The Edmonton Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Tuesday night, giving them 100 points for the second year in a row. That’s something that hasn’t happened since 1987! This win also helped them jump to second place in the Pacific Division – one point ahead of the Kings.
The two teams played each other four times throughout the season and they might compete in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, just like last year when Edmonton won after seven games.
Viktor Arvidsson from Los Angeles equalised and stopped Edmonton’s 171: 58-minute goal drought but was then penalised for the Oilers’ winning goal.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Darnell Nurse also scored for Edmonton and Stuart Skinner saved 20 shots.
The Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 5 to 3 in an exciting overtime victory. Nathan MacKinnon was the hero of the game and he scored the two goals needed to win it for his team, including one in overtime. Jack Johnson and Evan Rodrigues also chipped in with some goals, while Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen provided assists for their teammates. It was Alexandar Georgiev who didn’t let any more goals by, making 28 saves and helping lead Colorado to a playoff spot.
Kevin Labanc, Jacob Peterson and Logan Couture all scored for the San Jose team. Kaapo Kahkonen made 38 saves in total.
PANTHERS 2, SABRES 1
In Sunrise, Florida, Matthew Tkachuk got his 39th goal in the first minute of the third period which helped the Florida team win their fourth straight game against Buffalo.
Aaron Ekblad scored a goal for the Florida Panthers and Alex Lyon made 39 saves. The Panthers (40-31-7) are now tied with the New York Islanders in terms of wins, which gives them the advantage in their standings.
Dylan Cozens scored for the Buffalo Sabres, who had won four out of their last five games. Unfortunately, Devon Levi’s first appearance in NHL didn’t go too well as he ended up losing with 34 saved shots.
Yesterday, Dawson Mercer of the New Jersey Devils scored an exciting 3-goal “hat trick”, beating Pittsburgh Penguins in a very important game. Dougie Hamilton and Timo Meier also scored for the Devils and Vitek Vanecek had a total of 22 saves. This was great news for the Devils since they had just experienced their worst loss this season just two days earlier with a score of 6-1 against Winnipeg Jets.
Florida’s win against Buffalo gave the Panthers an edge over the Penguins in the competition for the last spot in the East for playoffs. They both have four more games left and won’t be playing each other.
Bryan Rust spoiled Vanecek’s chance of getting his 4th shutout of the season when he scored his 20th goal at 6:14 in the third period. Tristan Jarry made 32 saves and helped the Penguins get into their 16th playoff season, which many people think is a top record among sports teams in North America.
Also, Cody Glass scored on a power-play goal 3:30 into overtime and Nashville won their match against Vegas keeping their hopes of making it to playoffs alive.
Jonathan Marchessault tripped Philip Tomasino and the Nashville Predators had an opportunity to score on a power play. After only 37 seconds, Glass scored his 14th goal with a shot that deflected off of Jonathan Quick, the goalie. Tommy Novak was very successful in this game as he had two goals, plus he got an assist on the winning goal! Kevin Lankinen blocked 30 shots and Alex Pietrangelo scored twice for Vegas. In the end, Maple Leafs won 4-2 against Blue Jackets.
Zach Aston-Reese scored two times, Joseph Woll saved 24 shots, and the Toronto team won against the Columbus team in the game!
Joseph Woll got called up from playing with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies squad when Matt Murray became injured during a match on Sunday. Joseph has now won 4 out of 1 games he has played so far as part of the Maple Leafs!
Alexander Kerfoot and Auston Mathews also had goals and Sam Lafferty got some extra help by providing two assists eventually leading to Toronto’s win.
Jack Roslovic and Eric Robinson scored goals for the Columbus team while Jet Greaves had 46 saves in his very first NHL game.
The Blackhawks triumphed over the Flames with a score of 4-3. Andreas Athanasiou scored two goals, Jujhar Khaira and Austin Wagner each added one more goal for Chicago. This win ended their eight-game losing streak and also marked their third victory against Calgary this season.
Noah Hanifin scored a goal and made an assist, while Tyler Toffoli got his 34th goal and Mikael Backlund also scored for Calgary. They are just two points behind Winnipeg, who currently holds the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.
David Perron had two goals and one assist, Ville Husso made 24 saves when he returned from an injury, and Detroit beat Montreal 5-0.
Husso returned after missing seven games, and Lucas Raymond, Matt Luff and Joe Veleno each scored goals. Jordan Oesterle and Olli Matta also helped by getting two assists. Detroit won the last two games of a three-game trip in Canada.
Cayden Primeau saved sixteen shots during his second game with Montreal this season. Marc Joannette, who refereed over 1,500 NHL games and three Stanley Cup finals, finished his career refereeing for this game. The Hurricanes beat the Senators 3-2 in overtime.
Martin Necas scored with less than one minute remaining in overtime to help the Carolina Hurricanes win their 50th game of the season against Ottawa. Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Brady Skjei both contributed a goal and an assist, keeping them three-points ahead in the Metropolitan Division. Antti Raanta saved 25 shots, allowing him to get his 18th win for this season. Claude Giroux and Brady Tkachuk both got one goal each for Ottawa while Leevi Merilainen made 34 saves on his debut as an NHL player. Additionally, Blues defeated Flyers with 4 goals to 2.
Jordan Kyrou of the St. Louis Blues made his 37th goal of the season which helped his team defeat the Philadelphia Flyers. In addition, he has scored 6 goals for himself in only 6 games! Justin Faulk, Tyler Pitlick and Alexey Toropchenko also scored for St.Louis. Jordan Binnington started as goalie for this game and won four out of five starts with a total of 29 saves. The Flyers tried to make it close when James van Riemsdyk and Marcel Frost scored in the third period – but it wasn’t enough. On the other hand, Kraken beat Canucks 5-2!
Jordan Eberle was the star player for the Seattle Kraken hockey team, scoring a goal and assisting another as part of their comeback against the Vancouver Canucks. Yanni Gourde, Brandon Tanev, Jayden Schwartz, and Matty Beniers also scored goals that aided in the win, with Martin Jones making 14 saves. On the other side of the ice, Elias Pettersson and Anthony Beauvillier each managed to get one goal on the board for Vancouver. Additionally, Collin Delia made 23 saves before finally succumbing to defeat. This loss was particularly unfavorable since it marked their fourth consecutive.