Friday Night Hockey

Friday night’s six games saw 38 goals, a shootout, an elimination from playoff contention and the Toronto Maple Leafs play as the Toronto St Pats again for one night only.


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Carolina Hurricanes v Columbus Blue Jackets 


Sergei Bobrovsky made 46 saves for the Columbus Blue Jackets to help them defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0, despite being outshout 46-20.

The win sees them tie the Canes for the first wild card in the Eastern Conference, they’re both four points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens and four behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for third in the Metro.

Bobrovsky has six shutouts this season.

Defensemen Adam McQuaid and David Savard gave the hosts a 2-0 lead within the space of three minutes, early in the first period.

It was McQuaid‘s first goal since joining Columbus from the New York Rangers in February.

Petr Mrazek made 17 saves for Carolina, who have won 10 of 14 and remain above the Blue Jackets with fewer losses, they also have a game in hand.

Justin Faulk played his 547th NHL game, passing Tim Gleason and trailing Glen Wesley (729) for second among defenseman in franchise history and the third most by any Canes/Whalers player.

Columbus’ victory eliminated the New Jersey Devils from playoff contention.

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Up Next:

Sabres v Canes – Saturday, March 16th (7pm)

Blue Jackets v Bruins – Saturday, March 16th (7pmESPN+)


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Philadelphia Flyers v Toronto Maple Leafs


James van Riemsdyk got his second hat trick of the season for the Philadelphia Flyers, though due to the Toronto Maple Leafs scoring five straight goals, they were defeated 7-6.

The Leafs trailed 5-2 for a lot of the second period before Jake Muzzin scored twice. Auston Matthews then added a couple himself to help the Leafs avoid losing three in a row in regulation for the first time this season. Muzzin also had an assist.

Patrick Marleau scored on the power play late in the first, Zach Hyman also scored and Martin Marincin netted his first of the season for Toronto, who trail the Boston Bruins by two points for second in the Atlantic Division. Frederik Andersen made 23 saves on 29 shots. 

Jakub Voracek , Radko Gudas, and Shayne Gostisbehere scored, and Brian Elliott made 44 saves for Philly, who have lost two in a row and trail the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card in the east. 

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Up Next:

Flyers v Penguins – Sunday, March 16th (7:30pmNBCSN)

Leafs v Senators – Saturday, March 16th (7pm)


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Vegas Golden Knights v Dallas Stars


Marc-Andre Fleury made 40 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights in their 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars.

Max Pacioretty and Ryan Reaves scored for the visitors, who are 7-1-0 in their last eight games. They sit third in the Pacific Division, 12pts behind first-placed Calgary Flames, and 11 behind the second-place San Jose Sharks.   

Pacioretty scored 18 seconds into the first period to give the Knights a 1-0 lead, it was the second-fastest goal in their two-year history – William Karlsson scored 14 seconds into a 6-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on November 24, 2018. 

Reaves scored his first goal since January 6th. 

Roope Hintz netted and Anton Khudobin made 35 saves for Dallas, who are 6-2-0 in their last eight and remain tied with the St Louis Blues for third place in the Central Division, six points behind the Nashville Predators.


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Up Next:

Oilers v Knights – Sunday, March 17th (10pmNBCSN)

Canucks v Stars – Sunday, March 17th (7pm)


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Anaheim Ducks v Colorado Avalanche


Corey Perry scored the tiebreaker, his second of the game, on the power play with 57 seconds left in the third for the Anaheim Ducks, before Hampus Lindholm secured the win with an emptynetter 34 seconds later.

Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists, Daniel Sprong had a goal and an assist, and John Gibson made 41 saves for the Ducks, who are 5-3-0 in their last eight games and trail the Arizona Coyotes by 10pts for the second wild card from the Western Conference.

Sprong has five points (4g, 1a) in his last five games and Ryan Getzlaf has five points (2g, 3a) in his last four.

Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Sven Adrighetto scored, and Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves for the Colorado Avalanche, who are 2-5-0 in their last seven and trail Arizona by 5pts.

MacKinnon has seven points (3g, 4a) in his last five games.

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Up Next:

Panthers v Ducks – Sunday, March 17th (9pm)

Devils v Avalanche – Sunday, March 17th (3pm)


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New York Rangers v Calgary Flames


Matthew Tkachuk recorded an NHL career-high five points as the Calgary Flames reclaimed top spot in the Pacific Division and Western Conference with a 5-1 win over the New York Rangers.

The Flames lead the San Jose Sharks by one point, each have played 71 games. 

Tkachuk had two goals and three assists, and Michael Frolik had a goal and an assist for the hosts, who have won three in a row following a four-game losing streak. David Rittich made 24 saves. 

Tkachuk is the third Flames player this season to get five or more points in a game. He joins Johnny Gaudreau (6 against NJ Devils on Tuesday) and Sean Monahan (5 against Sharks on December 31).

Monahan left the game after the first period due to illness and will not play at the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

Gaudreau and Garnett Hathaway also scored, and Noah Hanifin recorded his 25th assist of the season for the Flames. Gaudreau has four goals in the last two games after not scoring for nine straight. 

Neal Pionk scored and Alexander Georgiev made 27 saves for the Rangers, who have just one win in their last 10.

Ryan Strome had an assist and has four points (2g, 2a) in his last four games.

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Up Next:

Rangers v Wild – Saturday, March 16th (8pm)

Flames v Jets – Saturday, March 16th (7pmESPN+)


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New Jersey Devils v Vancouver Canucks

3-2 (SO)

Damon Severson scored on a forehand deke in the seventh round of the shootout for his first shootout goal in four attempts, as the New Jersey Devils rallied from behind to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2.

The Devils had nothing to lose in the game, having already been eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention after the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes earlier in the evening. 

The visitors were trailing 2-0 thanks to goals from Elias Pettersson and Tanner Pearson, before Kevin Rooney scored 5:41 into the third period and Stefan Noesen tied the game 2-2 with 6:26 left. 

Noesen had an NHL career-high seven shots on goal, whilst Will Butcher had an assist for the fourth game running and Kenny Agostino had an assist to extend his point streak to four games (2g, 3a).

Mackenzie Blackwood made 25 saves and didn’t allow a goal on six of seven shootout attempts for the Devils, who have won consecutively after going 0-6-1 in their previous seven. It was Blackwood‘s first start since their 9-4 defeat at Calgary.

Bo Horvat had two assists, Brock Boeser had one assist and Jacob Markstrom made 31 saves for the Canucks, who are 2-4-2 in their last eight. They are nine points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second western wild card. 

Boeser‘s assist for Vancouver extended his point streak to five games (2g, 4a).

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Up Next:

Devils v Avalanche – Sunday, March 17th (3pm)

Canucks v Stars – Sunday, March 17th (7pm)



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