The Buzzer: Couturier nets hatty; Duchene sticks it to Avalanche
1. Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
Couts, as some call him, notched his first career regular-season hat trick in a 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday Night Hockey. Obviously, that’s a great feat for him, but he also helped the Flyers win consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 20, so it was also good for the team that has been mostly in nose-dive mode this year.
Couturier has 19 goals now on the season. A special mention here goes to Carter Hart, the Flyers netminder, who stood tall, stopping 39-of-42 sent his way in a game where the Flyers were outshot 42-19.
Priority No. 1 in Philly is making sure Hart gets some help going forward.
2. Matt Duchene, Ottawa Senators
Duchene stuck it to his old team in a 5-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche.
The 28-year-old, who the Senators badly need to re-sign, scored twice in the game put it out of reach and added an assist on the game-winner.
Duchene has 20 goals on the year now, the seventh time he’s done that in his 10-year NHL career.
3. Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres needed this one.
Stuck in a three-game slide, the Sabres were quickly falling down the Eastern Conference standings. And having to play the Calgary Flames, with five straight victories heading into Wednesday -- and on the road to boot -- wasn’t an easy task.
But Eichel scored with 1:10 into overtime to give the Sabres a much-needed win. The Sabres captain has 16 goals on the year now and 51 points after adding a third-period assist on rookie Rasmus Dahlin’s fifth.
Highlights of the night
Couturier made the hats fly in Philly:
No panic in Panik:
Get over here!
Chabot threads that needle:
Johnny Gaudreau recorded the third-fastest instance in @NHLFlames franchise in which a player reached the 70-point mark in a season (48 GP).— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 17, 2019
Kent Nilsson (46 GP in 1980-81) and Bob MacMillan (47 GP in 1978-79) are the only others to reach the mark faster. #NHLStats #BUFvsCGY pic.twitter.com/67obJHq9WJ
Senators 5, Avalanche 2
Flyers 4, Bruins 3
Sabres 4, Flames 3 (OT)
Oilers 3, Canucks 2 (SO)
Coyotes 6, Sharks 3