Leon Draisaitl scored his third career hat trick and added two assists in Wednesday’s 7-1 blowout win over Ottawa. He has compiled 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in six games versus the Senators this season. According to NHL Public Relations, Draisaitl is only two points away from tying the most by an active player against one opponent in a single season.
Draisaitl will get another crack at Ottawa on Friday night. If by chance he is unable to find the scoresheet in that contest or ends up one point short then he will get two more chances in April to set the record when Edmonton visits the Senators for another two-game set.
Troy Grosenick secured a piece of NHL history of his own on Wednesday night when he stopped 33 shots in a 5-1 win over Anaheim. It was his first NHL game since Nov. 18, 2014, which is the sixth-longest gap between starts by a goalie in league history. That’s a span of six years and 102 days. His last regulation-season win the NHL came six years and 112 days from Wednesday's outing. Grosenick got the opportunity to play because Jonathan Quick was out with an upper-body injury and Cal Petersen was unavailable due to COVID protocol.
VEGAS 3 MINNESOTA 4
The Wild kicked off a five-game homestand with a pair of wins over the Golden Knights this week. Next up for Minnesota is a three-match set versus Arizona.
Joel Eriksson Ek scored a pair of goals in the match, while being credited with four shots and two blocks. He has double digits in goals for the first time in his NHL career.
Dylan Coghlan scored all three times for Vegas in the loss. The 23-year-old rookie defender didn’t have a goal in his opening 11 outings this campaign.
Kaapo Kahkonen made 24 saves to give him a personal win streak of eight games.
OTTAWA 1 EDMONTON 7
The Oilers won a third straight game, including two in a row against the Senators. Edmonton has another matchup versus Ottawa coming on Friday.
Leon Draisaitl led the way offensively with three goals and two assists.
Connor McDavid accumulated one goal and two helpers in the match.
Darnell Nurse registered one goal and one assist as part of a four-goal opening period.
Matt Murray gave up seven goals on 36 shots in the loss.
Mike Smith blocked 21 shots for his eighth win in 12 games played.
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ARIZONA 1 COLORADO 2 (OT)
The Avalanche rebounded from a 3-2 setback against the Coyotes on Monday with an overtime victory on Wednesday.
Antti Raanta was the star of the game with 44 saves. The Coyotes were outshot by a 46-14 margin in the contest.
Philipp Grubauer made 13 saves for his 13th win in 20 starts.
LOS ANGELES 5 ANAHEIM 1
The Kings bounced back from a 6-5 overtime loss to the Ducks on Monday with a commanding win on Wednesday night.
Adrian Kempe potted a pair of goals on Wednesday to give six markers during a three-game goal spree.
Sam Steel was the lone goal scorer for the Ducks.
John Gibson surrendered five goals on 37 shots in the defeat.
Troy Grosenick blocked 33 shots for his second career win in the NHL and first as a member of the Kings.
MONTREAL 5 VANCOUVER 1
The Canadiens bounced back from a 2-1 shootout loss to the Canucks on Monday. The team’s six-game road trip continues in Calgary on Thursday night.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi picked up one goal and one assist on Wednesday night.
Tyler Toffoli collected two assists in the win against his former team. He has eight goals and 13 points in seven matches against the Canucks this season.
Brock Boeser had the lone goal for Vancouver in the loss.
Alexander Edler blocked eight shots.