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Monday, March 5, 2018


The big news of the weekend was the outdoor game played on Saturday at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland as the Washington Capitals hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

While there was nothing like that on Sunday, there were some big games from lesser lights as Jakob Silfverberg and Evgenii Dadonov each scored twice.

 

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NASHVILLE 4 COLORADO 3 (Overtime)

 

Filip Forsberg scored 1:07 into overtime to give the Predators the win over Colorado.

 

Ryan Ellis, who picked up an assist on the Forsberg goal, was the offensive star for Nashville as he had a goal (to tie the game with only 1:06 left in third) and two assists.

 

Kyle Turris and Austin Watson also scored for the Predators who lead the West in points with 93 points, four more than the Vegas Golden Knights. The Predators had only 94 points last season as they snuck into the playoffs before riding the wave all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. They have played 65 games and still have 17 left to smash last year’s mark.

 

Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots to win his 34th of the season.

 

Nikita Zadorov, Mikko Rantanen and Matt Nieto scored for Colorado.

 

Nathan MacKinnon picked up an assist and has 31 goals and 77 points in 57 games. He is having an outstanding season.  

 

Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves in taking the overtime loss.

 

Roman Josi did not play for the second game in a row as he is out of action with an upper body injury.

 

FLORIDA 4 PHILADELPHIA 1

 

Evgenii Dadonov scored twice and Roberto Luongo was sensational, stopping 39-of-40 shots as the Panthers jumped into the final wild card in the East with a 4-1 win over the Flyers.

 

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist while Jonathan Huberdeau also scored.

 

Travis Konecny scored the lone goal for the Flyers who had trouble solving Luongo in net.

 

Petr Mrazek made 22 saves in taking the loss. He played both games on the weekend leaving Alex Lyon firmly on the bench.

 

Jared McCann and Radko Gudas fought each other at the 7:59 mark of the first. Gudas exited the night with nine penalty minutes.

 

Johnny Oduya was injured early in the third period and did not return. Consider him day-to-day.

 

ANAHEIM 6 CHICAGO 3

                

Jakub Silfverberg and Corey Perry each had a pair of goals to lead the Ducks to a 6-3 win over Chicago.

 

Who would have thought that the Blackhawks would be in the basement of the Central Division, and buried there, after winning the division last season.

 

Rickard Rakell with his 27th of the season and rookie defenseman Marcus Petersson with his first career NHL goal scored for the Ducks.

 

John Gibson made 37 saves to get the win.

 

Nick Schmaltz scored twice for the Blackhawks to reach 20 goals while Tomas Jurco also scored for the Blackhawks.

 

Ryan Getzlaf had three assists for Anaheim while Angelo Cogliano had a pair of assists.

 

Vinnie Hinostroza had two assists for Chicago.

 

Anton Forsberg stopped 17 shots before he was pulled after giving up four goals during the first 30 minutes. Jean-Francois Berube was summoned from the bench and gave up two goals on 10 shots.

         

Patrick Kane had a game-high seven shots for Chicago in the game.

 

VEGAS 3 NEW JERSEY 2

 

Tomas Tatar scored the game winner on the power play as the Vegas Golden Knights snapped a three-game losing streak to beat New Jersey 3-2.

 

David Perron and Deryk Engelland scored to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead as they sandwiched a Sami Vatanen goal for the Devils.

 

Taylor Hall, who assisted on Vatanen’s goal, scored with 2:05 left in the second to complete the scoring as all five goals were scored in the middle stanza

 

Hall has 30 goals and 72 points and has a 25-game scoring streak despite the NHL stating it is only 18 as he had to sit out three games during the streak. Imagine if a hitting streak in baseball was halted because a player missed a game through injury or a day’s rest. Wouldn’t happen.

 

Brayden McNabb had 11 hits while Hall led both sides with seven shots on goal.

 

Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves for his 22nd win of the season. That is impressive, especially considering he missed a couple of months with a concussion.

 

Cory Schneider took the loss and made 24 saves. Schneider is 17-13-6 this season but is 0-7-2 in his last nine decisions.

 

MINNESOTA 4 DETROIT 1

 

Jason Zucker scored two third period goals to give the Wild a 4-1 win over Detroit.

 

Zach Parise and Eric Staal completed the scoring for Minnesota. Staal halted a two-game pointless streak with the goal.         

 

The Red Wings got things started when Justin Abdelkader opened the scoring but that was it for Detroit as the Wild took over the game.

 

Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots to take the loss as Zucker’s second goal was an empty netter.

 

Devan Dubnyk stopped 28 shots for the win while Jimmy Howard made only 23 saves in taking the loss.

 

Ryan Suter had a pair of assists for the winners.

 

WINNIPEG 3 CAROLINA 2

 

Patrik Laine scored twice and added an assist to lead Winnipeg to a 3-2 win over Carolina Sunday.

 

Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for the Jets and has two goals and four points in three games since the trade from St. Louis.

 

Teuvo Teravainen and Jordan Staal replied for Carolina but it was not enough.

 

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 33 shots for the win while Cam Ward made only 20 saves on the night for the loss.

 

COLUMBUS 4 SAN JOSE 2

 

Artemi Panarin scored twice while Sonny Milano and Nick Foligno also scored for the Blue Jackets as they went into San Jose and upended the Sharks.

 

Evander Kane had a goal and an assist while Joonas Donskoi also scored for San Jose.

 

Pierre-Luc Dubois, Jack Johnson and David Savard were all plus-three for the Blue Jackets while Mark-Edouard Vlasic was a minus-four for the Sharks.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves for his 28th win. Martin Jones got the start for San Jose but was pulled after the Blue Jackets put their third goal past him on only 13 shots.  Aaron Dell was perfect the rest of the way with 14 saves but it was too-little-too-late.



Michael Finewax is entering his 13th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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