Jared Spurgeon scores twice, Wild beat Capitals 4-2


WASHINGTON (AP) — Captain Jared Spurgeon scored twice, fellow defenseman Jonas Brodin also had a goal with traffic in front…

WASHINGTON (AP) — Captain Jared Spurgeon scored twice, fellow defenseman Jonas Brodin also had a goal with traffic in front of the net and the Minnesota Wild beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to three games.

All three Wild goals came with a big forward setting a screen in front of Washington’s Charlie Lindgren: 6-foot-6 Jordan Greenway on Spurgeon’s first, 6-2 Ryan Reaves on Brodin’s and 6-2 Brandon Duhaime on Spurgeon’s second that put Minnesota ahead late in the second period. Reaves also had an assist, and Duhaime fought Nicolas Aube-Kubel.

Big bodies blocking Lindgren’s view compensated for the Wild being outshot 36-22 by the Capitals, who were playing the second half of a back to back after rallying to win in overtime Monday at the New York Islanders. The Wild erased multiple deficits in this one and sealed it with an empty-netter from Joel Eriksson Ek to get their trip off to a strong start.

Filip Gustavsson made 24 saves, including a right-heel kick stop with the puck on the goal line in the final minutes, validating the coaching staff’s decision to start him instead of going back to three-time Stanley Cup winner Marc-Andre Fleury.

Alex Ovechkin assisted on Capitals goals by Martin Fehervary and Dylan Strome. Washington has lost four of six, going 0 for 13 on the power play.


TORONTO (AP) — William Nylander scored his second goal of the game at 1:53 of overtime to lift Toronto past Florida.

Nylander added an assist for a three-point performance and Auston Matthews, Dryden Hunt and Alexander Kerfoot also scored for Toronto.

Mitch Marner added two assists to break Darryl Sittler’s 1977-78 franchise home points streak record at 19 games.

Matt Murray allowed four goals on eight shots before being replaced by Ilya Samsonov early in the second period. Samsonov stopped 11 shots.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist and Carter Verhaeghe, Anton Lundell and Josh Mahura also scored for Florida. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves.


MONTREAL (AP) — Evgenii Dadonov scored twice and Samuel Montembeault made 24 saves to help Montreal beat Central Division-leading Winnipeg.

Mike Hoffman and Josh Anderson also scored for Montreal. Justin Barron, Christian Dvorak and Kirby Dach each had two assists. Barron played against brother Morgan Barron for the first time in the NHL.

Kyle Connor scored for his 200th NHL goal for Winnipeg.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kevin Hayes had his first career hat trick, Rasmus Ristolainen and Morgan Frost also scored and Philadelphia rebounded from itsr worst loss of the season to beat Anaheim.

Samuel Ersson made 25 saves for the Flyers. They lost 6-0 at Boston in an afternoon game a day earlier.

Adam Henrique and Kevin Shattenkirk scored for Anaheim.


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