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NASHVILLE http://www.officialavalanche.com/authen ... roy-jersey , Tenn. (AP) After giving up a late tying goal, Keith Kinkaid was determined to still win the game.Brian Boyle scored in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.Boyle beat Nashville goalie Juuse Saros with a quick wrist shot from the slot on the blocker side.”I was looking for a spot once I hit the blue line pretty much,” Boyle said. ”Once I found it, I wanted to be deceptive and try to keep the puck in the middle of my stance so I could go either way and try to use my reach to my advantage. I saw a little daylight on the blocker side and tried to make a quick move.”Kinkaid made 34 saves through overtime and denied four of Nashville’s five attempts in the shootout.New Jersey’s Taylor Hall and Nashville’s Kyle Turris each scored in the fourth round of the tiebreaker after none of the first six shooters could solve the opposing goalie.Sami Vatanen and Boyle had the goals in regulation for New Jersey, winners of two of three. The Devils moved past idle Columbus into the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.”I thought both teams played hard,” Devils coach John Hynes said. ”I thought their goaltender played really well, I thought our goaltender played really well. It was two teams that were going after the game. It was high-intensity, not a lot of time and space but I thought both teams really came to play.”Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Johansen had the goals for Nashville, which snapped its franchise-high 10-game winning streak. Saros finished with 25 saves.”We don’t ever talk about streaks really Womens Samuel Girard Jersey ,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. ”We have a huge game coming up (against) Winnipeg. When we do come back to work, we’re probably only going to talk about that and getting ready for Winnipeg. That’s a big game. We’ll look at it to stretch out the division, and they’re going to look at to close the gap. Both teams are going to fight pretty hard for it.”With the Predators trailing 2-1 late, Johansen tied it with 1:06 remaining in the third when he put home the rebound of Ryan Ellis‘ shot from the right side.”I get in the mindset where I’m not losing this game if they tie it late like that,” Kinkaid said. ”I guess I can maybe do a better job of deflecting the puck, it was shot through a bunch of bodies. We got the win, that’s all that matters.”Ekholm scored the game’s first goal at 1:17 of the opening period.Carrying the puck on the right side, he cut to the left and beat Kinkaid with a wrist shot high to the short side. It was the Swedish defenseman’s 10th of the season, the first time he has reached double digits in his career.”If we play like we did in the second half of this game Semyon Varlamov Jersey , I think there will be no issue with consistency,” Ekholm said. ”I think we could have been better in the first half. I thought we were a little soft and we didn’t play the way we can. But I really think we played up to our potential in the last half – it really showed what kind of team we are and what kind of damage we can do.”Vatanen tied it at 7:13 of the first with a slap shot from the right point through traffic that beat Saros on the stick side. Vatanen has four points in his last four games.New Jersey made it 2-1 at 11:24 of the second. Just one second after Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban’s slashing penalty expired, Boyle redirected Damon Severson’s slap shot from above the left circle past Saros for his 13th of the season. Boyle has a goal in two of his last three games.In overtime, Saros stopped a point-blank chance by Michael Grabner at 1:12.NOTES: Nashville D Roman Josi returned to the lineup after missing four games with an upper-body injury. … Prior to the game, Josi and Boyle, a cancer survivor, took part in a ceremonial faceoff as part of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. … Devils D Will Butcher had one assist, extending his point-scoring streak to three games. … New Jersey is 25-0-2 when leading after two periods this season.UP NEXTDevils: At Vegas on Wednesday night.Predators: Host Winnipeg on Tuesday night. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin corralled the puck near his own goal-line and saw Phil Kessel sprinting out of the zone. He flipped a perfect pass to center ice, sending Kessel on a breakaway that resulted in a goal.Carl Hagelin repeated a similar sequence with Kessel later in the second period that ended the same way.The two goals completed a natural hat trick for Kessel and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 on Thursday night.“There’s a fine line between anticipation and cheating and I think Phil has a knack for seeing those windows of opportunity Sergei Boikov Jersey ,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “He has explosive speed so he can create separation when he needs to. He has another gear and you could see that on those breakaways.”Vegas scored the first goal of the game, and Kessel had the next three. It was Kessel’s sixth career hat trick and first in four seasons with Pittsburgh. His last hat trick came Feb. 1, 2014, as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, in a 6-3 win against Ottawa.“It’s been awhile,” said Kessel, who switched sticks before his hat trick. “It felt good. I had some good passes and I was able to finish.”Jake Guentzel scored his third goal and Malkin had three assists for the Penguins, who allowed 11 goals in their first two games.“I could see our guys making more of a concerted effort to defend,” Sullivan said. “I think our team is capable of getting to another level. I don’t think we had our swagger like we’re capable of Youth Jake McCabe Jersey , but from an effort standpoint, you can see they were trying to do the right things.”Casey DeSmith stopped 35 shots in his first regular-season start for Pittsburgh. Starter Matt Murray missed Thursday’s game and is day-to-day with a concussion suffered Monday during practice. Murray participated in, and faced shots during, Thursday’s optional morning skate.Reilly Smith scored his second of the season for Vegas and 100th career goal. Tomas Nosek also scored for Vegas, which lost its third straight and has opened the season with four losses in five games. The defending Western Conference champions lost their fourth game on Nov. 2 last season.Malcolm Subban made 18 saves for Vegas. Marc-Andre Fleury, who spent 13 seasons and won three Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh, served as the backup after allowing four goals on 28 shots during a loss Wednesday at Washington. Fans chanted for Fleury — selected in 2017 by Vegas in the expansion draft — after Subban allowed three goals on seven shots in the second period.“We just have to stay positive,” Subban said. “We’ve been generating a lot of shots on net. Eventually, we’re going to start getting some bounces.”Nosek opened the scoring Jason Pominville Jersey Kids , taking a pass from Jonathan Marchessault along the boards and slipping a backhander behind DeSmith.But Kessel answered for Pittsburgh when he beat Subban with a wrist shot following a Malkin faceoff win.Kessel’s breakaway goal midway through the second put Pittsburgh in front for good. Malkin hit Kessel at center with a stretch pass from his own goal-line and he finished the breakaway with a glove-side wrist shot.To complete the hat trick, Hagelin hit Kessel with a long outlet pass and he beat Subban low to the glove side.“I was just kind of going down and shooting,” Kessel said. “Nothing special. The pucks found me and I had two good plays.”Guentzel’s blocker-side wrist shot 57 seconds later on a backhand feed from Sidney Crosby gave Pittsburgh a comfortable three-goal lead through two periods.Kessel did all the damage before Pittsburgh’s last goal.“We needed the win,” Kessel said. “I think we can get better. We just have to improve each game.”NOTES: Vegas is 0-for-13 on the power play in five games. … Pittsburgh D Juuso Riikola made his NHL debut in place of D Olli Maatta, who was a healthy scratch. … The Penguins recalled G Tristan Jarry from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to back up DeSmith. Pittsburgh assigned D Derek Grant to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. … Tomas Hyka played on the third line for Vegas in place of Oscar Lindberg, who was a healthy scratch.UP NEXTVegas: Close a five-game road trip at Philadelphia on Saturday.Penguins: Play their first road game at Montreal on Saturday.
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