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Anthony Cirelli scored two goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning equaled the NHL’s longest winning streak this season with a 4-1 victory over host Nashville Predators on Monday. By beating the Predators for the third time this season, Tampa Bay achieved its fifth straight win overall, tying a run for the Carolina Hurricanes from January 18 to February. 2. The visitors also matched their franchise record in 2017-18 with eight wins and 17 points in the first 10 games of a season (8-1-1). Blake Coleman and Steven Stamkos also scored empty nets for the Lightning. Curtis McElhinney made his first start since March 8, 2020, giving No. 1 goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy (scraped) a night off after 35 consecutive starts. After missing two weeks due to the COVID-19 protocol, McElhinney stopped 23 of 24 shots. Nashville’s Dante Fabbro scored his first goal this season in the power play and Pekka Rinne allowed two goals on 33 shots, but fell to Tampa Bay for the second time in 10 days. Nashville lost to the Lightning at home in regulation for the first time since February 5, 2004. Coyotes 4, Blues 3 (SO) Darcy Kuemper earned his 100th career victory as Arizona rallied for a shooting win in St. Louis. Kuemper made 40 saves to help the Coyotes win for the third time in their four-game set at St. Louis. Arizona‘s Clayton Keller scored the tying goal with a second in regulation time to force overtime. Christian Dvorak and Conor Garland also scored for the Coyotes in regulation, each using their shooting opportunities to clinch the win. Ryan O’Reilly (NASDAQ 🙂 scored two goals for the Blues, giving him 200 for his career. David Perron also scored and Jordan Binnington made 23 saves. O’Reilly finished with a three-point game, while Keller, Dvorak and Perron each had one goal and one assist. Jakob Chychrun and Nick Schmaltz of St. Louis each had two assists. Blue Jackets 3, Hurricanes 2 Jack Roslovic scored with 4:36 remaining as host Columbus edged out Carolina to forge a two-game split in two days between the teams. Roslovic skidded between a pair of Carolina defenders to bring the puck into the net and convert for his second goal of the season. Scott Harrington and Cam Atkinson, who both converted on a penalty kick, also scored for the Blue Jackets. Joonas Korpisalo made 22 stops for Columbus. Nino Niederreiter and Brock McGinn had goals for the Hurricanes. The result ruined the season debut of Carolina goalkeeper Alex Nedeljkovic, who was making his fifth career start in the NHL. He made 19 saves. Islanders 2, Rangers 0 Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin scored in a 2:05 span in the third period, Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves and the New York Islanders ended a six-game road losing streak with a 2-0 win over New York Rangers. The decisive goals helped the Islanders to their second straight win after a five-game streak. The victory was the 850th of coach Barry Trotz’s career. Rather than get a third straight win, the Rangers lost in regulation for the first time in five games (3-1-1). Varlamov recorded the 30th shutout of his career, his third this season. Rangers goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin made his third straight start and made 28 saves. Maple Leafs 3, Canucks 1 Auston Matthews scored in his eighth consecutive game to propel host Toronto to victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Matthews scored the lead goal at 9:22 in the third period and Alexander Kerfoot scored 11 seconds later for the Maple Leafs, who posted a three-game sweep over the Canucks. Toronto improved to 7-0-1 in its last eight games overall and 6-1-0 at home this season. Elias Pettersson scored a power play goal and Braden Holtby deflected 16 shots for the Canucks, who have given up 26 goals during their season-high five-game losing streak. Vancouver has lost 10 in a row in Toronto since February 8, 2014. Oilers 3, Senators 1 Leon Draisaitl scored a goal and an assist and Tyler Ennis (NYSE 🙂 scored his first goal of the season when Edmonton defeated host Ottawa for a third time this season without a loss. Draisaitl extended his scoring streak to 10 games. The current Hart Trophy winner has 20 points overall (eight goals, 12 assists) over the course of his streak, nine of those points in three games against Ottawa. Josh Archibald scored an empty net goal for Edmonton, and Mike Smith stopped 27 shots to earn his season debut. Connor McDavid extended his points streak to 10 games with an assist on the goal from Archibald. McDavid has 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in that span. Evgenii Dadonov was credited with the Senators’ goal, an own goal by Oilers defender Adam Larsson. Matt Murray saved 32 of 34 shots for Ottawa. –Field level media