Tuesday Night Hockey

Seven games, 42 goals, 12 of which came in the match up between the L.A. Kings and Edmonton Oilers. Three players had hat tricks; two Oilers and a Duck.

 

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Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals

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Alex Ovechkin scored his 49th goal of the season to help lift the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, extending their lead atop the Metropolitan Division.

It was the captain’s 656th NHL goal, tying Brendan Shanahan for 13th on the all-time list. It was his first goal in five games. 

T.J. OshieJohn Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom also scored for the Capitals, who have won 11 of their last 15, and move three points ahead of the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metro. New York lost 4-0 to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Braden Holtby made 27 saves.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists for Washington, who visit Carolina on Thursday to complete a home-and-home. Meanwhile, Carlson, who also had an assist, became the fifth defenseman in franchise history to reach 400 NHL points.

Dougie Hamilton scored for Carolina, who trail the Islanders and Penguins by four points for second place and hold the first wild card from the Eastern Conference. After the Montreal Canadiens 6-1 victory, the Hurricanes are just a point above them.

Hamilton has 24 points – 12 goals, 12 assists – in his last 38 games after getting just 10pts (3g, 7a) in his first 38.

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Up Next:

Capitals v Canes – Thursday, March 28 (7pmESPN+)

 

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New York Islanders v Columbus Blue Jackets

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The Columbus Blue Jackets remained two points adrift of the second eastern wild card despite beating the New York Islanders 4-0.

Ryan Dzingel, Artemi Panarin, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson scored, and Matt Duchene assisted two for the hosts, who still trail the Montreal Canadiens after their 6-1 thrashing of the Florida Panthers. Atkinson tied an NHL career high with his 27th assist.

Sergei Bobrovsky got his second successive shutout with 26 saves for Columbus. He has three in four games and an NHL career high eight this season, tying Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights for the League lead. He hasn’t allowed a goal in 159:25.

The Blue Jackets, who are three points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the first wild card, eliminated Florida from playoff contention with the victory. 

Thomas Greiss made 29 saves for the Islanders, who were shutout for the third time in their last five games.

The Isles are three points behind the Washington Capitals for the Metro lead, and tied for second place with the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

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Up Next:

Islanders v Jets – Thursday, March 28 (8pmESPN+)

Canadiens v Blue Jackets – Thursday, March 28 (7pm)

 

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Florida Panthers v Montreal Canadiens

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The Montreal Canadiens gained ground in the Eastern Conference wild card race with a 6-1 hammering of the Florida Panthers at Bell Centre.

Tomas Tatar scored twice, and Brett Kulak, Artturi Lehkonen, Phillip Danault and Max Domi also netted for the hosts, who hold the second eastern wild card and are now just a point behind the Carolina Hurricanes, who hold the first wild card and lost 4-1 in Washington D.C..

Carey Price made 33 saves for Montreal, who are 4-0-1 in their last five and are two points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Both Carolina and Columbus have a game in hand. 

Domi (27g) and Tatar (25g) are the fourth set of Canadiens teammates to score at least 25 apiece in their first season in Montreal. They join Ryan Walter (29) and Mats Naslund (26), Brian Bellows (40) and Vincent Damphouse (39), and Brian Gionta (28) and Michael Cammalleri (26). 

Frank Vatrano scored on the power play for the Florida Panthers, who were eliminated from playoff contention after the Blue Jackets defeated the New York Islanders.  Florida have lost four of five and have been outscored 20-9 during their three-game losing streak. 

James Reimer allowed three goals on nine shots before being replaced by Sam Montembeault in the first period, who made 15 saves in relief. It was Reimer‘s first game since February 26. 

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Up Next:

Panthers v Senators – Thursday, March 28 (7:30pm)

Canadiens v Blue Jackets – Thursday, March 28 (7pm)

 

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Buffalo Sabres v Ottawa Senators

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Craig Anderson made 35 saves to help the Ottawa Senators hand the Buffalo Sabres their 13th straight road loss.

It was Anderson‘s second shutout of the season and 42nd of his NHL career. He’s second on the all-time Senators shutout list with 28, two behind Patrick Lalime (1999-2004), and third on the list for shutouts by U.S.-born goalies, trailing just Jonathan Quick (51) and Ryan Miller (44). 

Brian Gibbons had a goal and an assist, Anthony Duclair, Rudolfs Balcers and Magnus Paajarvi also scored, and Thomas Chabot had two assists for Ottawa, who won for the fifth time in 18 games are are already eliminated from playoff contention.

The victory was the Senators 500th home victory, whilst defenseman Ben Harpur had a game-high and NHL career-high five shots.

Carter Hutton made 27 saves for Buffalo, who have lost for the 11th time in 12 games and haven’t won on the road since a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 29.

 

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Up Next:

Red Wings v Sabres – Thursday, March 28 (7pm)

Panthers v Senators – Thursday, March 28 (7:30pm)

 

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Los Angeles Kings v Edmonton Oilers

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Hat tricks from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl propelled the Edmonton Oilers to within five points of the second western wild card, and an 8-4 victory on the night.

Nugent-Hopkins had completed his hat trick by the end of the first period, Draisaitl, who also had an assist, completed his first NHL hat trick with 1:31 remaining in the third.

Zack Kassian and Connor McDavid also scored, with the latter also having three assists and an NHL career high 112pts (39g, 73a) this season.

Mikko Koskinen, who recorded an assist, made 34 saves for the hosts, who trail the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes by five points for that second western wild card.

Dustin Brown had a goal and two assists, Alex Iafallo, Drew Doughty and Carl Grundstrom also scored, and Anze Kopitar had three assists for the Kings, who had won three straight and have already been eliminated from playoff contention. 

Jonathan Quick gave up five goals on 11 shots in the first period before being replaced by Jack Campbell, who made 18 saves in relief. 

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Up Next:

Kings v Canucks – Thursday, March 28 (10pm)

Stars v Oilers – Thursday, March 28 (9pm)

 

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Anaheim Ducks v Vancouver Canucks

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The Anaheim Ducks were eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention, despite defeating the Vancouver Canucks 5-4

Rookie Sam Steel, who was called up from San Diego of the AHL on Saturday because of an upper-body injury to Ryan Getzlaf, scored his first NHL hat trick. He completed the hat trick on a penalty shot with 51 seconds left in the second period after Canucks’ Markus Granlund played a broken stick into the puck. 

John Gibson made 28 saves for the Ducks, who were eliminated when the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Chicago Blackhawks. 

Jake Virtanen, Alexander Edler, Josh Leivo and Tanner Pearson scored, and Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves for the hosts, who have lost three in a row and are seven points behind Colorado for the second wild card with five games remaining.

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Up Next:

Kings v Canucks – Thursday, March 28 (10pm)

Ducks v Flames – Friday, March 29 (9pm)

 

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Chicago Blackhawks v Arizona Coyotes

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The Arizona Coyotes moved into a tie with the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card from the Western Conference with a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Avalanche have a game in hand over the Coyotes.

Nick Cousins scored on the power play 5:40 into the final period and Darcy Kuemper, who making his 18th consecutive start, made 31 saves for Arizona, who were 0-3-2 in their last five. It’s his fourth shutout of the season and 15th of his NHL career.

Corey Crawford made 27 saves for Chicago, who are five points behind Colorado and Arizona with six games remaining. 

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Up Next:

Blackhawks v Sharks – Thursday, March 28 (10:30pmESPN+)

Coyotes v Avalanche – Friday, March 29 (9pmESPN+)

 

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