Sometimes players can be especially good against their former teams. Maybe it’s because they got the ultimately scouting report on them by playing there, maybe it’s because they have extra motivation to prove them wrong for not keeping them, maybe it’s just luck. Whatever the case, there’s always a bit of poetic justice when a player turns around and becomes a thorn in his former team’s side. To call Tyler Toffoli a thorn in Vancouver’s side though, would be the ultimate understatement.
He scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season on Tuesday and eight – EIGHT – of those goals have been against Vancouver. He now has 11 points in five games against Vancouver this season versus two points in five contests against everyone else. This division-only play system has really done wonders for Toffoli.
Given Toffoli’s status as the ultimate anti-Canucks weapon, it’s no wonder that Montreal has a 4-0-1 record against them so far this season. It’s a big part of why the Canucks are just shy of a playoff position at the moment with a 6-7-0 record.
The good news for Vancouver is that they’re going to get a break from Toffoli. Short of Montreal lending him out to Ottawa so he can continue his Canucks smashing tour on Thursday, Toffoli won’t be seeing Vancouver against until March 8. The Canadiens also only have four more games against Vancouver left on their schedule.
In other words, Toffoli needs to get going against the rest of the North Division because he won’t have the Canucks to prop up his 2020-21 standings any longer.
DALLAS 6 COLUMBUS 3
Joe Pavelski continued his hot start with two goals and two assists. He has seven goals and 14 points in his first seven contests.
Jamie Benn was another big contributor for the Stars. He found the back of net and recorded two assists. He’s up to two goals and five points in three games.
Jake Oettinger saved 23 of 26 Blue Jackets shots. He’s won both of his two career starts.
Mikhail Grigorenko scored a goal and registered an assist for Columbus. That gives him two goals and four points in 11 contests.
Joonas Korpisalo saved 18 of 23 shots last night. He surrendered four goals on 14 shots in the second period.
MONTREAL 5 VANCOUVER 3
Quinn Hughes assisted on all of the Canucks’ three goals. That gives him a goal and 14 points in 13 contests.
Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, including the game-winner, and registered an assist. He’s up to nine goals and 13 points in 10 contests.
Josh Anderson also netted a pair of goals for Vancouver. He has six goals and eight points in 10 games.
Jake Allen stopped 36 of 39 Canucks shots. He improved to 3-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA and .930 save percentage in four contests.
At the other end of the ice, Thatcher Demko turned aside 28 of 32 shots. He allowed just a goal in each of his previous three starts.
CAROLINA 4 CHICAGO 3 (SO)
James Reimer saved 30 of 33 shots in regulation time. He was then perfect in three shootout rounds to improve to 4-0-0 this season.
Warren Foegele scored a goal and registered an assist for Carolina. He had been held off the scoresheet in his first three games of the campaign.
Jordan Staal assisted on two of the Hurricanes’ three regulation time goals. He’s up to a goal and six points in four games.
Patrick Kane scored a goal for the Blackhawks. He has five goals and 11 points in 11 contests.
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ST. LOUIS 4 ARIZONA 3
Christian Dvorak scored a pair of goals for Arizona. He’s up to five goals and nine points in nine games.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 28 of 32 Blues shots. That ended his run of four straight starts where he allowed two or fewer goals.
Ryan O'Reilly netted the game-winning goal. It was his second goal and eighth point in 10 contests.
Vince Dunn contributed a goal and an assist for the Blues. That gives him three goals and five points in nine games.
Jordan Binnington turned aside 30 of 33 shots last night. He’s 6-1-1 with a 2.55 GAA and .917 save percentage in eight starts.
WINNIPEG 3 CALGARY 2
Nikolaj Ehlers scored the game-winning goal. It was his sixth goal and 12th point in 10 games.
Trevor Lewis also found the back of the net for the Jets. He has a goal and two points in 10 contests.
Both of the Flames’ goals were scored by Matthew Tkachuk. That gives him five markers and eight points in nine games.
David Rittich saved 25 of 28 Jets shots. He fell to 0-2-0 with a 3.56 GAA and .857 save percentage in two starts.
At the other end of the ice, Laurent Brossoit stopped 29 of 31 shots. He has a 2-1-0 record, 2.98 GAA, and .918 save percentage in three starts.
COLORADO 2 MINNESOTA 1
Valeri Nichushkin scored the game-winning goal. He has two goals and three points in 11 games this season.
Colorado’s other goal was netted by Logan O'Connor. It was his second goal and point in three games.
Kirill Kaprizov accounted for Minnesota’s only goal. That rookie forward has three goals and nine points in 11 games.
Cam Talbot saved 29 of 31 Avalanche shots. He has a 3-2-0 record, 2.40 GAA, and .920 save percentage in six starts.
Philipp Grubauer kicked out 27 of 28 shots Tuesday night. He improved to 7-2-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .934 save percentage in nine games.
ANAHEIM 3 LOS ANGELES 1
Nicolas Deslauriers scored a goal and registered an assist. That gives him three goals and five points in 11 games.
David Backes netted the game-winning goal. It was his first goal and point in three contests.
John Gibson stopped 20 of 21 Kings shot. That ended his three-game losing streak where he allowed three or more goals in each start.
At the other end of the ice, Calvin Petersen saved 40 of 42 shots. He faced 15 shots in the first period and a staggering 18 shots in the second frame. He did a good job under the circumstances, but just didn’t get enough support from his teammates.
Arthur Kaliyev accounted for the Kings’ lone goal. The 19-year-old was playing in his first NHL game.
EDMONTON 4 OTTAWA 2
Jesse Puljujarvi led the charge for Edmonton with a pair of goals. That gives him two goals and four points in 12 games.
Connor McDavid assisted on two of the Oilers’ four goals. He’s up to eight goals and 24 points in 12 contests.
Tim Stutzle found the back of the net for Ottawa. The rookie forward has three goals and no assists in seven games.
Marcus Hogberg stopped 21 of 25 shots last night. He’s allowed nine goals to Edmonton over his last two games.
Mikko Koskinen turned aside 23 of 25 Senators shots. He has a 5-6-0 record, 3.31 GAA, and .897 save percentage in 11 starts.