The Buzzer: Wild clinch, Duchene hits 200, Burakovsky’s filthy goal
Players of the Night:
Devan Dubnyk and Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild: Two goals by Parise and 22 saves by Dubnyk helped the Wild to a 3-0 shutout win against the Edmonton Oilers. The win was huge for the Wild, with both the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche losing. Minnesota is now five points clear of the Avalanche and six clear of the Blues in the race for third place in the Central Division.
William Nylander and Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs: Both Nylander and Matthews recorded three-point nights -- each had two goals and an assist -- as the Leafs trounced the Buffalo Sabres 5-2.
Matt Duchene and Thomas Chabot, Ottawa Senators: The Senators lost 6-5 in a goal-fest against the Winnipeg Jets. Like Nylander and Matthews for Toronto, both Senators listed here had two goals and an assist each. Duchene’s two markers brought him to the 200-goal milestone for his career.
Highlights of the Night:
This is unfair:
Even with no fans to witness it, this was a great goal:
I was lucky enough to have had a chance to play with Hank and Danny for 8 seasons. Two of the greatest players of all time. The best of teammates I’ve ever had and the nicest people you’ll ever meet! They truly were great ambassadors for the game.— Strombone (@strombone1) April 3, 2018
What could it mean?
The face you make when you snap a 19-game goal-scoring drought:
Factoids of the Night:
Maple Leafs 5, Sabres 2
Jets 6, Senators 5
Panthers 3, Hurricanes 2
Capitals 4, Blues 2
Wild 3, Oilers 0
Kings 3, Avalanche 1