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NHL Roundup: Sabers’ Dustin Tokarksi ends 8-year shutout drought

NHL: Buffalo Sabers at Calgary Flames
March 18, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Buffalo Sabers goalie Dustin Tokarski (31) stops a shot from Calgary Flames defenseman Christopher Tanev (8) during the third period at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Saber won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

March 19, 2022

Dustin Tokarski made 24 saves for his first shutout in eight years and Tage Thompson scored after 3:07 of overtime to lead visiting Buffalo Sabers to a 1-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Tokarski’s only previous shutout came on March 16, 2014, when he made 29 saves for the Montreal Canadiens in Buffalo.

Tage scored when Calgary goalie Jacob Markstrom came out of his net and huffed in an attempt to clear, giving Thompson an empty net. Buffalo has improved to 5-3-0 in the last eight games.

Markstrom made 33 saves for the Flames, who lost for just the third time in their last 18 home games (15-1-2).

Capitals 4, Hurricanes 3 (SO)

Alex Ovechkin scored a shootout goal as Washington extended their points streak to eight games by beating Carolina in Raleigh, NC

Evgeny Kuznetsov, John Carlson and Ovechkin usually scored for the Capitals, and Ilya Samsonov stopped 17 shots and all three of Carolina’s penalties.

Seth Jarvis scored twice and Vincent Trocheck had the other goal for the Hurricanes in rule. Carolina’s Antti Raanta made 37 saves.

Panthers 3, ducks 0

Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and Spencer Knight made 17 saves for his first NHL shutout as Florida sent hosts Anaheim to their sixth straight loss (0-4-2).

Joe Thornton also scored for Florida, who rebounded after losing a seven-game points streak in a 5-3 loss in Vegas a night earlier. It could have been a costly win, however, as Panthers defender Aaron Ekblad suffered a lower body injury early in the first half and failed to return.

Knight, a 20-year-old Connecticut native, appeared in his 27th NHL career game and made his 23rd start. John Gibson stopped 39 of the 42 shots he faced for the Ducks.

Brown Bears 4, Jets 2

Taylor Hall scored a 4:47 power play goal in the third period to lead Boston to a win in Winnipeg.

Charlie McAvoy scored and created an assist, Brad Marchand and Trent Frederic also scored and Charlie Coyle provided three assists as the Bruins improved to 11-2-1 in their last 14 games. Linus Ullmark made 27 saves for Boston in the first quarter and saved Nikolaj Ehlers from the penalty spot.

Adam Lowry and Ehlers scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves for the Jets, who had won four of their previous five games.

Avalanche 5, Sharks 3

Valeri Nichushkin scored twice and Cale Makar had a goal and two assists to lead the Colorado visit past San Jose.

Nazem Kadri and Darren Helm also scored, Nathan MacKinnon shared three assists and Paval Francouz made 25 saves for Colorado, who won their third straight game. Mikko Rantanen also had two assists.

Erik Karlsson, Jeffrey Viel and Rudolfs Balcers each scored for San Jose, who lost their third straight game (0-2-1). Zach Sawchenko finished with 24 saves.

Senators 3, Flyers 1

Josh Norris got the go-ahead with 10:44 to go, and hosts Ottawa ended a three-game losing streak by beating Philadelphia. The Flyers’ worst winning streak of the season was 12 games.

Tim Stutzle scored his 14th goal of the season, Alex Formenton scored with an assist and Anton Forsberg stopped 28 shots for the Senators, who have won just their third win in their last 11 games.

Cam Atkinson scored his 23rd goal for Philadelphia. Martin Jones made 33 saves in the loss.

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