The North Division is getting tighter as the Toronto Maple Leafs have gone 1-4-0 in the last eight days, bringing the rest of the pack closer to the top of the division.
Toronto has 40 points this season while the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers only trail by four points.
It was thought that the Maple Leafs would be able to run away with the division, but the recent losing streak has brought hope to the rest of the Canadian Division.
Toronto had better snap out of their doldrums or they will soon be looking up at some teams in the North.
There were six games in the NHL on Sunday.
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MINNESOTA 4 ARIZONA 1
Cam Talbot gave up a first period goal to Phil Kessel and then shut the door as the Minnesota Wild moved into a tie for first place in the West Division with a 4-1 win over Arizona.
Talbot stopped 21 shots for his second straight win as he climbed to a 6-4-1 record with a 2.46 GAA and a .916 save percentage as the Wild are a surprising 17-8-1 this season.
Kevin Fiala led the way with his ninth goal of the season as well as an assist on Nick Bonino’s third of the campaign.
The big line of Victor Rask, rookie sensation Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello managed to get in on the first Minnesota goal as Zuccarello and Kaprizov set up Rask for his sixth of the season.
Joel Eriksson Ek potted his 11th of the season as he scored into the empty net with five seconds left in the game.
Kessel scored his ninth of the season for the Coyotes.
Antti Raanta took the loss as he made 31 saves. He is 4-3-2 with a 3.36 GAA and a .912 save percentage. With Darcy Kuemper on the sidelines due to a lower-body injury that is considered week-to-week, the Coyotes will have to rely on Raanta if they have any hope of making it into the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Kaprizov had eight shots on goal for Minnesota while Jakob Chychrun had six for Arizona.
Zach Parise had a pair of assists.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson had five hits.
Nick Bonino had a pair of minors.
Jared Spurgeon blocked four shots for the Coyotes.
DALLAS 2 COLUMBUS 1 (Shootout)
It was a triumphant return to the Dallas lineup for Alexander Radulov as he scored the shootout winner, to give Dallas a 2-1 win over Columbus.
Radulov had missed the last 15 games with a lower-body injury and the Stars plummeted down the standings, going 3-7-5 after they were 5-1-2 with Radulov in the lineup.
Joe Pavelski scored the lone goal of the first period as he picked up his 14th of the season. There was no scoring in the second and Zach Werenski with his third of the season, scored the only goal in the third to tie it up and send the game into extra time.
Jake Oettinger was terrific in the Dallas net as he stopped 29-of-30 shots for the win. He is 4-1-5 this season, with a 2.10 GAA and a .917 save percentage. I think a lot of people forget that Oettinger was the Stars first round selection in 2017 (trading their 29th pick and 70th pick to move up to 26th) and he is only 22.
Joonas Korpisalo was great as well. stopping 34-of-35 shots and the first four in the shootout before Radulov beat him. Korpisalo is 7-9-5 with a 3.03 GAA and a .899 save percentage.
Miro Heiskanen had six shots on goal as did David Savard.
Nick Foligno had five hits.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 NEW JERSEY 2 (Shootout)
Oliver Wahlstrom scored the shootout winner after Anthony Beauvillier tied it up on the Islanders third attempt as the New York Islanders won their ninth straight game, 3-2 over the New Jersey Devils. The Islanders have shot up the standings into first place with their hot streak and have not lost in 12 games, going 11-0-.
The Devils thought they had won it in overtime as P.K. Subban scored at the 27 second mark but the Islanders challenged the goal because of an offside and it was ruled no goal.
New York has been without Anders Lee for two games but he has not been missed as his replacement, Kieffer Bellows, has three goals in the two games, including the opening goal of the contest and both teams traded goals in the first two periods. Janne Kuokanen tied the game at 1 with a power play goal, while Brock Nelson scored his 12th of the season with just two seconds remaining in the opening stanza to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead heading into intermission.
Yegor Sharangovich scored the only goal of the second with his fifth of the season and the score remained that way until the shootout as there was no scoring in the third or overtime (that counted).
Ilya Sorokin turned aside 29 shots and three-of-four in the shootout to go to 6-2-1 with a 2.25 GAA and a .906 save percentage. After a tough start to the season in which he lost his first two games and lost in overtime in his third, Sorokin has reeled off six straight wins and is showing everyone why he was considered the best goaltender not playing in the NHL over the last three seasons.
Scott Wedgewood made 32 saves and was the hard-luck loser as he is 2-3-2 this season. Both his wins have come via the shootout.
Nelson had six shots on goal.
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COLORADO 4 LOS ANGELES 1
Linemates Andre Burakovsky and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-1 win over Los Angeles.
The Avs have been outshooting the opposition by huge margins of late and Sunday was no exception, outshooting the Kings 41-28. It was 34-17 after two periods before the Kings outshot them 11-7 in the third. Colorado outshot Los Angeles 46-18 on Friday, outshot the Coyotes 46-14 and 35-14 on Wednesday and Monday respectively in quite a display over the last week.
After Kadri and Burakovsky gave Colorado a 2-0 lead, Joonas Donskoi extended the lead to three with his seventh of the season.
Kurtis MacDermid with his second, broke the shutout bid by Philipp Grubauer in the third but Nathan MacKinnon’s seventh of the season, into the empty net, clinched the game for the Avs.
Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves for his third win in a row. He is 15-7-0 with a gaudy 1.91 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
Cal Petersen stopped 37-of-40 shots in taking the loss. He is 4-6-4 with a 2.64 GAA and a .921 save percentage.
Dustin Brown was a late scratch with an upper-body injury. Consider him day-to-day.
Dan Renouf had two assists.
Kadri was a plus-three and had a pair of minors.
CAROLINA 2 DETROIT 1
Nino Niederreiter’s 12th goal of the season was the winner as Carolina defeated Detroit 2-1.
Alex Nedeljkovic was 10 seconds away from his second career shutout when Anthony Mantha scored his eighth of the season to spoil his night. He picked up his sixth win of the season as well as fourth straight as he turned aside 25 shots in the victory.
Mantha has been picking it up of late with two goals and four points in his last two games.
Dougie Hamilton with his third of the season, scored his second goal in two games and has an eight-game scoring streak as he has two goals and 10 points in the 10 games. The goal Sunday afternoon was shorthanded, the first of his NHL career.
Jonathan Bernier was strong once again in the Detroit net as he made 30 saves. Bernier is 7-6-0 with a 2.96 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
Dylan Larkin had six shots on net.
OTTAWA 4 TORONTO 3
Drake Batherson scored twice and Joey Daccord picked up his first NHL win as Ottawa beat the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 Sunday. It was the Leafs fourth loss in the last five games as Winnipeg and Edmonton are now right on their tail in the North Division standings.
The Senators grabbed a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Brady Tkachuk, his 11th, and Ryan Dzingel, his fifth, just seven seconds apart, early in the first period, chasing Michael Hutchinson from the net after making just one save.
Zach Hyman with his first of two goals, cut the lead in half before the end of the first period.
But Batherson scored twice in the second, 53 seconds apart as his first one, and 10th of the season, came on the power play.
After being outshot 27-21 in the first two periods, it was all Toronto in the third as they scored twice with their net empty, outshooting Ottawa 15-4, but they could not completely come back.
Hyman with his second, and John Tavares scored to make the final 4-3.
Daccord turned aside 33 shots in picking up his first NHL win. He is 1-3-0 with a 3.43 GAA and a .897 save percentage.
Frederik Andersen got tagged with the loss after replacing Hutchinson at the 6:13 mark of the first. He made 26 saves but is 13-7-2 with a 2.86 GAA and a .900 save percentage.
Morgan Rielly had two assists.
Mitch Marner and Tkachuk each had six shots on goal.
Zach Bogosian tried to get the Leafs started as he fought Austin Watson just 29 seconds after the Senators made it 2-0. Bogosian picked up two for instigating, five for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct while Watson had just the major.
Zach Hyman – 2
Drake Batherson – 2
Zach Parise – 2
Dan Renouf – 2
Morgan Rielly – 2
Shots on Goal
Kirill Kaprizov – 8
Jakob Chychrun – 6
Brock Nelson – 6
Miro Heiskanen – 6
David Savard – 6
Mitch Marner – 6
Dylan Larkin – 6
Brady Tkachuk – 6
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – 5
Nick Foligno – 5
Zach Bogosian – 17
Austin Watson – 5
Nick Bonino – 4
Nazem Kadri – 4
Published: 2021-03-15 04:00:20
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