It was the night of the goalies as there were some shutouts (Andrew Hammond and Devan Dubnyk) and a terrific goaltending display in Chicago by both Corey Crawford and Ben Scrivens so without further ado, let's get to the action.
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MINNESOTA 3 CAROLINA 1
Carolina dominated the play as they outshot the Wild 38-19 but once again Devan Dubnyk was sensational as Minnesota defeated the Hurricanes 3-1.
Dubnyk was dealt to the Wild on January 15 and has gone 18-3-1 for the surging squad with unbelievable peripherals of 1.60 GAA and a .940 save percentage. He has to get some consideration for the Vezina despite the great seasons of Carey Price and Pekka Rinne. It was his 23rd consecutive start.
Riley Nash broke up Dubnyk’s shutout bid in the second period.
Anton Khudobin stopped only 16 of 19 shots to take the loss for the Hurricanes.
COLUMBUS 3 NEW JERSEY 2
Marko Dano’s fourth of the season was the winner as the Blue Jackets toppled the New Jersey Devils 3-2.
Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his first win since January 19 as he stopped 21 of 23 shots.
OTTAWA 3 BUFFALO 2
Andrew Hammond has done it again. He is now 7-0-1 this season after a 3-2 come from behind win by his Ottawa Senators over Buffalo.
The Sabres got off to the 2-0 lead, on goals from Philip Varone (his third) and Tyler Ennis’s 16th before the end of the first stanza.
Erik Karlsson moved to within one goal of the NHL lead among defensemen (currently held by Oliver Ekman-Larsson) as he scored his 16th to cut the lead in half, entering the third period. Mika Zibanejad set his career high in goals with his 17th and Mark Stone potted goal number 16, 3:08 into the third and that held up as the winner.
CALGARY 5 DETROIT 2
The Flames started slow as Justin Abdelkader scored the first two goals of the game but then they roared back to claim a 5-2 win over Detroit.
Sean Monahan got things started in the middle of the first period with his 24 th of the season to cut the Detroit lead to 2-1.
Matt Stajan tied things up in the second and Jiri Hudler, with his first of two goals, potted the winner at the 13:10 mark of the second. Mason Raymond got the insurance goal while Hudler potted his second into the empty net.
Jonas Hiller stopped 33 shots for his 20th victory of the season. The Flames are now seventh in the West as they won their third in a row.
Jimmy Howard gave up four goals on only 23 shots to drop his record to 19-9-9.
CHICAGO 2 EDMONTON 1 (Shootout)
It was the battle of the netminders in Chicago as both goalies managed to stop a total of 84 of 86 shots directed at them before Antoine Vermette scored the lone goal in the shootout for a 2-1 Blackhawks win over the Oilers.
Corey Crawford was sensational in stopping 46 of 47 shots, plus all three in the shootout to push his record to 26-14-4, while his Edmonton counterpart Ben Scrivens was just as good in making 38 saves during regulation and overtime.
The game remained 1-0 until the 13:58 mark of the third when Brent Seabrook’s first goal in 29 games tied the game at one.
PITTSBURGH 5 ANAHEIM 2
Greiss was getting a rare start as number one goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was given the night off with the Penguins on the their west coast trip. Greiss pushed his record to 8-3-3 this season.
After a scoreless first period, Blake Comeau got things started in the second with his 15th of the season before Patric Hornqvist scored two in a row to give the Pens a 3-0 lead heading into the third.
Evgeni Malkin made it 4-0 early in the third before Tomas Fleischmann with his eighth and first as a Duck broke Greiss’ shutout attempt. Corey Perry brought Anaheim to with a pair before Sidney Crosby clinched it with an empty net goal with only 11 seconds remaining.
Andersen stopped 16 of 20 shots sent his way to drop his record to 30-9-5.
Joakim Nordstrom 8
David Savard 11
Martin Marincin 5
Jonathan Ericsson -3
Ryan Kesler -3