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The Buzzer: van Riemsdyk scores three; Rangers come back vs. Pens

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Players of the Night:

James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs: He registered a hat trick and engineered two-third period goals to help the Maple Leafs back into the game, which they ended up winning in a shootout.

Chris Kreider, New York Rangers: Kreider was instrumental in a 4-3 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Kreider factored in every goal, scoring once and adding three assists as the Rangers came back twice in the third period.

Mika Zibanejad, New York Rangers: The Rangers have little to play for other than pride, so beating the Pittsburgh Penguins would constitute as an area where they could gain some of that pride with a win. Zibanejad, committed to the cause, scored twice, once late to force overtime in the third periods and then the game-winner in the extra frame.

John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks: Gibson turned aside all 32 shots that came his way to record his third shutout of the season. The win moved the Ducks level with the Colorado Avalanche on 82 points and tied for the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference.

Highlights of the Night:

Quite the way to force overtime:

Hat trick:

Simply incredible:

Nice effort:

Factoids of the Night:


Maple Leafs 6, Stars 5 (SO)

Rangers 4, Penguins 3 (OT)

Ducks 3, Canucks 0

Sharks 4, Oilers 3 (OT)

Devils 8, Golden Knights 3

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

Zibanejad forces OT, notches game winner as Rangers top Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins had this one right where they wanted it.

A 2-0 lead heading into the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, 20 minutes away from taking sole possession of first place in the volatile Metropolitan Division.

But the Rangers, who could only hope to play the role of spoiler on during Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN, did exactly that after two third-period comebacks in a 4-3 overtime win.

For the Penguins, the point was enough to move them into a tie with the Washington Capitals for first place, with Alex Ovechkin and Co. holding a game in-hand over their Metro rivals. But the Penguins won’t be looking at the silver linings after giving up 2-0 and 3-2 leads respectively in the final frame.

Pittsburgh was even gifted a glorious opportunity to break a 3-3 with 10 seconds left.

The Rangers started Alexandar Georgiev in goal, and the veteran of five NHL games nudged the net off its moorings with Pittsburgh pressing and time running down in the third. Given that it was in the final two minutes of the game, the Penguins were awarded a penalty shot.

Step up Evgeni Malkin, who was looking for No. 40 for the third time in his career. Georgiev, with an opportunity to make amends for his transgression, stuck with Malkin as he dangled in close, ultimately turning aside the attempt to force overtime.

Bryan Rust, who missed the past two games with a concussion, returned in style to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead after a scoreless first period. Riley Sheahan doubled the lead under a minute later.

Casey DeSmith wasn’t tested much during the first two periods but turned aside all 17 shots he faced through 40 minutes.

The Rangers looked like a different team in the third period. Sustained pressure forced DeSmith to make some timely saves, but the walls eventually gave way.

Chris Kreider notched his 13th followed by Jesper Fast‘s 11th to tie the game with just over five minutes to go.

Former Ranger Carl Hagelin scored just over a minute later to restore the lead for the Penguins, but the Rangers got a late power play opportunity and cashed in, with Kreider making a slick cross-ice feed to Mika Zibanejad.

And it would be Zibanejad who would have the final say in the contest, scoring at the 2:53 mark in overtime to cap off quite the comeback for the Rangers.

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

WATCH LIVE: Penguins at Rangers – Wednesday Night Rivalry




Pittsburgh Penguins

Jake Guentzel/Sidney Crosby/Conor Sheary

Carl Hagelin/Evgeni Malkin/Patric Hornqvist

Bryan Rust/Derick Brassard/Phil Kessel

Tom Kuhnhackl/Riley Sheahan/Carter Rowney

Brian Dumoulin/Kris Letang

Jamie Oleksiak/Justin Schultz

Olli Maatta/Chad Ruhwedel

Starting goalie: Casey DeSmith

[PHT’s preview for Penguins – Rangers.]

New York Rangers

Chris Kreider/Mika Zibanejad/Jesper Fast

Ryan Spooner/Kevin Hayes/Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy Vesey/Vladislav Namestnikov/Pavel Buchnevich

Cody McLeod/David Desharnais/Paul Carey

Marc Staal/Neal Pionk

Brady Skjei/Ryan Sproul

John Gilmour/Rob O'Gara

Starting goalie: Alexandar Georgiev

PHT Morning Skate: Hilary Knight signs in CWHL; John Carlson can break the bank

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• Section 328 looks at the reasons why Ron Francis is no longer the general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes. (Section 328)

• It sounds like Barry Trotz will turn to Philipp Grubauer more often while Braden Holtby gets his game back on the rails. (NBC Sports Washington)

• Team USA star Hilary Knight will continue her career with the Montreal Canadiennes of the CWHL. (

• The NHL and NHLPA are trying to get players to pay attention to life after hockey so that they can continue living comfortable lives. (ESPN)

• Expect Capitals blue liner John Carlson to hit the jackpot if he hits the market this summer. (Fan Rag Sports)

• The Tampa Bay Lightning will be getting Peter Budaj back soon. So how should they manage the three goalies on the NHL roster? (Raw Charge)

• Pension Plan Puppets looks at every transaction GM Lou Lamoriello has made since taking over with the Leafs. (Pension Plan Puppets).

• The New York Islanders have been searching for a true number one goalie for a while, but how do their current netminders stack up? (Eyes on Isles)

• Tough news for the Rangers, as Chris Kreider was forced to leave last night’s game against Tampa Bay. (New York Post)

• The Florida Panthers still use some “tough guys” on their fourth line. Even though they’ve been rolling of late, you have to wonder if that’s the right strategy. (The Rat Trick)

• This Blues fan writes about how Brett Hull made him fall in love with the game of hockey. (St. Louis Game Time)

•’s Travis Yost takes a deeper look at Edmonton’s struggles when Connor McDavid isn’t on the ice. (

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.

The Buzzer: Caps stay perfect outdoors; five points for Stamkos

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Player of the Night: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning captain had himself quite a game during an amazing tilt Saturday afternoon. Stamkos scored twice, assisted on three others and put home the game-clinching shootout goal during a wild 7-6 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The five points are a career high for Stamkos. Victor Hedman had two goals and four points while Nikita Kucherov kept his march toward a Hart Trophy with three helpers. Tampa has won six of their last seven games.

Highlight of the Night: Jamie Benn scored 3:04 into overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win over the struggling St. Louis Blues. To celebrate, the Stars captain decided to snap his stick over his knee:


Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetsov each scored a goal and added two assists to help the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2018 Stadium Series game at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. Alex Ovechkin hit the 40-goal mark for the ninth time of his career while scoring his 598th NHL goal.

• The Los Angeles Kings melted down in the final 10 minutes of the third period as they watched a 3-1 lead evaporate in a span of 7:14 as they dropped a 5-3 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks. LA scored three times in the second period, but then Artem Anisimov, Vinnie Hinostroza and Jonathan Toews turned the game quickly, thanks to a pair of power play goals.

• The Blues have now dropped eight of their last nine games. They sit one point out of a Western Conference wild card.

Jake DeBrusk tied the game with 2:45 left in regulation and Brad Marchand netted the winner 2:06 into overtime as the Boston Bruins topped the Montreal Canadiens 2-1. The win gave Boston the season-sweep over Montreal for the first time since 1994-95.

Charlie McAvoy left the game in early with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Sidney Crosby scored his 22nd goal of the season in overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. Derick Brassard scored his first goal with the Penguins.

Brandon Davidson opened the scoring for the Islanders thanks to this blooper reel from Tristan Jarry:

Jordan Martinook‘s second period goal was the difference as the Arizona Coyotes edged the Ottawa Senators 2-1. Antti Raanta made 23 saves for his third straight win and fifth win in six starts.

• Behind Alexandar Georgiev‘s 35 saves, Chris Kreider‘s first goal since returning from a blood clot and two points from Mika Zibanejad, the New York Rangers got by the Edmonton Oilers 3-2. New York has now won three straight games while being outshot 143-88. Connor McDavid potted his 30th of the season, making him the first Oiler with consecutive 30-goal seasons since Ryan Smyth in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

Factoid of the Night:

Lightning 7, Flyers 6 (SO)
Stars, 3, Blues 2 (OT)
Blackhawks 5, Kings 3
Penguins 3, Islanders 2 (OT)
Bruins 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)
Coyotes 2, Senators 1
Capitals 5, Maple Leafs 2
Rangers 3, Oilers 2


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.