Jean-Gabriel Pageau gave the Ottawa Senators a glimmer of hope as they look to get back into their game and keep their slim playoff hopes alive against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.
Pageau scored on a short-handed rush, making a nice move to the outside then having his pass out front go off the skate of defenseman Derrick Pouliot and in with 5:19 remaining in second period. That cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 3-1.
Just 30 seconds later, while on the same penalty kill, the Senators had another chance to score, but Marc-Andre Fleury made a solid save on David Legwand, who found himself in all alone.
And here is the save from Fleury on Legwand to keep it a two-goal game.
With four wins in their last five games and time ticking in their season, the San Jose Sharks have moved to within three points of the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
In what has been a tumultuous season at times, the Sharks are making a late push for the playoffs, as they defeated the Arizona Coyotes by a final score of 3-1 on Friday. Suddenly, with four games remaining on their schedule, the Sharks are three back of the Kings, who are in action Saturday.
The Sharks and Kings end their respective regular seasons against each other on April 11. Could it be that game decides which of these two teams get into the Stanley Cup playoffs?
The Colorado Avalanche also managed to keep its slim playoff hopes alive, with a 4-2 win over the Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks on Friday.
After scoring three unanswered goals, including two in the third period to take control against the Ducks, the Avalanche move to within six points of the Kings, with four games remaining on their schedule.
The Devils do not expect Scott Gomez to receive any further punishment for his elbow to Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin’s mouth and subsequent game misconduct penalty Friday night at Prudential Center.
In fact, they were surprised Gomez got the major penalty in response to a shove from Emelin that sent the Devils’ center tumbling into the end boards a few moments earlier in the second period.
“I didn’t think it was bad when I saw it. I thought it was really exaggerated once I looked at it over,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said. “But that’s a call in the official’s hands. Nothing we can do about it.”
Which team will call Connor McDavid’s name on draft day, we still don’t know.
You can understand the hype that would accompany the Toronto Maple Leafs, having endured this nightmare season, winning the draft lottery despite a 9.5 per cent chance as it stands right now, attaining the No. 1 overall pick and selecting McDavid, who is from Newmarket, Ont.
He’s a coveted player, for obvious reasons. The Sabres, dead last in the NHL, would certainly love to add him — “I watch him too much and I think too much about him,” Buffalo’s GM Tim Murray said recently. “I wish I could help myself.”
There’s the possibility he goes to the Arizona Coyotes, two points up on Buffalo for dead last.
Who takes McDavid remains to be seen, although he offered a word of encouragement for Leafs fans suffering through all this losing, and with the draft lottery just a few weeks away.
“They’re obviously not enjoying the experience of all the losing. But if there is some benefit to the losing they are going to get a very very good player and, whether that’s whoever, it doesn’t matter. The draft is so deep this year. So I’m sure Leaf fans are going to be pretty excited.”
Dallas Stars veteran forward Travis Moen, who hadn’t played since Feb. 17 and entered Friday’s game against the St. Louis Blues with one goal on the season, scored on a penalty shot in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. The two teams suddenly erupted for seven goals in the second period, including three in the first 38 seconds, for a combined nine goals on just 38 shots through the opening 40 minutes.
For the 32-year-old Moen, that was his first career penalty shot attempt. It came with 11 seconds remaining in the opening period.
At 32 yrs, 262 days old, Travis Moen is oldest player in @DallasStars franchise history to convert on 1st career penalty shot attempt. (ESB)