Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the team’s bench due to a cardiac episode early in St. Louis’ Tuesday road game against the Anaheim Ducks, prompting the game to be postponed.
Bouwmeester regained consciousness after the incident and was transported to a local hospital. The game, tied 1-1 with 7:50 remaining in the first period, was halted and will be made up at a later date.
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong later issued a statement that read, in part, “Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay.
“He was alert and moving all of his extremities as he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center. Currently, Jay is conscious and alert as he undergoes further testing by Anaheim’s physicians. We will update Jay’s condition on Wednesday morning.”
Lightning 2, Penguins 1 (OT)
Yanni Gourde roofed a shot from 10 feet at 2:45 of overtime to lift the visiting Tampa Bay to its eighth win in a row, a tight decision at Pittsburgh. It was Gourde’s first goal in 36 games dating to Nov. 25.
Tempering the win, Tampa Bay sustained a potentially costly injury. Leading scorer Nikita Kucherov collided with Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson behind the Pittsburgh net in the final minute of the second period. Kucherov was hunched over as he slowly returned to the bench. He did not come out for the start of the third period. The Lightning termed it a lower-body injury.
Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin opened the scoring in the first period, and Tampa Bay’s Mikhail Sergachev forged a 1-1 tie in the second period. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 35 saves while Penguins goalie Matt Murray stopped 36 shots.
Avalanche 3, Senators 0
Philipp Grubauer made 34 saves, Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog and Valeri Nichushkin had goals, and streaking Colorado beat Ottawa in Denver. Grubauer earned his second shutout of the season and the 11th of his career. He has allowed just three goals in his past four games.
Nathan MacKinnon had two assists to extend his points streak to five games. Andre Burakovsky, Ryan Graves and Samuel Girard also had assists for Colorado, which has won five in a row and eight of nine.
Marcus Hogberg stopped 33 shots for the slumping Senators, who lost their sixth consecutive game (0-4-2).
Panthers 5, Devils 3
Mark Pysyk and Mike Matheson each notched a goal and two assists as Florida’s fourth line scored three times over New Jersey in Newark, N.J.
Noel Acciari, who posted a goal and an assist, centered the line with Pysyk and Matheson — both defensemen by trade — with Matheson playing his first career game at forward. The line scored three times and totaled eight points in its first seven shifts.
Brett Connolly and Frank Vatrano also scored and nine players found the scoresheet for the Panthers, who won for the first time in five games (1-3-1).
Islanders 5, Flyers 3
Ryan Pulock scored with 41 seconds left to cap a frantic final two minutes of the third period for New York, which squandered a three-goal lead before edging visiting Philadelphia.
Pulock scored on a slapshot less than a minute after Sean Couturier tied the score for the Flyers. Leo Komarov added an empty-netter with four seconds left.
Josh Bailey, Matt Martin and Jordan Eberle scored in the first period for the Islanders, who won for the fourth time in five games to ensure they would remain in third place in the Metropolitan Division. They are three points ahead of the Flyers, who began Tuesday with sole possession of the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot.
Maple Leafs 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)
Kasperi Kapanen scored at 3:43 of overtime, and Toronto came from behind twice to defeat visiting Arizona.
Kapanen’s 11th goal of the season came on a breakaway after an Arizona turnover. Zach Hyman scored two goals for the Maple Leafs, and Alex Kerfoot added two assists.
Christian Dvorak and Carl Soderberg scored for the Coyotes, who defeated the host Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Monday night.
Sabers 3, Red Wings 2
Sam Reinhart scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and also had an assist as Buffalo topped visiting Detroit.
Reinhart’s 21st goal, a tap-in of a rebound from a Jack Eichel shot, gave Buffalo its first lead of the game 57 seconds into the third. The Sabres, who also got a goal and an assist from Marcus Johansson and 27 saves from Carter Hutton, won for the second time in three games and ended an 0-2-1 home rut.
Darren Helm scored twice for the Red Wings, who have an NHL-low 32 points, but had won two of their previous three games, including 4-3 in a shootout at Buffalo on Feb. 6.
Wild 4, Golden Knights 0
Alex Stalock stopped 26 shots for his third shutout of the season and Kevin Fiala had a goal and two assists to lead Minnesota over Vegas in Saint Paul, Minn.
It was the second three-point game of Fiala’s career and first with Minnesota.
Zach Parise, playing in his 500th career game with the Wild, had a goal and an assist and Jared Spurgeon and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored goals for Minnesota, which improved to 6-1-1 all-time against Vegas.
Rangers 4, Jets 1
Chris Kreider continued his surge with two goals, Igor Shesterkin survived an injury scare to make 42 saves, and New York opened a three-game road trip with an impressive victory at Winnipeg.
Kreider recorded his second two-goal game of the season and 17th of his career, giving him 10 goals in his last 13 games as the Rangers weigh whether to trade the unrestricted free agent before the Feb. 24 trade deadline. He scored in the final minute of the first period and then got his second goal on a power play 7:30 into the second.
Shesterkin survived a scare in his road debut when he left the game for the final 6:04 of the opening period. With 11:48 to go, he was knocked over when New York defenseman Tony DeAngelo pushed Andrew Copp into the crease but stayed in the game for the next five-plus minutes.
Oilers 5, Blackhawks 3
Leon Draisaitl had a goal and three assists, Kailer Yamamoto scored two goals, and Edmonton pulled away from visiting Chicago.
Riley Sheahan and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for Edmonton, which finished a three-game homestand with a 2-1-0 record. Draisaitl boosted his league-leading total to 89 points in 56 games.
Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews and Adam Boqvist scored for Chicago. Saad added an assist to finish with a two-point night, which Patrick Kane also achieved with a pair of assists.
Stars 4, Hurricanes 1
Jamie Benn recorded his sixth career hat trick and Anton Khudobin made 24 saves as host Dallas skated to a victory over Carolina.
Denis Gurianov added a power-play goal and defenseman Miro Heiskanen notched a pair of assists for the Stars, who improved to 4-1-1 in their last six games.
Sebastian Aho extended his goal-scoring streak to a career-high six games to match the longest run in Carolina history, joining Keith Primeau, Ray Sheppard and Jeff Skinner. Pierre Larouche holds the franchise record by scoring a goal in nine straight games, set with the Hartford Whalers from Jan. 25-Feb. 13, 1982.
–Field Level Media