Monday night’s games gave us some incredible high scoring games, 34 goals, three shutouts and an overtime in Edmonton.
Tampa Bay Lightning v Toronto Maple Leafs
The Tampa Bay Lightning became the seventh team in NHL history with 110pts from 70 games by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2.
Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette scored twice and Anthony Cirelli and Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa, who have won four of their last five games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves for the Bolts, who have already clinched their playoff berth and lead the Boston Bruins by 17pts for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Auston Matthews and Connor Brown scored for the Maple Leafs, who are 3-1-1 in their last five and trail Boston by four points for second place in the Atlantic Division.
Frederik Andersen allowed four goals on 19 shots before being pulled, Garret Sparks made 21 saves in relief.
Lightning v Red Wings – Thursday, March 14th (7:30pm)
Blackhawks v Leafs – Wednesday, March 13th (7pm – NBCSN)
Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Islanders
Thomas Greiss made 31 saves, 11 of which came in the third period, as the New York Islanders moved within two points of first place in the Metropolitan Division with a 2-0 over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
It was Greiss‘ fifth shutout and second straight against Columbus; he made 31 saves in a 3-0 win on February 14th. His shutout streak against the Blue Jackets is 151:27.
Ryan Pulock scored in the first period and Anders Lee scored an emptynetter for the Isles, who trail the Washington Capitals for the division lead and are four points ahead of the third-placed Carolina Hurricanes.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 18 saves and Cam Atkinson hit the goal post twice for the visitors, who remain tied in points with the Montreal Canadiens for the second eastern wild card.
The Blue Jackets have been shutout in three of their last six games.
Bruins v Blue Jackets – Tuesday, March 12th (7pm)
Canadiens v Islanders – Thursday, March 14th (7pm)
Ottawa Senators v Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers gained ground in the Eastern Conference wild card race with a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Michael Raffl had a goal and an assist, Oskar Lindblom scored and Scott Laughton scored his NHL career-high 11th goal of the season for the hosts, who were without Jakub Voracek, who is serving a two-game suspension for interference against New York Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk.
Brian Elliot made 20 saves for Philly, who are 6-1-1 in their last eight and are three points behind Columbus for the second wild card in the east.
Chris Tierney and Filip Chlapik scored for Ottawa, who held the Flyers without a shot for the first nine minutes of the game.
Craig Anderson made 33 saves for the Sens, who have lost four in succession and have been eliminated from playoff contention.
Blues v Senators – Thursday, March 14th (7:30pm)
Capitals v Flyers – Thursday, March 14th (7pm – ESPN+)
San Jose Sharks v Minnesota Wild
Martin Jones made 24 saves to lift the San Jose Sharks to their fifth consecutive win with a 3-0 victory against the Minnesota Wild.
It was Jones‘ third shutout this season, his second against Minnesota, and 22nd in the NHL. He has allowed two or fewer goals in 10 of his last 15 starts.
Barclay Goodrow, Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture scored for the visitors, who moved a point ahead of the Calgary Flames for first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.
Hertl has six points (3g, 3a) in a five-game point streak and Timo Meier‘s assist on Hertl‘s goal was his 100th NHL point, it also extended his point streak to five games (5g, 1a).
Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for Minnesota, who have lost four of their past five games. They remain a point ahead of the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card spot and trail the Dallas Stars by one point for the first in the west.
Sharks v Jets – Tuesday, March 12th (8pm – ESPN+)
Stars v Wild – Thursday, March 14th (8pm)
Arizona Coyotes v Chicago Blackhawks
Brendan Perlini scored his first NHL hat trick for the Chicago Blackhawks as they thrashed the Arizona Coyotes 7-1.
Perlini played for the Coyotes from 2016-2018 and completed the hat trick when he scored with four seconds left.
Brandon Saad, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews scored, Alex DeBrincat had two assists, and Corey Crawford made 24 saves for Chicago, who are five points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card from the west.
It’s the first time since 2010/11 that Toews has reached 30 goals in a season, when he scored 32. His career high is 34, set in 2008/09.
Kane, Towes and DeBrincat became the first three Blackhawks to each score 30 goals in a season since Tony Amonte, Eric Daze and Steve Sullivan in 2000/2001.
Richard Panik scored for Arizona, who lost for the second time in 10 games and are just one point behind the Wild.
Darcy Kuemper allowed four goals on 16 shots, Calvin Pickard made 15 saves in relief.
Coyotes v Blues – Tuesday, March 12th (8pm)
Blackhawks v Leafs – Wednesday, March 13th (7pm – NBCSN)
Carolina Hurricanes v Colorado Avalanche
Petr Mrazek made 38 saves and Andrei Svechnikov scored twice to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-0 victory over Colorado Avalanche, and into third place in the Metropolitan Division.
It’s the Czech’s fourth shutout of the season and third in his last eight starts.
Svechnikov also recorded an assist for his second career 3-point game, whilst Dougie Hamilton scored and Teuvo Teravainen had two assists for the Canes, who are 7-1-1 in their last nine and are tied in points with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Hamilton has scored 10 times since the beginning of the year, leading the NHL D-men in goals and Mrazek has a career-long 6-game win streak for Carolina, who have won an NHL-leading 14 road games since January 1st.
Carolina’s Calvin de Haan had to leave the game at 6:47 of the third after he was struck in the face with Alexander Kerfoot‘s stick on the follow through of a shot. In his post-game interview head coach Rod Brind’Amour told media the defenseman had to go to the hospital for further examination.
Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves for the Avs, who have lost four of their last six and trail the Minnesota Wild by two points for the second wild card from the Western Conference.
Canes v Blue Jackets – Friday, March 15th (7pm – ESPN+)
Ducks v Avalanche – Friday, March 15th (9pm)
New York Rangers v Edmonton Oilers
Leon Draisaitl scored 35 seconds into overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.
Draisaitl had two assists on top of his goal, extending his point streak to 14 games.
Connor McDavid and Matt Benning scored in the first period for the hosts, who have won five of their last six and trail the Minnesota Wild by five points for the second western wild card. Mikko Koskinen made 28 saves.
Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom left the game at 11:58 of the first period after he was hit in the groin.
Brendan Lemieux had a goal and an assist, Brett Howden also scored and Alexander Georgiev made 20 saves for New York, who are 1-2-5 in their last eight and trail the Columbus Blue Jackets by 11pts for the second wild card in the east.
Rangers v Canucks – Wednesday, March 13th (10pm – ESPN+)
Devils v Oilers – Wednesday, March 13th (9:30pm – NBCSN)
ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN