Switzerland isn’t known for producing high-end offensive forwards, though that might change in the years to come as Nico Hischier was the first overall pick in 2017 and he’s off to a solid start with eight goals and 26 points in 40 contests. One of the key players he’ll be chasing is now Nino Niederreiter.
Niederreiter became the all-time leader in goals by a Switzerland-born player on Thursday by recording a hat trick. He has 98 goals in 419 contests to surpass defenseman Mark Streit, who had 96 goals in 786 games before retiring. Niederreiter remains third in points with 195 behind Roman Josi (262 points) and Streit (434 points).
His hat trick helped the Wild earn a 6-2 victory over Buffalo and it held extra sentimental value for Niederreiter as his parents were in attendance.
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TORONTO 3 SAN JOSE 2 (SO)
Martin Jones turned aside 26 of 28 Maple Leafs shots prior to the shootout. He fell short in the skills competition by allowing two goals in six rounds.
Frederik Andersen saved 33 of 35 shots in regulation time. He surrendered a single goal in six shootout rounds to pick up the extra point.
Auston Matthews scored a goal in the first period and found the back of the net in the shootout. The Maple Leafs forward has 18 goals and 32 points in 32 games this season.
Nazem Kadri accounted for Toronto’s other regulation-time goal. It was his 14th marker and 24th point in 40 contests.
Chris Tierney scored a goal for San Jose. He’s up to nine goals and 15 points in 38 games.
PHILADELPHIA 6 NY ISLANDERS 4
This was yet another rough start for Thomas Greiss, who surrendered five goals on 31 shots. He has a 9-6-2 record, 3.89 GAA, and .882 save percentage in 20 contests.
Ivan Provorov scored two goals and registered an assist. The Flyers defenseman has seven goals and 18 points in 40 games.
Sean Couturier chipped in a goal and an assist for Philadelphia. He’s up to 19 goals and 38 points in 40 contests. Barring an injury, this will be his first campaign where he reaches the 20-goal and 40-point milestones.
Cal Clutterbuck had two goals and 12 PIM for the Islanders. He has 13 points and 36 penalty minutes in 36 games.
Brian Elliott kicked out 27 of 31 shots last night. He’s allowed at least three goals in each of his last four starts, but he’s still won two of those contests.
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CAROLINA 4 PITTSBURGH 0
Cam Ward stopped 21 shots to earn the shutout. He improved to 11-2-2 with a 2.52 GAA and .915 save percentage in 16 starts.
Patric Hornqvist had a team-high three shots against Ward. He has 12 goals on 126 shots (9.5%) in 38 contests.
Matt Murray allowed four goals on 33 shots. He’s surrendered at least three goals in each of his last four starts.
Sebastian Aho led the charge for the Hurricanes with two goals and an assist. He’s up to 13 goals and 33 points in 40 games.
Teuvo Teravainen found the back of the net and registered an assist. That gives him 11 goals and 32 points in 40 games.
MONTREAL 2 TAMPA BAY 1 (SO)
Carey Price turned aside 44 of 45 shots in regulation time. He held firm for three shootout rounds as well to earn the win.
Andrei Vasilevskiy was strong as well with 37 saves of 38 shots prior to the skills competition. However, he surrendered the only goal of the shootout.
Paul Byron scored the shootout goal. He didn’t get any points during regulation time though.
Max Pacioretty found the back of the net for the first time since Nov. 30. The Canadiens forward has nine goals and 22 points in 41 contests.
Nikita Kucherov scored the Lightning’s lone goal. It was his 26th marker and 57th point in 40 contests.
ST. LOUIS 2 VEGAS 1
Paul Stastny netted the game-winning goal. He’s up to eight goals and 27 points in 43 games.
Alexander Steen also found the back of the net for the Blues. He has five goals and 21 points in 37 contests.
Erik Haula accounted for Vegas’ goal. It was his 15th marker and 28th point in 35 games.
Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 37 of 39 shots. He’s 8-2-1 with a 1.80 GAA and .944 save percentage in 11 starts.
Carter Hutton kicked out 32 of 33 shots. The Blues backups have been superb this season with an 8-3-0 record, 1.64 GAA and .947 save percentage in 14 games.
MINNESOTA 6 BUFFALO 2
Nino Niederreiter led the Wild with a hat trick. He’s up to 13 goals and 19 points in 30 contests.
Mikko Koivu scored a goal and registered two assists. That gives him six goals and 21 points in 41 games.
Sam Reinhart found the back of the net for Buffalo. It was his seventh goal and 13th point in 40 contests this season.
Devan Dubnyk kicked out 29 of 31 shots last night. He’s 15-8-2 with a 2.57 GAA and .920 save percentage in 26 starts.
DALLAS 4 NEW JERSEY 3
Alexander Radulov scored a goal and registered two assists for Dallas. He’s up to 15 goals and 35 points in 42 contests.
While New Jersey fell short, Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists as well. He has 14 goals and 40 points in 38 games in 2017-18.
Mattias Janmark scored the game-winning goal. That gives him nine goals and 21 points in 42 contests.
Ben Bishop turned aside 39 of 42 Devils shots. He has a 18-11-2 record, 2.55 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 33 games.
Cory Schneider kicked out 29 of 33 shots last night. He has a 17-8-5 record, 2.64 GAA, and .919 save percentage in 31 starts.
COLORADO 2 COLUMBUS 0
Jonathan Bernier kicked out 34 shots to earn his second shutout of the season. He’s 8-7-1 with a 2.94 GAA and .906 save percentage in 16 games.
Zach Werenski tied for the team-high with four shots against Bernier. He has 11 goals on 110 shots (10%) in 38 contests.
Mikko Rantanen scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has 14 goals and 38 points in 40 games.
Matt Nieto accounted for the Avalanche’s other goal. It was his seventh marker and 14th point in 33 games.
Sergei Bobrovsky saved 30 of 32 shots on Thursday. He has a 19-12-3 record, 2.43 GAA, and .919 save percentage in 34 starts.
CALGARY 4 LOS ANGELES 3
Tanner Pearson scored two goals and an assist, but the Kings couldn’t capitalize on his big game. He has eight goals and 24 points in 41 contests.
Sean Monahan scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him 19 goals and 36 points in 40 games this season.
Johnny Gaudreau assisted on two of the Flames’ four markers. He has 13 goals and 45 points in 40 contests.
Mike Smith stopped 28 of 31 Kings' shots. He has a 16-13-3 record, 2.58 GAA, and .920 save percentage in 34 starts.
Jonathan Quick kicked out 37 of 41 shots last night. He dropped to 19-12-2 with a 2.26 GAA and .928 save percentage in 33 games.
EDMONTON 2 ANAHEIM 1 (SO)
Cam Talbot saved 33 of 34 shots in regulation time and allowed a single goal in three shootout rounds. That ended his run of four starts where he allowed a combined 18 goals.
John Gibson kicked out 33 of 34 shots prior to the skills competition. He fell short in the shootout by allowing two goals in three rounds.
Ryan Kesler scored the Ducks’ only goal in regulation time. It was his first goal and third point in five games this season.
Kris Russell found the back of the net in the second period. The Oilers defenseman has three goals and 16 points in 41 games.
Connor McDavid assisted on Russell’s goal. That gives him 14 goals and 46 points in 41 contests.
ARIZONA 3 NASHVILLE 2 (OT)
Christian Fischer netted the overtime winner. It was his 11th goal and 18th point in 40 games.
Anthony Duclair also found the back of the net for Arizona. He has eight goals and 14 points in 32 contests.
Ryan Ellis scored a goal for the Predators. This was his second game after recovering from knee surgery and the goal was his first point of the 2017-18 campaign.
Juuse Saros kicked out 22 of 25 Predators shots. He has a 4-3-3 record, 2.43 GAA, and .922 save percentage in 11 contests.
Antti Raanta saved 37 of 39 shots last night. He’s 6-11-2 with a 2.82 GAA and .915 save percentage in 21 starts.