It was a super busy night, and a highly contentious night, in the National Hockey League. We had 28 of the 31 teams in action from Saturday afternoon matinee action to battles on the west coast late into the night. Fantasy owners were in heaven, as we had four goaltenders post shutouts, and a handful of other goaltenders allowed just one goal. On the flip side, we also had two goaltenders ejected after a rare goalie fight, as one rivalry game turned into a good, old-time hockey donnybrook. The only bad part about the Edmonton Oilers-Calgary Flames game is that it had to end. Four games were decided in overtime, one went to a shootout and six games were decided by one goal. Let's get started!
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Buffalo Sabres 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (OT)
The day kicked off with a matinee game in Buffalo, and the Jackets and Sabres were locked in a defensive duel. The big news in this one was that Carter Hutton was able to pick up his first victory since Oct. 22, snapping a span of 12 consecutive losses by allowing just one goal on 23 shots.
Matiss Kivlenieks was sharp on the other side, coughing up just two goals on 24 shots, including one goal in regulation to Evan Rodrigues. All-Star Jack Eichel notched his 31st in overtime on assists to Rasmus Ristolainen and Sam Reinhart just 36 seconds into the extra session.
Vancouver Canucks 4, New York Islanders 3 (OT)
In the second period, All-Star Quinn Hughes picked up his first goal of the night, and Tim Schaller added to the lead, before Jordan Eberle was able to reel them back in to just a one-goal deficit before going back to the room. There was only one goal in the third, and it was Brock Nelson scoring with the extra attacker to force overtime, 3-3.
In overtime it was Hughes again, striking for the winner on helpers from Elias Pettersson and Miller just 42 seconds into the extra session. It's pretty crazy, but Quinn has managed eight goals, 38 points and 18 power-play points with two game-winning tallies in 51 games, and he has already been an All-Star, while his younger brother Jack Hughes, the No. 1 pick overall in last year's entry draft, has managed six goals and 17 points with a minus-15 rating in 43 games. Not many people predicted that before the season.
Montreal Canadiens 4, Florida Panthers 0
Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 35 shots in a road win, as the Panthers had no answers for the Habs in this one. Nick Suzuki struck in the first period to reach double digits in goals, Artturi Lehkonen scored his 12th of the season, Tomas Tatar notched his 19th and Brendan Gallagher bagged a power-play goal to round out the scoring to back Carey Price, who stopped all 29 shots he faced.
Jeff Petry chipped in with four assists and a plus-3 rating with four hits in his 22:21 of ice time across 23 shifts. Suzuki also picked up a helper to join the multi-point club, giving him 10 goals and 32 points through 53 games, putting him on target for a 50-point season.
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Ottawa Senators 1 (OT)
Mark Borowiecki registered his seventh goal of the season to open the scoring early in the second period to give the Senators a brief lead. He finished with a plus-1 rating, three blocked shots and two hits in his 14:59 of ice time. What's more impressive, Borowiecki entered the season with just eight goals in 322 NHL games before his breakout season.
That was the only offensive support Craig Anderson would receive. He allowed a power-play goal to Jason Spezza in regulation and to Mitch Marner, also on the power play, in overtime. That was it. The Sens gave it their best shot, but just couldn't solve Michael Hutchinson.
New York Rangers 1, Detroit Red Wings 0
It was vintage Henrik Lundqvist in the second end of the home-and-home with the Red Wings. He hadn't played since Jan. 11, a loss in St. Louis, but he answered the ball in this one after a long layoff. Lundqvist picked up career win No. 459, keeping pace with Marc-Andre Fleury, who also won and had a shutout in this one. They're each tied for No. 5 on the NHL's all-time list.
Dallas Stars 3, New Jersey Devils 2 (OT)
The Devils put up quite the fight against the Stars, but in the end it was Ben Bishop helping the team to a road victory. He allowed just two goals on 31 shots to pick up the road victory.
Joel Kiviranta picked up his first NHL goal in this one, while Joe Pavelski posted an overtime goal, his 364th in the NHL. While he has just nine goals in his new surroundings, three of those goals are of the game-winning variety.
Louis Domingue allowed three goals on 31 shots, which wasn't terrible. All-Star Nico Hischier had a goal and Kevin Rooney managed an unassisted shorthanded goal, but that was all the offense could muster.
Philadelphia Flyers 6, Colorado Avalanche 3
The Avalanche and Fly Guys had the second-most combined goals of the night, but the Avalanche didn't get production from their biggest guns. Andre Burakovsky and Nikita Zadorov were the only members of the multi-point club for the visitors, while Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon combined for just one assist and a minus-6 rating. Not good.
Philipp Grubauer had few answers, allowing five goals on 27 goals to take the loss in Philly.
There were plenty of smiling faces wearing orange. Sean Couturier posted three assists with a plus-3 rating, Joel Farabee had a pair of goals with a plus-3 rating and Kevin Hayes managed two goals and three points with a plus-2 rating. In fact, Hayes has 16 goals through 52 games. When he scored a career-high 25 goals during his 2017-18 campaign for the New York Rangers he had just 13 goals across 52 games.
Alex Lyon managed to turn aside 28 of the 31 shots he faced to pick up the win, his first victory in nearly two years in his 10th NHL appearance. Carter Hart (abdominal strain) worked out Saturday, and is expected to do so again Sunday, but he won't be ready to go Monday. Keep him reserved.
Winnipeg Jets 5, St. Louis Blues 2
On the flip side, the Jets were on fire offensively. Jack Roslovic did his studying, notching the first two goals of the game to beat Binnington, while he added an assist on the third goal to make it 3-0. Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist to join the multi-point club, and Sami Niku posted two assists, too.
Mark Scheifele also had a pair of assists to join the multi-point club, while Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine also lit the lamp. That was more than enough for Connor Hellebuyck, who made 38 saves to pick up a victory.
Vegas Golden Knights 3, Nashville Predators 0
Fleury was back from his one-game suspension for skipping the All-Star Game, and he seemed to benefit from the extra rest. He turned aside all 19 of the shots he faced to pick up his 459th win to keep pace for Lundqvist. He managed his 59th shutout, sneaking ahead of Pekka Rinne for 19th on the all-time shutouts list. Rinne, by the way, allowed just two goals on 38 shots to take a tough loss.
One of the goals allowed by Rinne was to Nicolas Roy, who was shipped to Chicago of the AHL as a reward. Ouch.
Boston Bruins 6, Minnesota Wild 1
The B's had several multi-point performers, as Jake DeBrusk and Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist, while David Pastrnak had a goal and three points. The big winner of the night was Torey Krug, however, as he had two goals and four points with a plus-2 rating.
DeBrusk has goals in three straight games, while Pastrnak was able to tie his career high with 38 goals with 29 games remaining in the season. He is on pace for about 60 goals and 110 or more points, as his dream season continues.
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Arizona Coyotes 2 (SO)
Brandon Saad was the offense for Chicago in regulation, posting both of his team's goals. Conor Garland and Brad Richardson were the goal scorers for the home side, backing Antti Raanta who deserved a better fate.
Raanta allowed just two goals on 44 shots in the shootout loss, falling in the extra session as superstars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane beat him. Corey Crawford picked up his 10th win of the season, reaching double digits for the 10th consecutive NHL season.
Edmonton Oilers 8, Calgary Flames 3
The game of the night was the Battle of Alberta, especially if you enjoy old-time hockey. And I do!
Kailer Yamamoto and Zack Kassian picked up goals in the first 65 seconds, stunning All-Star David Rittich and the crowd at Scotiabank Saddledome. Buddy Robinson notched his first goal of the season, and second NHL marker, while Connor McDavid had a power-play goal to close out the first. We saw a fight between Robinson and Jujhar Khaira, but that was simply the undercard.
Things were good for the first 19 minutes of the second period, but shortly after the 'one-minute' announcement by the public address guy, things went bonkers.
Matthew Tkachuk and Ethan Bear scrapped, Sam Gagner was whistled for roughing and Cam Talbot and Mike Smith skated to mid ice, penalized for leaving the crease, and they dropped the gloves in a rare goalie fight. In fact, it was the first-ever goalie fight in this heated rivalry. Talbot had replaced Rittich, who was ineffective early, but the All-Star was forced back into the crease. Mikko Koskinen was also thrust into action, while the Flames provided an emergency goalie in case either of those tendies went down with Talbot and Smith ejected for their scrap.
The third period was also very heated, as any little incident turned into a tussle. Sam Bennett and Patrick Russell had a tussle, while Tkachuk and Alex Chiasson were booted late with a game misconduct. Rasmus Andersson was also given the boot late after a 'friendly' discussion with the Edmonton bench, as things were testy all the way to the end.
Leon Draisaitl was the big fantasy star with four assists and a plus-4 rating, while McDavid had a pair of goals. Gaetan Haas had a goal on a late penalty shot while adding an assist. Oscar Klefbom had two assists and Yamamoto had a goal and an assist to join the multi-point group.
Anaheim Ducks 3, Los Angeles Kings 1
Jonathan Quick allowed three goals on 28 shots in the loss, while Ryan Miller sparkled with 47 saves on 48 shots for the victory. He was backed by Derek Grant, Max Jones and Jacob Larsson with goals, not exactly the who's who of fantasy scorers.
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, San Jose Sharks 0
Curtis McElhinney made the start and he took advantage of the start with 30 saves in his first shutout since Feb. 23, 2019 when he was with the Carolina Hurricanes. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov posted goals, as the Lightning are now 15-2-1 across the past 18 games. They're starting to resemble the team which secured the No. 1 seed last season. Of course, we all remember how that ended in the postseason.
Aaron Dell allowed just two goals on 34 shots, but he received no offensive support, as McElhinney was a brick wall. Brent Burns and his fantasy owners were the biggest losers, as he had a minus-3 rating, although he did salvage the line somewhat with three blocked shots and a hit.