from a four-game absence with an upper-body injury.
ISLANDERS 3, OILERS 2, OT
NEW YORK (AP) – Noah Dobson scored 3:52 in overtime to push New York past the Edmonton meltdown.
Anders Lee and Anthony Beauvillier also scored for the Islanders. They got their first victory beyond regulation this season after losing the top six.
Ilya Sorokin stopped 17 shots to help New York improve to 3-0-1 in the last four games combined, and to 4-0-1 at home after losing the top seven (0-5-2) in the new UBS Arena.
Leon Draisaitl scored his 25th NHL-led goal and Darnell Nurse also scored for Edmonton. The Oilers lost in overtime for a second straight day, falling to 2-7-2 in their last 11 games after starting the season 16-5-0.
MAPLE LEAVES 6, SENATORS 0
TORONTO (AP) – Justin Holl and Ilya Mikheyev scored on the same first-half penalty for their first goals of the season, and Toronto routed Ottawa at Scotiabank Arena, with no fans.
The Maple Leafs and Senators are back in action for the first time since the extended NHL schedule hiatus over the holiday season.
The game went without fans after the Ontario government announced Thursday that attendance at indoor events, including arenas, would be limited to 1,000 spectators or 50%, whichever is less, due to COVID-19.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which also owns the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, later said it would operate without tickets sold to games, except for league and team requirements, for the next three. weeks.
Jack Campbell made 23 saves for Toronto in his fourth shutout of the season and his eighth overall. Mikheyev added another goal in the third period, William Nylander also scored twice and TJ Brodie had one goal and two assists.
SPRAY 4, SABER 3, OT
BOSTON (AP) – Charlie Coyle scored on a wrist shot from the lunge 34 seconds into overtime and Boston earned a comeback victory over Buffalo in the Bruins’ first game in 16 days.
Playing for the first time since Dec. 16 after a six-game postponement due to NHL COVID-19 protocols and a league stoppage, the Bruins wiped out a 3-1 deficit when Nick Foligno and Taylor Hall scored early in the third period. Craig Smith also scored for Boston and Linus Ullmark stopped 21 shots.
Jeff Skinner and Vinnie Hinostroza both returned from COVID-19 protocols and each had a goal for Buffalo. Alex Tuch added a power play goal.
PREDATORS 6, BLACKHAWKS 1
NASHVILLE, TN (AP) – Tanner Jeannot scored twice, Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen each scored and assisted in Nashville’s victory over Chicago.
Nick Cousins and Roman Josi also scored, Mattias Ekholm had three assists and Juuse Saros made 37 saves to help Nashville end a two-game losing streak.
Philipp Kurashev scored for Chicago in his first game since December 18.
HURRICANE 7, BLUE JACKETS 4
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Brady Skjei and Steven Lorentz have each scored twice and Carolina has the last seven goals to beat Columbus.
The Hurricanes scored four times in 3:57 of the third period to overcome a 4-2 deficit. They scored five goals during the period. Ethan Bear scored 10:50 of the third, making it 5-4 and Lorentz scored 6-4 at 11:59 as part of the push. Andrei Svechnikov scored in an empty net at 5:30 pm for the final score.
Nino Niederreiter also scored, and Seth Jarvis and Vincent Trocheck collected two assists for the Hurricanes.
Gustav Nyquist in his 600th game in the NHL scored shorthanded and collected one assist for the Blue Jackets (15-14-1). Alexandre Texier had one goal and one assist and defenders Zach Werenski and Adam Boqvist also scored.
PANTHERS 5, CANADIANS 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Sam Bennett scored twice, Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves and Florida beat Montreal for their third straight win.
Aleksander Barkov, Frank Vatrano and Mason Marchment also scored and Jonathan Huberdeau collected three assists. Jonathan Drouin and Nick Suzuki scored for Montreal.
CANUCKS 5, KRAKEN 2
SEATTLE (AP) – Vasily Podkolzin and Nils Hoglander scored in the first period, Tyler Motte and Conor Garland scored in the third and Vancouver beat Seattle.
Vancouver has improved to 8-0-1 since Bruce Boudreau took over as a coach.
Tanner Pearson added a goal into an empty net in the dying minutes. Thatcher Demko finished with 30 saves.
The Kraken have lost their fifth in a row and their eighth in the last nine games. Calle Jarnkrok and Will Borgen scored for Seattle and Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves.
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