It’s Super Bowl Sunday and the NHL made it easy on their fans by scheduling only three games with all of them afternoon contests.
The last two games started at 2 pm ET and gave the fans plenty of time to get home or to their Super Bowl parties.
Good thinking NHL!
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BOSTON 1 WASHINGTON 0
It was a great day for Tuukka Rask as he became the all-time winningest goaltender in Boston Bruins history with a 1-0 shutout win over the Washington Capitals.
It was Rask’s 253rd win in a Boston uniform surpassing Hall-of-Famer Tiny Thompson who was a Bruin from the 1928-29 season to the 1938-39 campaign. Thompson is the only Hall of Fame goaltender to get a shutout in his first NHL game.
Rask stopped 24 shots in stonewalling the Capitals. He is 15-8-4 with a 2.35 GAA and a .922 save percentage as he has once again become a top-ten fantasy goalie after a rough start to the season.
The win by Boston was their first in 15 games against Washington.
Braden Holtby was extremely good in the Washington cage as he stopped 38 shots. Unfortunately, David Krejci’s 11th goal of the season in the second period, was the only shot to beat him but it was enough for Holtby to garner the loss. Holtby is 18-13-3 with a 3.04 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
Brad Marchand had seven shots on goal.
Charlie McAvoy had five blocked shots.
MONTREAL 4 EDMONTON 3 (Overtime)
Jonathan Drouin scored 58 seconds into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 win over Edmonton Sunday afternoon.
Shea Weber opened the scoring with his eighth goal of the season. Weber returned to action in December and has played only 29 games this season. It was a power play effort.
Leon Draisaitl with his first of two goals, tied the game at 1 and that’s how the first period ended.
The Oilers took a 3-2 lead after two, thanks to a couple of power play goals by Connor McDavid and Draisaitl. Both goals occurred after Max Domi made it 2-1 Montreal at the 1:09 mark of the second with his 17th goal of the season.
The goal by McDavid was his 31st while Draisaitl’s was his 29th.
Rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi with his eighth of the season, scored the only goal of the third to set up Drouin’s heroics.
Carey Price made 21 saves for the win. He is 21-13-4 with a 2.57 GAA and a .915 save percentage as he played in his first game since serving a one-game suspension for missing the All-Star game. It was his fifth straight win.
Mikko Koskinen took the loss as he turned aside 23-of-27 shots. He is 14-12-1.
Kris Russell blocked five shots for the Oilers.
Alex Chiasson was a minus-three for Edmonton.
Paul Byron suffered an apparent upper-body injury in the second period and did not return.
CALGARY 4 CAROLINA 3
It’s not often that multiple players return to a city they played for the previous season and score but it happened to all three former Hurricanes as Elias Lindholm, Derek Ryan and Noah Hanifin all scored to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 win over Carolina.
Teuvo Teravainen opened the scoring with his 12th of the year and Lindholm on the power play tied it with his 23rd of the season and 60th point of the campaign.
Hanifin scored the eventual game winner with his fifth of the season at the 13:05 mark of the third. Sebastian Aho scored with 55 seconds left but the Hurricanes could get no closer.
Aho, Teravainen, Hamilton and Ryan each had a goal and an assist.
Justin Williams had seven shots on goal for Carolina.
Rasmus Andersson had six blocked shots.
David Rittich picked up the win stopping 34 shots to improve his record to 20-4-4.
Petr Mrazek made 28 saves and took the loss as his record fell to 11-11-3.
Mark Giordano had four penalty minutes.
Bill Peters also made his return to Carolina as he coached the Hurricanes last season before bolting to Calgary to take on the Flames head coaching job.
Leon Draisaitl – 2
Micheal Ferland – 2
Darnell Nurse - 2
Shots on Goal
Brad Marchand – 7
Justin Williams – 7
Mikael Backlund – 6
Noel Acciari – 7
Tom Wilson - 7
Mark Giordano – 4
Leon Draisaitl – 4
Max Domi - 4