Sunday’s Hockey

As the playoff battles intensify we were treated to eight games, two shootouts and 38 regulation goals, four of which come courtesy of the Winnipeg Jets’ Blake Wheeler.

 

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Washington Capitals v New York Rangers

3-2 (OT)

Alex Ovechkin was awarded the deciding goal for the Washington Capitals in their 3-2 shootout win against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

The officials initially ruled no goal on the Russian’s attempt, but the Situation Room initiated a video review and determined Alexander Georgiev threw his stick.

Rule No. 25.4 states, “A goal will be awarded when a goalkeeper attempts to stop a penalty shot by throwing his stick or any other object at the player taking the shot or by dislodging the goal.”

Carl Hagelin and Andre Burakovsky scored for Washington, who are 2pts ahead of the New York Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

T.J. Oshie and Niklas Backstrom scored in the shootout. Washington have won four in a row and are 10-3-1 in their last 14.

Ryan Strome and Pavel Buchnevich scored and Georgiev made 37 saves for the Rangers, who have lost four in a row and are 12pts behind the Montreal Canadiens for the second wild card in the East.

Georgiev saved six shots by Ovechkin in the game, including a breakaway in Overtime.

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SHOOTOUT

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** Winning Shot

Up Next:

Capitals v Flyers – Wednesday, March 6th (7:30pmNBCSN)

Rangers v Stars – Tuesday, March 5th (8:30pm)

 

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Philadelphia Flyers v New York Islanders

4-1

The Philadelphia Flyers won for the 16th time in 21 games by defeating the New York Islanders 4-1.

Brian Elliot made 29 saves for the visitors, who moved within five points of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Philly, who were already playing without Jakub Voracek (lower-body injury), lost Nolan Patrick to an upper-body injury after taking a puck to the side of the head.

Travis Konecny, Travis Sanheim, Scott Laughton and Sean Couturier scored for Philadelphia.

Radko Gudas had an assist on Konecny‘s goal for his 100th NHL point.

Robin Lehner allowed three goals on 13 shots and was pulled during the second period for the Isles, who fell two points behind the Washington Capitals for top spot in the Metro. Thomas Greiss made 12 saves in relief.

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Up Next:

Capitals v Flyers – Wednesday, March 6th (7:30pmNBCSN)

Senators v Islanders – Tuesday, March 5th (7pm)

 

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Vancouver Canucks v Vegas Golden Knights

0-3

Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves for his second consecutive shutout, as the Vegas Golden Knights won their fourth in a row, 3-0 against the Vancouver Canucks.

It was his League-leading eighth shutout this season and his 436th NHL victory, meaning he is one shy of tying Jaques Plante for eighth place on the all-time wins list.

This is the second time this season Fleury has had consecutive shutouts.

Max Pacioretty, Ryan Carpenter and Reilly Smith scored for the Knights, who moved eight points ahead of the Arizona Coyotes for third in the Pacific Division. They are also seven points behind the San Jose Sharks for second place.

Vancouver have lost six of their last seven and 11 of 14. Jacob Markstrom made a season-high 45 saves for the Canucks, who trail the Minnesota Wild by eight points for the second wild card place in the West.

Vegas didn’t commit a single penalty in a game for the second time in their two-year history. The Canucks committed two.

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Up Next:

Leafs v Canucks – Wednesday, March 6th (9pm)

Flames v Knights – Wednesday, March 6th (10:30pm)

 

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Colorado Avalanche v Anaheim Ducks

1-2

Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks ended a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche.

Silfverberg, who signed a five-year contract on Saturday, gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the first period. It was the first time in five games that they didn’t concede the first goal. It was his 100th NHL goal for Anaheim.

Cam Fowler also scored and John Gibson made 25 saves for the hosts.

Derick Brassard scored and Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves for Colorado, who are 1-2-1 in their last four and two points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Colorado’s top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog, who had combined for 23pts (11g, 12a) in their past seven, had 12 shots on goal but didn’t get a point.

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Up Next:

Red Wings v Avalanche – Tuesday, March 5th (9pm)

Ducks v Coyotes – Tuesday, March 5th (9pm)

 

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Ottawa Senators v Florida Panthers

3-2

The Ottawa Senators ended their seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

It was Marc Crawford‘s first win with Ottawa after being hired as interim coach on March 1, replacing Guy Boucher.

Zack Smith, Brian Gibbons and Rudolfs Balcers scored and Anders Nilsson made 30 saves for the Sens, who won for the first time since February 16.

It was Gibbons‘ first goal with Ottawa since being acquired in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on February 25.

Aleksander Barkov and Troy Brouwer scored and Roberto Luongo made 30 saves for Florida, who lost their fourth in a row and are 10pts behind the Montreal Canadiens for the second wild card position in the East.

It was Barkov‘s 28th goal of the season, tying an NHL career high he set back in 2015/16.

Both teams were playing the second of a back-to-back, both lost Saturday night.

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Up Next:

Senators v Islanders – Tuesday, March 5th (7pm)

Panthers v Penguins – Tuesday, March 5th (7pm)

 

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Winnipeg Jets v Columbus Blue Jackets

5-2

Blake Wheeler scored three of his four goals in the third period, lifting the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Defenseman Sami Niku opened the scoring with his first goal in 18 games this season for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck made 16 of his 40 saves in the final period, and Mark Scheifele had three assists for Winnipeg, who lead the Nashville Predators by a single point for the top spot in the Central Division.

Nick Foligno and Seth Jones scored, Artemi Panarin had two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves for Columbus, who have lost two in succession and three of four. They sit two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for the second wild card from the Eastern Conference.

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Up Next:

Jets v Lightning – Tuesday, March 5th (7:30pm)

Blue Jackets v Devils – Tuesday, March 5th (7pm)

 

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Nashville Predators v Minnesota Wild

3-2 (SO)

The Nashville Predators earned a hard-fought 3-2 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild.

Filip Forsberg tied the game at 2-2 at 15:41 of the third period, before Ryan Johansen won it in the fourth round of the shootout.

Nick Bonino also scored and Juuse Saros made 24 saves for the Preds, who had lost their previous two. They trail the Winnipeg Jets by a point for first place in the Central Division.

Eric Fehr and Jason Zucker scored in regulation and Alex Stalock made 41 saves for Minnesota, who saw their five-game win streak come to an end. They lead the Arizona Coyotes by two points for the second western wild card.

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SHOOTOUT

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** Winning Shot

Up Next:

Wild v Predators – Tuesday, March 5th (8pmNBCSN)

 

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Chicago Blackhawks v San Jose Sharks

2-5

The San Jose Sharks moved to within three points of the Calgary Flames for top spot in the Pacific Division with a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Melker Karlsson scored two third period goals, Tomas Hertl also scored twice and Timo Meier and Marcus Sorensen joined in the scoring for the Sharks, who lead the Vegas Golden Knights by 9pts.

Joonas Donskoi had three assists and Martin Jones made 28 saves for San Jose.

Dylan Strome and Erik Gustafsson scored for Chicago, who have lost four of their last five and are eight points out of the wild card contention in the Western Conference. Cam Ward made 29 saves.

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Up Next:

Sabres v Blackhawks – Thursday, March 7th (8:30pm)

Canadiens v Sharks – Thursday, March 7th (10:30pm)

 

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