The St. Louis-Los Angeles game slated for the Staples Center was postponed on Monday due to snow. It wasn’t snowing in Los Angeles but the Kings were unable to get out of Denver following their game Sunday against the Avalanche due to a huge snowstorm in Colorado.
The three stars of the week were named on Monday and Colorado’s Philipp Grubauer was named the number one star. He was 3-1-0 with a 1.24 GAA and a .932 save percentage, although he saw only 74 shots in the four games as Colorado played tight defense.
Leon Draisaitl was the second star of the week. scoring six goals and adding three assists in four games. Included in the effort was a three-goal five- point night against Ottawa Wednesday.
The third star was Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers who had three goals and six points in three games against Toronto.
There were nine games in the NHL on Monday.
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NASHVILLE 4 TAMPA BAY 1
Calle Jarnkrok was in on all goals with his seventh of the season and three assists as Nashville upset the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 Monday afternoon.
Jarnkrok has 13 points after the big four-point effort as Nashville won their 12th of the season.
Pekka Rinne picked up the win as he stopped 38-of-39 shots. He is 7-11-1with a 3.08 GAA and a .899 save percentage. It was the first game in seven that Rinne has not allowed at least three goals as the aging netminder had given up 27 goals in his previous six starts.
Eeli Tolvanen opened the scoring with his sixth as he scored at even strength. The Predators then got goals from Viktor Arvidsson on the power play, Jarnkrok shorthanded and Mattias Ekholm into the empty net as they scored every way except on a penalty shot.
Steven Stamkos with his 13th, broke up the shutout bid of Rinne.
The Lightning went to backup Curtis McElhinney on Monday as they play five games this week. Tampa Bay needs to get better backup goaltending as McElhinney has not done the job this season. He is 2-3-1 with a 3.18 GAA and a .874 save percentage. He has as many losses as Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Lightning’s number one goaltender despite Vasilevskiy playing 21 games (17-3-1) to McElhinney’s six decisions.
Pat Maroon was in two fights, one in the first period with Ben Harpur and one at the start of the third as he tried to get Tampa Bay riled as they trailed 3-0 heading into the final stanza. He battled Mathieu Olivier as Maroon ended up with 10 penalty minutes while Harpur and Olivier each had five.
Jarnkrok was a plus-three while Brayden Point was a minus-three.
WASHINGTON 6 BUFFALO 0
Alex Ovechkin scored his 717th career goal to tie Phil Esposito for sixth all-time and 11th of the season as the Washington Capitals blanked the Buffalo Sabres 6-0.
Vitek Vanecek stopped all 23 shots as he is 12-5-3 with a 2.74 GAA and a .908 save percentage as he is battling Ilya Samsonov for the top job with the Capitals.
Six different Capitals scored as Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom, Richard Panik, Daniel Sprong and Garnet Hathaway found the back of the net in addition to Ovechkin.
Carter Hutton gave up all six goals on 30 shots as the Sabres are going deeper and deeper into the East Division basement. Hutton is 1-9-1 with a 3.43 GAA and a .884 save percentage.
Conor Sheary and defensemen Justin Schultz and Nick Jensen all had a pair of assists.
Ovechkin also had six shots on goal.
Schultz was a plus-four while Sam Reinhart and Victor Olofsson were each a minus-four.
PHILADELPHIA 5 NEW YORK RANGERS 4 (Overtime)
Jakub Voracek’s overtime goal with 1:13 left, gave the Flyers a much-needed overtime win over the New York Rangers. They are 3-5-0 in their last eight games.
It was a big night for Voracek who had a pair of helpers as well. He has four goals and 21 points this season in 23 games. He has five points in his last two games as well.
Claude Giroux. Joel Farabee and Ivan Provorov each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers while James van Riemsdyk also scored.
Carter Hart turned aside only 20 shots on 24 attempts but still managed to pick up the victory, and is 7-6-3 with a mediocre 3.61 GAA and a .884 save percentage. Hart has been anything but good this season as he continues to struggle.
The Rangers spotted the Flyers a 2-0 lead and then scored four of the next five goals to take the lead as Artemi Panarin, Colin Blackwell, Julien Gauthier and Kevin Rooney scored.
Keith Kinkaid made his second straight start and gave up five goals on 30 shots. He is 1-1-1 this season with a 2.31 GAA and a .905 save percentage as the Rangers really miss in the injured Igor Shesterkin.
Panarin had two assists for the Rangers as the Russian star has 22 points in 16 games this season.
Sean Couturier had a pair of assists for Philadelphia.
Gauthier had four minors in addition to his goal.
Mika Zibanejad continued his poor performance this season as he was held off the scoresheet and was a minus-three.
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FLORIDA 6 CHICAGO 3
The Florida Panthers came back from a 3-1 deficit with five unanswered goals and defeated Chicago 6-3.
The game was closer than the three-goal spread looked like as Florida scored a couple of empty net goals to win going away.
It was a big night for Aleksander Barkov who had a shorthanded goal and two assists. He has 12 goals and 34 points this season and sits tied for seventh in NHL scoring with teammate Jonathan Huberdeau as he chipped in with a pair of assists.
Alexander Wennberg, Gustav Forsling and Carter Verhaeghe each had a goal and an assist while Owen Tippett and Aaron Ekblad each scored on the power play.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves as he is now 12-2-2 this season, winning his sixth game in a row.
Philipp Kurashev, Brandon Hagel and Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks who are 14-11-5 this season.
Kevin Lankinen made 30 saves on 34 shots and is 10-5-4 this season.
The Panthers were 2-3 on the power play and held the Blackhawks scoreless in four Chicago power plays.
PITTSBURGH 4 BOSTON 1
Evgeni Malkin scored his eighth of the season and added his 16th assist as he picked up the 1,100th point in his NHL career, leading Pittsburgh to a 4-1 win over Boston.
The two teams are going in opposite directions as the Penguins have won six straight games while Boston is 4-7-2 in their last 13 contests and have fallen 10 points behind the division leading New York Islanders.
The Bruins got off to a 1-0 lead as Matt Grzelcyk scored his first of the season. It was a power play effort as Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak drew the assists.
But it was all Pittsburgh after that, at least on the scoresheet, as Evan Rodrigues, Sidney Crosby, Malkin and Jake Guentzel into the empty net, scored for Pittsburgh.
Crosby had a pair of assists in addition to his 11th goal of the season and he has 29 points.
Tristan Jarry was sensational, turning aside 42 shots to go to 12-7-1 as he won his fourth straight game. Jarry also started this season slowly but has given up only eight goals in the four games on 115 shots.
Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves and is 6-4-2 this season.
Brandon Tanev saw his five-game scoring streak come to an end.
VANCOUVER 3 OTTAWA 2 (Overtime)
Thatcher Demko continued his brilliant play of late as he made 44 saves as the Canucks defeated Ottawa in overtime 3-2. Demko has a 10-10-1 record with a 2.74 GAA and a .920 save percentage and has won six of his last seven starts as he has taken over the number one job in Vancouver from free-agent signee Braden Holtby.
J.T. Miller’s overtime goal made Demko the winner as Miller potted his eighth of the season.
Jayce Hawryluk got the Canucks off to a 1-0 lead with his first of the season and Tanner Pearson made it 2-0 before the end of the first.
Josh Norris scored in the second and Colin White scored in the third period to even the score, setting up Miller’s game winner in overtime.
Joey Daccord, fresh off his first NHL win on Sunday against Toronto, gave up three goals on 28 shots and is 1-3-1 with a 3.35 GAA and a .896 save percentage.
Brady Tkachuk had six shots on goal as well as three hits as he extended his lead in both categories as he has 138 shots and 137 hits.
Eighteen of the Canucks 28 shots were taken by defensemen.
MONTREAL 4 WINNIPEG 2
Tyler Toffoli scored twice including the game winner and insurance goal, and added an assist as Montreal upended the Winnipeg Jets 4-2.
Goaltender Carey Price continued his outstanding play since the arrival of head coach Dominique Ducharme took over as he has allowed only nine goals in his last six starts. Price is worth trading for as he has turned his game around in your fantasy league. He is 9-5-4 with a 2.58 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
Josh Anderson had a goal and an assist with Jesperi Kotkaniemi picked up his fourth of the season.
Kyle Connor scored twice for the Jets with Josh Morrissey assisting on both goals.
Connor Hellebuyck made 27-of-30 saves and is 12-8-2 this season.
Toffoli had six shots on goal.
CALGARY 4 EDMONTON 3
Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves as the Calgary Flames defeated their provincial rival Edmonton Oilers 4-3.
Markstrom is 11-7-2 this season with a 2.69 GAA and a .910 save percentage as he has won his last three starts.
Elias Lindholm, Andrew Mangiapane and Dillon Dube each had a goal and an assist while Noah Hanifin had the winner, scoring his third of the season.
Adam Larsson, Josh Archibald and Leon Draisaitl replied for the Oilers.
Mike Smith was between the pipes for the Oilers and saw his record drop to 9-3-0. He made 23 saves.
Draisaitl had seven shots on goal.
VEGAS 2 SAN JOSE 1
Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone each scored once and assisted on each other’s goal to lead the Golden Knights to a 2-1 win over San Jose.
Marc-Andre Fleury continued his brilliance this season as he turned aside 23-of-24 shots to raise his record to 15-5-0 with a gaudy 1.77 GAA and a .936 save percentage. He is battling head-to-head with Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy for the lead in the Vezina race.
Devan Dubnyk played quite well in the San Jose cage as he stopped 34-of-36 shots and is 3-6-2 with a 2.95 GAA and a .908 save percentage.
Timo Meier’s 10th goal of the season broke up Fleury’s shutout bid.
Reilly Smith had seven shots on goal while Jonathan Marchessault had six.
Ryan Reaves had six hits.
Kyle Connor – 2
Tyler Toffoli – 2
Calle Jarnkrok – 3
Conor Sheary – 2
Justin Schultz – 2
Nick Jensen – 2
Sean Couturier – 2
Jakub Voracek – 2
Artemi Panarin – 2
Josh Morrissey – 2
Jonathan Huberdeau – 2
Aleksander Barkov – 2
Mikael Backlund – 2
Sidney Crosby – 2
Shots on Goal
Matt Grzelcyk – 8
Leon Draisaitl – 7
Reilly Smith – 7
Jonathan Marchessault – 6
Brad Marchand – 6
Alex Ovechkin – 6
Brady Tkachuk – 6
Tyler Toffoli – 6
Jarred Tinordi – 8
Ryan Reaves – 6
Pat Maroon – 10
Julien Gauthier – 8
Ben Harpur – 5
Mathieu Olivier – 5
Jujhar Khaira – 5
Brett Ritchie – 5
Published: 2021-03-16 04:47:04
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