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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Decisive goals

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

If you look at the notes for New Jersey's win over Columbus, you'll see that Devante Smith-Pelly netted the game-winner, which is interesting because it's his fifth of the season despite having scored 13 goals in total.  It's certainly unusual for such a high percentage of a player's goals to be winners, but he's actually not the most extreme example of that this season.

 

If you look at players with 15 goals or less, Smith-Pelly is tied for fourth in GWG with Tyson Barrie (5 GWG in 12 goals) and Patrik Berglund (5 GWG in eight goals).  Above them are Tyler Johnson and Antoine Roussel, who both have six GWG in 12 goals.  Marcus Johansson leads this particular pack with seven game-winners in 15 markers.

 

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DUCKS 3 JETS 2 (OT)

 

Jakob Silfverberg scored the game-winning goal.  It was his second of the season and the seventh of his career.

 

Ducks forward Ryan Kesler scored a goal and registered an assist, bringing him up to three goals and seven points in five contests.  He now has 43 points in 71 games in 2015-16.

 

Winnipeg's Michael Hutchinson turned aside 30 of 33 shots, making this the sixth time in his last seven starts that he's allowed at least three goals.  That's brought his GAA up to 2.95.

 

Blake Wheeler scored his 19th goal of the season.  Over his last five games, the Jets forward has only been held off the scoresheet once.

 

Anaheim has won three of their last four games and has outscored their opponents 15-5 over that span.  The Los Angeles Kings are on a four-game winning streak though and hold a four-point edge over Anaheim in the battle for the Pacific Division title.

 

DEVILS 2 BLUE JACKETS 1

 

At the age of 23, Scott Wedgewood made his first NHL start on Sunday.  It went as well as he could have hoped as he turned aside 27 of 28 shots to secure the victory.

 

Jared Boll was the only Blue Jackets player that managed to beat Wedgewood.  The 29-year-old forward's goal was his first of the season and his 27th in 515 career games.

 

Dalton Prout assisted on Boll's goal and also was charged with a minor for roughing.  He has seven points and 87 penalty minutes in 54 games this season.

 

Devante Smith-Pelly netted his fifth game-winning goal of the season, which as we mentioned at the top is particularly noteworthy given that he's been limited to 13 goals this season.  Prior to the 2015-16 campaign, he had two career GWG in 15 markers.

 

Reid Boucher accounted for New Jersey's other goal and is now on a three-game point streak.  He has seven goals and 15 points in 31 contests in 2015-16.

 

PENGUINS 6 CAPITALS 2

 

Sidney Crosby had two assists to extend his point streak to 12 games.  On top of that, four of his last five contests have been multi-point showings for him.  He has 31 goals and 76 points in 71 contests.

 

This was a huge game for 24-year-old forward Tom Kuhnhackl.  He had a goal and two assists for the Penguins before receiving a roughing penalty and a misconduct midway through the third period.

 

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby was yanked near the midway point of the third period after allowing five goals on 26 shots.  That's tied for the most goals he's allowed in a single game this season with the only other instance of that coming in November against the New York Rangers.

 

Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky found the back of the net for the second straight game.  He has 16 goals and 36 points in 68 contests in 2015-16.

 

With six straight victories, Pittsburgh is now tied for the second seed in the Metropolitan Division with the New York Rangers.  Both teams have 40-24-8 records with a ROW of 37.

 

FLAMES 4 CANADIENS 1

 

Niklas Backstrom was making his first start since Jan. 13, 2015 and this was his first victory since Dec. 13, 2014.  He turned aside 21 of 22 shots against the Canadiens.  Given that Backstrom is 38 years old and is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, it wouldn't be shocking if this was his final game - or at very least one of the last of his career.

 

He got plenty of help from Sean Monahan, who scored two goals and registered an assist.  This is the second three-point game Monahan has enjoyed over the span of just four contests.  He has 28 goals and 55 points in 72 games this season.

 

Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon kicked out 31 of 35 shots.  This is the third time in his last four starts that he's had to face at least 35 shots.  He now has a 2.64 GAA and .904 save percentage in 48 contests in 2015-16.

 

Montreal's Michael McCarron netted his first career goal.  The 21-year-old was playing in his 14th game.  He previously recorded his first point on Feb. 27.

 

Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton registered three assists.  Like Monahan, this is the second time in his last four games that Hamilton has recorded three points.

 

WILD 3 BLACKHAWKS 2 (SO)

 

Minnesota improved to 4-0-0 against Chicago in 2015-16.  In doing so, the Wild maintained their one-point deficit against Colorado in the battle for the second Wild Card spot on a night where Colorado also won.

 

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped 29 of 31 shots in regulation to earn his second straight victory.  He's bounced back nicely after allowing three goals on eight shots against the Devils on Thursday before being pulled just 17:04 minutes into that contest.

 

Andrew Shaw found the back of the net for Chicago.  He snapped an 11-game point drought.  Through 73 contests, Shaw has 12 goals and 32 points this season.

 

Wild forward Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to five games.  He also reached the 40-point mark on Sunday for the first time in his career.

 

Artemi Panarin had an assist to snap his four-game point drought.  That slump might not be bad, but it was still the longest so far of his rookie season.

 

AVALANCHE 3 OILERS 2

 

Edmonton dropped to 29-39-7, giving them 65 points in 75 games.  In terms of points they're the third worst in the NHL, but the two teams below them have played in significantly less contests.  Winnipeg has 64 points in 72 contests and Toronto has 61 points in 71 games.  So the race for the bottom is far from decided.

 

Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist, giving him 48 points in 66 games this season.  His contributions Sunday night were particularly important given that Matt Duchene is sidelined with a knee injury.

 

Calvin Pickard turned aside 26 of 28 shots.  He's surrendered two or fewer goals in three of his last five starts and now has a 2.57 GAA and .922 save percentage in 18 contests.

 

Tyson Barrie found the back of the net for the second game in a row for Colorado.  The 24-year-old defenseman has 13 goals and 47 points in 69 contests this season.

 

Connor McDavid extended his point streak to four games with an assist.  He has 14 goals and 40 points in 38 contests in 2015-16.

 

SHARKS 3 COYOTES 0

 

James Reimer kicked out all 25 shots he faced to earn his second shutout of the season and the 13th of his career.  He has a 1.27 GAA and .952 save percentage in four starts since being acquired by the Sharks.

 

At the other end of the ice, Mike Smith stopped 33 of 35 shots.  He's allowed just three goals in three starts since returning from a core muscle injury.

 

Joel Ward netted the game-winning goal.  It was his third GWG in 20 goals this season.  He also has 21 assists.

 

Joonas Donskoi registered two assists for the Sharks.  The 23-year-old forward has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games, bringing him up to 11 goals and 34 points in 67 contests this season.

 

Joe Thornton extended his point streak to five games with an assist.  The Sharks forward also reached the 70-point mark in 72 games.

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