Ryan Dadoun

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A Night Of Major Performances

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


If you’re a fan of big individual nights, then Tuesday was one for you.  We saw three hat tricks (Nick Bjugstad, Patrik Laine, and Brad Marchand), three players get four or more points (Brad Marchand, Anthony Mantha, and Torey Krug), three shutouts (John Gibson, Pekka Rinne, and Steve Mason), and the extension of Taylor Hall’s point streak to 19 games (or 26 games if you want to include the contests prior to his thumb injury).

 

On top of all that, we also saw some franchise records broken.  The Nashville Predators set a new franchise record with their ninth consecutive win, topping their previous eight-game win streak from Oct. 2005.  The Minnesota Wild also scored four goals over the course of just 3:28 minutes, which is the shortest time between four goals in their franchise history.

 

Honestly, you can just take your pick as to which of those major stories is the biggest.  Personally, my choice is Laine’s hat trick.  It’s the fourth of his career and he’s not even 20-years-old yet.  To put that in perspective, only two other players in NHL history have netted at least four hat tricks as a teenager: Jimmy Carson and Dale Hawerchuk, per NHL PR.  This was also Laine’s third consecutive multi-goal game and it moved him up to 13 goals in his last nine contests.

 

At this point Laine has 38 goals in 66 contests this season, which puts him second only to Alex Ovechkin in the goal scoring race.  It’s still so early in Laine’s career, but I can’t help but be excited over what the future might bring for him.  Certainly he’s one of the most promising players of this generation.

 

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BOSTON 6 DETROIT 5 (OT)

 

Anthony Mantha did everything he could to win this game for Detroit.  He had two goals and two assists, bringing him up to 41 points in 64 contests this season.  In the end though, even that wasn’t enough.

 

That’s due in large part to Brad Marchand, who one upped Mantha by scoring a hat trick and registering two assists.  Marchand’s final goal of the night was the overtime winner.

 

Torey Krug also came up big for the Bruins with two goals and two assists.  That gives him 13 goals and 47 points in 60 contests this season.

 

David Pastrnak assisted on three of Boston’s six goals.  He has 23 goals and 61 points in 64 contests.

 

Jared Coreau got the start for Detroit and it went terribly.  He allowed two goals in the first 54 seconds of the contest and was yanked early in the second period after having stopped just 12 of 16 shots.  Jimmy Howard stepped in and turned aside 19 of 21 shots.

 

Anton Khudobin kicked out 30 of 35 Red Wings shots.  He’s won three of his last four starts and this was his second straight overtime victory.

 

NEW JERSEY 6 MONTREAL 4

 

Taylor Hall registered two assists to keep his ridiculous point streak going.  His official point streak is 19 games because the NHL regards his time off due to a thumb injury as the disruption of his streak.  However, he now has at least point in his last 26 games played.  In NHL history, just eight different players have recorded at least one point in 26 consecutive games played with the other seven being Patrick Kane, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Paul Coffey, Wayne Gretzky, Guy Lafleur, and Mats Sundin, per NHL PR.  Pretty amazing company for Hall to be in.

 

Travis Zajac found the back of the net twice for the Devils.  He has 10 goals and 20 points in 50 games this season.

 

Keith Kinkaid stopped 29 of 33 Canadiens shots.  Amazingly, he’s 4-1-1 in games where he’s been charged with four goals allowed this season.

 

At the other end of the ice, Charlie Lindgren surrendered six goals on 33 shots.  He dropped to 4-5-2 with a 2.57 GAA and .920 save percentage in 11 starts.

 

WINNIPEG 3 NY RANGERS 0

 

Steve Mason came back from a nearly three months absence due to a concussion and earned a 31-save shutout.  This was his first perfect game of the season and the 34th of his career.  Obviously this has been a rough campaign for Mason, but it’s encouraging to see him do so well after a prolonged absence.

 

Kevin Hayes had a team-high seven shots on Mason.  This is the second time this season Hayes has managed to fire seven shots and it’s the first time in 2017-18 that Hayes has recorded at least six shots, but failed to score.

 

Patrik Laine earned a hat trick for the Jets.  He’s been absolutely stunning lately with 13 goals and 19 points in his last nine games.

 

Paul Stastny registered an assist for the Jets.  That gives him two goals and five points in four games since being acquired by Winnipeg.

 

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 33 Winnipeg shots.  He has a 25-22-5 record, 2.88 GAA, and .916 save percentage in 56 games this season.

 

COLUMBUS 4 VEGAS 1

 

Erik Haula accounted for the Golden Knights’ lone goal.  He has 24 goals and 46 points in 61 contests.

 

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 17 of 20 shots last night.  He has a 22-9-3 record, 2.26 GAA, and .926 save percentage in 34 starts.

 

Artemi Panarin scored a goal and registered two assists.  He’s up to 21 goals and 58 points in 67 games.

 

Pierre-Luc Dubois also had a goal and two assists for Columbus.  That gives him 15 markers and 35 points in 67 contests in 2017-18.

 

Joonas Korpisalo turned aside 37 of 38 Golden Knights shots.  That ended his personal three-game losing streak and provided him with his first victory since Jan. 18.

 

TAMPA BAY 5 FLORIDA 4 (OT)

 

Nick Bjugstad had a hat trick, but it wasn’t enough to push the Panthers over the top last night.  He’s up to 14 goals and 38 points in 64 games.

 

Yanni Gourde scored twice and registered an assist.  That gives him 24 goals and 53 points in 67 contests.

 

Brayden Point netted the overtime winner.  It was his 27th goal and 57th point in 67 games.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 45 of 49 Panthers shots.  He’s won his last two games despite allowing a total of 10 goals over that span.  In his defense though, he’s also faced a staggering 92 shots over those two games.

 

Roberto Luongo kicked out 28 of 33 shots in the losing effort.  He has a 12-7-2 record, 2.61 GAA, and .927 save percentage in 23 starts this season.

 

NASHVILLE 2 DALLAS 0

 

Pekka Rinne earned a 26-save shutout over the Stars.  He’s won his last seven games and has recorded two shutouts over that run.  At this point he’s making a strong case for the Vezina Trophy with his 36-9-4 record, 2.29 GAA, and .928 save percentage in 49 starts.

 

Jamie Benn had a team-high four shots against Rinne.  He has 22 goals on 194 shots, which translates to a 11.3 shooting percentage.

 

Ryan Hartman scored the first and therefore game-winning goal.  That gives him 10 markers and 28 points in 62 contests.

 

Nick Bonino accounted for the Predators’ other marker.  It was his 10th goal and 21st point in 55 games.

 

Kari Lehtonen stopped 32 of 33 Nashville shots.  He’s held the competition to a single goal or less on eight occasions this season and this is the first time in 2017-18 that he’s lost one of those games.

 

MINNESOTA 6 CAROLINA 2

 

Eric Staal scored twice for the Wild.  That gives him 36 goals and 67 points in 67 games.

 

Ryan Suter assisted on two of Minnesota’s six goals.  He’s up to six goals and 47 points in 67 contests.

 

Derek Ryan scored a power-play goal for Carolina.  He has 13 goals and 29 points in 65 games this season.

 

Cam Ward was pulled early in the second period after allowing four goals on 13 shots.  Scott Darling came in to stop 16 of 18 shots for the remainder of the contest.

 

Devan Dubnyk kicked out 29 of 31 shots on Tuesday.  He has a 29-12-5 record, 2.60 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 48 games.

 

CHICAGO 2 COLORADO 1 (OT)

 

Erik Gustafsson got Chicago on the board first at 5:08 of the first period.  It was his second goal and sixth point in 20 games.

 

Nathan MacKinnon evened the score in the second frame.  He has 32 goals and 78 points in 58 games.

 

That score was maintained until Jonathan Toews, who already had an assist, netted the overtime winner.  That gives Toews 18 goals and 45 points in 67 games.

 

Jean-Francois Berube turned aside 33 of 34 Avalanche shots.  He has a 2-1-0 record, 3.10 GAA, and .907 save percentage in five games.

 

Semyon Varlamov kicked out 25 of 27 shots to suffer his second straight overtime loss.  He’s 18-13-5 with a 2.81 GAA and .914 save percentage in 40 contests.

 

ANAHEIM 4 WASHINGTON 0

 

John Gibson recorded a 36-save shutout over the Capitals.  Gibson has now won his last six starts, although that streak dates back to Feb. 15 due to injury.

 

Andre Burakovsky fired a team-high four shots against Gibson.  He has eight goals on 62 shots for a 12.9% success rate this season.

 

Adam Henrique scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  That gives him 20 goals and 41 points in 66 games.

 

Rickard Rakell also had a goal and an assist for New Jersey.  He’s on a four-game goal scoring streak with a total of six markers over that span.

 

Braden Holtby stopped just six of nine shots before being yanked early in the second period.  This is the third time in the span of six starts that he’s been pulled.  Philipp Grubauer stepped in and stopped the eight shots he faced, but it was too late for the Capitals.



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