Players of the Night:
Derick Brassard, Ottawa Senators: The Derick Brassard Showcase continued on Saturday night. The Senators forward, who has been the subject of trade speculation leading up to the trade deadline in two weeks, scored in his fourth straight game and added two helpers in a 6-3 win against the New York Rangers.
Reilly Smith, Vegas Golden Knights: Smith extended his point streak to seven games, scoring twice and adding a helper in a 6-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens. Smith has five goals and seven assists during his streak and now has 51 points in 58 games this season.
Anders Nilsson, Vancouver Canucks: Nilsson turned aside 44 of the 45 shots he faced from one of the league’s hottest teams in the Boston Bruins. The Canucks obliged their goaltender, scoring six and chasing Tuukka Rask in a 6-1 win.
Jonathan Toews and the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks: Losers of eight straight coming into Saturday, the Blackhawks finally ended the streak, putting up seven goals against the Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Capitals. Toews had a goal and two assists in the game. It was Chicago’s first win of the month and their seven goals were half of the number they scored in their previous eight games.
Eddie Lack, New Jersey Devils: Lack wasn’t supposed to be playing against the league’s top team. But there he was on Saturday, stopping 48 of 51 shots against Stamkos, Kucherov and Co. He even out-dueled Andrei Vasilevskiy, who will likely win the Vezina in June. Impressive stuff.
Highlights of the Night:
Ryan Hartman, untouchable:
Matt Murray did this two nights ago. Deja vu:
Two-pad stack alert:
Factoids of the Night:
The season can’t end fast enough for the Oilers:
The Golden Knights are creeping toward another record:
Evgeni Malkin hits 900:
- Blackhawks fans tossed after racist taunts toward Capitals’ Devante Smith-Pelly
- Cam Talbot, furious with overturned goal, launches expletive-laden tirade
- Should Miles Wood be suspended after boarding Vladislav Namestnikov?
- Nathan MacKinnon set for return after eight-game layoff
- No NHL players means more mistakes and goals at Olympics
- NHL Playoff Race: The teams still in it and the teams that are out of it
Kings 4, Sabres 2
Ducks 3, Wild 2 (SO)
Senators 6, Rangers 3
Coyotes 1, Oilers 0
Golden Knights 3, Canadiens 3
Devils 4, Lightning 3
Penguins 5, Maple Leafs 3
Red Wings 3, Predators 1
Blackhawks 7, Capitals 1
Canucks 6, Bruins 1
Panthers 6, Flames 3