The New York Islanders endured a tough game against the Washington Capitals and ended up losing 5-2. With this loss, their chances of making it to the playoffs have drastically decreased. Ilya Sorokin, their goalie, didn’t do too well either since he let three goals through in the first nine shots that were taken at him.
The Islanders needed to win their remaining games to make it into the playoffs and have been trying hard, but they might not get there after one bad performance. They need some outside help if they want to get a spot in the Eastern Conference’s two wild-card positions before the last game is over.
New York is just one point behind Florida in the standings because Florida lost their game against Toronto in overtime. Pittsburgh is also one point behind, but they have two more games left – on Tuesday against Chicago and on Thursday at Columbus. The Panthers only have one game left.
At the beginning of the game, Dylan Strome, Rasmus Sandin and Craig Smith were able to each score a goal. They had help from Ivan Sorokin who made 20 impressive saves, while Tom Wilson and Darcy Kuemper both scored empty-netters in order to end the game with their victory. Hudson Fasching and Casey Cizikas contributed by scoring goals during the third period for their team, the Islanders.
Joe Pavelski managed to make one thousand points in his career by scoring again, Roope Hintz aided him with three assists as Dallas won against Detroit in Stars 6 – Red Wings 1.
Pavelski recently playing in his 1,248th game set a milestone; he became the 10th American-born player to reach this achievement after tipping-in Miro Heiskanen’s shot from the point. The Stars also kept their winning streak going as they tied with Colorado for the Central Division lead in this current season, with only two games remaining.
Jason Robertson scored a goal and assisted twice while Esa Lindell, Ty Dellandrea and Jamie Benn each added one additional goal each to make the total score. Oettinger and Wedgewood helped by making 19 saves altogether.
David Perron scored a goal for the Red Wings in their home finale. Magnus Hellberg replaced Ville Husso as goalie after Husso let three goals slip through in 12 minutes and 10 seconds.
John Tavares scored with only 21.3 seconds left of overtime, which allowed the Toronto Maple Leafs to win over Florida. This ended their six game winning streak. Auston Matthews also made his 40th goal of this season, and Ilya Samsonov was able to save 45 shots on goal.
Brandon Montour scored for the Florida Panthers and made a new team record for most goals by a defenseman in one season (16 goals!). Alex Lyon, the goalie, had 23 saves but still lost that game. The Panthers are still close to getting into playoffs and have been doing really well recently with 6 wins and 1 draw since March 27th. Lastly, Jets got 6 points from Sharks beating them 2-6!
Josh Morrissey from Winnipeg scored one goal and got two assists during a game. Adam Lowry, Mason Appleton, Kyle Connor, and Mark Scheifele also scored one goal each. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored as well. Nino Niederreiter and Dylan DeMelo helped the team by getting two assists each. Connor Hellebuyck was the goalie and made 19 saves during this game which meant that Winnipeg won and got closer to making it into the playoffs!
The Jets now have 93 points and, if they get at least one more point in their remaining two games, they’ll win the last spot in the Western Conference playoffs. Erik Karlsson scored twice for San Jose and this was his 100th point of the season making him the first NHL defense player who reached that mark since 1991-92 when Brian Leetch from the New York Rangers did it. James Reimer saved 27 shots during that match.
Also, Claude Giroux got three points (two goals and an assist) which gave him a total of 1000 points in his career during Ottawa’s game against Carolina.
Giroux became the 96th player to score 1,000 points. The 35-year-old only needed two points to reach this amazing accomplishment, and he did it in less than one game!
Giroux scored twice and gave an assist for a third goal, giving him a total of 1000 points in his career. His 33rd goal of the season was his 999th point, and his 34th goal of the season was his 1000th point. Mads Sogaard saved 27 shots to secure the victory for Ottawa. Brett Pesce and Brent Burns both scored goals for Carolina, and Frederik Andersen had 29 saves.
The Sabres won 3-2 against the Rangers with help from Casey Mittelstadt. JJ Peterka scored as well, and Devon Levi made a bunch of saves which helped the Sabres win. It was their second victory against the Rangers in 11 days and it kept their playoff hopes alive since they have been winning almost every game for the past 9. Plus, it’s the first time in nine years that the team has gotten 40 wins in one season!
Artemi Panarin scored twice for the New York Rangers and Igor Shesterkin stopped 37 shots. The Rangers have done well lately, earning points in six different games out of their last 10, which has put them two points behind the first-place team in their division (the Carolina Hurricanes) and one point behind second-place New Jersey. The Hurricanes and Devils both have two more games to play, but the Rangers just one.
The Wild also won with a score of 4-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Marcus Johansson scored two goals late in the third period which helped Minnesota to beat Chicago and win their second game in a row. Matt Boldy and Gustav Nyquist also contributed to the victory with goals of their own and Filip Gustavsson made 39 saves for the Wild. Anders Bjork and Joey Anderson got goals for Chicago, but lost the game; they have now lost 11 out of 12 games this season! Alex Stalock tried his best with 18 saves for the Blackhawks, who are competing for the worst record in the NHL this year alongside teams like Columbus, Anaheim, and San Jose.
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