It was a busy night in the NHL as Johnny Gaudreau had the hat trick and four points, but Jonathan Bernier’s play in the AHL as he stopped all 22 shots in a 4-0 Marlies win could be a big deal as the season progresses.
Bernier seemed to have lost all his confidence with the Maple Leafs as he was 0-8-1 this season with a 3.28 GAA and a .888 save percentage so the shutout has to be great news for his fantasy owners (if there are any left) and Maple Leaf fans.
Having stated all that, Gaudreau was the star of the night.
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BUFFALO 5 ARIZONA 2
Evander Kane scored twice to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 win over Arizona.
Kane, who missed 10 games with a knee injury, had his second two goal game in a row and third consecutive multi-point game and now has six goals and 10 points in 16 games with four goals and six points in his last three.
Sam Reinhart, who has now a quiet seven goals, Jamie McGinn and Marcus Foligno with his second, also scored for the Sabres. Foligno is tied with his brother Nick at two goals apiece after Nick had 31 last season for the Blue Jackets while Marcus had eight for his hometown Sabres.
Rookie Max Domi continued his excellent campaign as he scored both for the Coyotes and now has 10.
PHILADELPHIA 4 NEW JERSEY 3 (Overtime)
Matt Read’s fourth of the season and first in 13 games, was the overtime winner as the Flyers dumped the Devils 4-3.
Mike Cammalleri tied the game for the Devils with a power play goal with a minute to go in the third to send the game into overtime.
The Devils had plenty of their father’s at the game for the second game in a row and they went nuts with the Cammalleri goal. It was nice to see.
Stefan Matteau scored his first of the season to open the scoring with Kyle Palmieri scoring on the power play yet again for the other New Jersey goal. Palmieri has five goals and five assists on the power play this season and that’s the majority of his 10 goals and nine assists this year as he is turning into a power play machine.
FLORIDA 2 COLUMBUS 1 (Shootout)
Aleksander Barkov scored the shootout winner in a 2-1 Florida win over Columbus.
The game was sent to the shootout with both goals coming in the middle stanza as Vincent Trocheck scored his eighth of the season while Michael Chaput evened the score for Columbus with his first of the season and only the second in his NHL career.
Al Montoya gave Roberto Luongo a night off and played well enough for the win as he is now 3-1-1 this season with a 2.09 GAA and a .926 save percentage. He came into the league after being drafted sixth overall in the 2004 Draft but never fulfilled his immense talent and has had an up and down career.
The Blue Jackets were led in goal by Sergei Bobrovsky who stopped 31 shots in the Florida cage. He is now 10-12-1 this season with a 2.65 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
It was the Panthers fifth consecutive win on the road to tie the team record.
Although there was no official word as to the reason why, Scott Hartnell was a healthy scratch.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2 ST. LOUIS 1 (Shootout)
Kevin Shattenkirk opened the scoring in the first with 27 seconds to go as he scored on the power play.
Mikhail Grabovski evened the score at the 6:39 mark of the third as Ryan Strome picked up an assist. Strome has been quite the scorer since his return from the minors a week ago as he has two goals and five points in five games after only five points with one goal in the 12 games before his demotion. It looks like the move worked out nicely for Strome and the Islanders.
Thomas Greiss stopped 31 shots and made both saves in the shootout for his eighth win as he is now 8-3-2 with a 2.18 GAA and a .928 save percentage.
Brian Elliott made a rare start and stopped 24 shots in regulation and overtime before giving up the pair in the shootout. He is now 4-2-2 with a 2.37 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
There were plenty of hits in the game as each team had 53. That’s a lot of hits for a regular season game.
EDMONTON 2 DALLAS 1 (Overtime)
Anders Nilsson was sensational Friday as he stopped 42 shots as the Oilers won a 2-1 overtime battle against Dallas.
Jordan Eberle got the winner at the 45 second mark of overtime as he was set up by Leon Draisaitl. For Draisaitl, it was his second point in his last seven games but he still has 19 points in 17 games.
Antti Niemi made 22 saves as his record fell to 10-4-2.
The Oilers leapfrogged into 26th spot in the NHL as they now have 22 points.
CALGARY 5 BOSTON 4 (Overtime)
Johnny Gaudreau showed that he is indeed Johnny Hockey as he had the hat trick including the overtime winner, along with an assist as Calgary defeated Boston 5-4.
It was the first game against his former teammates for Calgary’s Dougie Hamilton who was traded in the off-season. Hamilton had an assist as he set up the winner and was a plus-one.
Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist including the tying goal with two seconds to go in the third to send the game to overtime, while Mark Giordano scored his sixth of the season. Unfortunately for Giordano fantasy owners, he has only three assists this season.
Karri Ramo stopped 34 shots for the win as he is now 8-8-1 this season.
Jonas Gustavsson got the start but was pulled at the 1:56 mark of the second period after giving up three goals on 11 shots. Tuukka Rask played well in relief but couldn’t stop Gaudreau as he made 23 saves on 25 shots.
David Jones suffered a lower body injury in the first period and did not return.
ANAHEIM 1 SAN JOSE 0
It was Gibson’s second shutout of the season and the Ducks could have some trouble sending him back to the minors once Frederik Andersen returns from the flu, an illness that has kept him out of action the last six games.
Martin Jones made 25 saves for the Sharks as he continues to sparkle for San Jose.
Max Domi 2
Evander Kane +3