Although most NHL players probably did not realize it, the fantasy playoffs started on Monday.
I wonder how many poolies will grow beards for as long as they are in the post-season.
Anyway, it was a busy Monday night in the NHL so let's get to the action.
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TAMPA BAY 3 NEW YORK RANGERS 2
Brayden Point scored twice including the game winner to keep the Lightning's playoff hopes alive in a 3-2 win over the Rangers.
Peter Budaj picked up his first win in a Lightning uniform in only his second start since he was dealt from the Kings at the trade deadline. Budaj made 26 saves.
Antti Raanta did not have his best game of the season as he managed to stop just 13 of 16 shots. The Rangers will need him to do much better than that as usual number one goalie Henrik Lundqvist will miss the next two-three weeks with a muscle strain in his hip.
Vladislav Namestnikov returned to action after missing one game with a lower body injury. He injured himself once again and did not return.
COLUMBUS 5 PHILADELPHIA 3
The Flyers are in big trouble. Less than a week ago they were in Toronto and a win would have boosted them into a tie with Toronto. Well, they lost, then lost again and Monday's 5-3 loss to Columbus puts them behind the eight ball as they are six back of Toronto and in 11th place in the East.
The Blue Jackets set a couple of team records on Monday as they picked up their 44th win of the season and have 94 points.
Cam Atkinson scored twice and has 32 on the year. Sam Gagner, Zach Werenski and Brandon Dubinsky with the winner scored for the Blue Jackets while Travis Konecny had a pair for Philadelphia. Brayden Schenn with his 20th scored on the power play.
Zach Werenski also had an assist and was a plus-three on the night.
Steve Mason stopped 24 of 28 shots in taking the loss.
CAROLINA 8 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 4
Slavin, who also had an assist, came into the game with only two goals in 65 games all season so if you had him in your lineup, you are psychic or were too lazy to take him out of your lineup.
It was quite the anomaly but Sebastien Aho was held off the scoresheet while managing to go plus-four.
Cam Ward turned aside 23 shots for the win.
Brock Nelson was a minus-four.
NASHVILLE 5 WINNIPEG 4 (Overtime)
James Neal scored on the power play 2:11 into overtime to lead the Predators to a 5-4 win over Winnipeg. It was his 20th of the season.
CALGARY 4 PITTSBURGH 3 (Shootout)
Kris Versteeg scored the only goal of the shootout as he led the Calgary Flames to their 10th straight win in a 4-3 victory.
Brian Elliott stopped 32 shots as well as all three in the shootout. It was his eighth straight and 21st this season as he has shown the Flames fans why Calgary wanted him so badly last off-season.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves in taking the shootout loss.
BOSTON 6 VANCOUVER 3
Brad Marchand had the hat trick in the third period and added an assist to lead the Bruins to the 6-3 win over Vancouver.
Tuukka Rask turned away 23 of 26 shots for the win.
Ryan Miller gave up five goals on 42 shots in the loss.
ARIZONA 1 COLORADO 0
In a battle of the two worst teams in the NHL it was actually an entertaining game as the Arizona Coyotes rode a 23 save shutout from Mike Smith in a 1-0 win in the desert.
Brendan Perlini scored the only goal of the game and it was the rookie's 13th of the season in only 42 games. Perlini gets little publicity but is solidly entrenched among the great rookie class of 2016-17.
Calvin Pickard was terrific in net for the Avalanche as he stopped 34 of 35 shots but could not stop Perlini who has goals in each of his last three games.
ST. LOUIS 3 LOS ANGELES 1
Jake Allen stopped 38 shots to lead the Blues to a 3-1 win over the Kings.
Dustin Brown broke up the shutout bid by Allen with his 11th of the season with only 2:55 left in the game. It took Steen's empty netter to ice the game with seven seconds left.
Jonathan Quick made 23 of saves in the loss, his first of the season as he is 4-1-1.
Alex Pietrangelo had two assists for the Blues.