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Carey Price practiced for 15 minutes Sunday, five more than Saturday in full equipment and is hoping to get back in the action shortly.

He has yet to play this season after undergoing off-season knee surgery and suffered a setback in his recovery in the middle of January and had to reset his timetable.

But a couple of weeks later, and it appears that Price is back on track. He said that ‘what happens over the next couple of weeks’ will be a determining factor in his chances of returning this season.

We wish him well.

There were seven games in the NHL on Sunday.

NEW YORK RANGERS 3 SEATTLE 2

It was the Igor Shesterkin show again as he stopped 40 shots in guiding the New York Rangers to their 29th win of the season defeating the expansion Seattle Kraken 3-2.

The Rangers were outshot 42-24 by the Kraken and needed the outstanding effort of their MVP this season in order to get the victory.

K’Andre Miller’s third goal of the season with just 34 seconds remaining in the third, was the game winner as the Rangers blew an early 2-0 lead and bounced back for the win.

It was a big afternoon for Mika Zibanejad who opened the scoring with a power play goal and then assisted on the other two goals by Alexis Lafreniere and Miller’s winner.

Jared McCann also had a nice afternoon, scoring once and adding a helper on Yanni Gourde’s 10th of the season which was a power play effort. Gourde’s goal was scored with only 1:02 left in the third, after which, Miller scored 34 seconds later.

Shesterkin upped his record to 21-5-2 with a 2.10 GAA and a .937 save percentage. He has to be in the conversation for the best goalie in the NHL this season and should receive plenty of consideration for the Vezina.

Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves in taking the loss. He is 11-17-4 with a 3.20 GAA and a .885 save percentage, a far cry from last season when he went 30-9-1 with a 1.95 GAA and .922 save percentage for the Avalanche, one of the top team’s in the NHL.

Karson Kuhlman suffered an upper-body injury in the first period when he took a hit from the Kraken’s Libor Hajek and did not return.

LOS ANGELES 4 PITTSBURGH 3

Trevor Moore scored twice including the winner with 6:39 left in the third period to give the Kings a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh.

The win moved the Kings to within two points of the first place Vegas Golden Knights and they trail their cross-town rival Anaheim Ducks by one point with a game in hand. They are 3-0-2 on their current road trip which ends on Wednesday in Detroit.

Moore had a great month of January with four goals and 16 points in 14 games as he has given the Kings plenty of secondary scoring.

Alex Iafallo gave the Kings the 1-0 lead at the 1:17 mark of the second after a scoreless first period.

Sidney Crosby evened the score with a power play goal, his 12th of the season and third with the man-advantage before Moore scored his first of two.

Drew Doughty with his fifth of the season, made it 3-1 LA before the end of the season.

But it was Bryan Rust who got the Penguins back in the contest, scoring twice in the third with his second coming on the power play just two seconds past the halfway mark of the period.

Cal Petersen got the start and made 23 saves in picking up his third straight win. Petersen is 11-6-1 with a 2.67 GAA and a .900 save percentage.

Tristan Jarry made 34 saves in taking the loss, dropping to 23-8-5 with a 2.17 GAA and a .925 save percentage.

The Penguins really outhit the Kings to the tune of 56-12.

Evan Rodrigues had 10 hits while Zach Aston-Reese had nine and Radim Zohorna seven.

Anze Kopitar and Kris Letang each had two assists.

Jake Guentzel had six shots on net.

Quinton Byfield had a pair of minor penalties.

Danton Heinen suffered an injury in warmups and was scratched from the game. Consider him day-to-day.

CAROLINA 2 SAN JOSE 1

Andrei Svechnikov scored the winner at the 16:16 mark of the third period to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

The winner was Svechnikov’s 16th goal of the season and second game winner of the weekend as he went to the net, actually stopped Brett Pesce’s shot from the point, picked up the puck and shot it into the empty cage.

Vincent Trocheck opened the scoring with his 11th of the season at the 4:36 mark of the opening stanza. It was the only goal of the first.

After a scoreless second period, Rudolfs Balcers evened the score with his fifth of the season with assists going to Nicolas Meloche and Jonathan Dahlen.

James Reimer returned to Carolina for the first time since he left as a UFA in the off-season and turned aside 27 shots in taking the loss. Reimer is 13-9-2 with a 2.81 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

Frederik Andersen, who took over the Carolina net this season, made 26 saves for the win as he improved his record to 24-6-0 with a 2.02 GAA and a .929 save percentage. He has really rebounded from a tough, injury-filled season last year in Toronto.

Jeffrey Viel and Svechnikov each had a pair of penalties.

COLUMBUS 6 MONTREAL 3

It was not a good first period for the Canadiens and once again they fell in a 6-3 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After Nick Suzuki made it 1-0 just 1:19 into the first period, the Blue Jackets scored four in a row over 9:23, starting with Patrik Laine’s first of the game and seventh this season at the 3:51 mark. Jack Roslovic and Eric Robinson (shorthanded) made it 3-1 and that chased Sam Montembeault from the crease as he gave up all three goals on just seven shots. Cayden Primeau then entered the game at 10:11 and gave up a goal to Yegor Chinakhov 3:03 later, making it 4-1 after one.

Tyler Toffoli scored his ninth of the season with 41 seconds left in the second period. He, Suzuki and Josh Anderson are tied for the team lead at nine, the only squad in the NHL that does not have at least two players with double-digits in goals.

The Habs made a game of it in the third, as Artturi Lehkonen scored shorthanded to pull the Canadiens within one but Cole Sillinger restored the two-goal lead for Columbus and Laine’s second of the second into the empty net, made the final 6-3.

Joonas Korpisalo got the start for Columbus and turned aside 32 shots to pick up his second win in a row this week. Korpisalo is 6-8-0 with a 3.84 GAA and a .886 save percentage.

Primeau took the loss for Montreal despite stopping 26-of-28 shots.

Gustav Nyquist picked up a pair of assists in the victory. Lehkonen had a pair of helpers as he was in on all three Montreal goals.

Anderson was a minus-four on the night.

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DALLAS 6 BOSTON 1

The Dallas Stars scored twice in each period and moved into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with the Calgary Flames at 48 points. The Flames do have a game in hand in the tight West.

Tyler Seguin scored twice and added an assist in the win. Roope Hintz picked up his 20th of the season as he scored on the power play in the third.

Alexander Radulov has had a horrible season but managed to score just his second goal of the season in 36 games. Radulov was taken in almost all pools before the season but has been dropped as he had 14 points in his first 35 games. It was his first goal since Oct. 27, a span of 28 games.

Luke Glendening and Jamie Benn also scored for Dallas with Benn scoring his 10th of the season.

Craig Smith’s goal in the third halted the shutout bid of Jake Oettinger.

Oettinger made 25 saves as he is 11-4-0 with a 2.42 GAA and a .913 save percentage.

It was not a good night for Linus Ullmark who got the start and was chased from the game at the 7:39 mark of the second after giving up Benn’s goal to make it 4-0. Ullmark only managed to make 11 saves on the night. Jeremy Swayman, who was recalled from the minors to replace the injured Tuukka Rask, stopped 12-of-14 shots in a mop up role.

Denis Gurianov had a pair of assists.

John Klingberg, Esa Lindell, Gurianov, Seguin and Benn were all a plus-three.

MINNESOTA 4 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3

Kirill Kaprizov’s 18th goal of the season was the winner as the Minnesota extended their unbeaten streak to nine games (8-0-1) with a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders.

It was a big night as well for rookie Matt Boldy who scored his fourth of the season and added an assist.

The Wild scored quickly in the first, as Brandon Duhaime with his fifth and Joel Eriksson Ek with his 13th, gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead by the 4:39 mark but Brock Nelson with his team-leading 14th, cut the lead in half before the end of the first.

After Boldy made it 3-1, fourth liner Ross Johnston potted his first of the season as he pounced on a turnover from Duhaime in the neutral zone and went in alone on Kaapo Kahkonen, beating him on the stick side.

Oliver Wahlstrom scored his ninth of the season with four minutes remaining to cut the lead to one once again but that was as close as the Islanders came. It was on the power play.

Kahkonen made 40 saves in the win as he is 10-2-2 with a 2.53 GAA and a .922 save percentage. He has been great for the Wild in a backup role for the most part.

It was not a great night for Ilya Sorokin who stopped only 17 shots and gave up all four goals. He is 12-8-5 with a 2.37 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

Kevin Fiala had an assist to increase his points streak to 11 games.

Matt Dumba had two assists and a pair of penalties.

Noah Dobson had seven shots on goal while teammate Mathew Barzal had six.

Matt Martin had six hits as did Jordan Greenway.

COLORADO 4 BUFFALO 1

Boy, do the Colorado Avalanche love playing at home. They won their 18th straight and are 19-0-1 in their last 20 as they upended the Buffalo Sabres 4-1. It was also their 10th straight win as they have streaked past all the competition in the Central and lead the standings by nine points over Nashville with a couple of games in hand.

Valeri Nichushkin and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist to lead the Avs to the win.

Nazem Kadri and Gabriel Landeskog also scored while Dylan Cozens scored the lone Buffalo goal.

Darcy Kuemper made 30 saves in the Colorado net to improve his record to 21-5-1 with a 2.58 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

Dustin Tokarski made 32 saves on 35 shots in the Buffalo cage. He played his first game in over two months Sunday and the loss gave him a 4-6-3 mark.

Kyle Okposo and Logan O’Connor fought near the end of the second period and both got five for fighting.

Jeff Skinner had seven shots on goal.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Trevor Moore – 2

Bryan Rust – 2

Tyler Seguin – 2

Patrik Laine – 2

Assists

Mika Zibanejad – 2

Anze Kopitar – 2

Kris Letang – 2

Denis Gurianov – 2

Gustav Nyquist – 2

Artturi Lehkonen – 2

Matt Dumba – 2

Shots on Goal

Jeff Skinner – 7

Noah Dobson – 7

Mathew Barzal – 6

Marcus Johansson – 6

Jake Guentzel – 6

Hits

Evan Rodrigues – 10

Zach Aston-Reese – 9

Radim Zohorna – 7

Jeremy Lauzon – 7

Penalty Minutes

Logan O’Connor – 5

Kyle Okposo – 5

Quinton Byfield – 4

Jeffrey Viel – 4

Andrei Svechnikov – 4

Matt Dumba – 4

Source: Yahoo Sports

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