After a hectic week and ahead of a jam-packed weekend, Friday night gave us a nice break, with just two games; The Minnesota Wild travelled to the capital, whilst San Jose made the short trip to Anaheim.
Minnesota Wild v Washington Capitals
The Minnesota Wild leapfrogged the Arizona Coyotes to claim back the second wild card in the Western Conference with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
The visitors, who had lost two in a row, are a point ahead of the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes having played one more game.
Brett Connolly scored for the Capitals, who have lost two in succession and remain three points ahead of the New York Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division, having played an extra game.
Washington, who had won eight straight against Minnesota, dating back to March 19, 2015, had just 22 shots on goal after setting their record with 58 in their previous game, a 5-4 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Braden Holtby made 25 saves.
Jordan Greenway and Luke Kunin scored for the Wild, Devan Dubnyk made 21 saves and had an assist.
With the primary assist on Greenway‘s goal, Ryan Donato got Minnesota’s 10,000th NHL point. They have 3,688 goals and 6,316 assists in 1,435 regular season games since they joined the league in 2000/01.
Wild’s Zach Parise has four points (2g, 2a) in a four-game point streak.
Wild v Canes – Saturday, March 23 (7pm)
Flyers v Capitals – Sunday, March 24 (12:30pm – NBC)
The San Jose Sharks may have lost in overtime but the point was enough to edge closer to the Calgary Flames atop the Pacific Division.
Jakob Silfverberg score 38 seconds into overtime to hand San Jose their fifth consecutive loss, their longest losing streak since six in a row in March 2017. It was his 23rd goal of the season, tying his NHL career best set in 2016/17. He has 13pts (7g, 6a) in the last 11 games.
Rickard Rakell had two goals and an assist, Adam Henrique also scored and John Gibson made 23 saves for the Ducks, who moved within eight points of the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card in the West.
Ryan Getzlaf‘s assist on the first goal sees him with eight points (2g, 6a) in his last seven games.
The last time Anaheim played beyond regulation was in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets on January 13.
Kevin Labanc, Timo Meier and Justin Braun scored, and Aaron Dell made 17 saves for the visitors, who are four points behind the Flames and six ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Braun, who was playing his 600th NHL game, tied the game 3-3 with 2:40 left in, it was his second goal of the season and first in 43 games. The goal was also the Sharks’ 266th of the season, breaking the team record set in 2005/06.
Red Wings v Sharks – Monday, March 25 (10:30pm)
Ducks v Kings – Saturday, March 23 (10:30pm)
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