Sunday’s Hockey

Sunday’s six NHL games saw 32 goals and one hat trick. We also saw the Calgary Flames clinch the Pacific Division and Western Conference, as well as home ice throughout the first three rounds of the playoffs with victory over the San Jose Sharks.

 

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New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

3-0

Alexander Georgiev made 29 saves for his second NHL shutout for the New York Rangers in 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Russian is the first Rangers goalie with a shutout in Philadelphia since current Flyers goalie Cam Talbot in 2014.

Ryan Strome had a goal and an assist for New York, and Pavel Buchnevich and Brady Skjei also scored for New York, who have won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game losing streak and ended a six-game losing streak against the Flyers.

Buchnevich‘s goal was his 20th of the season and his 100th NHL point. He also has eight points (4g, 4a) during a seven-game point streak. Meanwhile Strome has 31pts (17g, 14a) in 59 games with the Rangers after being acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on November 16. He had two points in 18 games with the Oilers.

Carter Hart made 22 saves for Philly, who lost for the second consecutive game (and day). Their 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday ended all hopes of reaching the playoffs, they have been eliminated from contention.

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Up Next:

Rangers v Devils – Monday, April 1 (7pm)

Flyers v Stars – Tuesday, April 2 (8:30pm)

 

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Carolina Hurricanes v Pittsburgh Penguins

1-3

The Pittsburgh Penguins moved four points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Metropolitan Division with a 3-1 victory. The win also moved the third placed Pens within two points of the New York Islanders for second. They trail the Washington by five points for top spot.

Matt Murray made 37 saves, Patric Hornqvist scored his first even-strength goal in 32 games, Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist, and Garrett Wilson also netted for the Penguins, who have won four of their last five games.

Jaccob Slavin scored and Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves for the Hurricanes, who have lost of their last four and fell to the second wild card spot, one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets, who won 4-0, and one point ahead of the Montreal Canadiens. 

Hurricanes defenseman Calvin de Haan left with an upper-body injury after being pushed to the ice by Penguins forward Jake Guentzel, sliding into the boards at the start of the second period. He didn’t return and is expected to fly back to Carolina. 

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Up Next:

Canes v Leafs – Tuesday, April 2 (7:30pm)

Penguins v Red Wings – Tuesday, April 2 (7:30pm)

 

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Minnesota Wild v Arizona Coyotes

0-4

The Arizona Coyotes gained ground in the Western Conference wild card race with a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Josh Archibald scored twice, Alex Galchenyuk and Vinnie Hinostroza also scored for Arizona, who scored more than two goals for the first time in eight games, and are one point behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second western wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Darcy Kuemper made 39 saves for his fifth shutout of the season.

Minnesota outshout the Coyotes 16-8 in the third period but couldn’t find a way through. Devan Dubnyk made 19 saves. 

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Up Next:

Jets v Wild – Tuesday, April 2 (8pm)

Kings v Coyotes – Tuesday, April 2 (10pm)

 

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Columbus Blue Jackets v Buffalo Sabres

4-0

The Columbus Blue Jackets now hold the first eastern wild card following their 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 38 saves for his NHL-leading ninth shutout for the visitors, who have won three in a row and moved a point ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes, who lost 3-1. 

Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and two assists, Nick Foligno had a goal and an assist, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Josh Anderson also scored, with Ryan Dzingel recording two assists for the Blue Jackets, who have outscored its opponents 24-4 during their five-game winning streak.

Columbus has six players with at least 25 goals – Cam Atkinson (41), Matt Duchene (30), Artemi Panarin (27), Anderson (27), Dzingel (25) and Dubois (25).

Linus Ullmark made 32 saves for Buffalo, who lost their seventh straight game and were shutout for the second time in its last four games and the fifth time in their last 12.

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Up Next:

Bruins v Blue Jackets – Tuesday, April 2 (7pm)

Predators v Sabres – Tuesday, April 2 (7pm)

 

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Boston Bruins v Detroit Red Wings

3-6

The Boston Bruins failed to gain an advantage in the Atlantic Division with a shock 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Anthony Mantha had an NHL career-high five points, including his first hat trick, and Taro Hirose scored his first NHL goal for Detroit, who have won a season-high five in a row.

Filip Hronek and Dylan Larkin also scored, Tyler Bertuzzi had three assists and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves for the hosts.

The defeat was the second straight for Boston, who were defeated 4-1 by the Florida Panthers on Saturday, but they still lead the Toronto Maple Leafs by six points for second place.

Jake DeBrusk, Brad Marchand and David Backes scored, and Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves for the Bruins.

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Up Next:

Bruins v Blue Jackets – Tuesday, April 2 (7pmNBCSN)

Penguins v Red Wings – Tuesday, April 2 (7:30pm)

 

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Calgary Flames v San Jose Sharks

5-3

The Calgary Flames clinched first place in the Western Conference and the Pacific Division with a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

The Flames moved eight points clear of the second-placed Sharks in the Pacific with three regular-season games remaining for each team, securing home ice throughout the first three rounds of the playoffs. They will play whoever finishes in the second western wild card spot, currently held by the Colorado Avalanche. 

Sean Monahan, Mark Jankowski, Dalton Prout, Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik all scored for Calgary, who didn’t make the Playoffs last year, and have won a divisional title for the first time since 2005/06. Mike Smith made 12 saves. 

Timo Meier, Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc scored for the hosts, who will finish second in the Pacific and have home-ice advantage against third-placed Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference First Round. Aaron Dell made 25 saves. 

 

 

Up Next:

Flames v Kings – Monday, April 1 (10pm)

Sharks v Canucks – Tuesday, April 2 (10pm)

 

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