For the first time in a long time, Max Pacioretty came through for the Montreal Canadiens on the power play. Before tonight, his last power play point came last February (36 games ago).
In tonight’s tilt, Pacioretty helped set up both of Andrew Shaw’s goals on the man-advantage before he added the game-winning goal, on the power play, in overtime to give Montreal the win.
The Canadiens captain hasn’t been as productive as many would’ve hoped so far in 2017-18, but he’s now found the back of the net in three of his last four games.
Montreal will never be considered an offensive powerhouse, so they’ll need their top offensive guys to make a difference on the power play every once in a while.
Has Pacioretty turned the page on his power play struggles? That remains to be seen.
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Max Pacioretty had a goal and two assists in the win. As I mentioned above, it was the first time in a long time that the Canadiens captain has found success on the man-advantage. Pacioretty has five goals and three assists in 14 games this season.
Andrew Shaw has been rolling of late. The energy forward had two goals in the win, and he’s now up to three markers in his last two contests.
Blake Wheeler scored a goal and an assist in the defeat. No one has been able to stop the Jets forward of late, as he’s notched nine points in his last four games. He has five goals and 12 assists in 13 games this season.
Al Montoya, who was between the pipes because Carey Price was injured, allowed four goals on 23 shots in the win. Only one of the four goals he allowed was scored at even-strength (three were on Jets power plays).
Connor Hellebuyck gave up five goals on 50 shots in the loss. If it wasn’t for him, this one could have been over in the second period. Hellebuyck has a 7-0-2 record with a 2.24 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage this season.
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Speaking of Marchessault, he also had a three-point effort, as he had a pair of helpers too. He’s up to four goals and five assists in 10 games this season. Marchessault has three multi-point efforts in his last five outings.
Mark Stone picked up a goal and an assist in the defeat. Stone has three multi-point games in his last four contests. He’s up to nine goals and 16 points in 14 games.
Craig Anderson stopped 29 of 34 shots in the loss. Anderson has dropped two of his last three decisions. He’s given up five goals or more in both of those last two losses.
The win was the first of Maxime Lagace’s NHL career. He has a 1-3-0 record with a 4.43 goals-against-average and a .856 save percentage.
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Alex Pietrangelo notched a pair of goals for the Blues in the victory. The Blues defenseman now has four goals and 15 points in 15 games this season.
Jake Allen made 27 saves in the victory. He now has an 8-3-1 record with a 2.48 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage this season. Allen has collected four wins in his last five games.
Frederik Andersen has now dropped four of his last five games. His individual numbers remain quite ugly, as he has 3.48 goals-against-average and a .895 save percentage in 2017-18.
Tyler Bozak scored a pair of goals on Saturday night. The Leafs center now has four goals and four assists this season. His last goal came on Oct. 23 (six games).
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Tom Wilson, who is used to finishing games with more penalty minutes than goals, scored twice in the win. He finished the night with a plus-2 rating, two penalty minutes and five shots on goal. He has four points in 10 contests.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 11th goal of the year in the victory. Coming into tonight’s game, he hadn’t found the back of the net in his last five games.
David Pastrnak was the only player to score for the Bruins tonight and he did it twice. He also had a team-high six shots on goal. He has eight goals on 13 points in 12 games.
Braden Holtby turned aside 31 of 33 shots. Holtby has now won each of his last three decisions, and he’s given up two goals in two of those three outings. He owns a 10-3-0 record with a 2.71 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage.
Tuukka Rask has stopped 24 of 27 shots in Saturday’s loss. The Bruins goalie now has lost three of his four games since coming back from a concussion. Rask has a 2-4-2 record with a 2.70 goals-against-average and a .905 save percentage.
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Nikita Kucherov kept producing offense on Saturday night, as he had a goal and an assist against Columbus. The Russian sniper now has an incredible 14 goals and 23 points in 15 games this season.
Steven Stamkos also produced another goal in the victory. Stamkos now has seven goals and 18 assists in 15 games this season. He and Kucherov have been two of the best forwards in the NHL this season.
Seth Jones finished the game with a goal and an assist. He also had a plus-4 rating and three shots on goal in25:50 of ice time. Jones has three goals and 11 points in 14 games this season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 of 34 shots and he turned aside all three shots he faced in the shootout. He has an 11-1-1 record with a 2.52 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this season. He also hasn’t lost a game in regulation since Oct. 7.
Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 36 shots in regulation and overtime. He also gave up a shootout goal on three attempts. The Blue Jackets goalie’s four-game winning streak is over.
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Kevin Shattenkirk scored a pair of goals, including the overtime winner. He had four shots on goal and one hit in 23:06 of ice time. The Rangers blue liner has four goals and 13 points in 15 games this season.
Rick Nash added a goal and an assist in New York’s win. Nash had just one goal in his first 11 games, but he’s had five points in his last four games, which is encouraging for his fantasy stock.
Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves in the victory. King Henrik hasn’t been very good this season, but he’s now won three in a row and four of his last five.
Roberto Luongo made his way back into the lineup after missing six games with a hand injury. The Panthers goalie gave up five goals on 44 shots in the overtime defeat.
Colton Sceviour, who also came back from an injury, scored a pair of goals in the game. He’s up to three goals and one assist in seven contests.
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Mikko Rantanen’s goal in regulation was the fourth in his last three games. The Avs forward also scored the game-winner in the shootout. He has five goals and seven assists in 13 games this season
Matt Duchene notched a goal and an assist. He had two shots on goal and one hit in 20:42 of ice time. This performance won’t hurt his potential trade value. He’s accumulated four goals and six assists in 13 games.
Jakub Voracek was the only Flyer that posted a multi-point game. He had a goal and an assist in the defeat. He has three goals and 18 points in 15 games this season.
Michal Neuvirth stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced on Saturday night. Two of the four goals he conceded came while the Flyers were shorthanded and another one came when his team was on the power play.
Semyon Varlamov allowed four goals on 37 shots in the victory. He also turned aside two of the three shootout attempts that came his way. The win improves his record to 6-3-0 on the season.
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Tyler Seguin scored a goal and an assist. The Stars forward has collected at least one point in nine of his last 10 games. Seguin’s up to eight goals and 15 points in 14 games.
Ryan O’Reilly scored Buffalo’s only goal in the defeat. O’Reilly has collected at least one point in his last three games. He has five goals and 11 points in 14 games. He also has a minus-9 rating this season.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 28 shots in his second victory of the season. Lehtonen has a 2-3-0 record with a 2.40 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage.
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Artem Anisimov scored a power play goal in the third period to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. He has five goals and two assists in 14 games. Two of his five goals have been game-winners.
Alex DeBrincat added an empty-netter to finish off the game. The rookie has three goals and four assists in 14 games this season. He’s picked up three points in his last three games.
Corey Crawford has now picked up back-to-back shutouts over the Flyers and Wild. Crawford has a 7-4-0 record with a 1.75 goals-against-average and a .945 save percentage this season.
Devan Dubnyk turned aside 33 of 34 shots in the loss. Dubnyk has a 4-4-1 record with a 2.81 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage this season.
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Clayton Keller continues to be a bright spot in the Coyotes’ horrible season. Keller scored Arizona’s goal in regulation and he also added another one in the shootout. The rookie has 10 goals and 16 points in 15 games.
Jordan Staal scored the only goal for the Hurricanes in the loss. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating and six shots on goal in 19:42 of ice time. Staal has four goals and three assists in 12 games.
Derek Stepan’s goal in the shootout proved to be the game-winning goal. Stepan had five shots on goal and two hits in regulation/overtime.
Antti Raanta’s second game since returning from a lower-body injury went much better than his first (he gave up five goals in a loss). Raanta stopped 35 shots in the win. He has a 1-2-1 record with a 3.12 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage.
Scott Darling stopped 23 of 24 shots in Saturday’s shootout loss. Darling has a 3-3-3 record with a 2.50 goals-against-average and a .903 save percentage.
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Canucks rookie Brock Boeser had an incredible night, as he had a hat trick and an assist in the game. Boeser has five goals and 13 points in 10 games this season. The youngster has been outstanding in 2017-18.
Boeser’s teammate, Bo Horvat, also had a four-point night. He had one goal and three assists. Horvat has five goals and 11 points in 13 games. He has eight points in his last six contests.
Jacob Markstrom turned aside 37 of 39 shots in Saturday’s victory. He has a 4-3-2 record with a 2.23 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage. He’s given up two goals or less in each of his last six appearances.
Jake Guentzel found the back of the net in the loss. The goal came on the man-advantage. Guentzel has four goals and four assists this season. He put an end to his eight-game goalless drought.
Matt Murray allowed four goals on 21 shots in Vancouver. Murray has dropped three of his last four decisions. He’ll enter his next start with a 3.05 goals-against-average and a .902 save percentage.
NASHVILLE 4 LOS ANGELES 3 (OT)
P.K. Subban scored a goal for the second consecutive game. He finished the night with a plus-2 rating, two penalty minutes and one shot on goal in 25:44 of ice time. Subban has three goals and 11 points in 14 contests.
Viktor Arvidsson notched the overtime winner with 20 seconds remaining in the frame. He now has five goals and two assists in 14 games this season.
Alec Martinez picked up a power play goal in Saturday’s game. His goal proved to be the game-tying goal with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime. He has two goals and four points in 11 contests.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 27 of 31 shots on Saturday. Kuemper has only made three appearances this season, but he’s now 2-0-1. He’ll go into his next game with a 2.53 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage. He’s given up two goals or less in all but one of his appearances.
Juuse Saros gave up three goals on 39 shots in the win. The victory was Saros’ first of the 2017-18 regular season.
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Corey Perry scored a goal in the defeat. His third tally of the season opened the scoring in the first period. Perry has eight points in 14 games in 2017-18.
Sharks forward Joel Ward tied the game with just over eight minutes remaining in regulation.
Joonas Donskoi scored the game-winner in the sixth round of the shootout. Donskoi had a minus-1 rating and three shots on goal in just under 17 minutes of ice time.
Martin Jones stopped 25 of 26 of Anaheim’s shots. Jones has now won three games in a row and seven of his last eight contests. He’s rolling.
Miller made his second appearance of the year. In both cases, the game wasn’t decided in regulation. Miller has a 1-0-1 record with a 1.85 goals-against-average and a .951 save percentage.