Friday Night Hockey

We are slowly getting back to normal, the end of the Bye Weeks are here, those who didn’t play tonight come back tomorrow.


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Vegas Golden Knights v Carolina Hurricanes


Justin Faulk had an empty netter and an assist, the latter was his 241st NHL point, seeing him pass Dave Babych for the most by a defenseman in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history. His goal gives him 242pts.

Nino Niederreiter opened the scoring, his goal was challenged by Vegas for goaltender interference, the call on the ice stood and things were level at PNC Arena. Defenseman Brett Pesce and forwards Jordan Martinook and Sebastian Aho also scored for the Canes.

Justin Williams had two assists and Petr Mrazek made 23 saves for the Carolina Hurricanes, who are 3-0-1 in their past four games and 10-3-1 in their past 14.

Shea Theodore scored both of Vegas’ goals and Maxime Lagace made 27 saves in his first game of the season after being recalled from the Chicago Wolves in the AHL on Wednesday.

Carolina followed their win with another storm surge and a game of Duck, Duck, Goose.

The victory sees Carolina just 1pt off a Wild Card position.

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Up Next:

Knights v Panthers – Saturday, February 2nd (7pm)

Flames v Canes – Sunday, February 3rd (2pm)


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Chicago Blackhawks v Buffalo Sabres


Patrick Kane scored twice and assisted another two to extend his point streak to 10 games and reach 900 NHL points in a 7-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center.

It’s the Buffalo native’s fifth point streak of at least 10 games, joining Denis Savard (11x) and Bobby Hull (5x) as the only Blackhawks to achieve the feat. Kane finished the game on 903pts, passing Tony Amonte for 12th place all-time among U.S.-born players.

Drake Caggiula had one goal and two assists, scoring his first for the Chicago since being acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 30.  Brandon Saad scored twice in his 500th NHL game and Duncan Keith and Connor Murphy finish off the scorers. Cam Ward made 40 saves for the Blackhawks, who have won three straight.

Jack Eichel, Jason Pominville and Kyle Okposo scored for the hosts, with Jeff Skinner registering two assists taking his season tally to 16.

Carter Hutton allowed four goals on 22 shots in the first two periods for the Sabres before being pulled, Linus Ullmark made five saves in relief.

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Up Next:

Blackhawks v Wild – Saturday, February 2nd (8pmNBC)

Wild v Sabres – Tuesday, February 5th (7pm)


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Nashville Predators v Florida Panthers


Viktor Arvidsson scored twice to help lift the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. The Swede has seven goals in his past six games and 13 in 16 since returning from a thumb injury in late December.

Facing a 1-0 deficit heading into the third period, captain Roman Josi and Arvidsson scored 2:15 apart to give the Preds a 2-1 lead 7:44 in. Kevin Fiala then scored to make it 3-1 and the comeback was in full force. Arvidsson scored his second via an emptynetter 1:56 from time.

Juuse Saros made 27 saves for the visitors, who have won three in a row, whilst Filip Forsberg recorded three assists.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the hosts with a second period power play goal, assisted by Keith Yandle (32a) and Evgenii Dadonov (23a). Roberto Luongo made 22 saves for the Panthers, who had previously won three in a row.

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Up Next:

Stars v Predators – Saturday, February 2nd (8pm)

Knights v Panthers – Saturday, February 2nd (7pm)


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Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders

1-0 (SO) 

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves, including four in overtime, two during a penalty kill, for his fourth shutout of the season and Victor Hedman scored the only goal of the shootout.

Tampa’s 1-0 victory over the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum saw the Bolts’ Steven Stamkos‘ seven-game point streak come to an end.

In the opposing net, Thomas Greiss made 41 saves for the Isles, who extended their point streak to seven games, they are 15-3-2 in their past 20.

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Up Next:

Lightning v Rangers – Saturday, February 2nd (8pmNBC)

Kings v Islanders – Saturday, February 2nd (7pm)


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Ottawa Senators v Pittsburgh Penguins


Teddy Blueger scored his first NHL goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Jake Guenztel and Bryan Rust scored twice for the hosts, who have won two in a row after losing four of five. Nick Bjugstad registered an assist in his first game as a Penguin, having being acquired earlier in the day from the Florida Panthers in a trade.

Sid Crosby and Phil Kessel assisted two, taking their season tallies to 38 and 36 respectively. Casey DeSmith made 37 saves.

Bobby Ryan, Mikkel Boedker and Matt Duchene scored for the Senators, who have lost three in a row. Anders Nilsson recorded an assist on Duchene‘s goal and made 35 saves.

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Up Next:

Red Wings v Senators – Saturday, February 2nd (7pm)

Penguins v Leafs – Saturday, February 2nd (7pm ESPN+)


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Calgary Flames v Washington Capitals


Evgeny Kuznetsov scored with 57 seconds remaining to win the game and end the Washington Capitals’ seven-game losing streak. The Russian, who also had an assist, skated into the zone and beat Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith on the short side over his shoulder on the power play.

Nic Dowd, Dimitrij Jaskin and Tom Wilson all scored, with Braden Holtby making 27 saves for the Caps, who were 0-5-2 during their bad streak.

The hosts played without Alex Ovechkin, who was serving his one-game suspension for skipping the 2019 All-Star Game.

Mikael Backlund, Garnet Hathaway and Elias Lindholm netted for the visitors, who travel to the Carolina Hurricanes on Super Bowl Sunday. The Flames had won three straight games and were 8-0-1 in their last nine. Smith made 36 saves and TJ Brodie registered two assists.

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Up Next:

Flames v Canes – Sunday, February 3rd (2pm)

Bruins v Capitals – Sunday February 3rd (12:30pmNBC)


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Toronto Maple Leafs v Detroit Red Wings 

2-3 (OT) 

Danny DeKeyser scored for the Detroit Red Wings in overtime, spoiling the Toronto Maple Leafs debut of defenseman Jake Muzzin, who they acquired in a trade with the L.A. Kings on Monday.

Auston Matthews scored his 22nd and assisted his 23rd of the season for the Leafs. Patrick Marleau also found the back of the net and assisted another to take the game to overtime.

Frederik Andersen made 30 saves for the visitors, which have lost five of seven.

Gustav Nyqvist and Dylan Larkin scored the other goals for the hosts and Andreas Athanasiou had a NHL career-high three assists for Detroit. Meanwhile Jimmy Howard made 19 saves for the home side, who have won four of six since losing 13 of 15.

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Up Next:

Penguins v Leafs – Saturday, February 2nd (7pm – ESPN+)

Red Wings v Senators – Saturday, February 2nd (7pm)


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Minnesota Wild v Dallas Stars 


Tyler Seguin scored twice, including an emptynetter just 24 seconds from time, to help lift the Dallas Stars to a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center.

Andrew Cogliano had a goal and an assist, whilst Ben Bishop made 21 saves for Dallas, who have won three in a row following a four-game losing streak. The result sees them move ahead of the Wild into third place in the Central Division.

Brad Hunt scored Minnesota’s only goal from Eric Staal and Mikael Granlund. Meanwhile Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves for the visitors, who had won three in a row and were coming off their Bye Week.

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Up Next:

Blackhawks v Wild – Saturday, February 2nd (8pmNBC)

Stars v Predators – Saturday, February 2nd (8pm)



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