The Tampa Bay Lightning are Presidents’ Trophy, Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference WINNERS!
Aside from that, after a busy weekend of hockey we had a relaxed Monday night, with just four NHL games taking place. That doesn’t mean we weren’t entertained, especially with the 25 goals scored, 10 of which came at SAP Center between Vegas and San Jose.
Arizona Coyotes v Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning clinched the Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference and Presidents’ Trophy with a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
Steven Stamkos scored his 384th goal in the NHL, passing Vincent Lecavalier to become the Lightning’s all time leader.
Victor Hedman, Anthony Cirelli and Yanni Gourde also scored for the Bolts, who have won five in a row and secured home ice throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves and had the sole assist on Gourde‘s goal.
Clayton Keller scored the only goal for Arizona, who hold the second wild card in the Western Conference and are one point ahead of the Minnesota Wild. Darcy Kuemper made 20 saves on 22 shots for the visitors.
Coyotes v Panthers – Thursday, March 21st (7pm)
Lightning v Capitals – Wednesday, March 20th (7:30pm – NBCSN)
Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks
Bo Horvat scored 16 seconds into overtime ending the Blackhawks’ five-game winning streak. His goal was the second fastest in a regular-season overtime game in Canucks history.
Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafsson scored, Patrick Kane had two assists, including his 100th point of the season, and Corey Crawford made 31 saves for Chicago,who trail the Arizona Coyotes by four points for the second western wild card.
Kane is the third player in Blackhawks history to have multiple 100pt seasons, joining Denis Savard (5x) and Jeremey Roenick (3x).
Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith reached 30 assists for the 10th time in his NHL career, and forward Brendan Perlini‘s three-game goal streak ended.
Alexander Edler had a goal and an assist, Markus Granlund scored, and Thatcher Demko made 29 saves for Vancouver, who won for the second time in as may days and are 3-0-1 in their last four, moving within six points of Arizona.
Senators v Canucks – Wednesday, March 20th (10pm)
Flyers v Blackhawks – Thursday, March 21st (8:30pm)
Winnipeg Jets v Los Angeles Kings
The Winnipeg Jets eliminated the L.A. Kings from Stanley Cup Playoff contention with a 3-2 victory at Staples Center.
Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist, Tyler Myers and Kevin Hayes scored, and Laurent Brossoit made 15 saves for the Jets, who lead the Nashville Predators by three points for top spot in the Central Division with a game in hand.
Connor has 27 assists this season, an NHL career high, whilst, with the secondary assist on his goal, Blake Wheeler has 68 on the season, one shy of tying Marc Savard (2005/06) for the most in Jets/Atlanta Thrashers history.
Jets forward Patrik Laine has gone nine games without a goal, his second longest drought this season. He went 15 games from January 15 – February 20.
Dustin Brown and Sean Walker scored for L.A., who have lost three in a row and are 2-12-4 in their last 18. Jack Campbell made 25 saves.
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty played his 400th consecutive game, the fifth longest active streak in the NHL.
Jets v Ducks – Wednesday, March 20th (10pm – NBCSN)
Sharks v Kings – Thursday, March 21st (10:30pm)
Vegas Golden Knights v San Jose Sharks
Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith each had four points for the Vegas Golden Knights, who prevented the San Jose Sharks from clinching a playoff berth with a 7-3 win at SAP Center.
The Knights’ top line of Marchessault, Smith and William Karlsson combined for 10pts; Marchessault had two goals and two assists, Smith had a goal and three assists and Karlsson had a goal and an assist.
Mark Stone, Paul Stastny and Cody Eakin also scored and Nate Schmidt had two assists for Vegas, who have won nine of their last 10 and move within seven points of the Sharks for second place in the Pacific Division.
Malcolm Subban made 36 saves for the visitors and won his second straight start in back-to-back games, replacing the injured Marc-Andre Fleury (lower body). They beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 on Sunday.
San Jose remain a point behind the Calgary Flames for first place in the Pacific. It was their third wasted opportunity to clinch a berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs; they lost 4-2 against the Predators on Saturday and to the Florida Panthers (by the same score) on Thursday. All three games were at home.
Logan Couture scored two goals for the Sharks, including his 25th goal of the season for his 500th NHL point. Joe Thornton also scored and Martin Jones, who gave up three goals on 11 shots was replaced at 12:24 of the first period by Aaron Dell, who made 27 saves in relief.
San Jose, who were without captain Joe Pavelski because of a lower-body injury, allowed three power-play goals and went 1-for-5 with the man-advantage.
Forward Gustav Nyquist had an assist on Couture‘s first goal for his 300th NHL point.
Jets v Knights – Thursday, March 21st (10pm – ESPN+)
Sharks v Kings – Thursday, March 21st (10:30pm)
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