1. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning. With his second consecutive four-point game in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s wild 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night, Nikita Kucherov officially took over the lead in the NHL’s scoring race with 61 points so far on the season. He not only has at least four points in his past two games, but he is also on a run of four consecutive multi-point games. Over his past 20 games he has at least a point in 19 of them, at least two points in 13 of them, and at least three points in seven of them. He is on a roll.
2. Anton Khudobin, Dallas Stars. Anton Khudobin played one of the best games of his NHL career on Thursday night when he stopped all 49 shots he faced in a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators.
3. Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames. The Calgary Flames snapped a three-game losing streak on Thursday night with a big win over the top team in the Western Conference, the Winnipeg Jets. Leading the way, as he always does, was Johnny Gaudreau with a three-goal night. He continues to be on pace for career highs across the board offensively.
Other notable performances on Thursday
— Phil Kessel scored two goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
— Ryan O'Reilly scored against his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, in the St. Louis Blues’ 4-1 win.
Highlights of the Night
John Gibson has been the best goalie in hockey this season, and this is one of the best saves you will see.
The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to five games thanks to Pierre-Luc Dubois‘ overtime goal against the New York Rangers.
Elias Petterson just keeps on rolling for the Vancouver Canucks.
Patrick Kane‘s hat trick for the Chicago Blackhawks took him to the 20-goal mark for the season.
Brent Burns played in his 1,000th NHL game on Thursday night.
New Jersey Devils 5, Boston Bruins 2
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, New York Rangers 3 (OT)
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Detroit Red Wings 2
Washington Capitals 3, Carolina Hurricanes 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Philadelphia Flyers 5 (OT)
St. Louis Blues 4, Buffalo Sabres 1
Dallas Stars 2, Nashville Predators 0
Calgary Flames 4, Winnipeg Jets 1
Chicago Blackhawks 5, Minnesota Wild 2
Vancouver Canucks 4, Edmonton Oilers 2
Vegas Golden Knights 2, Colorado Avalanche 1
Los Angeles Kings 2, Arizona Coyotes 1
San Jose Sharks 4, Anaheim Ducks 2