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Hockey Daily Dose

Strome, Rangers add to Boston's slide

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: February 27, 2021, 10:10 am ET

Injury news dominated the headlines on Friday with Auston Matthews and Alex Ovechkin listed as game-time decisions for matches to be played on Saturday for Toronto and Washington, respectively.

The Leafs may get Joe Thornton, Jake Muzzin and Jack Campbell back from injuries, while Philadelphia could welcome back Jakub Voracek, Oskar Lindblom, Scott Laughton and Justin Braun.

Buffalo could be without Jack Eichel again. Additionally, Linus Ullmark is not expected to play this weekend and Rasmus Ristolainen might be available to return.

Montreal is also hoping to have Josh Anderson in the lineup on Saturday.

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The Rangers bounced back from Wednesday’s defeat with a commanding victory over the suddenly struggling Bruins. Boston has been outscored 20-7 during a three-game losing skid. They will look to bounce back on Sunday versus the Rangers.

Ryan Strome was the star of the match with a three-point performance. He posted one goal and two assists to give him two markers and five helpers over a four-game point streak.

Chris Kreider and Brad Marchand notched one goal and one assist apiece, while David Pastrnak, Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren contributed a pair of helpers each.

Phil Di Giuseppe opened the scoring late in the first period with his first of the season.

Patrice Bergeron got his eighth marker of the year shortly after Strome gave New York  a 2-0 lead.

Colin Blackwell’s fourth goal of 2020-21 during a late second-period power play held up as the game winner.

Pavel Buchnevich and Jonny Brodzinski put the game out of reach with goals nearly two minutes apart a little less than four minutes into the third period.

Jakub Zboril, Julien Gauthier, Alexis Lafreniere, Kevin Rooney and Brendan Smith chipped in one assist apiece.

Tuukka Rask surrendered six goals on 34 shots in the loss, while Alexandar Georgiev turned aside 31 of 33 shots for his third win in seven starts.

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The Wild ended the Kings' six-game win streak and extended their win spree to five straight games in the process. Minnesota currently ranks second in the West Division with 22 points and second in points percentage (.647).

Minnesota scored three goals in the first period and that was enough for the team’s 11th win.

Kirill Kaprizov opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the campaign to stretch his point spree to four straight matches. He has two goals and five helpers during that span.

Nick Bjugstad and Joel Eriksson Ek also found the back of the net for Minnesota.

Jordan Greenway, Kevin Fiala, Mats Zuccarello, Ryan Suter, Jonas Brodin, Jared Spurgeon, Andreas Athanasiou and Gabriel Vilardi picked up one assist each.

Jeff Carter ended Cam Talbot’s shutout bid at the 17:10 mark of the third period.

Talbot blocked 27 shots to post the victory in his first start since February 2.

Jonathan Quick stopped 27 of 30 shots in the loss.


The Avalanche avoided a third straight loss on Friday night, while preventing the Coyotes from winning a third consecutive contest.

Nazem Kadri led the way with a three-point effort. He had the primary helper on goals by Mikko Rantanen (power play) and Andre Burakovsky prior to scoring his sixth of the year.

Phil Kessel got the Coyotes on the board at the 18:24 mark of the third period with his eighth of the season.

Drake Caggiula made it interesting when he scored his first as a member of the Coyotes with just under a minute remaining, but the Avalanche were able to hang on for the victory.

Rantanen and Kessel also registered an assist each in the match for two-point performances.

Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Christian Dvorak, Jakob Chychrun and Conor Garland recorded one helper apiece.

Adin Hill stopped 26 of 29 shots in the defeat, while Hunter Miska blocked 16 shots for his first career NHL victory.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on NBC Sports Edge. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.