Saturday’s Hockey

We were treated to 11 games in the NHL today, including the Stadium Series matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers at Lincoln Financial Field.

 

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Washington Capitals v Buffalo Sabres

2-5

Sam Reinhart scored a hat trick as the Buffalo Sabres ended a four-game losing streak with 5-2 victory over the reigning champions.

Jason Pominville and Rasmus Dahlin also scored, and Jack Eichel had two assists for the hosts, who trail the Carolina Hurricanes by 6pts for the second wild card spot in the East. Carter Hutton made 31 saves.

Alex Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky scored and Braden Holtby made 33 saves for the Capitals, who are two points behind the New York Islanders for top spot in the Metropolitan Division.

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Up Next:

Rangers v Capitals – Sunday, February 24th (12:30pm)

Sabres v Leafs – Monday, February 25th (7pm)

 

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New Jersey Devils v New York Rangers

2-5

Ryan Strome scored two goals in his 400th NHL game as the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid and forwards Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes were scratches as the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline looms.

Zuccarello has now joined the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional 2019 second-round draft pick and a 2020 third-round draft pick, which could change to a first-round pick if Dallas sign the forward to an extension over the summer.

Jimmy Vesey and Chris Kreider both had a goal and an assist, Brady Skjei scored, Pavel Buchnevich and Mika Zibanejad each had two assists, and Alexander Georgiev made 19 saves for New York, who are 10pts behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the second Wild Card place in the Eastern Conference.

Kenny Agostino and Andy Green scored and Cory Schneider made 29 saves for New Jersey.

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Up Next:

Canadiens v Devils – Monday, February 25th (7pm

Rangers v Capitals – Sunday, February 24th (12:30pm)

 

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Boston Bruins v St Louis Blues

1-2 (OT)

The Boston Bruins had their seven-game winning streak come to an end with a 2-1 shootout loss to the St Louis Blues.

Chris Wagner scored and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for Boston, who extended their point streak to 13 games (9-0-4). They sit second in the Atlantic Division, 5pts ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Alexander Steen scored and Jordan Binnington made 31 saves for the hosts, who have won 12 of their last 13 games and six in a row at home.

Tyler Bozak opened the scoring in the shootout, before Charlie Coyle scored on his Bruins debut. Sammy Blais netted the winner.

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SHOOTOUT

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** Winning Shot

 

Up Next:

Sharks v Bruins – Tuesday, February 26th (7pm)

Blues v Wild – Sunday, February 24th (7pmNBCSN)

 

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Carolina Hurricanes v Dallas Stars

3-0

Curtis McElhinney made 24 saves for the Carolina Hurricanes as they handed the Stars another 3-0 defeat.

It’s the second shutout and 3-0 victory the Canes have had over Dallas in the past week. Petrz Mrazek made 33 saves in his shutout at PNC Arena on February 16th.

Lucas Wallmark, Justin Faulk and Jordan Martinook scored for Carolina, who have won eight of their last 10 games and hold the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Jordan Staal returned to the Hurricanes line-up after missing 32 games due to an upper-body injury and recorded an assist on Martinook‘s emptynetter.

Dallas have lost four of their last five games, whilst being shutout on three occasions. They are tied with the Colorado Avalanche in points but hold the first wild card spot in the West, 1pt ahead of the Minnesota Wild.

Upon his return from an upper-body injury, Ben Bishop made 28 saves for the Stars.

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Up Next:

Kings v Canes – Tuesday, February 26th (7pm)

Stars v Blackhawks – Sunday, February 24th (3pmESPN+)

 

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Los Angeles Kings v Florida Panthers

1-6

Roberto Luongo tied Ed Belfour for third place on the all-time wins list with his 484th victory as the Florida Panthers defeated the L.A. Kings 6-1.

Luongo, who was starting for the first time in five games after spending time on the bereavement list, made 18 saves.

Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Keith Yandle all registered a goal and an assist for Florida, who are 10pts behind the Carolina Hurricanes for that second wild card spot.

After an extended time out due to injury, Jamie McGinn scored in his 600th NHL game and Vincent Trocheck and Ian McCoshen also had goals.

Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who have lost a season-high seven in a row. Jonathan Quick made 17 saves before being pulled after allowing six goals, Jack Campbell made two saves in relief.

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Up Next:

Kings v Canes – Tuesday, February 26th (7pm)

Panthers v Avalanche – Monday, February 25th (9pm)

 

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San Jose Sharks v Columbus Blue Jackets

0-4

Matt Duchene registered his first points (1g, 1a) as a Blue Jacket in his home debut for the Ohio club, and Sergei Bobrovsky got his second consecutive shutout in a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Duchene was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Friday. On Saturday, Sens teammate and linemate Ryan Dzingel joined him at Columbus in another trade.

The Blue Jackets have won seven of their last 10 and trail the Washington Capitals by 2pts for second in the Metropolitan Division.

Bobrovsky, who made 26 saves, has five shutouts this season and 29 in his career. It was his third in his past six games. He is the first Blue Jackets goalie to have a shutout on successive days and the second in the NHL to do it this season (Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights v the Calgary Flames and Sharks.

Martin Jones made 19 saves on 23 shots before being replaced by Aaron Dell, who made  three saves for San Jose, who saw their six-game road winning streak end. They are second in the Pacific Division, 3pts behind the Flames.

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Up Next:

Sharks v Red Wings – Sunday, February 24th (3pm)

Penguins v Blue Jackets – Tuesday, February 26th (7pmESPN+)

 

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Colorado Avalanche v Nashville Predators

5-0

Phillip Grubauer made 28 saves for his first shutout with the Colorado Avalanche in their 5-0 romping of the Nashville Predators.

Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and an assist, Alex Kerfoot had a goal and two assists and Gabriel Landeskog and Nikita Zadorov also scored for the Avs, who have won four in a row and five of their last six.

The Avalanche are tied in points with the Dallas Stars, who hold the first wild card spot in the West. They lead Minnesota by 1pt for the second wild card place.

Pekka Rinne made 16 saves for the Preds, who sit second in the Central Division, 1pt behind the Winnipeg Jets.

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Up Next:

Panthers v Avalanche – Monday, February 25th (9pm)

Oilers v Predators – Monday, February 25th (8pmESPN+)

 

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Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs

3-6

Zach Hyman scored his first of two goals with 1:50 remaining in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs completed a three-goal comeback to defeat the Montreal Canadians 6-3.

William Nylander and Auston Matthews each had a goal and an assist, Tyler Ennis and Andreas Johnsson scored for the Leafs, who ended a three-game losing streak.

Patrick Marleau registered two assists in his 1,636th NHL game, passing Scott Stevens for eighth on the all-time games played list.

Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his 99th game with Toronto, moving him past John Ross Roach for eighth place on their all-time wins list for goalies.

The victory moves the Maple Leafs within 3pts of the Boston Bruins for second place in the Atlantic Division.

Andrew Shaw and Jeff Petry each had a goal and an assist, Tomas Tatar scored and Carey Price made 31 saves for Montreal, who hold the first wild card spot in the East and are 1pt ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes, who have the second wild card spot.

Toronto railed back from three or more goals to defeat the Canadiens in a regular-season game for just the second time in Leafs history and the first time since March 26, 1969.

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Up Next:

Canadiens v Devils – Monday, February 25th (7pm)

Sabres v Leafs – Monday, February 25th (7pm)

 

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Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers

3-4 (OT)

Claude Giroux scored 1:59 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a dramatic comeback victory to beat rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in front of a sellout crowd of 69,620 at Lincoln Financial Field in the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

Sean Couturier scored in the first period and James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek scored late in the third period to tie the game for Philly, who won for the first time in three games. They are 7pts behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the second wild card slot in the East. Brian Elliot made 40 saves.

Sid Crosby had a goal and an assist, Justin Schultz and Evgeni Malkin also scored and Matt Murray made 33 saves for the Pens, who have lost two in a row. They are tied on points with Carolina who hold the second wild card.

It was the first win in four outdoor games for the Flyers, who were 0-2-1.

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Up Next:

Penguins v Blue Jackets – Tuesday, February 26th (7pmESPN+)

Sabres v Flyers – Tuesday, February 26th (7pmNBCSN)

 

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New York Islanders v Vancouver Canucks

4-0

Robin Lehner made 36 saves as the New York Islanders shutout the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

It was the goalie’s fourth of the season, an NHL career hight. He is 15-3-2 with a .943 save percentage and three shutouts in his past 20 games.

Casey Cizikas, Ryan Pulock, Anthony Beauvillier and Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Islanders, who went 1-1-1 on their Western Canada road trip and are 4pts ahead of the Washington Capitals for top spot in the Metro.

Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves for Vancouver, who have lost three in succession and eight of their last 10. They are now 5pts behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

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Up Next:

Flames v Islanders – Tuesday, February 26th (7pm)

Ducks v Canucks – Monday, February 25th (10pm)

 

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Anaheim Ducks v Edmonton Oilers

1-2

Josh Currie scored his first NHL goal to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

Currie was recalled from Bakersfield of the AHL on Monday and was playing his third NHL game.

Connor McDavid didn’t play for the hosts, serving the first of a two-game suspension for a hit to the head on Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy on Thursday.

Sam Gagner also scored and Mikko Koskinen made 33 saves for the Oilers, who are 7pts behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card in the West.

Leon Draisaitl extended his point streak to six games for Edmonton (4g, 4a) with the primary assist on Gagner‘s score and Milan Lucic got his 300th NHL assist on Currie‘s goal.

Carter Rowney scored for the Ducks, who are 8pts behind Colorado. Kevin Boyle made 19 saves.

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Up Next:

Ducks v Canucks – Monday, February 25th (10pm)

Oilers v Predators – Monday, February 25th (8pmESPN+)

 

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