Two players mired in scoring slumps provided plenty of offense for the Oilers on Monday.
Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian each scored two goals as Edmonton defeated the visiting Sabres 7-2.
“It feels good as an individual to pop a couple tonight, but the most important thing is that we got the two points in the standings,” said Lucic, who had two goals in the entire calendar year of 2018. “I’m not even going to go into 2018. There is lots to play for in 2019 to get ourselves back in the mix, and now it is about stringing a few wins together moving forward.”
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl also scored for the Oilers.
Casey Mittelstadt and Evan Rodrigues scored for the struggling Sabres, who have lost three straight.
Flyers 7, Wild 4: James van Riemsdyk recorded a hat trick, and Nolan Patrick had two goals and two assists to lead Philadelphia past visiting Minnesota. Wayne Simmonds also had two goals for the Flyers. Carter Hart had 34 saves. It was just the second win in the past 11 games for Philadelphia, which began Monday with the fewest points in the league.
Avalanche 6, Maple Leafs 3: Carl Soderberg had his first career hat trick as Colorado won in Toronto. Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Matt Calvert also scored for Colorado, which had lost nine of its past 10 games overall (1-7-2), and seven straight in regulation on the road.
Canadiens 3, Bruins 2: Jeff Petry scored 15 seconds into overtime, batting the puck out of the air and past Tuukka Rask to lead Montreal to a win in Boston. Carey Price stopped 41 shots for the Canadiens. Paul Byron scored a shorthanded goal, and Brendan Gallagher also scored to help Montreal earn its third victory in four tries. Rask made 19 saves but lost for the first time in his past six starts.
Devils 8, Blackhawks 5: Kyle Palmieri and Blake Coleman each scored twice as New Jersey had its biggest offensive game of the season in beating visiting Chicago. Travis Zajac, Sami Vatanen, Kevin Rooney and Brett Seney also scored for the Devils.
Blues 4, Capitals 1: Vince Dunn scored his first goal since October, David Perron extended his point streak and visiting St. Louis scored three goals in a five-minute span en route to its first three-game winning streak of the season. Dunn banked in the puck on a double deflection for his first goal in 33 games and assisted on Perron’s goal with a no-look backhanded pass.
Ducks deal Cogliano: Dallas acquired Andrew Cogliano from Anaheim for Devin Shore in a swap of low-scoring forwards. Cogliano, 31, has three goals and eight assists in 46 games this season.
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