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Patrick Kane's big day

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The big winner of Sunday's action was a team that had the day off: Detroit.  The Red Wings have been struggling to extend their streak of playoff appearances to 25 consecutive seasons but they got a lot of help on Sunday as their primary rivals, Boston and Philadelphia, lost to Chicago and Pittsburgh respective.

 

The Red Wings have two potential paths to the playoffs: They could claim the third Atlantic Division spot, in which case they'll have to best the Boston Bruins.  After Sunday's events, Detroit has a one-point edge over Boston and both teams have just three games left.  Failing that, Detroit could secure the second Wild Card seed if they finish ahead of Philadelphia.  Currently the Flyers and Red Wings both have 91 points and Detroit leads in the tiebreaking ROW category 38 to 36.  However, Philadelphia has played in one less game than the Red Wings, so the Flyers still control their own fate.

 

But guess who Detroit's next two opponents are?  Philadelphia on Wednesday and then Boston on Thursday.

 

Those should be some great games, but in the meantime let's take a closer look at what happened last night...

 

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BLACKHAWKS 6 BRUINS 4

 

Joel Quenneville became just the second coach in NHL history to earn 800 wins.  The 57-year-old has overseen Chicago dating back to 2008-09 and over that stretch the Blackhawks have made the playoffs every season and have won the Stanley Cup a remarkable three times.  Before that Quenneville also found success with St. Louis and Colorado, although obviously nothing compares to his time with Chicago.  The only coach with more wins than him is Scotty Bowman, who has 1,244.  In other words, Quenneville is still an incredibly long shot to become the winningest coach of all time unless he remains a bench boss into his 70s.

 

This was a huge night for Patrick Kane as well, who led Chicago with a hat trick and an assist.  That made him the first - and almost certainly only player - to reach the 100-point milestone this season.  Along the way he's crushed his previous career-high of 88 points.

 

Kane's linemate Artemi Panarin had a goal and three assists, bringing the 24-year-old rookie up to eight points in his last two games.  Until Panarin's recent outburst, an argument could be made for giving the Calder Trophy to Connor McDavid given how dominate he's been when healthy (45 points in 43 games), but this run has likely sealed it for Panarin.  The Blackhawks rookie now has 72 points in 77 games, which is the most points by a rookie since...well, since Patrick Kane.

 

This could have been a far more humiliating game for Boston as the Bruins fell behind 6-0 towards the end of the second frame.  They had to stage a rally to at least make this game respectable and Patrice Bergeron was a big part of that, scoring two goals and registering an assist.  Bergeron now has 32 goals and 67 points in 77 games.

 

Bruins forward Brad Marchand also played a key role with a goal and an assist.  He has 36 goals and 58 points in 74 contests this season.

 

PENGUINS 6 FLYERS 2

 

Losing goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to a concussion right before the playoffs is about as close to a worst case scenario for the Penguins as you can get - especially seeing as this is the second time their starting goaltender has been concussed this season.  They only silver lining is that 21-year-old backup Matt Murray is one of the most promising young goalies out there.  He demonstrated that again on Sunday by turning aside 28 of Philadelphia's 30 shots, giving him a 1.88 GAA and .933 save percentage in 10 starts.

 

Murray got help from an unusual source in Eric Fehr.  The Penguins forward found the back of the net twice, making this his first multi-goal game of the season.  He has eight markers and 16 points in 52 games.

 

Wayne Simmonds extended his point streak to four games with a goal.  He now has 29 markers and 57 points in 78 contests in 2015-16.

 

Jakub Voracek accounted for the Flyers' other goal.  It was just his 11th of the season, although to be fair he does also have 42 assists in 69 games.

 

Sidney Crosby's point streak reached six contests as he found the back of the net on Sunday.  He has 33 goals and 82 points in 78 contests.

 

BLUES 5 AVALANCHE 1

 

St. Louis' victory was overshadowed by the fact that goalie Jake Allen suffered an undisclosed injury during the contest.  He stopped all 11 shots he faced in the first period, but wasn't able to come out for the second.

 

Brian Elliott was scratched on Sunday so that he could get some rest before Monday's contest, so Anders Nilsson came into the game for St. Louis when Allen was unable to.  Nilsson kicked out 19 of 20 shots, but Allen was credited as the winning goaltender.  Consequently, Nilsson still hasn't won since Dec. 11.

 

Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov didn't come out for the second period either, but in his case it was because he allowed three goals on 14 shots in the first frame.  He has now dropped three straight games, giving him a 27-23-3 record this season.

 

Matt Duchene scored the Avalanche's lone goal.  In doing so he reached the 30-goal milestone for the first time in his career.

 

David Backes had a goal and an assist for St. Louis to extend his point streak to four games.  He has 21 goals and 45 points in 79 games in 2015-16.

 

JETS 5 WILD 1

 

Minnesota had a chance to secure its playoff spot with a victory on Sunday, but it instead dropped its third straight contest.  The Wild have 87 points in 80 games to Colorado's 82 points in 79 contests.

 

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk has allowed at least three goals in each of Minnesota's last three losses.  On Sunday specifically he stopped 29 of 33 shots.

 

In contrast Wild netminder Ondrej Pavelec saved 28 of 29 shots to bounce back after having to settle for a consolation point in his last two contests.  He has a 2.74 GAA and .908 save percentage in 31 games this season.

 

Chris Thorburn netted the game-winning goal.  It was his second of the season despite having scored just six markers in total.

 

Defenseman Jacob Trouba registered two assists.  That gives him 20 points in 78 games in 2015-16.

 

DUCKS 3 STARS 1

 

This win pushed Anaheim back into first place in the Pacific Division.  The Ducks have 98 points in 78 games to the Kings' 97 points in 78 contests.

 

Radek Faksa scored Dallas' only goal.  He has five markers and 10 points in 43 games.

 

Ducks goaltender John Gibson kicked out 24 of 25 shots on Sunday.  He has allowed just five goals over his last four starts.

 

Ryan Kesler netted two goals, including the game-winner.  He also reached the 20-goal and 50-point milestones last night.

 

Stars forward Jason Spezza hit some milestones too with his 30th assist and 60th point of 2015-16.

Ryan Dadoun
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