With 12 games being played on Thursday night, just three were played on Wednesday. Nevertheless we saw 16 goals and a shootout.
Ottawa Senators v New York Rangers
Henrik Lundqvist failed in his sixth attempt at NHL win number 450, as the New York Rangers lost 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators.
Lias Andersson scored and Lundqvist made 27 saves for the Rangers, who had won two straight and allowed two power-play goals on six opportunities and a shorthanded goal on the night.
Lundqvist is 1-23-1o this season, with an active streak of 14 straight 20-win seasons, an NHL record. Meanwhile, Mika Zibanejad won the Steven McDonal Extra Effort Award, given to the Rangers player (and chosen by the fans) who “goes above and beyond the call of duty.”
Brady Tkachuk had a goal and an assist, Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith and Brian Gibbons scored for Ottawa, who have won for three of their last 12 road games.
Tkachuk has 45 points (22g, 23a), whilst Colin White had 41 (14g, 27a).
Anders Nilsson made 27 saves for the visitors, who scored their fourth shorthanded goal of season.
Senators v Sabres – Thursday, April 4 (7pm)
Blue Jackets v Rangers – Friday, April 5 (7pm)
St Louis Blues v Chicago Blackhawks
The St Louis Blues missed the opportunity to move into a three-way tie for the Central Division lead, losing 4-3 to the Chicago Blackhawks in a shootout.
Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron scored, whilst Jake Allen made 35 saves for the visitors, who are a point behind the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators. They all have two games remaining.
Perron has 25 points, 11 goals and 14 assists, in his last 23 games.
Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist to set an NHL career high with 107 points for Chicago. He has 13 points (2g, 11a) in his last 16 and became the fourth player in franchise history with more than 106 points in a season, the first since Jeremy Roenick in 1993/94.
Jonathan Toews and Artem Anisimov also scored in regulation, and Cam Ward made 37 saves for Chicago, who were eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention on Tuesday.
It was Toews‘ NHL career-high 35th goal and Ward‘s first game since March 3, and his first win since February 20.
Toews was the only player to score in the shootout.
Flyers v Blues – Thursday, April 4 (8pm)
Stars v Blackhawks – Friday, April 5 (8:30pm)
Calgary Flames v Anaheim Ducks
Goals from rookie forwards Sam Steel and Max Jones, and one from veteran Ryan Getzlaf helped the Anaheim DUCKS secure a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Getzlaf was back in the lineup after missing four games with back spasms, whilst Carter Rowney had two assists for the hosts, who are 10-5-1 since March 3 and haven’t lost consecutively in that span.
Ryan Miller made 25 saves for his 378th NHL win, moving him four ahead of John Vanbiesbrouck for the all-time lead among U.S.-born goalies.
Steel has seven points (4g, 3a) in his last six games and Jakob Silfverberg has 17 points (7g, 10a) in his last 16 for the Ducks, who are 39-9-6 against the Flames all-time in Anaheim.
Eight players for the hosts have scored their first NHL goal this season, surpassing the previous record of seven in 1997/98.
Derek Ryan scored, Johnny Gaudreau had an assist for his 98th point of the season, and David Rittich made 29 saves for the Flames, who clinched the number one seed into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, and so rested several players, including Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm, as well as defenseman Mark Giordano.
It’s the first time since the 1989/90 season that the Flames have clinched the No.1 seed.
Monahan is second on the team with 82pts (34g, 48a), Lindholm is third with 78 (27g, 51a), with Giordano in fifth and second among NHL defensemen with 74pts (17g, 57a).
Oilers v Flames – Saturday, March 6 (10pm)
Kings v Ducks – Friday, March 5 (10pm)
ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN