Jets’ streak reaches 6 in victory over Knights

Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist and the host Winnipeg Jets extended their points streak to six games with a 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.

Connor scored shorthanded and into an empty net. Mathieu Perreault had a goal and Mark Scheifele also scored into an empty net for Winnipeg. Scheifele added an assist and Blake Wheeler contributed two.

Laurent Brossoit, making his 11th start this season, stopped 43 shots for Winnipeg, which swept a three-game homestand and improved to 5-0-1 in its past six.

Brandon Pirri scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for Vegas, which is 8-2 in its past 10 games.

It was the first meeting between the teams since Vegas beat the Jets in five games in last season’s Western Conference finals.

After a scoreless first period, Winnipeg got goals from Connor and Perreault in a middle period.

At one point in the second period, Vegas was outshooting Winnipeg 17-2, but Connor scored his 17th goal of the season while the Jets were shorthanded.

Connor got the puck after a turnover and skated in on a breakaway, flipping the puck over Fleury at 5:45.

Winnipeg center Bryan Little, playing in his 800th NHL game, picked up an assist and extended his point streak to six games, with four goals and four assists.

Lightning 2, Stars 0: Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots for his second shutout in a week, Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev scored and visiting Tampa Bay beat Dallas. Vasilevskiy improved to 10-2-1 since his return from injury, posting his third shutout this season and 15th of his career.

Predators 7, Capitals 2: Viktor Arvidsson scored a hat trick on National Hat Day, and host Nashville routed Washington to snap a two-game skid. Arvidsson scored the opening goal of the game and added two more in the second period for the second hat trick of his career. Nick Bonino scored twice, and Rocco Grimaldi and Calle Jarnkrok each added a goal as 12 players contributed at least one point for the Predators. They set a season high for goals.

Wild 3, Kings 2: Jason Zucker scored in a shootout to lift host Minnesota to a win over Los Angeles. It was Zucker’s first career shootout goal in five tries. Zucker was the only shooter from either team to convert. Nino Niederreiter and Eric Staal scored for the Wild. Ilya Kovalchuck and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings.

Canadiens 5, Panthers 1: Antti Niemi made a career-high 52 saves and host Montreal extended its winning streak to three games with a victory over Florida. Shea Weber, Phillip Danault, Max Domi, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens in the second of back-to-back games.

Red Wings 3, Ducks 1: Gustav Nyquist broke a tie with 4:16 left and Darren Helm scored a little later, lifting host Detroit over Anaheim to extend its franchise-record losing streak to 12 games. Nyquist lifted his stick at the left side of the net and tipped in Danny DeKeyser’s shot from the slot. Helm’s goal with 2:33 remaining gave the Red Wings a two-goal cushion. The Ducks haven’t won since Dec. 17.

Rangers 6, Hurricanes 2: Mika Zibanejad had two goals and two assists to help New York beat visiting Carolina. Pavel Buchnevich and Tony DeAngelo each scored twice and Mats Zuccarello added three assists as the Rangers won for the second time in eight games. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for his 444th win, one behind Terry Sawchuk for sixth place on the NHL’s career list. Saku Maenalanen had two goals as the Hurricanes lost for the second time since the new year.

Islanders 2, Blues 1: Valtteri Filppula scored 1:37 into overtime and host New York beat St. Louis for its 12th win in 15 games. Jordan Eberle had a goal in the first period for the Isles, and Robin Lehner stopped 30 shots. David Perron scored the tying goal in the third period for the Blues.

Blue Jackets 4, Devils 1: Joonas Korpisalo had 29 saves, three Columbus players recorded a goal and an assist and the host Blue Jackets beat New Jersey. Top-liners Artemi Panarin, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Cam Atkinson carried the offensive load, and Boone Jenner also scored as Columbus won its fourth straight.

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