While it was a light night in the NHL Wednesday, it was a busy afternoon as the trade deadline came and went.
There were 18 trades made before the 3 pm ET deadline hit but most were of the minor variety, especially since 17 of the 33 players dealt were playing in the AHL.
There were more interesting trades made in the days prior to the deadline and perhaps the NHL should put a moratorium on trades for the week leading up to the deadline, to make things more interesting on the actual deadline day itself.
It was a good day for Lee Stempniak’s family as he was not dealt on deadline day for the first time since 2013. He was traded on March 5, 2014 from Calgary to Pittsburgh for a third round pick, dealt from the Rangers to Winnipeg for Carl Klingberg on March 1, 2015 and sent from New Jersey to Boston on February 29, 2016 in exchange for a fourth in 2016 and a second rounder in 2017. I think he had his bags packed today in Carolina.
It was more of a surprise who wasn’t traded. I didn’t expect Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog to go anywhere, but expected Radim Vrbata, Shane Doan, Marc-Andre Fleury and Michael Del Zotto to be traded.
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TAMPA BAY 4 CAROLINA 3 (Overtime)
Victor Hedman’s second goal of the game in overtime was the winner as the Lightning knocked off the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 Wednesday.
Hedman opened the scoring with a power play goal, but Noah Hanifin, with only his third of the season tied the at 1at the 11:51 mark of the first. Derek Ryan scored his ninth of the season on the power play just 3:03 later as the Hurricanes went to the dressing room with a 2-1 lead after one period. Carolina outshot the Lightning 18-4 in the period.
It was not a good game for the Hurricanes Eddie Lack as he was able to stop only 12 of 16 shots. He saw his record go to 2-4-2 with a 3.33 GAA and a .873 save percentage. It was the third start in six nights for the backup netminder and look for Cam Ward to regain the net Friday versus Arizona.
In addition to his goal, Johnson had two assists, as did Kucherov. It was Kucherov’s third game in four that he has had three points. Elias Lindholm chipped in with a pair of helpers for Carolina while Ondrej Palat did the same for the Lightning.
Hedman had seven blocks shots to easily lead both teams.
CHICAGO 4 PITTSBURGH 1
Patrick Kane had his second hat trick in three games and led the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.
But the Penguins couldn’t come out of the second period tied as Richard Panik scored his 17th of the season with just 24 seconds remaining. Panik has six goals in his last nine games.
Scott Darling was sensational between the pipes as he stopped 36 of 37 shots and boosted his record to 16-5-2 with a 2.13 GAA and a .931 save percentage. The Blackhawks do not lose anything when Corey Crawford is unable to go as Darling has been, well… just darling.
Crawford did not start for the second consecutive game due to the flu.
Marc-Andre Fleury got the start and gave up three goals on 28 shots. He is 15-8-5 with a 3.15 GAA and a .905 save percentage.