There were eight games on a very busy Monday night.
Let’s get to the action.
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PHILADELPHIA 3 WINNIPEG 2 (Overtime)
Claude Giroux scored the overtime winner with just 13.6 left in the extra frame to give the Flyers the win.
Giroux also chipped in with an assist on Wayne Simmonds goal to give him 64 points this season, including 22 goals.
Giroux was questionable to play as he banged his head into the boards Saturday late in the third stanza and missed the optional skate Monday, but he was dressed and ready to go to help the Flyers hold onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
Scheifele has 25 goals and 52 points this season and has been quite hot since February 18 as he has 13 goals and 25 points in 20 games. He should definitely be targeted next season.
Steve Mason made 26 saves in the Philly cage and is now 20-17-9 with a 2.52 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
Ondrej Pavelec took the overtime loss for Winnipeg as he stopped 29 shots. He is now 10-13-3 in an injury-plagued season, with a 2.72 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
WASHINGTON 4 COLUMBUS 1
It was a big night for Washington as they became the President’s Cup winners for finishing first overall in the NHL standings with a 54-16-5 record.
Braden Holtby moved to within two wins of tying Martin Brodeur’s mark of 48 wins in a season as he improved his record to a sensational 46-9-4. His 2.19 GAA and .923 save percentage make him the easy odds-on favorite for the Vezina Trophy.
Cam Atkinson scored his 27th of the season to tie the game at one late in the first period but that was all that Holtby gave up to the Blue Jackets.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 36 shots as he dropped to 13-18-1 this season. He has a 2.73 GAA and a .909 save percentage in a year that has given his fantasy owners plenty to be disgruntled about.
Nick Foligno was a minus-three.
TAMPA BAY 3 TORONTO 0
Bishop made 34 saves for the shutout as Toronto held Tampa Bay to only 18 shots on goal but three went past the Maple Leafs netminder for the loss.
Steven Stamkos and Eric Condra each had a pair of assists in the win. Stamkos now has 28 while Condra has five.
There were a couple of skirmishes at the end of the game with Brian Boyle getting tagged for 14 penalty minute to lead the way.
Nazem Kadri led Toronto with six shots on goal.
Bishop upped his record to 33-19-4 with a 2.02 GAA and a .928 save percentage. His stats have been great this season and he could be a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.
Sparks is 6-5-1 for the lowly Leafs with a 2.75 GAA and a .896 save percentage.
Toronto was 0-7 with the man-advantage and is now 3-32 in their last nine contests with all three goals coming last week against Anaheim.
DETROIT 3 BUFFALO 2
Henrik Zetterberg had a couple of assists in the win and now has 34 this season.
The Red Wings were dealt quite a scare in what appeared to be an easy win when Glendening scored with three minutes to go as Zemgus Girgensons scored 10 seconds later and then Sam Reinhart with his 22nd of the season made it a one goal game with 1:49 left in the third.
Glendening had a big game as he also had five blocked shots to go with a couple of hits and two shots on goal.
Jimmy Howard got the start in net and turned aside 18 shots to move his record to 11-11-5 with a 2.87 GAA and a .905 save percentage. He has lost his starting gig in net to Petr Mrazek and Howard could be finding a new place to play next season as he is making too much money for a backup netminder.
Chad Johnson took the loss stopping 26 shots on 28 attempts as he is 19-16-3 with a 2.38 GAA and a .919 save percentage. Who would have thought before the start of the season that Johnson would be the better fantasy choice over Howard.
Casey Nelson had two assists for Buffalo.
Evander Kane suffered an upper body injury in the second period and did not return.
The great Gordie Howe was in attendance on Monday as the Red Wings helped him celebrate his 88th birthday which occurs on Thursday.
COLORADO 4 NASHVILLE 3
Blake Comeau scored his 12th of the season and added an assist as the Colorado Avalanche prevailed 4-3 over the Nashville Predators.
Pekka Rinne started for Nashville but was pulled 11:40 into the first period after giving up three goals on only 10 shots.
Carter Hutton stopped 16 of 17 but took the loss when Josi scored with less than five minutes to go. Hutton is 7-4-3 with a 2.30 GAA and a .918 save percentage while Rinne remained at 32-19-10 but saw his GAA rise to 2.43 while his save percentage dropped to .909.
Filip Forsberg had a couple of helpers in the loss.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 32 shots in the Colorado cage as he is 27-20-3 with a 2.68 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
The Predators also released some bad news for the organization earlier in the day when it was revealed that Jimmy Vesey, their third round pick in 2012 and 66th overall, will not sign with the team and become an unrestricted free agent on August 15. Do not be surprised if he signs with the Toronto Maple Leafs as last year’s Hobey Baker runner up and a finalist this season, has his father as an amateur scout with the team.
ANAHEIM 2 EDMONTON 1
Nail Yakupov, who requested a trade out of Edmonton before the trade deadline according to a report out of Russia, replied for the Oilers.
John Gibson was stellar as he made 27 saves in the Ducks net to run his record to 18-11-3 with a 2.09 GAA and a .918 save percentage. He is Anaheim’s goalie of the future and you should jump on him next season if he is available.
Cam Talbot turned aside 23 of 25 shots but it wasn’t enough as he is 20-26-4 with a 2.51 GAA and a .918 save percentage. It appears that the Oilers have found their goalie to lead them over the next few seasons.
The Ducks got Ryan Kesler and Sami Vatanen back as Kesler missed a couple of games due to a personal issue while Vatanen missed eight games with an upper body injury. Both are fine heading into the playoffs.
CALGARY 5 ARIZONA 2
Anthony Duclair scored both as he gave the Coyotes a short-lived 2-1 lead in the second period before the Flames got to work.
Joni Ortio got the start in goal for Calgary and he gave up two goals on 24 shots for the victory. The 24-year-old is 5-8-4 with a 2.76 GAA and a .903 save percentage.
Louis Domingue got a rare start of late as Mike Smith has regained the net after returning from a three month absence due to core muscle surgery. Domingue gave up four goals on only 20 shots as he is 15-17-5 with a 2.66 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
Michael Frolik suffered a lower body injury in the third period and did not return.
Hunter Shinkaruk picked up an assist for his first point in the NHL.
SAN JOSE 5 LOS ANGELES 2
Justin Braun scored twice including his fourth of the campaign, to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 win and clinch a spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
Vincent Lecavalier with his ninth and tenth of the season scored both for the Kings.
Pavelski has 36 goals and 73 points in what is turning out to be possibly the best season of his career. He needs seven points in his last six games to break his 79 point total set in 2013-14 when he also had 41 goals.
Jonathan Quick has not been good of late as he is 1-4 in his last five, giving up 16 goals on 127 shots. He is 38-21-4 with a 2.24 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
Martin Jones stopped 30 shots and is 36-21-4 with a 2.25 GAA and a .919 save percentage. There is not a lot to distinguish between Quick and Jones this season.
I’m impressed with the play of Tomas Hertl and he now has 19 goals and 44 points with a plus-16 rating. Watch him next season.