We may have only had 3 games but they were exciting. The Blackhawks barely held on after leading 5-0, the Devils ended their losing streak, the Canucks actually won a game in regulation and a young Devil scored his first goal of the season in front of his hometown crowd.
The NHL also treated us to 23 goals.
Chicago Blackhawks v Toronto Maple Leafs
The Chicago Blackhawks scored four goals in the first period before holding off severe pressure from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 5-4 victory.
Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist, Brendan Perlini had a goal and two assists and Duncan Keith, Dominik Kahun and Alex DeBrincat also scored for the Blackhawks, who have won four in a row and trail the Arizona Coyotes by four points for the second western wild card.
Patrick Kane had the primary assist on Kahun‘s goal, leaving him one point shy of reaching 100 points for the second time in the NHL (2015/16).
Corey Crawford made 17 saves before leaving after the second period due to illness, he was replaced by Collin Delia, who made 26 saves on 29 shots in the third period.
Andreas Johnson, Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly all had a goal and an assist, and William Nylander and Mitch Marner each registered two assists for the Maple Leafs, who have lost three of four and trail the Boston Bruins by four points for second place in the Atlantic Division.
Nylander‘s assist on Johnsson‘s goal was his 100th in the NHL and Matthews played his 200th NHL game.
Frederik Andersen was pulled for the second consecutive game after allowing four goals on 14 shots. He was replaced after the first period by Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves.
The hosts, who outshot Chicago 29-12 in the third period, were four shy of the NHL record for most shots in a single period, set by the Tampa Bay Lightning in October 2018.
Blackhawks v Canadiens – Saturday, March 16th (7pm)
Flyers v Leafs – Friday, March 15th (7pm)
New Jersey Devils v Edmonton Oilers
Connor McDavid got his 100th point of the season in his side’s 6-3 loss at the hands of the New Jersey Devils.
McDavid (66) joined Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov (62) as the second player to reach 100pts in fewer than 70 games this season. The last time that occurred was in 2005/06 with Jaromir Jagr (67) and Joe Thornton (66).
The Devils are the only team the forward has never scored against, he has 12 assists in seven games, including two in this game.
Sam Wagner, Alex Chiasson and Matt Benning scored for the Oilers, who remain six points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card from the Western Conference. Leon Draisaitl saw his 14 game point streak end (10g, 13).
Mikko Koskinen allowed four goals on 18 shots before being pulled in the second period. Anthony Stolarz made 15 saves in relief.
Kenny Agostino, Damon Severson and Kevin Rooney each had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who were 0-6-1 during their seven game losing streak. Corey Schneider made 36 saves for New Jersey, who were coming off a 9-4 thrashing to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
Travis Zajac also scored, John Quenneville got his first goal of the season, in his hometown no less and Blake Coleman made it 6-3 with a shorthander midway through the third period.
Despite the win, the Devils still face a tough battle to avoid elimination from the playoff race. They sit 20 points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second eastern wild card, and only three points ahead of the already eliminated Detroit Red Wings.
Devils v Canucks – Friday, March 15th (10pm)
Oilers v Coyotes – Saturday, March 16th (10pm)
New York Rangers v Vancouver Canucks
Tyler Motte scored twice in 11 seconds to help propel the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers.
He scored on a breakaway to make it 2-0, before his slap shot found its way through a scramble at the top of the crease, extending his side’s lead to 3-0. It was his first multi-goal game in the NHL.
Brock Boeser and Jake Virtanen also scored, and Jacob Markstrom made 21 saves and assisted Motte‘s second goal for Vancouver, who won in regulation for just the second time in 18 games (5-10-3, with 1 OT win, 2 SO wins).
The Canucks are eight points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second western wild card.
Pavel Buchnevich scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for New York, who have won one in nine games and are 12 points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for that second eastern wild card position.
The visitors were called for two five-minute major penalties in the second period that changed the game. Boeser made it 1-0 on the power play after Rangers’ Chris Kreider was given a major and a game misconduct for elbowing Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson.
Brendan Lemieux was then given a match penalty for hitting Antoine Roussel on Motte‘s second goal, causing a season-ending knee injury for the 29-year-old forward.
Rangers v Flames – Friday, March 15th (9pm – ESPN+)
Devils v Canucks – Friday, March 15th (10pm)
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