Those expecting Mikko Rantanen to slow down have been waiting a long time. With three points on Saturday, Rantanen extended his point streak to 14 games. He has 15 goals and 56 points in 33 contests this season, which puts him on pace to get 139 points if he could somehow maintain it. Keep in mind that the highest point total of the salary cap era was Joe Thornton’s 125 in 2005-06, so even if Rantanen does slow down somewhat, this could still end up being one of the best single-season performances of the era.
Despite all that, if the season were to end today, Rantanen might not win the Hart Trophy. That honor might actually go to his teammate Nathan MacKinnon in that scenario. MacKinnon has six more goals at 21 and his 52 points is just a touch behind Rantanen. MacKinnon was also a big contributor for the Avalanche on Saturday with four points, making the duo the first two players to cross the 50-point milestone this season.
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CALGARY 2 MINNESOTA 1
Matthew Tkachuk scored the game-winning goal. It was his 14th goal and 38th point in 33 contests this season.
Mark Giordano netted the Oilers’ other goal. He’s up to five goals and 33 points in 31 games.
David Rittich kicked out 34 of 35 Minnesota shots. He has a 10-3-1 record, 2.22 GAA, and .925 save percentage in 17 contests.
At the other end of the ice, Devan Dubnyk saved 24 of 26 shots. He’s 12-10-2 with a 2.63 GAA and .913 save percentage in 25 starts.
Jordan Greenway scored a goal for the Wild. That gives him five goals and 10 points in 31 games.
MONTREAL 5 OTTAWA 2
Mikkel Boedker found the back of the net for Ottawa. He has five goals and 20 points in 34 contests.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored a goal and registered an assist. He’s up to four goals and 17 points in 33 games.
Matthew Peca also had a goal and an assist for Montreal. He has three goals and 10 points in 24 games this season.
Carey Price stopped 16 of 18 shots last night. He never faced more than eight shots in a single period.
Mike McKenna got far more work and turned aside 42 of 46 Canadiens shots. This is the second start in a row that he made 42 saves and in both instances he was the losing goaltender.
FLORIDA 4 TORONTO 3 (OT)
Toronto lost, but the Maple Leafs overcame a 2-0 deficit to at least pick up a point. Mitchell Marner played a big role in that by scoring two goals, giving him 43 points in 33 games this season.
Aleksander Barkov was the difference though with his hat trick. That brings him up to 14 goals and 31 points in 31 games.
Jonathan Huberdeau scored the Panthers’ other goal and registered an assist. He has nine goals and 38 points in 31 contests.
Roberto Luongo stopped 29 of 32 Maple Leafs shots. He has a 6-5-1 record, 3.02 GAA, and .904 save percentage in 14 starts.
Frederik Andersen stopped 29 of 33 shots. Andersen has really struggled since Nov. 21 with a 5-4-1 record, 3.36 GAA, and .904 save percentage in 10 starts.
NY ISLANDERS 4 DETROIT 3 (SO)
Jonathan Bernier saved 45 of a staggering 48 shots in regulation time. He allowed one goal in three shootout rounds, which ended up being not good enough tonight.
Thomas Greiss turned aside 18 of 21 shots last night before the skills competition. He was perfect in three shootout rounds to collect the extra point.
Thomas Vanek was Detroit’s biggest contributor with a goal and two assists. He has four goals and 14 points in 26 contests.
Mathew Barzal chipped in a goal and an assist. He also scored the winner in the shootout.
Anthony Beauvillier found the back of the net for the Islanders. It was his 10th goal and 12th point in 30 games.
PITTSBURGH 4 LOS ANGELES 3 (OT)
Bryan Rust scored a goal and registered an assist for the Penguins. That gives him five goals and 12 points in 32 contests.
Phil Kessel netted the overtime winner. It was his 14th goal and 35th point in 32 games.
Matt Murray saved 38 of 41 Kings shots. He has a 5-5-1 record, 3.95 GAA, and .883 save percentage in 12 starts.
Jake Muzzin scored a goal and registered an assist. The Kings defenseman is up to three goals and 13 points in 34 games.
Jonathan Quick stopped 42 of 46 shots last night. He’s 2-8-2 with a 3.34 GAA and .892 save percentage in 12 starts.
WASHINGTON 4 BUFFALO 3 (SO)
It wasn’t a third straight hat trick, but Alex Ovechkin did score yet another goal on Saturday. That gives him 29 goals and 43 points in 32 games. He also netted the deciding goal in the shootout.
Jack Eichel scored a pair of goals for the Sabres. He has 12 goals and 41 points in 33 games.
Brett Connolly scored a goal for the Capitals. It was his seventh goal and 20th point in 32 contests.
Pheonix Copley stopped 26 of 29 shots for Washington. He picked up the extra point by allowing just one goal in four shootout rounds.
At the other end of the ice, Carter Hutton surrendered three goals on 38 shots. He then was beaten twice in four shootout rounds.
ANAHEIM 2 COLUMBUS 1 (OT)
Daniel Sprong scored both of the Ducks’ goals. He now has three goals in five games with Anaheim after going 16 contests without a goal with the Penguins prior to the trade.
Adam Henrique assisted on one of Sprong’s two goals. Henrique has six goals and 18 points in 34 games.
John Gibson earned his third straight win by stopping 36 of 37 shots. He has a 14-9-4 record, 2.54 GAA, and .927 save percentage in 28 games.
Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 20 of 22 Ducks shots. He’s 12-10-1 with a 2.99 GAA and .901 save percentage in 23 games.
Columbus’ goal was scored by Markus Nutivaara. He has four goals and 13 points in 32 games.
NASHVILLE 2 NEW JERSEY 1 (SO)
Keith Kinkaid stopped 26 of 27 shots in regulation time. By then allowing two goals in six shootout rounds, he fell just short of the win.
Juuse Saros saved 33 of 34 shots before the shootout. He was only beaten once in six rounds during the skills competition.
Frederick Gaudreau scored the Predators’ regulation time goal. It was his second goal and point in 24 games.
Miikka Salomaki registered an assist for Nashville. He has two goals and five points in 28 contests.
Brian Boyle found the back of the net. The Devils forward has nine goals and 11 points in 26 games.
COLORADO 6 DALLAS 4
Tyler Seguin scored two goals and registered an assist for Dallas. He has 10 goals and 30 points in 33 games this season.
On the Avalanche’s end, Mikko Rantanen also had two goals and an assist. He’s up to 15 goals and 56 points in 33 contests.
Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and registered three assists. The Avalanche forward has 21 goals and 52 points in 33 games.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 38 of 42 Stars shots. He has an 11-7-3 record, 2.77 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 22 starts.
VANCOUVER 5 PHILADELPHIA 1
Not only did the Flyers lose the game, but their goaltending situation got even worse. Anthony Stolarz suffered a lower-body injury and had to leave the game. He stopped just two of four shots before leaving. Alex Lyon came in and saved 17 of 19 shots the rest of the way.
Scott Laughton scored a goal for the Flyers. It was his seventh goal and 12th point in 31 games.
Brock Boeser scored a goal and registered an assist. He has 11 goals and 20 points in 22 contests.
Loui Eriksson scored the game-winning goal. That gives him six goals and 15 points in 35 games.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 31 of 32 shots to earn his fourth straight win. He’s improved to 12-9-3 with a 3.06 GAA and .904 save percentage in 24 starts.