1) David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
Great scoring opportunities often start with a smart play in the defensive zone. Pastrnak poked the puck away from Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse then took off in the other direction. David Krejci made a quick outlook pass to Pastrnak before he converted a breakaway to lead the Bruins to 2-1 overtime victory against the Edmonton Oilers. It was Pastrnak’s 43rd of the season and helped the Czech forward return to the top of the NHL goal-scoring list alongside Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews.
2) Chris Kreider, New York Rangers
No. 20’s three-point night led the Rangers to a 6-3 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday. Kreider remains the top rental forward available ahead of the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline and his value increased with another strong performance. The speedy power forward corralled a pass from Mika Zibanejad and then blew by Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist before netting his 24th of the season. NHL insider Bob McKenzie reported that the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals have all expressed interest in Kreider. The Massachusetts native has spent his entire NHL career with the Blueshirts, but will likely be sporting a new sweater this time next week.
3) Alex Galchenyuk, Minnesota Wild
The 26-year-old forward made his first goal with the Wild count as he knotted the game late in the third period and then scored the shootout-decider in Minnesota’s 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks. Galchenyuk converted a forehand-backhand combination in the skills competition and interim coach Dean Evanson picked up his first win since the organization fired Bruce Boudreau. Galchenyuk was the beneficiary of an odd bounce at 15:15 of the final frame when his wraparound attempt redirected off Canucks defenseman Troy Stetcher.
Highlights of the Night
Vincent Trocheck is ready for baseball season as he batted this puck out of mid-air at 10:50 of the second period.
Patrice Bergeron finished a breakaway with a nifty backhand-forehand deke to open the scoring in Edmonton.
Roope Hintz found Corey Perry at the far post for the easy tap-in power-play goal to give the Stars a first-period lead.
Kevin Fiala wires a wrist shot off the cross bar and in just over a minute into the game.
Stats of the Night
With his OT winner, David Pastrnak has scored 43 of the #NHLBruins 201 goals this season (21.4%).
That's the highest player percentage of a team's goals this season.
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) February 20, 2020
Dominik Kubalik of the @NHLBlackhawks tied the game and leads all rookies with 24 goals this season (24-13—37 in 58 GP), five more than the next-closest player (Victor Olofsson: 19-21—40 in 45 GP). #WNH #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/MiBx54mGC9
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 20, 2020
Duncan Keith is the seventh player in #Blackhawks history to reach 500 career assists. The only other Blackhawks defenseman to hit that mark is Doug Wilson (554).
— Eric Lear (@BHTVeric) February 20, 2020
New York Rangers 6, Chicago Blackhawks 3
Boston Bruins 2, Edmonton Oilers 1 (OT)
Dallas Stars 3, Arizona Coyotes 2
Florida Panthers 4, Anaheim Ducks 1
Colorado Avalanche 3, New York Islanders 1
Minnesota Wild 4, Vancouver Canucks 3 (SO)
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