Typical Vancouver Canucks last night in San Jose. Get a load of what happened during the third period. Poor Joe Thornton is trying to point something out to the referee and, wouldn’t you know it, Henrik Sedin sticks his big head right in the way. Three times! And Canucks fans wonder why nobody likes their team. It’s petty gamesmanship like this. The only surprise is that Sedin didn’t fall to the ice as soon as he blocked Thornton’s finger with his face.
• NHL.com takes a look at who will be buyers and who will be sellers at the upcoming trade deadline. (NHL.com)
• ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski breaks down the 20 worst deadline trades in NHL history. (ESPN)
• The Vegas Golden Knights and Vienna Capitals have entered into a collaborative partnership. “Our ambition is always to learn from the best. The Vegas Golden Knights are an outstanding benchmark in the hockey world and this partnership enables us a tremendous amount of opportunities to learn from this club. We are very proud to get the chance for this collaboration,” said Vienna Capitals General Manager Franz Kalla. (NHL.com/GoldenKnights)
• A group of priests are trying to bring back the Flying Fathers, who are the hockey equivalent to the Harlem Globetrotters. (New York Times)
• Jaromir Jagr is back after a long absence. (CBC.ca)
• Robert Tychkowski can’t believe the Oilers are in the mess than they’re in. (Edmonton Journal)
• NBC’s Pierre McGuire could learn a thing or two from John Tavares:
1. Ryan Miller, Anaheim Ducks
A night after becoming the winningest American-born goaltender in NHL history, Miller produced a fantastic performance in a 31-save shutout against the Minnesota Wild.
The shutout was Miller’s first of the season and 44th of his career. The Ducks have now won two straight and are three points back of the Wild for the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference.
The Wild, meanwhile, lost their fifth straight, including their second straight game being banished from the scoresheet. The Ducks are faring well without John Gibson.
2. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
Josi scored twice in the third period, including the game-winner, and added an assist in the game for a three-point night
The elite defenseman now has four goals and 11 points in his past eight games for the Predators, who needed a win after going 1-3-1 over their past five games.
The Preds are now just a point back of the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Central Division although Winnipeg has three games in hand.
3. Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers
Huberdeau scored twice and added an assist in a 4-2 win for the Panthers against the struggling Buffalo Sabres.
Huberdeau hadn’t scored in eight games prior to Tuesday’s contest and had just one goal in his previous 14.
Florida is nine points back of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wildcard in the Eastern Conference.
Highlights of the night
Barkov with another dirty move:
Broke all the ankles:
Panthers 4, Sabres 2
Penguins 4, Devils 3
Lightning 5, Flyers 2
Rangers 2, Hurricanes 1
Canadiens 3, Blue Jackets 2
Blues 3, Maple Leafs 2 (OT)
Ducks 4, Wild 0
Predators 5, Stars 3
Coyotes 3, Oilers 2 (SO)
And then it was 11.
The St. Louis Blues set a new team record for consecutive wins in emphatic fashion when Ryan O'Reilly went bar down on Frederik Anderson 34 seconds into overtime to down the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on NBCSN on Tuesday.
Mitch Marner came rushing in just before O’Reilly’s winner, but Colton Parayko was able to fend him off. O’Reilly was there to intercept Marner’s attempt at a centering pass and it was off to the races for No. 90, who scored his 26th of the season to extend St. Louis’ remarkable streak.
The Blues came into the game riding a three-game shutout streak — because beating teams simply wasn’t enough anymore. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to first-period goals from Jaden Schwartz and Parayko.
The game appeared to be heading toward another blank sheet after two periods, but a bad giveaway by Alex Pietrangelo led to Zach Hyman‘s weird angle shot turning into an own goal and bringing an end to the shutout streak at a 2:33:50.
The Leafs were mostly lifeless through the first two periods but Hyman’s goal seemed to be the jolt they needed.
Auston Matthews bagged his 28th of the season just 31 seconds later to tie the game. St. Louis challenged for (non-existent) goaltender interference and the call of a good goal on the ice was upheld.
Jordan Binnington entered the game already having set a Blues rookie record with eight straight wins, including shutouts in his past two outings. ‘Winnington’ could do little on the own goal and Matthews’ goal came off a rebound in front that he couldn’t get to. He managed to stop 31-of-33 shots to extend that record to nine straight.
His personal shutout streak ended at 173:50.
The Blues haven’t trailed in a game since Feb. 5. They were in last place on Jan. 3 but are now six points up on Dallas Stars for third place in the Central Division. What a turnaround.
Dunn drilled Kadri at the 8:48 mark of the first period, but Kadri stayed in the game. He took another shot, this time more of a glancing blow from Brayden Schenn, who had Toronto’s No. 43 in his crosshairs before missing at the last second.
Kadri did not emerge after the first intermission and was ruled out with a concussion not long after.
Everything was going great for David Puddy at his Bobblehead Night in New Jersey on Tuesday.
‘Puddy’ (actor Patrick Warburton), the legendary face-painted Devils fan from the hit TV show Seinfeld, known for such lines as, ‘We’re the Devils… The Devils’ and ‘Don’t mess with the Devils. We can beat anybody,’ was back inside Prudential Center to rile up the crowd once again.
He dropped the puck during the pre-game ceremony and then proceeded to take his jersey off to rile up the Devils faithful.
And then the Puddy Plant happened:
Puddy handled it like a champ, getting up with an embarrassed smile on his face before a quick bow.
The first 9,000 fans into the arena got their hands on one of these bad boys.
As far as bobbleheads go, this one was pretty cool.
Last April, Puddy made an unexpected visit to New Jersey to cheer on the Devils in their playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.