You can’t judge a new head coach after just one game, but sometimes replacing bench bosses does light a fire under a struggling team. That’s obviously the ideal, but that isn’t what the San Jose Sharks experienced in Bob Boughner’s debut as their new head coach.
Instead, the Sharks suffered a 6-3 loss to the Rangers last night. It wasn’t the blowout you might assume it was just based on the final score. The game was tied 2-2 through 40 minutes and it was tied 3-3 until Mika Zibanejad scored the eventual game-winner at 13:10 of the third frame.
That said, the Sharks failed to battle out to the end of this one despite the string of embarrassing losses they’ve endured recently. San Jose had a pitiful two shots on goal over the entire third period. So clearly finish was a big problem for the Sharks in this one.
San Jose has now lost six straight games, albeit with one of those being a shootout defeat, to drop to 15-17-2 this season. This is a team that was supposed to compete for the Cup this season. Boughner has his work cut out for him.
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BUFFALO 4 NASHVILLE 3
Colton Sissons scored a goal for the Predators. It was his seventh goal and 13th point in 30 games.
Juuse Saros saved 28 of 32 shots last night. He allowed at least a goal in every period.
At the other end of the ice, Linus Ullmark turned aside 28 of 30 shots. He’s won his last three starts and five of his last six contests.
Jack Eichel netted a pair of goals for the Sabres. He has 22 goals and 46 points in 33 games in 2019-20.
Victor Olofsson scored the game-winning goal. He’s up to 13 goals and 29 points in 33 contests.
TAMPA BAY 3 BUFFALO 2
Steven Stamkos scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner. He has 13 goals and 29 points in 27 contests.
Nikita Kucherov assisted on two of the Lightning’s three goals. That gives him 10 goals and 33 points in 29 games.
Patrice Bergeron found the back of the net for Boston. It was his 10th goal and 26th point in 24 contests.
Tuukka Rask turned aside 28 of 31 shots Thursday night. Two of the three goals he allowed were scored during Lightning power plays.
Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 27 of 29 Sabres shots. He’s allowed just four goals over his last three starts.
NY ISLANDERS 3 FLORIDA 1
The Panthers’ lone goal was scored by Mike Hoffman. He has 12 goals and 23 points in 31 contests.
Mathew Barzal netted the game-winning goal. He’s up to 13 markers and 27 points in 30 games.
Anders Lee scored a goal and registered an assist for the Islanders. That gives him eight goals and 16 points in 29 games.
Thomas Greiss stopped 32 of 33 Panthers shots. He has an 11-4-0 record with a 2.16 GAA and .932 save percentage in 16 contests.
At the other end of the ice, Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 27 of 29 shots. He’s 11-8-4 with a 3.14 GAA and .899 save percentage in 25 games.
PITTSBURGH 1 COLUMBUS 0 (OT)
The Penguins played this game without forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Nick Bjugstad, and Patric Hornqvist, so the fact that they struggled offensively in this game isn’t surprising. Tristan Jarry and the Penguins’ defense were able to carry the team instead. Only 17 shots made it to Jarry and he stopped them all to earn his third shutout in just 11 starts (13 games) this season.
Oliver Bjorkstrand had a team-high three shots against Jarry. It’s Bjorkstrand’s sixth straight game of at least three shots recorded.
Bryan Rust scored the game’s only goal. It was his 10th marker and 19th point in 18 games.
Kris Letang registered an assist on Rust’s marker. Letang has seven goals and 19 points in 24 games.
Joonas Korpisalo kicked out 31 of 32 Penguins shots. He has a 12-10-2 record, 2.73 GAA, and .906 save percentage in 24 contests.
DETROIT 5 WINNIPEG 2
The Red Wings earned their first win since Nov. 12th. There were five head coaches that were fired during Detroit’s losing streak – none of which were Detroit bench boss Jeff Blashill.
Jonathan Bernier kicked out 26 of 28 shots Thursday night. He had surrendered at least three goals in his last eight contests.
Robby Fabbri scored two goals and registered an assist. He has nine goals and 16 points in 25 contests.
Filip Hronek netted a goal and recorded two helpers for the Red Wings. That gives him six goals and 14 points in 30 games.
Both of Winnipeg’s goals were scored by Kyle Connor. He’s up to 13 goals and 29 points in 32 contests.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 of 33 Red Wings shots. He allowed two goals in each of the first and second periods.
ST. LOUIS 4 VEGAS 2
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 of 29 shots on Thursday. He has a 12-8-2 record, 2.54 GAA, and .919 save percentage in 22 contests.
At the other end of the ice, Jordan Binnington turned aside 27 of 29 shots. He’s 14-6-4 record, 2.43 GAA, and a .921 save percentage in 24 games.
Jaden Schwartz scored the game-winning goal. It was his ninth goal and 23rd point in 33 contests.
Oskar Sundqvist contributed a goal and an assist for St. Louis. He has nine goals and 14 points in 27 games.
Max Pacioretty found the back of the net for the Golden Knights. He’s up to 12 goals and 28 points in 34 contests.
MINNESOTA 6 EDMONTON 5
Connor McDavid scored a goal and registered an assist. He has 20 goals and 57 points in 34 contests.
James Neal also had a goal and an assist for Edmonton. That gives him 15 goals and 22 points in 34 games.
Luke Kunin scored the game-winning goal and recorded an assist. That gives him seven goals and 12 points in 31 contests.
Jordan Greenway also had a goal and an assist for the Wild. He’s up to 14 goals and 12 points in 30 games.
Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 28 of 33 Oilers shots. He surrendered three goals on 14 shots in the third period, but the Wild were able to hold on enough to prevent Edmonton’s comeback.
Mike Smith allowed six goals on 26 shots on Thursday. He allowed two goals in every period of this contest.
CALGARY 4 TORONTO 2
John Tavares scored a goal and registered an assist for Toronto. He’s up to 13 goals and 25 points in 26 contests.
Two of Calgary’s four goals were scored by Johnny Gaudreau. He has nine goals and 26 points in 34 games.
Travis Hamonic had a goal and an assist for the Flames. That gives him two goals and seven points in 25 contests.
David Rittich stopped 32 of 34 Maple Leafs shots. He has a 15-7-4 record, 2.71 GAA, and .914 save percentage in 26 starts.
Frederik Andersen turned aside 20 of 24 shots last night. He’s 15-8-3 with a 2.54 GAA and .918 save percentage in 26 starts.
ARIZONA 5 CHICAGO 2
Dylan Strome scored a goal for the Coyotes. It was his seventh goal and 21st point in 28 games.
Two of Arizona’s five goals were accounted for by Clayton Keller. He has seven goals and 23 points in 34 contests.
Vinnie Hinostroza assisted on three of the Coyotes’ five goals. That gives him four goals and 13 points in 34 games.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 28 of 30 Blackhawks shots. He’s on a four-game winning streak.
At the other end of the ice, Robin Lehner kicked out 35 of 40 shots. He has a 6-6-4 record, 2.86 GAA, and .926 save percentage in 17 contests.
VANCOUVER 1 CAROLINA 0 (OT)
Jacob Markstrom earned a 43-save shutout. It was his first perfect game of the season and the fourth of his career. He has a 9-8-3 record, 2.58 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 20 starts.
Andrei Svechnikov recorded four shots on Markstrom. He has 13 goals on 88 shots, which translates to a 14.8 shooting percentage.
Petr Mrazek turned aside 25 of 26 shots last night. He’s 13-6-2 with a 2.52 GAA and .906 save percentage in 21 starts.
Elias Pettersson accounted for the lone goal. It was his 13th marker and 34th point in 32 games.
Brock Boeser registered an assist for the Canucks. He has 11 goals and 29 points in 32 contests.
LOS ANGELES 2 ANAHEIM 1
Jeff Carter scored the game-winning goal. He has nine markers and 13 points in 33 games.
Both of the Kings’ goals were assisted on by Tyler Toffoli. That gives him seven goals and 17 points in 32 contests.
Derek Grant netted a power-play goal for the Ducks. He’s up to nine goals and 12 points in 32 games.
John Gibson stopped 25 of 27 shots last night. He has a 9-13-2 record, 2.79 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 24 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Jonathan Quick saved 36 of 37 shots. He improved to 9-12-1 with a 3.03 GAA and .893 save percentage in 22 starts.
NY RANGERS 6 SAN JOSE 3
Artemi Panarin led the Rangers with a hat trick and an assist. That gives him 18 goals and 41 points in 31 games.
Mika Zibanejad scored a pair of goals, including the game winner. He has nine markers and 19 points in 18 contests.
Alexandar Georgiev stopped 15 of 18 Sharks shots. He has a 9-5-1 record, 2.69 GAA, and .923 save percentage in 15 games.
Logan Couture netted a goal for the Sharks. With that, he has 10 goals and 30 points in 34 games.
Martin Jones stopped 24 of 29 shots on Thursday. He has a 12-13-1 record, 3.30 GAA, and .888 save percentage in 27 games.