There were only four games on Friday as this week's schedule was likely setup to work around the Super Bowl. A relatively light Friday freed up teams for a hectic Saturday schedule, which then leads into a breezy Sunday schedule which will include three contests with the latest starting at 2:30 p.m. ET.
While Friday might have been light on contests though, it certainly wasn't short on action. Three of the four contests featured seven or more goals between the two competitors. We also saw Anaheim extend its winning streak to six games while Tampa Bay earned its 10th victory in its last 11 games.
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TAMPA BAY 6 PITTSBURGH 3
Tyler Johnson had a goal and two assists, making this his first multipoint game since Nov. 12.
Ondrej Palat also came up big for the Lightning with two goals. Going into Friday's contest, Palat hadn't found the back of the net since Jan. 19.
Chris Kunitz extended his point streak to four games with two assists on Friday. The Penguins forward has two goals and eight points over his current four-game streak.
Marc-Andre Fleury was yanked halfway through the contest after allowing four goals on 14 shots. This was his first loss in regulation time since Jan. 6, dropping his record to 20-12-5 in 2015-16.
Nikita Kucherov has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last 11 games. He had two assists Friday night.
CAROLINA 5 WINNIPEG 3
The Hurricanes came out strong in this one, establishing a 4-0 lead by 10:04 of the first period.
As you might imagine, it was a very short night for Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. He lasted just 4:33 minutes as he allowed three goals on six shots. In 24 starts, this was the 22-year-old rookie's shortest showing.
Jordan Staal had a goal and two assists, giving him at least one point in five of his last six games. That hot streak has brought him up to 12 goals and 30 points in 53 contests in 2015-16.
Cam Ward made his return from a concussion that had kept him out of the lineup since Jan. 15. He turned aside 33 of 36 shots to earn his 15th win in 33 contests.
Dustin Byfuglien had two assists Friday night to extend his point streak to four games.
COLUMBUS 2 CALGARY 1
The Blue Jackets have actually been pretty good lately and 21-year-old goalie Joonas Korpisalo has been a big part of that success. He's allowed two or fewer goals in four of his last five starts, including last night when he saved 30 of 31 shots.
Columbus has now won four of its last five games, though its 21-28-5 record is still the worst in the league.
William Karlsson accounted for both of the Blue Jackets' goals. Going into this contest he hadn't scored since Jan. 12 or registered a point since Jan. 23.
Sean Monahan followed up Wednesday's four-point contest with an assist Friday night. If he can chip in again on Saturday, then it will be his first point streak of at least three games since Dec. 1-12.
Karri Ramo only faced 18 shots on goal, including just four in the third period. Columbus found the back of the net in the second and third periods.
ANAHEIM 5 ARIZONA 2
This was a key game for both teams as the Coyotes went into the contest just one-point shy of Anaheim in the battle for the third seed in the Pacific Division.
Anaheim has now won eight of its last nine games and a big part of that has been the awakening of its offense. The Ducks have found the back of the net 34 times in their last nine contests.
Friday night it was Patrick Maroon stepping up for the Ducks with a goal and two assists. He had just eight points in 44 contests prior to the game.
Anders Lindback was forced to face 41 shots and managed to turn away 36 of them. He now has a 3.11 GAA and .894 save percentage in 19 games this season.
Shane Doan found the back of the net for the second time in as many games. He also registered an assist and now has 30 points in 43 contests in 2015-16.