Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo’s first start since recovering from a knee injury certainly didn’t go as planned. He allowed four goals on 15 shots before being pulled halfway through the game. Columbus went on to suffer a 5-0 loss to Minnesota.
This is the latest setback in what has been an incredibly rough run for the Blue Jackets. They have a 1-5-5 record over their last 11 games. They still occupy the second Wild Card spot with 76 points in 66 contests, but Carolina is only two points behind and has played in three fewer games. The Rangers are also just behind them with 74 points in 64 games. Fortunately for Columbus, both Carolina and the Rangers lost on Friday as well, but even still, the Blue Jackets need to stop the bleeding soon if they want to get into the playoffs. They’ll have today off to regroup before hosting Vancouver Sunday night.
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PHILADELPHIA 5 NY RANGERS 2
Claude Giroux scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner. He’s up to 19 goals and 49 points in 64 contests this season.
Jakub Voracek assisted four on five of the Flyers’ goal. He has 12 goals and 50 points in 64 games.
Carter Hart stopped 26 of 28 Rangers shots. He’s won three straight games and six of his last seven starts.
At the other end of the ice, Alexandar Georgiev turned aside 35 of 40 shots. He’s faced 119 shots in three games over the last four days.
Brett Howden netted a goal for the Rangers. He has nine goals and 16 points in 64 contests.
MINNESOTA 5 COLUMBUS 0
Alex Stalock stopped 24 shots to earn the shutout. He improved to 18-9-4 with a 2.60 GAA and .910 save percentage in 34 contests.
Boone Jenner fired a team-high five shots against Stalock. He has 11 goals in 166 shots this season, which translates to a 6.6% success rate.
Kevin Fiala scored a power-play goal and registered an assist. He has 19 goals and 47 points in 59 contests this season.
Zach Parise also had a goal and an assist for the Wild. He’s up to 22 goals and 40 points in 64 games.
COLORADO 3 CAROLINA 2
Samuel Girard scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has four goals and 32 points in 63 contests.
Colorado’s other two goals were scored by Tyson Jost. He’s up to seven goals and 19 points in 60 games.
Pavel Francouz saved 45 of 37 Hurricanes shots. He’s on a five-game winning streak while allowing just six goals over that span.
Teuvo Teravainen netted both of Carolina’s goals. That gives him 15 goals and 59 points in 63 contests.
VEGAS 4 BUFFALO 2
Robin Lehner stopped 32 of 34 shots on Friday. He was making his first start with the Golden Knights since being acquired from Chicago.
Reilly Smith scored a pair of goals, including the game winner. He has 27 goals and 52 points in 66 contests.
William Karlsson also found the back of the net for Vegas. He’s up to 14 goals and 42 points in 58 games.
One of Buffalo’s two goals was scored by Jeff Skinner. It was his 13th goal and 22nd point in 54 contests.
Carter Hutton stopped 24 of 27 Golden Knights shots. He has a 12-12-4 record, 3.18 GAA, and .898 save percentage in 29 games.
ANAHEIM 3 PITTSBURGH 2
Both of the Penguins’ goals were scored by Jason Zucker. He has 19 goals and 36 points in 54 contests.
Matt Murray stopped 18 of 21 Ducks shots. He’s lost three straight starts, dropping him to 17-10-5 record.
At the other end of the ice, John Gibson saved 28 of 30 shots. He has a 19-24-5 record, 2.99 GAA, and .904 save percentage in 48 starts.
Brendan Guhle scored the game-winning goal. It was his third goal and seventh point in 26 contests.
Ryan Getzlaf netted a power-play goal for Anaheim. That gives him 13 goals and 40 points in 62 games.