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Hockey Daily Dose

Marchand and Slavin get three

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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.

 

Gabriel Dumont scored his second of the season to complete Tampa Bay scoring while Steven Kampfer with his first of the season and Michael Grabner with his team leading 27th, scored for 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.

 

Seth Jones and Brandon Saad each had a pair of assists in the win.

 

Zach Werenski also had an assist and was a plus-three on the night.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky  made 23 saves and took over the NHL lead in wins with 37 wins, one ahead of Devan Dubnyk.

 

Steve Mason stopped 24 of 28 shots in taking the loss.

 

CAROLINA 8 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 4

 

It was defenseman night for the Hurricanes as Jaccob Slavin had the hat trick and Justin Faulk scored twice in an 8-4 win over the Islanders.

 

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.

 

Jeff Skinner had a pair with Joakim Nordstrom also scoring for the Canes.

 

Joshua Ho-Sang had a goal and an assist with Calvin de Haan (another defenseman), Stephen Gionta with his first of the season, and Ryan Strome scoring for the Islanders.

 

Jordan Staal, Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin each had two assists.

 

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.

 

Jean-Francois Berube got the start but was pulled after allowing four goals on only 13 shots. Thomas Greiss replace him and while he made 16 saves on 20 shots, he gave up the first two that he saw.

 

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.

 

Filip Forsberg  and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist for Nashville who also got goals from Austin Watson and captain Mike Fisher.

 

Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien, Joel Armia and rookie sensational Patrik Laine scored for the Jets. It was Laine's 33rd of the season.

 

Bryan Little and Nikolaj Ehlers each had a pair of assists for the Jets while Roman Josi and Viktor Arvidsson had the same for the Predators.

 

Laine had seven shots on net and Cody McLeod and Shawn Matthias fought each other and earned five minute majors at the end of the first period.

 

Pekka Rinne made 30 saves for the win. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 37 shots but it was not enough.

 

I think the Jets have a real good defenseman in Josh Morrissey. Don't forget about him next 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.

 

Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist to move to within one point of Connor McDavid in the race for the Art Ross Trophy.

 

Conor Sheary with his 20th of the season, and Evgeni Malkin with his 33rd of the season also scored for the Penguins. Malkin's effort was on the power play.

 

Former Penguin Deryk Engelland potted his fourth of the season for Calgary while Dennis Wideman and Johnny Gaudreau on the power play scored for the Flames.

 

Versteeg also had two assists for the red-hot Flames as did Jake Guentzel for the Penguins. Hopefully you read Corey Abbott's Waiver Wired this week and picked up Guentzel, just as he asked you to.

 

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.

 

Marchand moved into a tie for second place in the NHL scoring race with Sidney Crosby, one point behind the 75 by Connor McDavid as he is the surprising presence in the top-ten at this time.

 

David Backes had a goal and an assist while Zdeno Chara and David Krejci also scored.

 

Markus Granlund had two goals as the Sedin twins assisted on both. Alexander Edler also scored for Vancouver who led 3-2 heading into the third before the Bruins struck for four goals.

 

Tuukka Rask turned away 23 of 26 shots for the win.

 

Ryan Miller gave up five goals on 42 shots in the loss.

 

Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak each had two assists.

 

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.

 

It was Smith's 22nd shutout as a member of the Coyotes as he is now the all-time shutout leader surpassing Ilya Bryzgalov and Nikolai Khabibulin.

 

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.

 

Peter Holland and Tobias Rieder drew assists.

 

ST. LOUIS 3 LOS ANGELES 1

 

Jake Allen stopped 38 shots to lead the Blues to a 3-1 win over the Kings.

 

Alexander Steen had a goal and an assist while David Perron and Magnus Paajarvi, who had the game winner, also scored.

 

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.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for NBC Sports Edge. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.