The Buzzer: Shutouts for three, Dubnyk gets win No. 200
Players of the Night:
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins, Keith Kinkaid, New Jersey Devils and Curtis McElhinney, Toronto Maple Leafs: Where do we begin on the night of the shutout? Rask didn’t have a particularly busy night making 23 saves, but when you’re facing names like Kucherov and Stamkos, it’s always dangerous. Still, Rask kept rolling along. He is 27-3-2 in his past 32 starts. That’s just silly. ... Kinkaid, meanwhile stopped 38 -- including 19 in the first period -- in a 3-0 win against the Kings for his fourth career shutout. ... No Frederik Andersen for Toronto? No problem. McElhinney stepped in and pitched a 33-save performance as the Leafs down the Montreal Canadiens 4-0.
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues: The Blues defenseman scored twice in regulation and then assisted on Brayden Schenn’s overtime winner to cap off a three-point night.
Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild: While he didn’t get a shutout, Dubnyk did stop 30 of 31 en route to his 200th career NHL win. The win was also important for the Wild, who moved to within five points of the Winnipeg Jets for second place in the Central Division, and moved five points ahead of the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche for third place.
Highlights of the Night:
First-goal celebrations are always the best:
Voracek with a slick move in front:
Save of the year candidate:
Factoids of the Night:
Home is where the wins are:
A legend passes a legend:
Believe in McJesus:
Connor McDavid of the @EdmontonOilers is tied for second in the NHL with 34-55—89 this season (71 GP).— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 17, 2018
He can become the first player to lead the League outright in points in consecutive seasons since Jaromir Jagr, who did so in four straight from 1997-98 to 2000-01. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/olwPib1U7p
Scary Scenes of the Night:
- David Backes had his leg lacerated, requiring several stitches to repair.
- Ryan Dzingel took a one-timer to the back of his head.
Sabres 5, Blackhawks 3
Oilers 4, Panthers 2
Devils 3, Kings 0
Maple Leafs 4, Canadiens 0
Bruins 3, Lightning 0
Flyers 4, Hurricanes 2
Blue Jackets 2, Senators 1
Blue 4, Rangers 3 (OT)
Wild 3, Coyotes 1
Sharks 5, Canucks 3