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Hockey Daily Dose

Ding Dong the Kings are Dead

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

It's the first of the last two Sundays of the NHL season where there will be 11 games played.

 

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BOSTON 3 CHICAGO 2

 

The Bruins made their last regular season road game of the year a winning one as they moved into second place in the Atlantic Division with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

The Bruins lead Toronto and Ottawa by a point but both teams play five times this week while the Bruins only have three to end the season.

 

Ryan Spooner and Patrice Bergeron gave Boston a 2-0 lead after one period with Bergeron’s goal coming on the power play.

 

Artemi Panarin scored the lone goal of the second as he is within one goal of the 30 mark.

 

Kevan Miller scored the eventual winner at 9:15 of the third. It was his third goal of the campaign and it proved to be the most important one as Jordin Tootoo’s second of the season just 25 seconds later brought Chicago back to within one.

 

Anton Khudobin was great in stopping 41 shots for his seventh win of the season. He has won all four of his starts in March and April and his last six decisions in a row.

 

Corey Crawford made 26 saves in the Chicago cage.  Brent Seabrook had a pair of assists to give him 36 this season.

 

Patrick Kane took a puck to the face in warm-ups but played. He had stitches in his upper lip.

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS 4 BUFFALO 2

 

The New York Islanders slim playoff hopes remained intact as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 Sunday.

 

Anders Lee scored twice as he has 31 goals this season, the first time he has surpassed the 30 goal mark in his career. He broke a 2-2 tie in the third and then scored the insurance goal with both efforts being unassisted.

 

Cal Clutterbuck and Joshua Ho-Sang also scored for the Islanders.

 

Evander Kane with his 27th and Zemgus Girgensons with his seventh, replied for Buffalo. Girgensons has been a big disappointment ever since he was drafted 14th overall in 2012. His best season was 2014-15 when he had 15 goals and 30 points and that is not something you want to write home about as a first round pick.

 

Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves in getting his third win in four starts since his recall from the minors on March 24.

 

Robin Lehner stopped 22 saves in the loss.

 

ST. LOUIS 4 NASHVILLE 1

 

The Blues had solid netminding once again from Jake Allen as he made 35 saves in a 4-1 win over Nashville.

 

The Predators clinched a playoff spot after midnight when Los Angeles was eliminated in a 2-1 loss to Arizona.

 

Vladimir Tarasenko continued his hot scoring of late with his 37th goal of the season. He has three goals and five points in his last four games and now has 70 points. After the Tarasenko goal opened things up in the first, Ryan Johansen scored on the power play to tie the game at 1. Johansen has only 14 goals this season, the same as last season after scoring a total of 59 in the previous two campaigns.

 

Alexander Steen, David Perron (who added a pair of assists) and defenseman Joel Edmundson scored in the final two stanzas to give the Blues the win.

 

Juuse Saros made 21 saves in the loss. Mattias Ekholm was a minus-four on the afternoon.

  

PITTSBURGH 3 CAROLINA 2

 

It was a good weekend for the Penguins who had been reeling as they won their second straight with a 3-2 win over Carolina. It was a costly loss for the Hurricanes as they are seven back of Ottawa with only four to play.

 

The Penguins scored twice on the power play as Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary found the back of the net. Scott Wilson also scored for Pittsburgh.

 

Jeff Skinner with his 33rd and Justin Faulk with his career high 17th of the season scored for Carolina. Elias Lindholm continued his great play with a pair of assists. Lindholm has seven goals and 32 points in 38 games since returning from a five game absence on January 10th with an upper body injury.

 

Matt Murray stopped 33 shots for the win. It was nice to see Eddie Lack back in net as he was taken off in a stretcher on March 27. He made 23 saves in the loss.

 

TAMPA BAY 6 DALLAS 3

 

Ondrej Palat had a goal and two assists to keep the Lightning’s playoff hopes alive in a 6-3 win over Dallas.

 

Adam Erne scored twice and it was his second and third goals of his young NHL career. The second round pick in 2013 has three points in 22 games this season.

 

Defensemen Braydon Coburn and Anton Stralman also scored for Tampa Bay as did Brayden Point who has been hot of late with five goals and 10 points in his last 11 games.

 

Gemel Smith, Jason Spezza and Brett Ritchie scored for the Stars with Esa Lindell assisting on all three goals.

 

Peter Budaj picked up his 30th win of the season with 27 coming as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.

 

Kari Lehtonen had been playing quite well of late giving up only eight goals in his last six starts but he reverted back to the form he has shown most of this season making only 19 saves on 24 shots.

 

MINNESOTA 5 COLORADO 2

 

Erik Haula had a goal and an assist to lead the Wild to a 5-2 win over lowly Colorado. The Avalanche are in dead last with 45 points, 20 behind the Arizona Coyotes, the second worst team in the NHL.

 

Martin Hanzal, Jared Spurgeon, Zach Parise on the power play and Jordan Schroeder scored as well for Minnesota while former first round picks Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen scored for Colorado.

 

Calvin Pickard got the start for the Avs and was pulled at the 3:35 mark of the second when Parise made it 4-1. He made only 12 saves. Jeremy Smith took over and stopped 11 of 12 shots.

 

Devan Dubnyk finally returned to form making 30 saves for his 38th win of the season. Dubnyk gave up eight goals on 39 shots in his two previous games.

 

WASHINGTON 3 COLUMBUS 2

 

The Capitals scored three times in the second period and held on to defeat Columbus 3-2 Sunday.

 

The win gives the Capitals a five point lead over Pittsburgh and Chicago in the race for the President’s Cup with four games to go. The Cup winner will get home ice advantage throughout the playoffs as long as they are still alive.

 

T.J. Oshie with his 33rd, Andre Burakovsky and Matt Niskanen scored for Washington while defensemen Jack Johnson and Kyle Quincey made it close for the hometown Blue Jackets but they could not get any closer.

 

It was a battle of the best goalies in the NHL and Braden Holtby prevailed, giving up two goals on 37 shots for his 41st win of the season tying him for the NHL lead with Sergei Bobrovsky who made 27 saves in taking his 15th loss of the season. They are both one ahead of the Oilers Cam Talbot

 

NEW YORK RANGERS 4 PHILADELPHIA 3

 

Mats Zuccarello had three assists to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Flyers, dealing Philadelphia a serious blow to their already slim playoff hopes.

 

Mika Zibanejad on the power play , Brendan Smith, Oscar Lindberg and Chris Kreider with the winner scored for the New Yorkers. Kreider now has 28 goals.

 

Derek Stepan had a pair of assists for the Rangers while Brady Skjei had one, his 34th of the year.

 

Valtteri Filppula scored twice for the Flyers with Brayden Schenn scoring his 25th of the season but only his eighth at even strength.

 

Anthony Stolarz was in the Philly net and managed to stop only 20 of 24 shots. Henrik Lundqvist made a similar amount of saves in his fourth straight start but gave up only three to pick up the win.

 

Tanner Glass had six hits on the night.

 

SAN JOSE 3 VANCOUVER 1

 

Tomas Hertl scored twice to halt a 16 game goalless drought as the San Jose Sharks picked up a rare win of late as they defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-1.

 

It was only the Sharks second win in their last 10 games as they have lost their grip on first in the Pacific and now sit in third spot.

 

It may have been a costly loss for San Jose as Joe Thornton left the game late in the third period with a knee injury and did not return.

 

Patrick Marleau completed the scoring for San Jose with an empty netter with only 2.6 seconds remaining to clinch the rare win.

 

Sven Baertschi broke up the shutout bid of Martin Jones with his 18th of the season with only 3:53 left in the game. Jones stopped 29 shots for the win.

 

Ryan Miller played well in the Vancouver cage but it was not enough as he turned aside 22 of 24 shots to take the loss.

 

ANAHEIM 4 CALGARY 3

 

Logan Shaw’s third goal of season and first since January 23, was the winner as the Anaheim Ducks knocked off the Calgary Flames and move back into sole possession of first place.

  

Patrick Eaves has been an amazing acquisition for the Ducks as he has nine goals in 16 games including seven in his last eight. He scored his 30th of the season Sunday as Jakob Silfverberg and Korbinian Holzer also scored for Anaheim.

 

Kris Versteeg potted a couple on the power play as his second goal knotted the game at 2. Michael Frolik’s 17th of the season tied the game at 3 in the third period which led to Shaw’s heroics.

 

Brian Elliott made 30 saves in taking the loss. Jonathan Bernier picked up his 20th win of the season despite only making 18 saves.

 

Ryan Kesler had three assists to give him 36 this season. Defensemen Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie each had a pair of assists for the Flames.

 

Micheal Ferland and Nate Thompson battled with less than five minutes to go in the second as both received majors for fighting.

 

ARIZONA 2 LOS ANGELES 1


It has been a tough season for both Alexander Burmistrov and Anthony Duclair but they each scored their fourth goals of the season to lead the Arizona Coyotes past the Los Angeles Kings.

 

Mike Smith was sensational in goal for the Coyotes as he made 25 saves in the first two periods, holding the Kings scoreless. Alec Martinez scored on the power play to ruin Smith's bid at the shutout on a fluke goal as Smith came out to play the puck but it bounced off a skate into the empty cage.  Smith shut the door after that to eliminate the Kings from post-season consideration. He was great again in the third as he stopped chance after chance as the Kings had the last five power plays of the game.

 

Jonathan Quick faced only 15 shots in taking the loss. The Coyotes had a total of five shots in the last two periods.

 

Burmistrov's goal was on the power play. Oliver Ekman-Larsson assisted on both Arizona goals. 

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for NBC Sports Edge. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.