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OILERS 2, SABRES 1 (OT)
For those who get annoyed by how hockey rivalries are marketed, these two are at least centers, and the overtime span really put the icing on the cake: Eichel made a great play to almost score, then McDavid took the puck the other way and won it in OT.
McDavid scored both of the Oilers' goals, also finding the net just 22 seconds in.
Both McDavid and Eichel generated five SOG apiece, so it's not like Jack had a bad night. Connor was just that much better.
-- Darnell Nurse failed to score a point on Tuesday, but not for a lack of trying, firing a fairly ridiculous seven SOG.
Nurse hasn't collected a point since his assist on Jan. 19, and that ended a streak in which they hadn't scored since Dec. 11.
-- Strong night for two goalies who are quietly playing very nicely.
BRUINS 2, FLAMES 1
(Jyrki Jokipakka is probably still sad, but hey, what better way than to get revenge than to live well, right?)
-- Patrice Bergeron scored the 24th goal of his season, putting him in a strong position to set a career high for tallies. His best-ever total for goals was 31 back in 2005-06, one more than 2013-14. He already moved ahead of last season's 23.
-- Nice all-around game from Frolik. Beyond the assist, he blocked two shots and generated four PIM along with one hit.
-- Tuukka Rask stopped 24 out of 25 shots, and he now has wins in four of five games, bouncing back from a tough outing against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Rask's full season numbers look pretty nice now: 25-18-5 with a .918 save percentage and four shutouts.
HURRICANES 3, DEVILS 1
-- The second of three first-ever goals came via Derek Ryan, whose story is the best of them. At 29, he scored that first goal in his first NHL game.
Pretty cool stuff. I'm not sure if he gets more than a cup of coffee, but if nothing else, he can always remember that moment.
-- For the second time in his career, Adam Henrique hit the 20-goal mark.
He's in a solid position to edge his career-best of 51 points, and a fantastic spot to edge his two-time second-best mark of 43 points from 2013-14 and 2014-15.
WILD 6, AVALANCHE 3
-- Chris Bigras wraps up the first-ever goal guys from Tuesday. He scored that first goal in his 21st game, his second point overall.
Cool for him, obviously not all that interesting fantasy-wise.
Erik Haula scored a goal of his own, and maybe most importantly, appeared to avoid an injury.
-- Mikkel Boedker generated an assist in his Avalanche debut, making up for a -2 rating to some extent. He received just under 17 minutes of ice time.
BLUES 4, SENATORS 3 (SO)
-- The number one thing to follow is Craig Anderson's health. He suffered a lower-body injury and did not return to the game.
-- Could we be in store for another strong finish for "The Hamburglar" Andrew Hammond?
He stopped all 17 shots in relief of Anderson, only failing in a shootout.
Kevin Shattenkirk played well himself, loading up with two assists.
-- Jean-Gabriel Pageau helped Ottawa secure a point, scoring two goals, including a thrilling buzzer beater.
He now has 14 goals and 29 points in 63 games this season. I'm almost a little surprised that he only has eight PIM.
CAPITALS 3, PENGUINS 2
-- Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal since Jan. 23, but don't beat up on the talented Russian: this was merely his third game back from missing quite a bit of time to injury.
Malkin's overall season is impressive: 51 points in 52 games.
-- Braden Holtby has a very good chance to match or beat Martin Brodeur's NHL record for single season wins of 48. Holtby collected the 40th win of his career, extending quite an impressive season after what was a thoroughly exceptional breakthrough in 2014-15.
Honestly, 50 wins isn't a totally outrageous thought, either.
-- For the first time in his NHL career, Evgeny Kuznetsov hit the 20-goal mark. He now has a ridiculous 65 points in 62 games in a resounding season.
-- Wow, what a game-winner by Matt Niskanen on the power play. Quite a way for Niskanen to score his first career goal against the Penguins.
PANTHERS 3, JETS 2
-- There was a time when it seemed like the Panthers were in that dreaded puck purgatory: too good to get a quality draft pick, too bad to finish any higher than 10th in their conference.
That more or less seems to be the case of Winnipeg, a franchise that still lacks a single playoff win dating back to the Thrashers days. Kinda sad.
-- Dustin Byfuglien is just about as effective as ever, but this game really spotlights how much Jaromir Jagr can still play. Buffy scored his 16th of the season while Jagr is tied with Reilly Smith (who had two tallies on Tuesday) with 21 goals.
-- Roberto Luongo is now 27-15-6 with a .925 save percentage and four shutouts. Health permitting, it looks like Bobby Lou will enjoy his first 30-win season since 2011-12.
PREDATORS 5, STARS 3
-- On one side, you have Nashville, now on a season-high five-game winning streak. Pekka Rinne is finally finding his game with four consecutive wins, and his save percentage is even up to .910 after this torrid run.
-- Shea Weber returned to Nashville's lineup after an injury hiatus, making a big impact. He scored a goal and two assists. It had been a tough time before this game, even ignoring the injury: just one goal and zero assists in his previous seven games.
The hard-shooting defenseman now has 16 goals. His best total is 23, which he's hit twice.
-- Yikes, a tough night for Dallas' dynamic duo.
Tyler Seguin suffered an especially rough night, going pointless with a -4 rating despite five SOG.
Jamie Benn grabbed an assist, but he had a -3 rating, just one SOG ... yet he also had seven PIM.
-- Patrick Sharp might be banged up, so keep an eye on that.
-- Kris Russell went without a point in his Stars debut, logging 18:21 TOI (zero power-play time, almost three minutes shorthanded).
ISLANDERS 3, CANUCKS 2
-- I wonder if it's a bad sign for the Islanders that they were fairly badly out-shot by the Canucks by a margin of 33-24.
It's a situation that many teams would envy, especially the Stars, who are paying double for their hapless goalies.
-- Dan Hamhuis on Tuesday: zero points, -1 rating, 21:34 TOI with some boring peripherals and untold grumbles from the Canucks' fan base (and maybe front office).
-- Great game from Travis Hamonic: his fifth goal of the season, seven PIM, two SOG, two hits and two blocked shots.
-- Anders Lee is far off his 2014-15 pace when he scored 25 goals and 41 points. He scored his 10th goal and 27th point of the season last night.