There are quite a few goaltenders that have stood out this season, but there are three that are clearly ahead of the pack in Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk, Washington's Braden Holtby, and Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky. Recently Bobrovsky has made a big statement in his pursuit of a second Vezina Trophy.
With 33 saves on Tuesday, Bobrovsky earned his third consecutive shutout, bringing him up to a career-high six this season. It was also his 35th victory, which puts him in a tie with Holtby for the league-lead.
It's also worth noting that Bobrovsky's last two shutouts have come against New Jersey, which is limping to the finish line. The Devils have been shut out three times in their last four games and have scored a mere two goals in that span. This was also the Devils' eighth consecutive loss, dropping them to 25-29-12 this season. New Jersey isn't devoid of hope in the long run, but it has certainly endured a painful stretch as the Devils are looking at their fifth straight campaign without a postseason berth. The team that reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2012 with Ilya Kovalchuk, Patrik Elias, Zach Parise, David Clarkson, and Martin Brodeur leading the charge has become a far distant memory.
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BLUE JACKETS 2 DEVILS 0
As mentioned above, Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his third consecutive shutout by turning aside 33 straight shots. He's also gone five straight starts with two or fewer goals allowed.
Beau Bennett matched a team-high with five shots against Bobrovsky. Bennett has been limited to three goals this season and has 19 in 178 career games.
Oliver Bjorkstrand netted the game-winning goal. It was his fourth marker and eighth point in 15 contests.
Cam Atkinson accounted for the Blue Jackets' other goal. With that he's reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career.
Keith Kinkaid saved 23 of 24 shots, but still suffered his third straight loss. He has a 6-8-2 record, 2.70 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 18 games this season.
FLYERS 6 SABRES 3
Steve Mason kicked out 31 of 34 shots to pick up his third win in four starts. He has a 19-17-7 record, 2.76 GAA, and .906 save percentage in 46 contests.
Jack Eichel did the most damage against Mason, scoring two goals and registering an assist. That gives him 18 goals and 45 points in 46 games.
Michael Del Zotto assisted on two of Philadelphia's six goals. He has four goals and 12 points in 36 contests.
Radko Gudas scored a goal and registered two assists. The Flyers defenseman has four goals and 18 points in 54 games.
Robin Lehner surrendered six goals on 30 shots. He has a 18-19-8 record, 2.67 GAA, and .920 save percentage in 47 starts.
MAPLE LEAFS 3 RED WINGS 2
Frederik Andersen stopped 22 of 24 Red Wings shots. That snapped a four-game losing streak, though he only allowed eight goals during that "slump."
Gustav Nyquist accounted for both goals against Andersen. He has nine goals and 31 points in 58 games.
Mitchell Marner assisted on two of the Leafs' three goals. He has 15 goals and 52 points in 60 contests in 2016-17.
Nazem Kadri netted the game-winning goal. It was his 27th marker and 49th point in 65 games.
Petr Mrazek stopped 25 of 28 shots in his third straight loss. He's surrendered 10 goals during that three-game slide.
RANGERS 5 PANTHERS 2
Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 43 of 45 shots last night. With that he picked up his 30th victory of the season, making this the 11th campaign he's reached that milestone. The only exception was the 2013 shortened campaign.
Vincent Trocheck assisted on both of Florida's goals. He has 22 markers and 45 points in 65 games.
Tanner Glass scored a goal and an assist on Tuesday. The Rangers forward was playing in his second NHL game of the campaign and those were consequently his first points of 2016-17.
Kevin Hayes netted the game-winning goal. He has 16 markers and 44 points in 62 games this season.
BLUES 2 WILD 1
Vladimir Tarasenko accounted for the game-winning goal. It was his 29th marker and 57th point in 65 games.
David Perron scored St. Louis' other goal. He has 13 goals and 35 points in 65 contests.
Mikko Koivu found the back of the net last night. That gives him 18 goals and 49 points in 63 games.
Jake Allen stopped 32 of 33 shots to pick up his second straight win. He has a 24-18-3 record, 2.57 GAA, and .908 save percentage in 48 contests.
Devan Dubnyk kicked out 18 of 20 Blues shots. He has a 35-13-3 record, 2.01 GAA, and .933 save percentage in 51 games.
AVALANCHE 3 HURRICANES 1
Justin Faulk scored Carolina's only goal. He has 12 goals and 26 points in 56 contests.
Eddie Lack stopped 22 of 24 shots last night. He has a 3-5-2 record, 2.97 GAA, and .886 save percentage in 11 games.
Tyson Barrie accounted for the game winner and recorded two assists. That gives him six goals and 30 points in 57 games.
Nathan MacKinnon also found the back of the net for Colorado. He has 13 goals and 43 points in 65 contests.
Calvin Pickard kicked out 25 of 26 Hurricanes shots. That ended his four-game losing streak and gave him his 11th win of 2016-17.
ISLANDERS 4 OILERS 1
Zack Kassian scored the Oilers' only goal. He has six goals and 18 points in 63 games.
Anders Lee netted a pair of goals, including the game winner. He has 25 goals and 40 points in 64 contests.
Joshua Ho-Sang found the back of the net for the first time in his career. The 21-year-old rookie was playing in his fourth NHL game.
Thomas Greiss stopped 27 of 28 Edmonton shots. He has a 22-13-4 record, 2.53 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 40 contests.
Cam Talbot allowed three goals on 26 shots. That gives him a 33-19-7 record, 2.40 GAA, and .919 save percentage in 59 starts.
CANADIENS 2 CANUCKS 1 (Overtime)
Paul Byron scored the overtime winner. He's found the back of the net 16 times this season and five of those goals were winners.
Torrey Mitchell also found the back of the net for Montreal. He has seven goals and 15 points in 66 games.
Carey Price turned aside 27 of 28 shots to extend his winning streak to five games. He's allowed just five goals during that streak, which has also propelled him to the 30-win milestone.
Ryan Miller stopped 36 of 38 shots last night. He has a 17-19-5 record, 2.66 GAA, and .916 save percentage in 42 starts.
Michael Chaput scored Vancouver's lone goal. It was his fourth marker and seventh point in 52 games this season.
DUCKS 4 PREDATORS 3 (Shootout)
Filip Forsberg found the back of the net for Nashville. It was his 11th goal in the span of just eight games.
In addition to scoring the shootout winner, Eaves also registered two assists. That gives him 23 goals and 41 points in 63 games.
Jonathan Bernier saved 24 of 27 Predators shots prior to the skills competition. He was then perfect in five shootout rounds.
Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and registered a pair of assists for the Ducks. He has 12 goals and 52 points in 59 games.