Wednesday Night Hockey

Wednesday was the last regular game day before the NHL All-Star game. The majority of teams are already on their break, so there were only six games played.

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Washington Capitals v Toronto Maple Leafs


Alex Ovechkin tied Sergi Fedorov for most NHL points by a Russia-born player (1,179) with his NHL-leading 37th goal, though the reigning champions did lose 6-3 to Toronto, for their seventh defeat in a row.

Nazem Kadri had a hat trick and an assist, Nikita Zaitsev scored his first goal of the season and Auston Matthews got himself back on the scoresheet with a power play goal. Mitch Marner completed the scoring with an empty netter.

William Nylander registered three assists and Frederik Anderson made 41 saves for the Leafs, who had lost their previous two.

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, T.J. Oshie recorded  two assists and Braden Holtby made 31 saves for the Caps, who are 0-5-2 during their losing streak. It’s the first time the team has lost seven consecutively since Jan. 12-24 2014.

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Up Next:

Flames v Capitals – Friday, February 1st (7pm)

Leafs v Red Wings – Friday, February 1st (7:30pm)


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Arizona Coyotes v Montreal Canadiens


The Montreal Canadiens won for the fifth time in six games, ruining Alex Galchenyuk‘s return to Bell Centre with a 2-1 victory.

Jonathan Drouin scored a power play goal in the first period before Mike Reilly broke the tie early in the third for the Habs, who passed the Boston Bruins and moved into third in the Atlantic Division. Carey Price made 20 saves for his 20th victory and 2,000th NHL home win for the Canadiens.

Conor Garland scored on the power play late in the second to level things for Arizona, who won the other two of their three-game Canadian road trip. Calvin Pickard made 22 saves in his first start for the Coyotes after being recalled from Tuscon of the AHL.

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Up Next:

Coyotes v Sharks – Saturday, February 2nd (10:30pm)

Devils v Canadiens – Saturday, February 2nd (2pm)


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Minnesota Wild v Colorado Avalanche


Eric Staal scored a double and registered an assist for the Minnesota Wild as they beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 at Pepsi Center.

Jared Spurgeon, Charlie Coyle and Ryan Suter also scored. Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves for the Wild, who have won three in a row and four of their last five. They scored four straight goals after falling 2-1 behind.

Tyson Barrie and Carl Soderberg scored, Nathan Mackinnon registered his 44th assist of the season and Philipp Grubauer made 23 saves for the Avs, who have lost three of their last four and 12 of their past 15.

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Up Next:

Wild v Stars – Friday, February 1st (8pm)

Canucks v Avalanche – Saturday, February 2nd (10pm)


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Nashville Predators v Vegas Golden Knights 


Juuse Saros made an NHL career-high 47 saves for the Nashville Predators as they came back from a goal down to win 2-1 at T-Mobile Arena. The 23-year-old finn is 4-1-0 in his past six games (five starts) with a .955 save percentage.

Ryan Johansen scored in his return to the Preds’ lineup after serving a two-game suspension for high-sticking Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets. Nick Bonino scored the winner.

Max Pacioretty scored for the Vegas Golden Knights, who have lost two in a row and three of their last four. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves in his 782nd NHL game, which ties him with Mike Vernon for 19th in NHL history.

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Up Next:

Predators v Panthers – Friday, February 1st (7pm)

Knights v Canes – Friday, February 1st (7:30pm)


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St. Louis Blues v Anaheim Ducks


Five different players scored for St. Louis as they handed Anaheim their seventh consecutive home loss with a 5-1 victory.

Zach Sanford, Vladimir Tarasenko, Oskar Sundqvist, Tyler Bozak and Sammy Blais netted for the visitors. Rookie Jordan Binnington made 12 saves.

Daniel Sprong scored the consolation and John Gibson made 26 saves for the hosts, who haven’t won at Honda Center since they defeated the Dallas Stars 6-3 in December.

The Blues scored five unanswered goals after the Ducks took a 1-0 lead 6:44 into the first period.

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Up Next:

Blues v Blue Jackets – Saturday, February 2nd (7pm)

Ducks v Jets – Saturday, February 2nd (7pm)


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Carolina Hurricanes v Vancouver Canucks


The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Vancouver Canucks on the road for the first time since October 15th 1999. The 5-2 victory sealed 5pts out of a possible six from their three-game Western Canada road trip.

Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves for the Canes in his first NHL start, filling in for the injured Curtis McElhinney. It was a first NHL win for the goaltender, who played in one previous game, where he saved all 17 shots faced in relief during a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in January 2017. The Ohio native is the fifth goaltender in franchise history to win his first NHL start.

Nino Niederreiter scored twice, Teuvo Teravainen also scored and assisted another. Dougie Hamilton and Greg McKegg also found the net for the visitors, who are 9-3-1 in their past 13 games. Niederreiter now has four goals for the Canes since being acquired from Minnesota Wild in a trade for Victor Rask on January 17th.

Josh Leivo and Sven Baertschi scored and Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves for the Canucks, who went 3-1-2 on a six-game homestead.

It was the eighth time in the past 12 games the Hurricanes have scored at least four goals.

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Up Next:

Knights v Canes – Friday, February 1st (7:30pm)

Canucks v Avalanche – Saturday, February 2nd (10pm)



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