Friday Night Hockey

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Columbus Blue Jackets v Carolina Hurricanes

2-4 

Greg McKegg had a goal and an assist in his first NHL game with the Carolina Hurricanes, helping them to a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jackets at PNC Arena on Friday night. The forward was an emergency call-up from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL, he travelled to Raleigh earlier in the day.

Micheal Ferland one-timed a pass from Sebastian Aho to open the scoring 5:16 in to the first period.

Saku Maenalanen got his first assist and first point of his NHL career as he aided Dougie Hamilton‘s goal to make it 2-0 Canes. McKegg then cut to the slot and redirected Brett Pesce‘s pass to extend the lead to 3-0.

Columbus replaced Sergei Bobrovsky with Joonas Korpisalo, before the visitors scored two goals in 25 seconds to cut the deficit to just one goal. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Artemi Panarin scored the goals.

Aho‘s emptynetter with two seconds remaining sealed the 4-2 victory to extend their winning streak to three games.

The Storm Surge celebration was fitting of it’s name as Brock McGinn played Thor, slamming his stick into the center-ice dot, sending all his teammates falling down in unison.

 

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Up Next:

Blue Jackets v Panthers – Saturday, January 5th (7pm)

Canes v Senators – Sunday, January 6th (1pm)

 

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Winnipeg Jets v Pittsburgh Penguins

0-4 

Matt Murray made 33 saves to record his ninth NHL shutout, third of the season and second in five starts.

Olli Maatta, Dominik Simon and Kris Letang all scored. Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist for the Pens, who have won eight in a row for the first time since 2016.

Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves for the Jets who are 3-4-0 in their last seven games, after winning the previous five. They’ve also had one goal or less in five of those.

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Up Next:

Stars v Jets – Sunday, January 6th (5pm)

Blackhawks v Penguins – Sunday, January 6th (8pm)

 

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Nashville Predators v Detroit Red Wings 

3-4 (OT) 

The Red Wings topped the Predators to end their six-game losing streak. Dylan Larkin scored the winner with 26 seconds remaining in overtime, it was his fourth OT goal of the season.

Tyler Bertuzzi, Andreas Athanasiou and Thomas Vanek, who was playing his 1,000th NHL game, found the net for Detroit, whilst Jimmy Howard made 27 saves between the pipes.

On the other side of the puck, P.K. Subban, Ryan Johansen and Craig Smith scored for Nashville, who lost their seventh of their past nine games. Pekka Rinne made 35 saves.

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Up Next:

Predators v Canadiens – Saturday, January 5th (7pm)

Capitals v Red Wings – Sunday, January 6th (5pm)

 

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Washington Capitals v Dallas Stars

1-2 (OT) 

Tyler Seguin scored twice for Dallas in their overtime victory against the reigning champions. The Canadian netted the OT winner with 3:37 gone in the extra period, handing Washington their third consecutive loss. Seguin is on a four game point streak, recording 6pts in that period with four goals and two assists.

Anton Khudobin made 36 saves for the Stars, who extend their point streak to five (4-0-1).

Lars Eller scored as Phenoix Copley made 27 saves for the Caps, whose three-game losing streak is a first this season.

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Up Next:

Capitals v Red Wings – Sunday, January 6th (5pm)

Stars v Jets – Sunday, January 6th (5pm)

 

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New York Rangers v Colorado Avalanche

1-6 

Mikko Rantanen scored two power play goals and had an assist. Nathan MacKinnon, who has been named captain of the Central Division at the All-Star game, netted one and assisted two. Gabriel Landeskog also had a goal and registered an assist in the game. Whilst Phillip Grubauer made 24 saves in net.

Tyson Barrie had three assists and now has 278 career points, passing John-Michael Liles for most by a defenseman in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history.

Ryan Strome scored New York’s lone goal as Alexander Georgiev made 41 saves. The Rangers have been outscored 13-3 in their past two games and are 2-2-2 in the past six.

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Up Next:

Rangers v Coyotes – Sunday, January 6th (4pm)

Avalanche v Jets – Tuesday, January 8th (8pm)

 

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New Jersey Devils v Arizona Coyotes

3-2 (SO) 

Keith Kinkaid rescued the New Jersey Devils by making 15 saves after replacing the injured Mackenzie Blackwood. He did not concede a single shot in the shootout.

Nico Hischier and Blake Coleman scored for the Devils, who won their fifth in seven games. Kyle Palmieri and Drew Stafford converted their penalty shots.

Arizona Coyotes’ two goals came from Connor Garland in the first and Christian Fischer in the second.

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SHOOTOUT

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*** Winning shot

Up Next:

Devils v Knights – Sunday, January 6th (4pm)

Rangers v Coyotes – Sunday, January 6th (4pm)

 

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Vegas Golden Knights v Anaheim Ducks 

3-2 

Max Pacioretty scored upon his return from injury as the Vegas Golden Knights handed the Anaheim Ducks their seventh straight defeat.

Tomas Nosek had a goal and an assist, whilst Nate Schmidt scored in his 300th NHL game. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for the Knights, who have won five in a row to match their season-long win streak.

Daniel Sprong and Carter Rowney netted fort the hosts, with John Gibson making 39 saves between the posts.

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Up Next:

Devils v Knights – Sunday, January 6th (4pm)

Oilers v Ducks – Sunday, January 6th (8pm)

 

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