After picking up the puck at full speed in the neutral zone, Nugent-Hopkins skated right through the L.A. Kings’ defense, leaving Drew Doughty in his dust, and deking to the backhand on Jonathan Quick for the goal.
That was his second goal of the night and 18th of the season.
Wild d-man Spurgeon injured in win over Hurricanes
There has been plenty of discussion about the Minnesota Wild and that team’s fall from first place in the Central Division.
The chances of winning the division have already gone out the window, but the Wild have clinched home ice in the first round of the playoffs, thanks to a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
After giving up three goals on six shots in the first period, Devan Dubnyk regrouped, stopping all 24 shots he faced after that.
But the win may have come at a price.
Jared Spurgeon, who is tied with Ryan Suter for the team lead in points among defensemen, left the game early in the second period and didn’t return because of a lower-body injury.
That said, it appears this situation isn’t as bad as it may have seemed initially.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters afterward that he doesn’t believe the injury is serious and Spurgeon will travel with the team tomorrow. Minnesota finishes out its schedule on the road, facing the Avalanche on Thursday and the Coyotes on Saturday.
Flames goalie Chad Johnson leaves game vs. Ducks with lower-body injury
Brian Elliott will play the remainder of Tuesday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Chad Johnson started the game in net but left for the locker room after just 5:19 and one save on one shot. The Flames have since announced that Johnson will not return because of a lower-body injury.
With the Flames heading to the playoffs, that’s definitely a development worth keeping an eye on.
As the Flames’ back-up netminder, Johnson has a 18-15-1 record and a .910 save percentage this season in Calgary, which has experienced a substantial turnaround in its goaltending following last summer’s moves, particularly with the play of Elliott.
The spoiler role: Maple Leafs fail to clinch playoff berth after loss to Capitals
The Edmonton Oilers, still chasing first place in the Pacific Division, currently two points back of the Ducks, are in L.A. to face the Kings on Tuesday. You can catch the game on NBCSN (10:30 p.m. ET) or online with NBC Sports’ Live Extra.