Saturday’s Hockey

Saturday’s 12 games saw 65 goals, two overtimes, records set and both the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks missed out on clinching a playoff berth.


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St Louis Blues v Pittsburgh Penguins


On what was a special day for Evgeni Malkin the Penguins fell apart, losing 5-1 at home to the St Louis Blues.

The Russian was honored before the game for reaching 1,000 NHL points. He got to his landmark with two assists in their 5-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. He was presented with a number of gifts, including a plaque made of steel from the Civic Arena, where the Pens played from 1967-2010.

Domink Simon scored the only goal of the game for the hosts, an unassisted score in the second period.

Matt Murray allowed four goals on 13 shits before being pulled at 2:41 of the second period. Casey DeSmith made 12 saves in relief for the Penguins, whose three-game win streak ended.

Pittsburgh sun third in the Metropolitan Division, four points behind the Washington Capitals, two behind the New York Islanders, two ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes (who have a game in hand) and three ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Vince Dunn scored twice, Pat Maroon had a goal and an assist, Oskar Sundqvist and Jay Bouwmeester also scored for the Blues, who ended a three-game losing streak and sit third in the Central Division, seven points behind the Winnipeg Jets, six behind the Nashville Predators and two ahead of the Dallas Stars.

Jordan Binnington made 40 saves for St Louis.

The visitors now have three defenseman with at least 10 goals for the first time – Alex Pietrangelo has 12, Dunn has 11 and Colton Parayko, who had two assists in the game, has 10.


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Up Next:

Blues v Sabres – Sunday, March 17th (5pm)

Flyers v Penguins – Sunday, March 17th (7:30pmNBCSN)


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New York Islanders v Detroit Red Wings 


The New York Islanders failed to put pressure on Metropolitan Divisional rivals, the Washington Capitals, after being defeated 2-1 by the Detroit Red Wings.

They remain two points behind the reigning champions.

Anders Lee scored and Thomas Greiss made 20 saves for the Isles, who had won four of their last five. Mathew Barzal had eight shots on goal, tying his NHL high set in January against the Chicago Blackhawks

Jonathan Bernier, who was 1-8-3 in his last 15 games, made 41 saves and Andreas Athanasiou scored twice for Detroit, who ended a four-game losing streak and won for the second time in 14 games.

The Red Wings, already eliminated from contention for the playoffs, gave new signing Ryan Kuffner 7:08 of ice time. He was making his NHL debut after finish his college career at Princeton and missed the net on his one shot at goal.

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Up Next:

Islanders v Wild – Sunday, March 17th (6pmESPN+)

Red Wings v Rangers – Tuesday, March 19th (7pm)


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Florida Panthers v Los Angeles Kings 


Jonathan Huberdeau scored the game winner with 1:56 left to lift the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the L.A. Kings for their fourth straight win.

Aleksander Barkov had three assists, setting an NHL career high of 81pts (30g, 51a), he had 78 points last season. The forward has a five-game point streak (2g, 9a) and is just the third Panthers player with at least 80pts in a single season. 

Evgenii Dadonov scored twice, and Mike Hoffman‘s goal saw him become the first player to score at least 33 in his first season with the Panthers.

Sam Montembeault made 24 saves for his fourth consecutive win for Florida, who are eight points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second eastern wild card.

Anze Kopitar reached 20 goals for the 10th time in 13 seasons and registered his 30th assist. He has had at least 30 in every season of his NHL career.

Dustin Brown and Brendan Leipsic also scored and Jeff Carter had an assist for his 700th NHL point for the Kings, who are 2-11-4 in their last 17. Jonathan Quick made 31 saves. 

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Up Next:

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

Jets v Kings – Monday, March 18th (10:30pm)


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Buffalo Sabres v Carolina Hurricanes 


Jordan Staal scored a goal for his 500th NHL point (213g, 287a, in 882 games), as the Carolina Hurricanes moved within two points of third place in the Metropolitan Division and padded their wild-card lead with a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Lucas Wallmark, Andrei Svechnikov and Justin Williams also scored for Carolina, who are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games and trail the Pittsburgh Penguins by two points with a game in hand. They play each other Tuesday at PNC Arena. 

Curtis McElhinney made 35 saves for the hosts, who lead the Columbus Blue Jackets by a point and the Montreal Canadiens by four for the first wild card from the Eastern Conference. The goalie tied his NHL high with his 28th start, set with Columbus in 2014/15.

Twelve players had a point for Carolina, who are 11-3-1 in the second of back-to-back games, and have won nine in a row against the Sabres. 

Jeff Skinner scored for the first time in 14 games with his fourth goal in three games against his former team this season. He was drafted by the Canes in 2010 and played eight seasons in Carolina before being traded in the summer.

Zemgus Girgensons added a second and Linus Ullmark made 25 saves for Buffalo, who had been shutout in their previous three games. They have lost seven in a row and is 2-11-2 in their last 15.

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Up Next:

Blues v Sabres – Sunday, March 17th (5pm)

Penguins v Canes – Tuesday, March 19th (7pm)


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Calgary Flames v Winnipeg Jets


The Winnipeg Jets beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 to maintain their lead atop the Central Division.

Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves for his 30th win (30-20-0), and Mark Scheifele and Mathieu Perreault scored for the Jets, who remain a point ahead of the Nashville Predators. 

Blake Wheeler, who got the assist on Scheifele‘s goal, has 19pts (8g, 11a) in his last 12 games.

Mark Jankowski scored and Matt Smith made 19 saves for the Flames, whose three-game win streak ended. They stay a point ahead of the Sharks, who lost 4-2 to the Predators, for first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.

The visitors, who lead the NHL with 17 shorthanded goals, could have clinched a playoff berth if they had earned at least a point or if the Minnesota Wild had lost to the New York Rangers, but the Minnesota won 5-2. 

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Up Next:

Blue Jackets v Flames – Tuesday, March 19th (9pmESPN+)

Jets v Kings – Monday, March 18th (10:30pm)


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Columbus Blue Jackets v Boston Bruins

1-2 (OT)

Brad Marchand scored with 1:30 left in overtime, helping the Boston Bruins end a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal for his 800th NHL point, and Marchand‘s assist on the goal and his own score sees him reach 87 points, an NHL career high. 

Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves for Boston, who have won 11 straight at home and lead the Toronto Maple Leafs by four points for second place in the Atlantic Division. The win prevented the Tampa Bay Lightning from clinching the division.

Matt Duchene scored and Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves for Columbus, who won their previous two games. The Blue Jackets trail the Carolina Hurricanes by one point for the first wild card spot in the East. 

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Up Next:

Blue Jackets v Flames – Tuesday, March 19th (9pmESPN+)

Bruins v Islanders – Tuesday, March 19th (7pm)


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Chicago Blackhawks v Montreal Canadiens 


Corey Crawford made 48 saves for his 25th NHL shutout, lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to their fifth straight win, 2-0 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chicago, who won seven consecutively from January 20 – February 10, moved within five points of the Arizona Coyotes, who lost 3-2 to the Edmonton Oilers, for the second wild card from the Western Conference

Crawford, a native of Montreal, got his second shutout of the season to win his fifth successive start. He is 9-2-2 with two shutouts in 13 games against the Canadiens.

It was the second time this season and 18th since 1955/56, that a goalie has made at least 48 saves in a shutout. Anton Khudobin of the Dallas Stars made 49 saves in a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in December.

Crawford, who’s 48 saves tied the most by a Blackhawks goalie in a shutout, and Tony Esposito are the only Chicago goalies to have multiple shutouts in Montreal.

Connor Murphy and Brendan Perlini scored and Alex DeBrincat had two assists for the visitors, who went 1-4-0 in the five games that preceded their second-longest winning streak of the season. DeBrincat has 17 points (9g, 8a) in his last 13 games. 

Patrick Kane played his 892nd game, passing Steve Larmer for ninth of all time for Chicago. 

Carey Price made 22 saves for the hosts, who have lost four of five and are 6-10-1 in their last 17.

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Up Next:

Canucks v Blackhawks – Monday, March 18th (8:30pm)

Canadiens v Flyers – Tuesday, March 19th (7pm)


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Toronto Maple Leafs v Ottawa Senators


The Toronto Maple Leafs lost ground in their Atlantic Division race when they were defeated 6-2 by the Ottawa Senators.

Magnus Paajarvi scored twice, Cody Ceci, Brian Gibbons, Anthony Duclair and Oscar Lindberg also scored, Zack Smith had three assists and Anders Nilsson made 35 saves for Ottawa, who have already been eliminated from contention for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  

With the secondary assist on Ceci‘s goal, Max Veronneau got his first NHL point.

Morgan Rielly and John Tavares scored and Garrett Sparks made 38 saves for the Leafs, who fell four points behind the Boston Bruins for second in the division.

Tavares became the third player to score 40 goals in his first season with the Maple Leafs – Eddie Olczyk (42) in 1987/88 and Auston Matthews (40) in 2016/17.

Matthews had a game-high nine shots on goal for Toronto, who have allowed at least five goals in each of their last four games, the only win in that period is their 7-6 comeback victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.

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Up Next:

Leafs v Predators – Tuesday, March 19th (8pmEPSN+)

Senators v Canucks – Wednesday, March 20th (10pm)


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Washington Capitals v Tampa Bay Lightning 


The Tampa Bay Lightning set a franchise best for wins and points in a season with a 6-3 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Alex Killorn got his first NHL hat trick for Tampa, who surpassed their 54 wins and 113pts from last season. 

Tyler Johnson, Erik Cernak and Yanni Gourde also scored, Nikita Kucherov had two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves for his 14th win in his last 17 starts for the Bolts, who lead the Bruins by 19pts for first place in the Atlantic and could have clinched the division had Boston lost. 

Kucherov has 36 points (13g, 23a) in his last 17 games and his 117pts lead the NHL.

The Lighting have 10 games remaining and are aiming to become just the third NHL team to win 60 games in a season (Detroit Red Wings – 62-13-7 in 95/96; Montreal Canadiens 60-8, 12 ties in 76/77). 

Alex Ovechkin scored twice for the Capitals, taking his NHL career goal tally to 655, one shy of tying Brendan Shanahan for 13th in league history. 

John Carlson also netted for the Caps, who are 8-2-0 in their past 10 and lead the New York Islanders by two points for top spot in the Metropolitan Division. Braden Holtby made 29 saves.

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Up Next:

Capitals v Devils – Tuesday, March 19th (7:30pmNBCSN)

Coyotes v Lightning – Monday, March 18th (7:30pmESPN+)


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New York Rangers v Minnesota Wild 


The Minnesota Wild ended their three-game losing streak and gained ground in the Western Conference wild card race with a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

Ryan Donato scored two goals, Eric Staal, Jared Spurgeon and J.T. Brown scored one, and Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for the hosts, who are two points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second western wild card. 

Donato has 11 points (4g, 7a) in 12 games with Minnesota since being acquired from Boston in a trade on February 20. Another trade acquisition, Kevin Fiala got his 100th NHL point with an assist on Spurgeon‘s goal. 

Staal has scored at least 20 goals in 12 of his 14 full NHL seasons.

Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 41 saves for the Rangers, who have lost four consecutively and are 1-5-5 in their last 11. They were coming off a 5-1 loss at the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo, who had an assist on Buchnevich‘s goal, has 13 assists in his last 16 and 15 in his last 20, whilst Zibanejad is the first NY Rangers center to score at least 28 goals in a single season since Eric Lindros had 37 in 2001/02.

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Up Next:

Red Wings v Rangers – Tuesday, March 19th (7pm)

Islanders v Wild – Sunday, March 17th (6pm ESPN+)


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Edmonton Oilers v Arizona Coyotes

3-2 (OT)

Connor McDavid scored his third game-winner in overtime this season to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

McDavid scored two and assisted one, Matt Benning also scored and Mikko Koskinen made 28 saves for the Oilers, who are 8-3-1 in their last 12 games, trail the Coyotes by six points and have won four straight on the road. 

McDavid has 21 points (5g, 16a) during an 11-game point streak, and Leon Draisaitl‘s assist on Benning‘s goal was his 90th point of the season.

Alex Galchenyuk became the sixth Coyotes player in the last 10 games to have a multi-goal game, and Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves for Arizona, who lost for the third time in 13 games and the second time in their last 10 at home.

The hosts lead the Minnesota Wild by two points for that second western wild card and trail the Dallas Stars by one point for the first.

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Up Next:

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

Coyotes v Lightning – Monday, March 18th (7:30pmESPN+)


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Nashville Predators v San Jose Sharks 


The San Jose Sharks missed the chance to clinch a Stanley Cup Playoff spot, losing 4-2 to the Nashville Predators.

The Sharks remain one point behind the Calgary Flames for first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, Filip Forsberg scored one, assisted one, Colton Sissons also scored and Juuse Saros made 24 saves for Nashville, who remain a point behind the Winnipeg Jets for first in the Central Division. 

Arvidsson and Forsberg are the only players in Predators history to have two seasons with 30 or more goals.

Ryan Johansen got his 400th NHL point with an assist on Forsberg‘s goal.

Timo Meier and Joe Thornton scored and Martin Jones made 26 saves for the Sharks, who lost their second in succession after a six-game winning streak.

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Up Next:

Leafs v Predators – Tuesday, March 19th (8pmEPSN+)

Knights v Sharks – Monday, March 18th (10:30pmESPN+)



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