Confidence at the Canadian Tire Centre, the Los Angeles Kings gave Ottawa Senators fans and goaltender Cam Talbot a tough time by winning 5-2 on Tuesday evening.
After only 2 min 15 s, the score was already 2 to 0 for the visitors since the veteran had just yielded in front of defenders Matt Roy and Mikey Anderson. The success of Drake Batherson did not change the appetite of the Kings, Viktor Arvidsson responding with two quick nets, still in the first period.
After a 20-minute break, Talbot gave Kevin Fiala a goal midway through the second period. Head coach D.J. Smith sent him to the showers, given the performance of nine saves on 14 shots of the Ontario. Substitute Anton Forsberg was perfect on 13 shots.
The night was special for another reason for Kings keeper Pheonix Copley, who made 31 saves. The North Pole, Alaska native often has his best moments before the holiday season. He took the opportunity to sign a first victory in the National League since March 19, 2019.
Hamilton leads the Devils
In Newark, the New Jersey Devils logically defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 3 to 0, thanks to three points from Dougie Hamilton.
The offensive-minded defenseman had never amassed so many points in one game in a Devils uniform, and this is also his first time since January 17, 2020. Tuesday evening, he was in all the action.
Well positioned at the top of the enclave, Hamilton shot on reception after the delivery of Jack Hughes, who had knitted between the opposing players at the entrance of the territory. The Ontarian was then complicit in the successes of Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier.
In net, Vitek Vanecek blocked 24 shots to sign the second shutout of his season.
< p>Hawks captain Jonathan Toews was absent due to a non-COVID-19 virus.
Crosby and Jarry take care of the Blue Jackets< /p>
At PPG Paints Arena, the Pittsburgh Penguins surprised no one by defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 4 to 1.
The hosts did not outrageously dominate the Ohio team, which is crumbling in the bottom of the general classification, however. The Blue Jackets instead came up against a Tristan Jarry in full possession of his means. The Canadian goalkeeper stopped 38 of 39 opposing attempts and was only deceived by a shot from Johnny Gaudreau with surgical precision in the first period.
Afterwards, captain Sidney Crosby took matters into hand, scoring two goals. He first threw himself full length on the ice to jump on a return throw from Jake Guentzel and give the lead to his people. Then, a few minutes later, on a massive attack, Guentzel spotted the number 87 at the mouth of the net to make it 3-1.
Bryan Rust and Teddy Blueger also threaded the needle in victory.