1. Elvis Merzlikins, Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus goaltender picked up his third win in his last six starts after stopping 37 of 38 Lightning shots during a 3-1 win. The 37 saves, which included 20 in the second period, were a season-high for the 26-year-old. Tampa has now lost three in a row for the first time since Feb. 2020.
2. Artemi Panarin, New York Rangers
The Bread Man had a big night in New York’s come-from-behind 5-2 win over the Capitals. Down 2-0 after only 4:22, the Rangers fought back scoring four times in the third period. Panarin assisted on Kaapo Kakko‘s tying goal and Adam Fox‘s go-ahead goal, while later adding an insurance marker to help seal the win.
3. Eeli Tolvanen, Predators
The Nashville rookie extended his point streak to six games with a goal and an assist during their 3-2 overtime win over the Stars. Tolvanen’s goal came at the most important time of the game — in overtime:
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) March 31, 2021
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES FROM TUESDAY
• Carey Price needed only 16 saves to beat Edmonton and record first shutout of the season and the 49th of his NHL career.
• David Savard scored a goal in the Blue Jackets’ win. It was significant because his last goal came exactly two years ago — March 30, 2019.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NIGHT
• Fox’s go-ahead goal was of the highlight-reel variety:
• Meanwhile, Tom Wilson was doing Tom Wilson things:
STATS OF THE NIGHT
Adam Fox became the third defenseman to hit the 30-point mark this season and is among the fastest @NYRangers blueliners to reach the plateau over the past 30 years. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/lMYuGlVZqO
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 31, 2021
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) March 31, 2021
Blue Jackets 3, Lightning 1
Panthers 4, Red Wings 1
Rangers 5, Capitals 2
Canadiens 4, Oilers 0
Bruins 5, Devils 4 (SO)
Blackhawks 2, Hurricanes 1
Predators 3, Stars 2 (OT)