On Thursday, the Flyers led the Devils in shots 46-19, they won 68% of their draws, and narrowly outhit New Jersey 18-16. The final score was 5-0. In favor of New Jersey. The worst was in the third period when the Flyers outshot the Devils 20-4, but were outscored 3-0 in that frame. In other words, Philadelphia got all of one save over the final 20 minutes.
That’s got to be a frustrating loss under any circumstances, but it’s especially bad right now because the Flyers are in a tight battle for a playoff spot and the Devils are the type of team they really need to beat in order to squeak into the postseason. After that loss, Philadelphia is 29-18-7. They are tied with the Carolina Hurricanes in games and points for the final Wild Card spot, but Carolina controls the ROW tiebreaker.
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DETROIT 4 BUFFALO 3 (SO)
Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 of 32 shots in regulation time. He was perfect in two shootout rounds to get the extra point.
Jonas Johansson saved 18 of 21 shots prior to the shootout. He was beaten in both the shootout attempts. This was his first career start and second career game.
Dylan Larkin scored a pair of goals for the Red Wings. He’s up to 15 goals and 39 points in 55 contests.
Detroit’s other non-shootout goal was netted by Tyler Bertuzzi. It was his 18th marker and 37th point in 55 games.
Jimmy Vesey found the back of the net for Buffalo. He has seven goals and 15 points in 50 games.
MONTREAL 3 ANAHEIM 2 (OT)
Jeff Petry scored the overtime winner and registered an assist. That gives him eight goals and 35 points in 56 contests.
Nick Suzuki netted a power-play goal for Montreal. It was his 11th goal and 34th point in 56 games.
Jakob Silfverberg found the back of the net for Anaheim. That gives him 16 goals and 31 points in 49 contests.
John Gibson stopped 24 of 27 shots Thursday night. He has a 16-21-4 record, 2.96 GAA, and .904 save percentage in 41 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Carey Price saved 35 of 37 shots. He’s 23-18-4 with a 2.73 GAA and .912 save percentage in 45 starts.
TAMPA BAY 4 PITTSBURGH 2
Victor Hedman assisted on three of the Lightning’s four goals. That gives him nine goals and 45 points in 52 games.
Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and registered an assist. The Lightning forward has 25 goals and 65 points in 53 contests.
Matt Murray stopped 25 of 28 Lightning shots. That brought his six-game losing streak to an end.
Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. He has 17 goals and 56 points in 40 games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 29 of 31 shots on Thursday. He improved to 28-9-3 with a 2.52 GAA and .918 save percentage in 40 starts.
VEGAS 7 FLORIDA 2
Mark Stone led the charge for Vegas with two goals and three assists. He has a 20 goals and 53 points in 56 contests.
Max Pacioretty scored two goals and registered an assist for Vegas. That gives him 23 goals and 51 points in 56 games.
Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist for the Panthers. He has eight goals and 30 points in 46 contests.
Marc-Andre Fleury saved 23 of 25 Panthers shots. He has a 21-13-4 record, 2.77 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 39 games.
NY ISLANDERS 5 LOS ANGELES 3
Ben Hutton scored a goal and registered an assist. The Kings defenseman has three goals and 10 points in 54 contests.
Jonathan Quick stopped 28 of 32 shots Thursday night. He’s allowed at least three goals in each of his last five starts.
At the other end of the ice, Thomas Greiss saved 22 of 25 shots. He has a 15-7-2 record, 2.53 GAA, and .920 save percentage in 26 games.
Kieffer Bellows scored a pair of goals, including the game winner. Those were the first two goals of his NHL career.
Anders Lee scored a goal and registered an assist for the Islanders. He’s up to 17 goals and 31 points in 52 games.
NEW JERSEY 5 PHILADELPHIA 0
Mackenzie Blackwood posted a 46-save shutout. The Flyers outshot New Jersey 17-5 in the second period and 20-4 in the third, but he held firm. He improved to 16-12-7 with a 2.92 GAA and .908 save percentage in 38 games.
Scott Laughton had five shots against Blackwood. He’s scored nine goals on 51 shots this season.
Miles Wood scored two goals for the Devils. That gives him 10 goals and 19 points in 53 games.
Pavel Zacha chipped in a goal as well for New Jersey. It was his sixth goal and 23rd point in 49 contests.
COLORADO 4 OTTAWA 1
Cale Makar scored a goal and registered an assist for Colorado. That gives the rookie 12 goals and 40 points in 44 contests.
Matt Nieto netted the game-winning goal. He has eight goals and 20 points in 52 games.
Ottawa’s lone goal was scored by Brady Tkachuk. It was his 16th goal and 30th point in 54 contests.
Marcus Hogberg stopped 30 of 34 shots Thursday night. He’s dropped his last four starts.
At the other end of the ice, Philipp Grubauer saved 25 of 26 shots. He has a 16-11-4 record, 2.78 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 32 starts.
WINNIPEG 4 ST. LOUIS 2
Andrew Copp scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has nine goals and 19 points in 47 contests.
Jansen Harkins also had a goal and an assist for the Jets. He has a goal and four points in 15 games.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 35 of 37 Blues shots. He has a 23-16-5 record, 2.69 GAA, and .920 save percentage in 45 games.
One of the Blues’ two goals was scored by Carl Gunnarsson. That gives him two goals and five points in 22 contests.
Jordan Binnington saved 21 of 24 shots last night. He has a 24-10-5 record, 2.65 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 39 starts.
MINNESOTA 4 VANCOUVER 2
Kevin Fiala scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him 12 goals and 32 points in 48 games.
Brad Hunt also had a goal and an assist for the Wild. He’s up to eight goals and 17 points in 46 contests.
Alex Stalock stopped 24 of 26 shots on Thursday. He has a 25-13-8 record, 2.85 GAA, and .905 save percentage in 27 contests.
At the other end of the ice, Jacob Markstrom kicked out 33 of 37 shots. He’s 20-15-3 with a 2.77 GAA and .916 save percentage in 38 starts.
Antoine Roussel accounted for a goal for Vancouver. He’s up to six markers and nine points in 27 contests.
NASHVILLE 3 CALGARY 2
Juuse Saros stopped 37 of 39 shots last night. He’s won three straight contests while allowing seven goals over that span.
Cam Talbot saved 32 of 35 Predators shots. He has a 7-8-1 record, 2.72 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 19 contests.
Sam Bennett found the back of the net for the Flames. He’s up to five goals and nine points in 39 contests.
Mikael Granlund scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has 12 goals and 21 points in 47 games.
Kyle Turris also had a goal and an assist for the Predators. That gives him seven goals and 24 points in 46 contests.
CAROLINA 5 ARIZONA 3
Sebastian Aho scored two goals and registered an assist for the Hurricanes. That gives him 29 goals and 49 points in 54 contests.
Andrei Svechnikov also netted two goals and registered an assist for Carolina. He’s up to 22 goals and 50 points in 54 games.
Alex Goligoski had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes. He has four goals and 28 points in 56 contests.
Antti Raanta surrendered four goals on 30 shots. He has a 10-12-3 record, 2.86 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 26 games.
James Reimer saved 30 of 33 Coyotes shots. He’s 13-6-1 with a 2.51 GAA and .920 save percentage in 22 games.
SAN JOSE 6 EDMONTON 3
Timo Meier led the charge for the Sharks with two goals and an assist. He has 18 goals and 36 points in 55 contests.
Kevin Labanc also had a goal and an assist for San Jose. That gives him 13 goals and 29 points in 55 games.
Aaron Dell saved 28 of 31 shots Thursday night. He’s 11-10-2 with a 2.76 GAA and .913 save percentage in 26 games.
Mikko Koskinen stopped 25 of 31 Sharks shots. This is tied for the most goals he’s allowed in a single start this season.
Connor McDavid found the back of the net for Edmonton. It was his 30th goal and 80th point in 54 games.