Colorado Avalanche prospect goalie Calvin Pickard, currently with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, made a spectacular diving glove save during Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Admirals.
Admirals winger Kevin Fiala appeared to have a wide open net on a one-time shot from the slot, but Pickard reached out with the glove as he fell to his left to make the save.
Matt Ellis scored his first goal of the season for the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, and it turned out to be the game winner, as they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs by a final score of 4-3.
Tanks to a bad line change and some sloppy defending on Toronto’s part, the 33-year-old Ellis was able to take a pass, walk in alone and make a move to the backhand, sliding the puck past a sprawled out Jonathan Bernier.
The Sabres are now only two points back of the Arizona Coyotes for 29th in the NHL’s overall standings, as the race in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, um, heats up?
Already dealing with injuries to key defensemen Kris Letang and Christian Ehrhoff, the slumping Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t have Evgeni Malkin in their lineup against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.
Malkin, with 70 points in 65 games, was a late scratch to the lineup. It was revealed after the game, which Pittsburgh lost 4-1, that the star forward is day-to-day with what head coach Mike Johnston called a “slight injury.”
Vincent Lecavalier scored for the first time in 27 games to tie the game late in the first period. Brayden Schenn scored twice, including the winner in the second period and a power play goal 49 seconds into the third period. The Penguins had surrendered the lead and the Flyers had taken control.
With five games remaining in their schedule, there has to be concern for a slumping Pittsburgh team that is also dealing with injuries on the blue line to Kris Letang (concussion) and Christian Ehrhoff (upper-body), and has won only three times in the last 10 games following Wednesday’s result.
The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks are in desperate need of wins — and plenty of luck — if they want to hold on to their already very slim playoff hopes, when they meet at SAP Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. You can catch the game on NBCSN or NBCSports.com’s Live Extra.