MONTREAL - Things looked to be getting nasty between P.K. Subban and his former teammates.
Subban was held off the scoresheet and played a turnover-filled game, but his Nashville Predators still pulled out a 3-2 shootout victory on Saturday night - mainly thanks to the outstanding play of goalie Pekka Rinne who made 47 saves, including 10 in the five-minute overtime period.
Ryan Ellis scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Predators to the win.
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The Bell Centre crowd reacted with some boos but mostly cheers each time Subban had the puck. The flashy defenseman remains highly popular in Montreal after his trade to Nashville two summers ago for Shea Weber, who has been out since mid-December with a foot injury (see full recap).
Marner notches 5 points in Maple Leafs' win
TORONTO - Mitch Marner had a big smile on his face after his stellar performance. The only thing missing was a hat trick.
"It's always in your mind," he said. "You know, it's always a pass mentality in my head."
Marner had two goals and three assists, helping the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 6-3 on Saturday night.
Patrick Marleau added a goal and two assists as the Maple Leafs (33-19-5) won for the seventh time in eight games. Auston Matthews, James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri also scored, and Frederik Andersen made 22 saves (see full recap).
Dubnyk saves 44 shots as Wild shut out Blackhawks
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Devan Dubnyk made sure the Minnesota Wild didn't let another three-goal lead slip away, especially not with a chance to keep the rival Chicago Blackhawks reeling.
Dubnyk made a season-high 44 saves, Charlie Coyle scored twice and the Wild beat the Blackhawks 3-0 on Saturday night. Mikko Koivu also scored in the first period for Minnesota, which is 9-0-3 in its last 12 home games. It was Dubnyk's fourth shutout of the season and No. 28 for his career.
On Thursday night, the Wild gave up a 3-0 lead to Arizona and lost 4-3 in overtime.
"It's funny we end up 3-0 again," Dubnyk said. "So, couldn't have written it any better to give ourselves a chance at a do-over, and we did that." (see full recap).
Vasilevskiy on fire in Lightning win over Kings
TAMPA, Fla. - Andrei Vasilevskiy put together a terrific performance in another victory for Tampa Bay.
One play was especially memorable.
Vasilevskiy robbed Anze Kopitar when he put his glove behind his back for spectacular stop in the first period, part of a 44-save Saturday night in the NHL-leading Lightning's 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, and Alex Killorn, Cedric Paquette and Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Lightning.
Vasilevskiy allowed a goal on the Kings' first shot and then stopped 17 straight shots over the rest of the period, including the play on Kopitar (see full recap).