NHL Group Stage: Blackhawks’ Marc-Andre Fleury Wins 500th Career

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks in Montreal Canada
December 9, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, MAY; Chicago Blackhawks goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save and redirects the ball in the second half against the Montreal Canadaiens at Bell Center. Required credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

December 10, 2021

Marc-Andre Fleury skipped all 30 shots he faced to record his career 500th NHL win on Thursday, lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Canadaiens.

Defending champion Vezina Trophy recorded their seventh win in their last 10 outings as Hall of Famers Martin Brodeur (691) and Patrick Roy (551) are the only NHL goalkeepers to reach the 500-win plateau.

Fleury was born in Sorel, Quebec, about an hour north of Montreal. He gave the “home” fans a show by parrying all 12 shots he faced in the third inning to secure his second game of the season and 69th of his career.

Captain Jonathan Toews scored his first goal of the season and Henrik Borgstrom also ranks for the Blackhawks, which have won seven straight games in Montreal.

Jake Allen made 23 saves for the Canadian team, who had a top-of-season run of five consecutive defeats (0-4-1). Montreal started the season with its first five-game loss.

Duck 2, Blue Jacket 1 (SO)

Trevor Zegras and Rickard Rakell scored in the penalty shootout to lift the visit to Anaheim against Columbus.

Isac Lundestrom scored on target, and John Gibson made 33 saves for the Ducks, who were leading 2-0-1 on their five-match road trip.

Alexandre Texier scored, and Elvis Merzlikins made 25 saves for the Blue Jackets, who had lost six of the previous seven.

Kings 4, Stars 0

Jonathan Quick saved all 27 shots he faced, and Adrian Kempe scored his fourth goal in five games as Los Angeles secured a rare home win over Dallas.

Quick was steady throughout the night and excelled when needed, scoring his second goal of the season for the Kings, who scored a total of 41 shots. Kempe’s goal early in the second half, Arthur Kaliyev’s fifth goal late in the third, and empty goals from Viktor Arvidsson and Andreas Athanasiou were more than enough for Los Angeles to end a six-game losing streak at home to the Reds. star.

Jake Oettinger made 37 saves for the Stars, who failed to recover after their seven-match winning streak ended Wednesday in a 5-4 loss in Vegas. Going blank for the first time this season, Dallas dropped games against each other for the first time since November 7 and 10.

Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 3

Ondrej Palat had two goals and one assist, Steven Stamkos had one goal and three assists as the Tampa Bay visitors beat Toronto.

Taylor Raddysh added a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who went on to win five in a row. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored, Alex Killorn added two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 35 saves as coach Jon Cooper recorded his 400th career win.

Ondrej Kase scored twice and William Nylander once for the Maple Leafs. John Tavares has two more assists. Jack Campbell saved 22 shots for Toronto.

Predators 4, Islanders 3

Eeli Tolvanen scored with 11.5 seconds remaining in the third half while visiting Nashville, overcoming a late deficit to overtake New York.

Ryan Johansen and Colton Sissons scored in the first period and Yakov Trenin scored the winner 7:29 for the Predators, who won three in a row and four out of five. Goalkeeper David Rittich has made 18 saves.

Austin Czarnik, Anders Lee and Noah Dobson scored for the Islanders, whose streak ended in four games. Their losing streak at UBS Arena was seven games (0-5-2) – the longest first loss streak by a team at a new home ground in NHL history.

Storm No. 2, Flame 1 (OT)

Sebastian Aho scored both goals, including the one in extra time, to lead the Carolinas to a win over Calgary.

Goalkeeper Frederik Andersen made 26 saves for the Hurricanes, who are on a three-game winning streak. Aho is currently on a 4-match scoring streak, in which he has collected 3 goals and 9 points.

Noah Hanifin responded to the Flames, who have lost three games in a row – the first two in allotment time – but seem to deserve a better fate this night. Goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom saves 24 shots.

Blues 6, Red Wings 2

Nathan Walker had a hat-trick on his debut of the season and the St.Louis team beat the Red Wings.

Walker had only three career goals before bursting into action. St. Louis only played with 17 skaters due to health and safety regulations and injuries. The Blues called Walker from the American Hockey League’s Springfield on Wednesday due to their roster problem.

Colton Parayko, Ivan Barbashev and Marco Scandella also scored for the Blues, and Charlie Lindgren made 29 saves. Robby Fabbri scored both Red Wings goals.

Bruins 3, Oil 2

Matt Grzelcyk’s first goal of the season with 2:33 remaining in the third half gave Boston a win over hosts Edmonton.

Grzelcyk unleashed a shot from the top of the right circle to beat Oilers goalkeeper Stuart Skinner. It was the defender’s first goal since Game 4 in the Bruins’ first playoff series against Washington on May 21 of last year.

Brad Marchand added his team’s 10th goal of the season and Jake DeBrusk also scored for Boston. Linus Ullmark has made 41 saves for the Bruins, who have lost 2 and 5 in a row in their last 8 matches (3-3-2).

Jet 3, Kraken 0

Kyle Connor scored twice, and Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves in his first game of the season and his 25th career goal as Winnipeg beat hosts Kraken.

Dominic Toninato also scored for the Jets, who won for the third time in their past four games. Connor’s two goals have earned him 17 goals for the season, placing him third in the National Hockey League behind Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (23) and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (20).

Seattle goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer saved 30 of 33 shots. The Open Kraken lost its second game in a row after stretching 5-1-1.

Wild 5, Sharks 2

Cam Talbot made 33 saves and Jordan Greenway had two as Minnesota extended their winning streak with a road victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Minnesota won its eighth game in a row, marking the third-longest winning streak in franchise history. Kevin Fiala, Joel Eriksson Ek and Kirill Kaprizov each have one goal and one assist for Wild.

Jonathan Dahlien and Tomas Hertl, each with a goal and an assist in the third inning, dominated for the Sharks, who overcame Minnesota 19-9 in the final inning.

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