Thursday Night Hockey

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Carolina Hurricanes v Tampa Bay Lightning


Justin Williams opened the scoring for the Hurricanes with his 300th NHL career goal. Petr Mrzaek had 27 saves on 29 shots.

Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point had a goal disallowed in the second period for offside, a second coach’s challenge in as many games for Rod Brind’Amour, both of which Carolina won.

The Hurricanes uncharacteristically fell apart on special teams, allowing two goals on the penalty kill. Ondrej Palat scored the equalizer for Tampa on the power play in the third period. His goal was followed up by a double from Point, one of which was an emptynetter.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves and Nikita Kucherov recorded his 51st assist of the season.

The result ended the Canes’ impressive four-game win streak, had Carolina been victorious they would have won five in a row for the first time since 2010.

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Up Next:

Sabres v Canes – Friday, January 11th (7:30pm)

Lightning v Sabres – Saturday, January 12th (7pm)


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Washington Capitals v Boston Bruins


Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby made 39 saves to help the reigning champions beat the Bruins at TD Garden, extending their winning streak against Boston to 14 games.

Jakub Vrana and Nicklas Backstrom also scored for the Caps, who have’t lost to Boston since March 29th, 2014. They have now won three games in a row.

Ryan Donato and David Krejci scored for the hosts, whilst Jaroslav Halak made 18 saves between the pipes.

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Up Next:

Blue Jackets v Capitals – Saturday, January 12th (7pm)

Bruins v Leafs – Saturday, January 12th (7pm)


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Toronto Maple Leafs v New Jersey Devils


John Tavares scored his 300th NHL goal as his Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Thursday night.

Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist, Ron Hainsey scored and Michael Hutchinson made 27 saves for the Leafs, which won all three game against the Devils this season.

Blake Coleman and Brian Boyle scored, whilst Keith Kinkaid made 39 saves for NJ, who have lost three in a row.

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Up Next:

Bruins v Leafs – Saturday, January 12th (7pm)

Flyers v Devils – Saturday, January 12th (1pm)


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New York Islanders v New York Rangers


Josh Bailey scored on the Islanders’ only shot of the third period to defeat the New York rangers with 1:26 remaining.

Mathew Barzal had a goal and two assists, Anders Lee had one goal and an assist, Jordan Eberle also scored and Robin Lehner made 27 saves for the Islanders, who have won 10 of the past 12.

Ryan Strome, Kevin Shattenkirk and Jesper Fast all scored for the hosts. Henrik Lundqvist made 16 saves in his 837th NHL game, putting him in a tie with Hall of Famer Jacques Plante from 12th on the NHL’s all-time list for games played by a goalie.

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Up Next:

Rangers v Islanders – Saturday, January 12th (1pm)


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Dallas Stars v Philadelphia Flyers


The Philadelphia Flyers topped the Dallas Stars to end their eight-game losing streak.

Carter Hart made 37 saves, James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist, with Travis Konecny scoring the other.

The Duo were back together, Jamie Benn scored, Tyler Seguin assisted. Anton Khudobin made 20 saves for Dallas.

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Up Next:

Blues v Stars – Saturday, January 12th (9pm)

Flyers v Devils – Saturday, January 12th (1pm)


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Nashville Predators v Columbus Blue Jackets 

3-4 (OT) 

John Tortorella got his 600th NHL win thanks to Artemi Panarin‘s overtime winner, just 1:22 into extra time.

Boone Jenner and Panarin scored twice. Joonas Korpisalo making 32 saves for the Blue Jackets between the pipes.

Nick Bonino, Viktor Arvidsson and Mattias Ekholm all scored for the visitors, whilst captain Roman Josi recorded his 25th assist of the season. Pekka Rinne made 29 saves in his 600th NHL game for the Preds, who extend their point streak to seven games (5-0-2).

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Up Next:

Predators v Canes – Sunday, January 13th (12:30pm)

Blue Jackets v Capitals – Saturday, January 12th (7pm)


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Montreal Canadiens v St Louis Blues 


Jordan Binnington made 28 saves for his second win in as many starts. Oskar Sundqvist had a goal and an assist, whilst Jay Bouwmeester, Robert Thomas and Sammy Blais also scored. Ryan O’Reilly had two assists for the 18-20-4 Blues.

Brendan Gallagher scored the visitors’ only goal as Carey Price made 26 saves for the Canadiens, who have lost three of their last four.

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Up Next:

Avalanche v Canadiens – Saturday, January 12th (7pm)

Blues v Stars – Saturday, January 12th (9pm)


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Winnipeg Jets v Minnesota Wild


Jason Zucker scored twice for Minnesota Wild to help secure a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday. Jordan Greenway also scored.

Jared Spurgeon had two assists for the Wild, who have won four of their past five games. Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves to win in his fourth consecutive start.

Brandon Tanev and Mark Scheifele scored for Winnipeg, who had two straight victories heading into the matchup. Connor Hellebuyck made 19 saves.

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Up Next:

Red Wings v Jets – Friday, January 11th (8pm)

Red Wings v Wild – Saturday, January 12th (8pm)


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Florida Panthers v Edmonton Oilers

3-4  (SO) 

In a game of back and forth, the Edmonton Oilers came out on top, with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid the only ones to convert their penalties in the shootout.

The Panthers took the lead through Frank Vatrano in the first period, before Darnell Nurse equalled things before the intermission. The visitors once again led through Denis Malgin, only for the Oilers to level things once more through Connor McDavid. The third period followed the exact same pattern, Florida jumped out in front for the third time, this one scored by Henrik BorgstromMcDavid then tied the game with eight seconds left.

Neither team scored in overtime so on to penalties it went. Nugent-Hopkins scored his, Jonathan Huberdeau has his saved by Cam Talbot and then McDavid scored what would be the winner, after Aleksander Barkov missed the mark.

Talbot made 27 saves in regulation, whilst his counterpart James Reimer made 21.

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Up Next:

Panthers v Flames – Friday, January 11th (9pm)

Coyotes v Oilers – Saturday, January 12th (10pm)


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Arizona Coyotes v Vancouver Canucks

4-3 (OT)

Richard Panik scored his second goal of the game with 50 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Arizona Coyotes a 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks. The forward also had an assist.

Nick Cousins and Conor Garland also scored for the visitors, Jakob Chychrun and Vinnie Hinostroza each had two assists, whilst Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves for the Coyotes, who have won two in a row.

Sven Baertschi had two goals for Vancouver, with Adam Gaudette scoring the other. Jacob Markstrom made 18 saves for the Canucks, who have lost three in a row, despite outshooting Arizona 31-15 over the final two periods and overtime.

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Up Next:

Coyotes v Oilers – Saturday, January 12th (10pm)

Panthers v Canucks – Sunday, January 13th (7pm)


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San Jose Sharks v Vegas Golden Knights 


The San Jose Sharks ended the Vegas Golden Knights’ seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.

Tomas Nosek and Jon Merrill scored for the hosts, who had a 10-game point streak. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves.

Melker Karlsson and Joonas Donskoi scored 39 seconds apart in the third period. Tomas Hertl netted the other for the visitors. Martin Jones made 36 saves for the Sharks, who have won five in a row.

It was the 1,000th regular season victory for San Jose.

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Up Next:

Senators v Sharks – Saturday, January 12th (10pm)

Knights v Blackhawks – Saturday, January 12th (8:30pm)


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Ottawa Senators v Los Angeles Kings 


The Ottawa Senators have won consecutive road trips for the first time this season.

Chris Tierney scored twice for the Sens, who won back-to-back games at the Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings. Their other goals came from Bobby Ryan and Christian Wolanin.  Anders Nilsson made 33 saves for the visitors, who scored four unanswered goals to win the game.

Kyle Clifford opened the scoring in the second period for the Kings, who have lost four of five. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves.

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Up Next:

Senators v Sharks – Saturday, January 12th (10pm)

Penguins v Kings – Saturday, January 12th (10:30pm)



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