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Crosby finally gets his 400th

Monday, February 12, 2018

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It was a day to remember for Sidney Crosby as he finally hit the 400-goal mark after going 10 games without a goal. The Penguins captain scored twice including numbers 400 and 401 to lead the Penguins to a 4-1 win over St. Louis. It was quite the wait for Crosby but he did have 13 assists in the 10-game goal drought. He became the 95th player in NHL history to score 400. The first…Rocket Richard.


The Blues actually got off to a 1-0 lead as Kyle Brodziak lit the lamp 3:10 into the second period but it was all Pittsburgh as far as the goal scoring went after that. Crosby scored his 400th just 21 seconds later to tie it up. There was no more scoring in the second.


The Penguins scored all three goals in the third, as Bryan Rust scored unassisted for the game winner. Riley Sheahan scored his sixth of the season (he only had two last year and both were in the last game of the season), while Crosby finished it off with his 19th of the season.


Dominik Simon had two assists and was a plus-three.


Justin Schultz was also a plus-three while Alex Pietrangelo, Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko were all minus-three.


Matt Murray was very strong in the Pittsburgh net making 33 saves. Jake Allen gave up four goals on only 23 shots. Look for Carter Hutton to start for the Blues next game.





Tomas Tatar had only two goals in his last 20 games but he scored a pair on Sunday including the overtime winner to give Detroit the win.


Nicklas Backstrom scored with 17 seconds left in the third to tie the game. The Red Wings led Washington 4-1 entering the third period but the Capitals scored three in a row to garner a point.


There was a huge difference between the second and third periods as Detroit outshot Washington 17-2 in the second before being outshot 15-5 in the third. Tatar had the only Detroit shot in the overtime.


It was not a great game for the netminders as Braden Holtby gave up five goals on 29 shots while Jimmy Howard gave up four on 27 shots.


Alex Ovechkin had his league-leading 33rd goal of the season and added an assist while John Carlson and Jay Beagle each had a pair of assists. Frans Nielsen, Nick Jensen and Dylan Larkin each had two assists.




Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 36 of 37 shots to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win over Winnipeg. It was their second straight win and it put the Rangers just two points out of the wild card in the East.


The Jets got off to a quick 1-0 lead when Nikolaj Ehlers scored 1:06 into the first. Mats Zuccarello scored with 1:06 left in the first to tie the game at 1.


Jimmy Vesey scored the winner at the 16:07 mark of the third. It was his first game back after missing three contests with a concussion. Michael Grabner scored his 23rd into the empty net. It was his 22nd goal in a five-on-five situation and seventh goal into the empty net. That leads the NHL by three as Jonathan Marchessault, Jason Zucker and Jack Eichel all have four.


Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots in taking the loss.


Cody McLeod and Matt Hendricks fought in the second period and each got five for fighting.




Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks went into Dallas on a four game losing streak and came away with a 6-0 shutout win over the Stars.


Markstrom made 30 saves for his 16th win and second shutout of the season. Ben Bishop gave up four goals on 20 shots before being pulled at the 4:41 mark of the second. Kari Lehtonen finished up and stopped 19-of-21 shots.


It was a big game for Reid Boucher who opened the scoring with his first of the season and then added another, while going plus-three in the game. He had seven shots on goal.


Jake Virtanen had a goal and an assist while Erik Gudbranson, Thomas Vanek and Bo Horvat also scored.


Remi Elie was the only Star not to be a minus.




There were plenty of goals in Buffalo and not a lot of shots on goal as the Sabres outshot Colorado 32-27 but lost 5-4.


Jonathan Bernier made 28 saves to pick up his 17th win of the season. It has been a tough couple of games for Bernier who has given up seven goals on 52 shots. Robin Lehner gave up five goals on only 27 shots.


The Sabres were missing Jack Eichel who as mentioned earlier, is out four-six weeks with a high ankle sprain. Ryan O'Reilly led both teams with a goal and two assists while teammate Casey Nelson scored his first NHL goal in his career which has spanned 30 games. Evander Kane and Benoit Pouliot also scored.


Five Avalanche players replied for Colorado with Colin Wilson leading the way with a goal and an assist. Alexander Kerfoot, Tyson Jost, Matt Nieto and Gabriel Bourque also scored for Colorado.


Rasmus Ristolainen, Kyle Okposo and Johan Larsson were all minus-three. Anton Lindholm had an assist and was a plus-three for Colorado.




Torey Krug scored twice including once shorthanded and the other on the power play to lead Boston to a 5-3 win over New Jersey and snap their one game losing streak.


New Jersey must have wished they could have declined Boston penalties in the first period as the Bruins scored shorthanded on both opportunities as first Krug and then Tim Schaller scored. But this is not the NFL and it was 2-1 Boston as Miles Wood scored for the Devils.


Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri sandwiched a power play goal by Krug in the second period and the game was tied at 3 heading into the third.


Adam McQuaid with his first of the season scored the winner while Patrice Bergeron with his 25th sealed the win with an empty netter.


Anton Khudobin was sharp stopping 35 shots to go to 12-3-4 with a 2.32 GAA and a .925 save percentage. He stopped Travis Zajac on a penalty shot in the first period. Eddie Lack made a rare NHL start this season and took the loss giving up four goals on 26 shots. He is 1-3 in six appearances with both New Jersey and Calgary and has a 4.55 GAA with a .833 save percentage. The Devils can’t wait until Cory Schneider is back from his groin injury.




Matthew Tkachuk scored twice in the third to give the Flames a 3-2 win over the Islanders. The Islanders got off to a 2-0 lead but the Flames fought back to pick up the win.


Tkachuk is up to 20 goals this season and has 39 points and 47 penalty minutes in 54 games. He had 13 goals and 48 points in his rookie campaign last season with 105 penalty minutes so while his goals and points-per-game average is up over last season, he has taken a tumble in penalty minutes.


Mike Smith stopped 23 shots for the win while Jaroslav Halak took the loss despite making 39 saves. The Islanders have been having trouble keeping the puck out of the net and seem to miss Travis Hamonic, who is now a Flame, quite a bit.


Casey Cizikas and Anthony Beauvillier opened the scoring for New York while Mark Jankowski with his ninth, cut the lead in half and set the stage for Tkachuk’s heroics.


Michael Frolik had a pair of assists for Calgary while Johnny Gaudreau picked up his 48th assist of the season on Jankowski’s power play effort.


Ross Johnston and Ryan Lomborg went at it in the first period and each picked up a major for fighting.




Michal Neuvirth was outstanding as he stopped 38 Golden Knight shots as Vegas lost a rare home game, 4-1 to Philadelphia. It was Neuvirth’s second win of the weekend as he was forced to play in a shootout Saturday in Arizona after Brian Elliott was injured on the second shot.


The Golden Knights opened the scoring with Brayden McNabb picking up his fourth of the season but that was the only puck to beat Neuvirth.


Sean Couturier, who also chipped in with two assists, tied the game with his 28th of the season. The center, who is having the best season of his young career, has 57 points this season, topping his career best of 39 set twice.


Claude Giroux and defensemen Andrew MacDonald and Radko Gudas (with his first of the season) completed the scoring for the Flyers. Giroux had two points as did fellow linemate Travis Konecny who had a couple of assists.


There was only one minor in the game as Brandon Manning took the lone penalty.


It was not a great night for Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury who took the loss, giving up three goals on only 17 shots.


SAN JOSE 3 ANAHEIM 2 (Shootout)


It was not a great ending for the Ducks as they blew a 2-0 lead in the third period and lost it in the shootout as Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture beat John Gibson while Martin Jones stopped both shots as the Sharks knocked off Anaheim 3-2.


Gibson was strong in the Anaheim net as he stopped 37 shots but took the shootout loss, while Jones turned aside 25 for the win.   


Ondrej Kase opened the scoring and assisted on Cam Fowler’s goal for a two point night. Nick Ritchie also had two points as he assisted on both goals.


Logan Couture got the comeback started in the third as he scored his 23rd of the season. He then set up Timo Meier’s 14th of the season with only 54 seconds remaining in the third to send the game into extra time. Meier has been the Sharks top scorer since December 4 as he has 12 goals in 31 games.


J.T. Brown and Barclay Goodrow went at it in the second period and both received majors for fighting.



Michael Finewax is entering his 14th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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