Copp scores four times against Vancouver

Andrew Copp scored four times in a 5-1 win over Vancouver on Wednesday night. According to NHL public relations, he became the sixth player in Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise to score four or more goals in a regular-season game. Copp has recorded the first four-goal game of 2020-21 after seven players scored at least four times in a game last campaign.

The Buffalo Sabres also earned a place in history on Wednesday night, but it was for a reason that the organization, the players and the fans would like to forget as quickly as possible. The Sabres set a shootout-era record with a 15th straight loss following a 5-2 defeat to Pittsburgh. Buffalo has gone 0-13-2 during that stretch, which is the longest run without a win since the NHL added the shootout in 2005-06.

Additionally, the Boston Bruins returned to practice on Wednesday night following the team’s COVID-19 protocol pause. Two games were postponed after the Bruins had five players on the COVID protocol-related absence list. David Pastrnak, David Krejci and Craig Smith were cleared and returned to the ice on Wednesday. Jake DeBrusk and Sean Kuraly remain unavailable for now.

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CALGARY 1 OTTAWA 3

The Senators swept a two-game set versus the Flames on Wednesday, while outscoring Calgary by a 5-2 margin.

Filip Gustavsson, who got his first NHL start on Monday, played in both games and got his first two NHL victories. It will be interesting to see if he gets the nod again on Thursday against Toronto after facing 29 shots on Wednesday.

Ottawa got three goals in the third period from Josh Norris, Chris Tierney and Nikita Zaitsev.

Zaitsev’s empty-netter was his first marker of the season.

Mark Giordano, who opened the scoring at the 13:37 mark of the second stanza, provided Calgary’s lone goal of the game.

Sean Monahan, Dillon Dube, Evgenii Dadonov, Thomas Chabot, Mike Reilly, Artem Zub and Nick Paul picked up one assist each.

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Brady Tkachuk had a game-high seven hits.

Jacob Markstrom blocked 28 of 30 shots in the defeat.

ANAHEIM 2 MINNESOTA 3

The Wild completed a two-game series sweep of the Ducks on Wednesday and won for a 10th straight time on home ice in the process.

Jared Spurgeon scored a pair of goals in the victory. The Wild captain got his first goal of the year on March 16 versus Arizona.

Derek Grant and Max Comtois helped Anaheim battle back from one-goal deficits. Grant got his second of the season shortly after Minnesota took a 1-0 lead, while Comtois got his 10th goal of 2020-21 just 22 seconds into the second frame.

A mistake by Ducks goalie Ryan Miller at the 7:01 mark of the second stanza held up as the winner when he bobbled a shoot in from Nick Bjugstad and Nico Sturm took advantage of the situation.

Ryan Getzlaf, who also picked up 17 penalty minutes, Isac Lundestrom, Josh Manson, Kirill Kaprizov and Carson Soucy registered one helper apiece.

Ryan Suter contributed two assists in the match to get him to 600 career points in his 1,173rd game.

Miller finished the match with 23 saves. He has started six consecutive games for the Ducks because of an injury to John Gibson and he has one win during that span (1-5-0).

Cam Talbot defended 28 of 30 shots for a second straight win. He has eight victories in 15 starts this season.

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BUFFALO 2 PITTSBURGH 5

The Penguins bounced back from a 2-1 overtime setback against New Jersey on Sunday with a dominant win over the struggling Sabres.

Pittsburgh jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals coming from Evan Rodrigues and Kris Letang.

Rasmus Dahlin got the Sabres on the board prior to the end of the first period with his second goal of the season and his second since Jan. 31 versus the Devils.

John Marino and Zach Aston-Reese, who scored shorthanded, got goals for the Penguins during the second stanza.

Aston-Reese and Sidney Crosby had one goal and one assist apiece in the contest.

Victor Olofsson rounded out the scoring on a penalty shot in the third period.

Frederick Gaudreau, Mark Jankowski, Bryan Rust, Jake Guentzel, Sam Lafferty, Jared McCann, Mike Matheson, Taylor Hall and Brandon Montour collected one helper apiece on Wednesday.

Dustin Tokarski, who made his first NHL start since Dec. 21. 2015, stopped 37 shots in the loss, while Tristan Jarry blocked 26 shots for his 13th win in 23 starts.

WINNIPEG 5 VANCOUVER 1

The Jets won both contests of a two-game set against the Canucks this week following a 5-1 victory on Wednesday.

Connor Hellebuyck nearly posted his second straight shutout, but Nils Hoglander found the back of the net for Vancouver at the 18:35 mark of the third period. The Winnipeg netminder stopped 38 of 39 shots.

The offensive star of the game was Andrew Copp, who potted four goals to lift his season total to 10. He scored two power-play goals during the second period and completed his first NHL hat trick late in the third. Copp deposited his fourth into an empty net.

Mark Scheifele’s 13th goal of the year late in the second period gave the Jets a 3-0 lead.

Pierre-Luc Dubois, Adam Lowry, Mason Appleton, Paul Stastny, Blake Wheeler, Nikolaj Ehlers, Mathieu Perreault, Neal Pionk, Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat chipped in one assist each.

Thatcher Demko made 31 saves on 35 shots in the defeat.

LOS ANGELES 2 SAN JOSE 4

The Sharks swept a two-game series against the Kings on Wednesday night.

Martin Jones was excellent for a second straight contest, while stopping 42 of the 44 shots he faced. He had 41 saves on 42 shots in Monday’s 2-1 victory. Jones has 10 wins in 19 starts this year.

Evander Kane netted a pair of goals in the match to give him 14 on the season. His goal 21 seconds into the third period held up as the game winner.

Rudolfs Balcers and Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks.

Alex Iafallo got the Kings on the board at the 19:47 mark of the second period.Adrian Kempe’s 12th goal of 2020-21 rounded out the scoring at the 4:27 mark of the third frame.

Drew Doughty and Brent Burns earned two helpers each.

Gabriel Vilardi, Dustin Brown, Dylan Gambrell, Marcus Sorensen, Kevin Labanc, Mario Ferraro, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Radim Simek picked up one assist apiece.

Cal Petersen blocked 24 of 28 shots in the loss.

Published: 2021-03-25 06:17:14

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