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BRUINS 5, PANTHERS 4 (OT)
-- By grabbing an assist in this game, Jaromir Jagr broke his tie with Gordie Howe for third all-time in points at 1,851. He now has played the ninth most games in NHL history, breaking a tie with some jabroni named Ray Bourque.
Yeah, Jagr’s amazing, glad you agree.
-- It wasn’t pretty by any means (the Bruins saw this game go into overtime even after finishing the first period up 4-1), but Claude Julien won his 388th game as Boston’s coach, breaking a tie with Art Ross for the franchise record.
There are some reasons to critique him, especially if you think that he played a significant role in the likes of Tyler Seguin being traded out of town, yet it’s also probably fair to say that he’s an underrated head coach.
(I wonder if the Canadiens hope he gets fired this summer …)
-- Shawn Thornton’s fight might not have made as much of a difference as pugilist proponents promote, but it made a difference for anyone who rightly wondered if he might rack up some serious penalties against his former Bruins teammates. He finished Monday with 19 PIM in part because of his fight with Adam McQuaid.
It's nice to see the Huberdeau - Aleksander Barkov - Jagr line back together. Even if Florida lacks a little bit of spice in the playoffs (not a guarantee, just a prediction), that line should be fun to watch.
-- Jiri Hudler enjoyed his first big game as a member of the Panthers, scoring two big goals, including the one that sent the game to OT. He's not getting a ton of ice time, but he's an interesting guy to monitor as the Panthers get healthier and more acquainted with their new guys.
-- Speaking of big impacts for new teams, Lee Stempniak made a huge difference for the Bruins on Monday.
Stempniak scored the OTGWG on his only SOG and added two assists for a three-point, +3 night. He has six points in his last three games and is easily worth snatching (just 46 percent owned in Yahoo leagues right now).
CAPITALS 2, DUCKS 1 (SO)
-- The Ducks saw their 11-game winning streak end, but it was in a shootout.
If you go by points earned, they haven't missed out on at least one since a 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 8. Before that, they hadn't lost in regulation since the Kings beat them 3-2 in regulation.
So, yeah, the Ducks are red-hot, and I'm not sure this really changes that.
-- Ryan Getzlaf opened the scoring with just his 10th goal of the season. His lowest goal total ever was 11 in 2011-12, easily his worst season ever was 57 points. At 52, he's looking likely to at least enjoy the second or third-worst output, so there's that.
Since 2016, Burakovsky has 24 points in 29 games. Compare that to his tough start: nine points in 34 games.
No doubt, Burakovsky makes the Caps that much scarier.
-- Both goalies played fantastic hockey, but Braden Holtby gets the win, his 41st of this amazing season. That ties the career-high he set last season ... in 21 fewer games played.
FLYERS 4, LIGHTNING 2
-- Andrei Vasilevskiy nearly stole this game for the Lightning, even though the Flyers managed an outstanding 40-18 SOG advantage. The Lightning also blocked a pretty insane 32 blocked shots to just 11 for the Flyers.
By just about any measure, this could have been a blowout. Vasi kept it from being that way, but didn't really get a great reward for his work, at least on paper.
-- Vladislav Namestnikov or V-Name if you're lazy like me, scored Tampa Bay's other goal. Both Lightning goal-scorers are at 11 goals as the Bolts saw their nine-game winning streak end.
-- Shayne Gostisbehere was one of the biggest reasons why the Flyers broke through, as "Ghost" continues to pad his considerable Calder Trophy resume.
Gostisbehere scored two goals in this game, giving him increasingly ridiculous stats: 14 goals and 37 points in 47 games played. You don't need to put "for a rookie" here: this is a great season by any standard.
-- Claude Giroux probably deserves co-hero honors for this one, collecting two assists. Giroux has eight points in his past five games and 11 in seven, with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds also red-hot lately.
-- Jakub Voracek said the Flyers needed to grab at least 10 of a possible 12 points from this six-game homestand, and Philly did get 10. The next few weeks are road-heavy, so there could be a slowdown.
SABRES 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3 (SO)
-- The Maple Leafs charged off to a 2-0 lead in the first period, then maintained it with a 3-1 score through the second, only to lose this game to Buffalo in OT.
This would really burn if, frankly, there was any reason for the Maple Leafs to fight hard (beyond trying to make an impression for individual jobs). The Maple Leafs have a sizeable “lead” for the bottom spot in the NHL, which would be more relevant if we didn’t already know that the Edmonton Oilers would get the first overall pick, anyway.
-- Garret Sparks might be the perfect guy to absorb these losses. He gets a chance to improve his stock in management's eyes, and I'd imagine most of the time he can do so without really hurting their tanking efforts.
Honestly, the less of Jonathan Bernier this season, the better for probably everyone. Maybe Bernier can rebound with contract year motivation, but this season has been a disaster.
-- Zach Hyman scored his first NHL goal in his fifth career NHL game.
He'll need to battle to ever be more than a spot starter in the NHL, I'd imagine.
-- Jack Eichel continues to impress in his rookie season, ensuring that he'll debut with at least a 20-goal season. Evander Kane isn't far behind, grabbing his 19th goal and 11th assist of a somewhat disappointing first season with the Sabres.
AVALANCHE 3, COYOTES 1
It's not as if Roy is going to take a step back and say, "Yes, my methods aren't really effective in the NHL. I'm basically setting prime years for some great players on fire."
So instead, Varly gets the blame, because the Avalanche are basically dependent on outstanding goaltending most nights just to survive.
Varlamov did that on Monday, stopping 37 out of 38 shots for his 23rd win of the season. The Avalanche are basically locked into a very close race with the Minnesota Wild for the final wild card spot, so this was a significant win.
If I were the Coyotes, I'd be extra super top-secret safe with OEL, like "Shut him down if his headache requires a dose of aspirin" safe.
-- On Monday, I wondered if the Devils might be this season's answer to the 2014-15 Coyotes.
The Coyotes worked hard last night, yet the Coyotes may indeed ... still be the Coyotes.
/wipes away flop sweat.
SHARKS 2, FLAMES 1 (OT)
-- Martin Jones was already on a fantastic roll, but this was arguably the best performance he's enjoyed with San Jose, if not in the NHL in general.
Jones stopped 47 out of 48 shots and more than doubled the Sharks in SOG (48-23).
-- Brent Burns ranks as a strong second place or the Sharks. He scored the opening goal, his fourth straight game with at least one tally, and his peripherals were as beastly as his mangy beard. Along with assisting on the OTGWG, Burns had a +2 rating, nine PIM, four SOG and one blocked shot in 19:06 TOI. Good gravy.
-- Dougie Hamilton couldn't get a point on Monday, but he had eight SOG.
One would assume a big part of his night and Calgary's dominance likely came from penalties: the Flames went 1-for-7 while the Sharks failed to generate a goal on their only PP chance.
KINGS 5, CANUCKS 1
-- Yeah, Kris Versteeg hasn't been very effective for the Kings, not that it particularly matters. He hasn't scored a point since Feb. 19.
-- Jeff Carter scored two goals on Monday, and he's now at 300 career goals. IMAGINE HOW MANY HE'D SCORE IF HE HAD HEART, RIGHT PUNDITS?
-- Anze Kopitar enjoyed quite the feast: one goal, two assists with a +3 rating. Drew Doughty also prospered, finding a goal and an assist. Doughty now has 43 points, three short of last season. If he eclipses that, he'd have only his career-best 59 points from 2009-10 to chase.
-- Jonathan Quick won his 33rd game of 2015-16. He has a strong shot at hitting the 40-win mark for the first time in his career.