Saturday Hockey

Hockey is officially back! Saturday saw our first full day of games since the 2019 NHL All-Star break.


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Edmontoin Oilers v Philadelphia Flyers 

4-5 (OT)

Nolan Patrick scored 2:01 into overtime to secure the Philadelphia Flyers’ seventh straight victory, their longest winning streak since Nov. 27 – Dec. 14, 2016.

Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists, Sean Couturier had a goal and one assist, with Travis Konecny and Wayne Simmonds completing the scorers. Jakub Voracek had three assists and Carter Hart, who was just named Rookie of the Month, made 40 saves for Philly, who scored four times on the power play.

Hart sits two wins shy of the NHL record for longest winning streak before the age of 21, set by Jocelyn Thibault (8-0-0) in 1994/95.

Connor McDavid scored his 30th goal of the season and registered an assist in his 50th appearance of the campaign. In the last 30 years only one Oilers player has tallied their 30th goal in 50 games or fewer, Jimmy Carson (38 games in 1988/89)

Zack Kassian had a goal and an assist, Ty Rattie and Adam Larsson also scored and Cam Talbot made 34 saves for Edmonton, who lost their fourth in a row.

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Up Next:

Oilers v Canadiens – Sunday, February 3rd (2pm – ESPN+)

Canucks v Flyers – Monday, February 4th (7pm – ESPN+)


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New Jersey Devils v Montreal Canadiens

3-2 (OT)

Nico Hischier scored twice to give the New Jersey Devils a hard-fought win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Hischier‘s father was in attendance to see him score the overtime winner on a wrist shot. It was also his goal that tied the affair at 2-2 in the third period. To make the day even more special with Travis Zajac injured, he was designated one of the Devils’ alternate Captains by head coach John Hynes.

Mackenzie Blackwood made 37 saves and Will Butcher scored one of two power play goals for the Devils, who have won two of their last three.

Jasperi Kotkaniemi and Phillip Danault scored for Montreal, who were playing their first game since their mandatory Bye Week. Antii Niemi made 24 saves starting in place of Carey Price, who was serving his one-game suspension for not participating in the All-Star Game.

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Up Next:

Kings v Devils – Tuesday, February 5th (7pm – ESPN+) 

Oilers v Canadiens – Sunday, February 3rd (2pm – ESPN+)


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Anaheim Ducks v Winnipeg Jets


Jack Roslovic registered four points, including his first NHL hat trick as the Winnipeg Jets set team records for goals at home and in a period with six in the first.

The Jets have scored five in a period on 11 previous occasions, most recently in the first period of a 6-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in March of 2018. They have never scored six.

The hosts also tied the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers record for goals in a game. They won 9-8 at Philadelphia in October 2011 and 9-0 at Carolina in November 2005. They had however, not scored 9 goals in a home match until Saturday.

14 skaters had at least a point for the homeside and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves and registered an assist. Andrew Copp, Jacob Trouba, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Tyler Myers and Brendan Lemieux all scored.

On the other side of the puck Nick Ritchie scored one and assisted another, with Daniel Sprong and Devin Shore finishing off the scoring for the visitors. John Gibson was pulled after Lemieux‘s goal, allowing six on 14 shots. Chad Johnson made 14 saves in relief.

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Up Next: 

Ducks v Leafs – Monday, February 4th (7pm)

Sharks v Jets – Tuesday, February 5th (8pm)


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Pittsburgh Penguins v Toronto Maple Leafs 


Travis Dermott had a goal and an assist for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their 3-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman scored, and Jake Gardiner got two assists for the Leafs, who are 2-2-1 in their last five games. Garret Sparks made 28 saves.

Sid Crosby and Teddy Blueger netted for the visitors and Matt Murray made 30 saves for the Penguins, who had two in a row.

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Up Next:

Canes v Penguins – Tuesday, February 5th (7pm)

Ducks v Leafs – Monday, February 4th (7pm)


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Detroit Red Wings v Ottawa Senators


Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves for the Red Wings in a 2-0 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadien Tire Centre. It was his first shutout of the season and 17th in the NHL.

Danny DeKeyser and Darren Helm scored for the Red Wings, who have won three in a row and five in seven.

Craig Anderson made 19 saves for the Sens, who have lost their fourth in a row after winning four of five.

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Up Next:

Knights v Red Wings – Thursday, February 7th (7:30pm)

Senators v Leafs – Wednesday, February 6th (7:30pm)


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Vegas Golden Knights v Florida Panthers 


The Vegas Golden Knights lost their fourth game in a row for the first time since entering the NHL last season.

Mike Hoffman scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, Derick Brassard had the lone assist on the goal in his first game with the Panthers after being acquired with Riley Sheahan in a trade with the Penguins on Friday.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist and Frank Vatrano scored an emptynetter with 1:16 remaining. James Reimer made 34 saves for the Panthers, who are 4-1-0 in their past five games.

Max Pacioretty scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for Vegas, who are 29-21-4.

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Up Next: 

Knights v Lightning – Tuesday, February 5th (7:30pm – ESPN+)

Blues v Panthers – Tuesday, February 5th (7pm) 


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Los Angeles Kings v New York Islanders 


Michael Dal Colle scored the game winner with 2:23 remaining and the New York Islanders extended their point streak to eight games.

Casey Cizikas, Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson also scored and Ryan Pulock had three assist for the Islanders, who are 6-0-2 in their last eight games. Robin Lehner made 34 saves.

Anze Kopitar had a goal, his 15th of the season, and an assist, Ilya Kovalchuk also scored and Dustin Brown had two assists for LA, who lost the opener of a six-game road trip. Jonathan Quick made 28 saves.

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Up Next: 

Kings v Rangers – Monday, February 4th (7pm) 

Islanders v Bruins – Tuesday, February 5th (7pm)


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St Louis Blues v Columbus Blue Jackets


Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists to help the St. Louis Blues hand the Columbus Blue Jackets their fifth straight loss.

Ryan O’Reilly netted and assisted one for the visitors, Carl Gunnarsson also scored, with Brayden Schenn getting his 200th NHL assist in 561 games on the goal. Oskar Sundqvist put his name on the scoresheet and Jordan Binnington made 18 saves.

Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for the Blue Jackets and Artmei Panarin had two assists. Joonas Korpisalo made 29 saves.

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Up Next:

Blues v Panthers – Tuesday, February 5th (7pm)

Blue Jackets v Avalanche – Tuesday, February 5th (9pm)


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Dallas Stars v  Nasheville Predators 


The Dallas Stars extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators.

Blake Comeau and Mattias Janmark scored 43 seconds apart in the third period for the Stars, who have pulled within eight points of the Preds for second place in the Central Division. Anton Khudobin made 38 saves and Tyler Seguin opened the scoring for the visitors in the first period.

Calle Jarnkrok scored for Nashville, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. Pekka Rinne made 23 saves.

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Up Next:

Coyotes v Stars – Monday, February 4th (8:30pm)

Coyotes v Predators – Tuesday, February 5th (8pm) 


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Chicago Blackhawks v Minnesota Wild 

 4-3 (OT)

Erik Gustafsson scored his second goal of the game 1:19 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win at Xcel Energy Center.

Alex DeBrincat had a goal and two assists, Jonathan Toews had a score and one assist, whilst Dylan Strome and Dominik Kahun each recorded two assists and Collin Delia made 28 saves for Chicago, who have won four consecutively.

Victor Rask scored his first goal for Minnesota after being acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Nino Niederreiter last month. It came 3:02 from time to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Jason Zucker and Mikko Koivu also scored for the hosts and Alex Stalock made 27 saves for the Wild, who have lost two in a row.

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Up Next:

Blackhawks v Oilers – Tuesday, February 5th (9pm)

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


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Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Rangers


The league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning now have 80pts on the season after they won their second in as many nights, a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Erik Cernak scored his first NHL goal, Steven Stamkos scored his 28th of the season and Yanni Gourde added his 13th. Louis Domingue made 31 saves in just his second appearance since Dec. 20th.

Nikita Kucherov had an assist on Stamkos‘ goal to break Vinny Lecavalier‘s franchise record for the fewest number of games needed to reach 80pts in a season. Kucherov has 80 (22g, 58a) in 52 games, Lacavalier did it in 60 in 2006/2007.

Mats Zuccarello scored for the Rangers, taking his point streak to seven games (5g,8a). Kevin Hayes also scored and Mika Zibanejad recorded two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves coupled with his third assist of the season, but his four-game winning streak ended.

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Up Next:

Knights v Lightning- Tuesday, February 5th (7:30pm – ESPN+) 

Kings v Rangers – Monday, February 4th (7pm)


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Vancouver Canucks v Colorado Avalanche 


Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves for the Vancouver Canucks to help secure a 5-1 thrashing of the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.

Jake Virtanen and Antoine Roussel each had a goal and assist. Brock Boeser, Tyler Motte and Nikolay Goldobin also scored for the visitors, who are 3-1-0 in their last four and move ahead of the Avs for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Matt Calvert scored and Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves for the hosts, who have lost three in a row and 13 of their past 16.

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Up Next:

Canucks v Flyers – Monday, February 4th (7pm – ESPN+)

Blue Jackets v Avalanche- Tuesday, February 5th (9pm)


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Arizona Coyotes v San Jose Sharks 

2-3 (OT)

Brent Burns scored 3:14 into overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

Burns, who also had an assist on the game, scored his 13th career overtime goal, tying Scott Niedermayer for the most overtime goals by a defenseman in NHL history.

Kevin Labanc and Joe Pavelski scored the other Shark goals and Martin Jones made 31 saves for San Jose, who have won back-to-back games after three consecutive losses.

Conor Garland and Josh Archibald netted for the visitors, with the latter tying things 2-2 at 7:10 of the 3rd. Darcy Kuemper made 32 saves for Arizona, who are 3-1-2 in their last six.

It was the first game for each team following the All-Star break.

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Up Next:

Coyotes v Stars – Monday, February 4th (8:30pm) 

Sharks v Jets – Tuesday, February 5th (8pm)  



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