The Montreal Canadiens got another dose of bad news on Friday when it was announced that David Desharnais would be out for the next three weeks due to a broken foot, but as you'll see below they still eked out a win last night.
Even after that victory though, Montreal has just a 6.6% chance of making the playoffs at this point, according to Sports Club Stats. And yet they still have the best chance out of any Canadian team to reach the postseason, which highlights just how dreary a season it's been for the Canadian clubs.
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NEW YORK ISLANDERS 1 NEW JERSEY 0
This was Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak's first chance to rebound after surrendering six goals on 28 shots on Feb. 13 and he took full advantage by posting a 27-save shutout last night.
Casey Cizikas scored the game's lone goal. It was just his sixth marker of the season, but amazingly three of those have been game winners.
This is the eighth time in his last nine starts that Cory Schneider has held the opposition to two or fewer goals. However, he only has a 4-4-1 record over that span.
John Tavares' seven-game point streak came to an end. That leaves him at 22 goals and 47 points in 54 contests this season.
This was an important game for both teams in their competition for a playoff seed and positioning in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders have opened up a four-point edge on New Jersey, which looks a lot bigger when you consider that New York has played in two fewer games.
CAROLINA 5 SAN JOSE 2
Joe Thornton not only saw his seven-game point streak come to an end Friday night, but he also finished the contest with a minus-three rating. He has 12 goals and 51 points in 57 contests in 2015-16.
Meanwhile Eric Staal ended his seven-game point drought with an assist. He still hasn't scored a goal since Jan. 12th though. It's not exactly a great time for him to be struggling either, given that it might hurt his trade value and is certainly making it harder for the Hurricanes' to stay in the playoff race, Friday night's result notwithstanding.
By contrast his brother Jordan Staal found the back of the net for the third straight game and also extended his point streak to four contests.
Jeff Skinner led the charge for Carolina tonight with his 20th and 21st goals of 2015-16. This is the fourth time that he's reached the 20-goal mark in his career.
San Jose defenseman Brent Burns has closed in on that milestone too by netting his 19th goal of the season on Friday. He's leading all blueliners in goals scored.
BUFFALO 4 COLUMBUS 0
Joonas Korpisalo started in his 11th straight game, but after allowing four goals on 31 shots, the Blue Jackets goalie was pulled with 8:30 minutes left in regulation time. That allowed Curtis McElhinney to make his first appearance since returning from an ankle injury.
At the other end of the ice, Robin Lehner turned aside all 38 shots he faced. This was his first shutout of the season, giving him a 2.30 GAA and .932 save percentage in 12 starts.
Boone Jenner got a major penalty and game misconduct for hooking Buffalo's Zach Bogosian. Lehner, furious, got ended up getting in a shoving match with Columbus' Jack Johnson, but the officials broke it up. Bogosian was sent to the dressing room as a result of the incident.
Jamie McGinn netted two goals for Buffalo in the winning effort. It was his first multi-goal game of the season.
MONTREAL 3 PHILADELPHIA 2 (SO)
This hasn't been the best of news cycles for Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban as he was recently criticized by coach Michel Therrien and his name has reportedly come up in trade talks. He had a strong showing Friday night though with two assists in 30:55 minutes of ice time.
Canadiens goalie Mike Condon turned aside 35 of 37 shots prior to the shootout. This was his first win since Jan. 23.
Max Pacioretty scored just his second goal in his last 13 games. He has 21 goals and 41 points in 59 contests overall this season.
Nick Cousins found the back of the net for the second time in as many games. That brings him up to three goals and five points in 12 contests with Philadelphia in 2015-16. He has also recorded 12 goals and 38 points in 38 AHL contests.
Shayne Gostisbehere extended his point streak to 14 games with an assist on Friday. The Flyers defenseman is the first player under the age of 23 to enjoy a streak of at least that length since the 2009-10 campaign, per the Elias Sports Bureau. He's also in a tie for the third longest rookie scoring streak since 1987-88.
CALGARY 5 VANCOUVER 2
The Calgary Flames were missing three defensemen in Dennis Wideman (suspended), Kris Russell (lower body), and Ladislav Smid (upper body), but fortunately T.J. Brodie was still available. He had three assists and logged 23:54 minutes of ice time to play a key role in Friday's victory.
Josh Jooris scored just his fourth goal of the season and his first since Jan. 2.
Michael Frolik netted the game-winner Friday night. It was his 10th goal in 45 contests in 2015-16.
Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom has now allowed five goals in each of his last two starts. He has a 2.57 GAA and .917 save percentage in 22 contests this season.
Jake Virtanen provided one of the lone silver linings for Vancouver by netting his fourth goal of the season. The 19-year-old rookie has a lot of upside, but it will likely be years before he's worth owning in standard fantasy leagues.