Red-hot Florida Panthers winger Mike Hoffman will face his former team Chicago Blackhawks Hats Womens , the Ottawa Senators, on Sunday afternoon but it is not the only storyline in this battle between Atlantic Division rivals.Both the host Panthers (5-5-3, 13 points) and the Senators (7-7-3, 17 points) will have a quick turnaround since they both played on Saturday night. In addition, Sunday’s contest is a couple hours earlier than usual — at 5 p.m. local time.The Senators will also have to travel from Tampa Bay, where they staged an incredible comeback to beat the Lightning, 6-4. The Lightning own the best record in the Eastern Conference, even with that stunning loss.Article continues below ...Ottawa trailed 4-2 to start the third period, but those four consecutive goals reversed a recent trend. Up until Saturday, the Senators had lost seven of their past nine games.Meanwhile, the Panthers earned their third straight win, defeating the New York Islanders 4-2.Hoffman scored a goal, extending his points streak a career-best 11 games.Florida captain Aleksander Barkov scored the go-ahead goal against the Islanders, coming through just nine seconds into a 4-on-3 Panthers power play.“We talk a lot about our power play,” Barkov said, “And it’s been going well the past couple of games.”Hoffman, who was Ottawa’s fifth-round pick in 2009, averaged 25 goals per season the past four years. But he was sent packing due to some ugly off-the-ice accusations — the wife of ex-teammate Erik Karlsson filed a protection order against Hoffman’s fiancée’ This was after the Karlssons received a large number of harassing messages, originating from fake social-media accounts.Hoffman and his fiancée’ denied culpability, but the Senators decided to trade their winger.Karlsson, the two-time winner of the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL’s top defenseman, was traded to the San Jose Sharks in September.The trade left the Senators to regroup without Hoffman or Karlsson.In the past few days Adidas Patrik Berglund Jersey , another Senators controversy surfaced as seven Ottawa players were caught on tape making disparaging remarks about their coaches.Forward Matt Duchene, for example, said he had stopped listening to special-teams coach Martin Raymond three weeks ago.Perhaps Saturday’s win can spark a Sens turnaround. Goalie Craig Anderson made 20 saves against Tampa Bay to improve his record to 7-5-3 this season.Offensively, the Sens got one goal and two assists each from Duchene and Bobby Ryan. The Senators also converted on 2-of-4 power plays. Ryan Dzingel scored his team-high eighth goal, Mark Stone got his seventh, Duchene and Colin White got their sixth, Bobby Ryan got his fifth and first-round rookie Brady Tkachuk was credited with his fourth.As for the Panthers, despite a slow start, they have to be pleased with Hoffman, who has seven goals and five assists during his 11-game points streak, which is the longest such active run in the NHL.Among Panthers players in team history, only Pavel Bure had a longer streak, but Hoffman could tie that record with points in each of his next two games.Hoffman’s goal on Saturday, which was his seventh of the season, was the result of his backhand pass that found the back of the net after it deflected off of an Islanders player.“It was a bit of puck luck, but it was a timely goal for us,” Hoffman said. “I just tried to whack it toward the net, but when things are going your way “Indeed, the Panthers’ three-game win streak has coincided with the return of goalie Roberto Luongo, who injured his right knee during the season-opener. He is 3-0-0 since returning, allowing a total of just five goals.“We’re finding a pretty good rhythm,” Luongo said. “Heading into the third period, we have confidence we’re going to pull out the game.” PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brayden Point scored three straight power-play goals in 1:31 — the sixth-fastest three goals in NHL history — and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Thursday night.Bill Mosienko holds the record Adidas Vladimir Sobotka Jersey , scoring three times in 21 seconds for Chicago against New York in 1952. Point’s 91-second burst was the second-fastest three goals since 1967-68.Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby sat out after sustaining an upper-body injury Tuesday night at New Jersey. Coach Mike Sullivan confirmed the injury is not a concussion.Yanni Gourde also had a power-play goal, Nikita Kucherov added three assists, and backup goalie Louis Domingue made 28 saves to help the Lightning win for the fifth time in seven games. Starting goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is out indefinitely.Patric Hornqvist scored twice for Pittsburgh, Phil Kessel also connected, Evgeni Malkin had two assists and Matt Murray stopped 22 shots. The Penguins have lost seven of eight following a four-game winning streak.SENATORS 2, RED WINGS 1OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Craig Anderson stopped two third-period penalty shots and Drake Batherson scored in his NHL debut to help Ottawa beat Detroit.Anderson stopped 34 shots in his NHL-leading 17th appearance of the season, allowing only Michael Rasmussen’s goal. Cody Ceci also scored for the Senators.Detroit had a chance to tie it midway through the third when Andreas Athanasiou was awarded a penalty shot after Ceci held him on a breakaway. Anderson read the play well and made a pad save.Seven minutes later, Anderson came up big on another penalty shot after Rasmussen was pulled down by Chris Wideman. Anderson denied Rasmussen’s attempt to go through the leg pads.ISLANDERS 7, RANGERS 5NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Beauvillier had three goals and an assist, and the New York Islanders held off the Rangers 7-5 to keep up their recent mastery over their cross-town rival.Leo Komarov had a goal and an assist, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Cal Clutterbuck also scored and Thomas Greiss stopped 36 shots to help the Islanders beat the Rangers for the 12th time in 13 meetings.Chris Kreider had two goals and Fredrik Claesson and Filip Chytil also scored for the Rangers.CANADIENS 3, FLAMES 2CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Carey Price made 43 saves and Artturi Lehkonen broke a tie midway through the third period to help Montreal beat Calgary.Lehkonen scored his first goal in 18 games on a harmless-looking 40-foot wrist shot from off the wing that leaked through goalie Mike Smith’s pads.Tomas Tatar and Jonathan Drouin also scored for Montreal, and Max Domi had an assist to extend his points streak to eight games. Matthew Tkachuk scored twice for Calgary, and Smith finished with 19 saves.WILD 6, CANUCKS 2ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikko Koivu had a goal and two assists and Minnesota beat Vancouver.Eric Staal had a goal and an assist, and Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker also scored in the Wild’s highest-scoring game of the season. Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves.Bo Horvat and Markus Granlund scored for Vancouver.BLUE JACKETS 7, PANTHERS 3COLUMBUS Adidas Scott Wedgewood Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Joonas Korpisalo stopped 38 shots and Columbus routed Florida.Markus Hannikainen, Anthony Duclair, Josh Anderson, Pierre Luc-Dubois, Cam Atkinson, Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner scored. Columbus is 4-0-2 in its last six.Nick Bjugstad, Aaron Ekblad and Keith Yandle scored for Florida.COYOTES 2, PREDATORS 1GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Darcy Kuemper had a career-high 44 saves and Arizona Coyotes held off Western Conference-leading Nashville.Kuemper, starting in place of injured Antti Raanta, kept a shutout going until Nick Bonino scored with 7:51 to play. Michael Grabner and Jason Demers scored to help Arizona improve to 9-8-1.DEVILS 3, FLYERS 0PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves for his third shutout of the season and seventh of his career, leading New Jersey past Philadelphia.Kyle Palmieri, Joey Anderson and Blake Coleman scored. The Devils have won consecutive games for the first time since opening the season with four straight victories.MAPLE LEAFS 5, SHARKS 3SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Kasperi Kapanen scored his second goal of the game with Toronto short-handed and the Maple Leafs won for the fifth time in six games, beating San Jose.John Tavares had a goal to extend his scoring streak to seven games, and Josh Leivo and Mitch Marner also had goals to give Toronto its eighth win in nine road games this season.Frederik Andersen made 42 saves and assisted on Marner’s insurance goal with a pass to the opposite blue line late in the third period to seal the victory.Joe Pavelski scored his fourth goal in the past three games, and Kevin Labanc and Marc-Edouard-Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who had their four-game home winning streak snapped.Martin Jones made 29 saves.
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