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Alex Ovechkin gets 600

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


It’s a busy night in the NHL with eight games including three starting at 10 pm ET or later.

 

Jack Eichel has been skating but has yet to start practicing and his return before the end of the season is still in doubt.

 

Mark Scheifele will miss at least the next two games including tonight as he is out with an upper body injury.

 

Teammate Patrik Laine was the first star of the week as he had five goals in three games to tie Alex Ovechkin heading into action tonight with 40 goals. Laine has 21 points in his last 11 games.

 

Brad Marchand was the second star as he had four goals and eight points in three games despite sitting out Sunday with an upper body injury that he received in a collision with Anthony Duclair Saturday.

 

Evgeni Malkin was the third star with three goals and eight points in four games. Malkin has been red-hot with 38 points in his last 20 contests.

 

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NEW YORK RANGERS 6 CAROLINA 3

 

Jimmy Vesey had the hat trick and led the Rangers to a 6-3 win over Carolina. Vesey came into the game with 12 goals and 19 points with a minus-21 rating in 64 games but his first career hat trick was the difference in the victory. Vesey was the big name coming out of college hockey last season and when he refused to sign with Nashville, the team that drafted him, his services quickly became wanted by the remaining NHL teams. He has been a disappointment for the most part to date but maybe Monday’s effort will be the start of something special.

 

Mats Zuccarello scored twice and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for New York.

 

Henrik Lundqvist got the night off and Alexandar Georgiev was great between the pipes as he stopped 41 Carolina shots for his second win of the season. His save percentage after four games is .930.

 

Teuvo Teravainen, Lee Stempniak and Victor Rask scored for Carolina who fell further behind in the playoff race.

 

Scott Darling stopped only 17-of-21 shots in taking the loss as the last two goals were into the empty net.

 

Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich each had three assists for New York. Ryan Spooner had an assist and has two goals and 13 points in eight games with the Rangers.

 

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VEGAS 3 PHILADELPHIA 2

 

Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves and picked up his 400th win of his NHL career as the Vegas Golden Knights won yet again, this time 3-2 over Philadelphia. Fleury became the 13th goalie in NHL history to hit the mark and is only one win behind Chris Osgood for 12th spot on the all-time list.

 

Ryan Carpenter picked up his eighth of the season with 2:40 left in the third for the winner. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare drew an assist on the winner as he returned to Philadelphia for the first time since he was selected by Vegas in the June expansion draft.

 

Erik Haula with his 25th and William Karlsson with his 36th (a power play effort) gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead before Wayne Simmonds 21st of the season on the power play tied the game at 2. Claude Giroux’s 25th of the season was the only goal of the second and tied things up at 1.

 

Petr Mrazek stopped 26 shots and took the loss.

 

Jakub Voracek picked up one assist and leads the NHL in that category with 59.

 

WASHINGTON 3 WINNIPEG 2 (Overtime)

 

In the battle of the scorers, it was Alex Ovechkin versus Patrik Laine and Ovechkin won as he scored twice including the 600th of his NHL career as the Capitals got past Winnipeg 3-2 in overtime.

 

Evgeny Kuznetsov had the winner, 4:11 into the overtime and also drew an assist to give him 21 goals and 66 points this season.

 

Patrik Laine, who was tied with Ovechkin at 40 goals apiece heading into action Monday, potted his 41st of the season in the losing cause. Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for Winnipeg who got a 40-save performance from Connor Hellebuyck. Hellebuyck was strong in goal and should get a good rest with the remaining games at a new Winnipeg site.

 

Philipp Grubauer picked up his second straight win and is 10-8-3 this season and is providing the starter Braden Holtby with some much needed rest.  Holtby has struggled most of the season and it has been coming to a head of late.

 

COLUMBUS 5 MONTREAL 2

 

Alexander Wennberg scored once and added three assists to lead the Blue Jackets to a 5-2 win over Montreal. It gives Wennberg only seven goals and 31 points this season, a big decrease from last season when he had 59 points. He has a four game points streak with a goal and six helpers in that time frame.

 

Defensemen Ian Cole and Seth Jones each had a goal and an assist. Jones has 14 goals and 48 points this season and should be considered a Norris Trophy candidate.

 

Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus who got great goaltending from Sergei Bobrovsky who made 38 saves. Columbus was outshot by Montreal 40-25 but the results on the scoreboard were not indicative of the SOG.

 

Charlie Lindgren was mediocre in goal, stopping 20-of-25 shots in taking the loss. Jonathan Drouin and Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens who are 14th in the Eastern Conference standings but only six points out of the cellar.

 

Seth Jones did not play in the third stanza as coach John Tortorella said that he aggravated an old injury and the move was precautionary. Jones’ goal was the game winner and the third straight game that has happened.

 

OTTAWA 5 FLORIDA 3

 

Matt Duchene scored the winner with three minutes left in the third period as the Senators upset the Florida Panthers 5-3. It was his second goal of the game and gave him 21 this season.

 

Magnus Paajarvi also scored twice for Ottawa and that gave the former 10th overall pick in the 2009 Draft only six goals this season in a year split between the Senators and St. Louis. It has been a weak career for Paajarvi who had 15 goals and 34 points in 80 games as a rookie in 2010-11 and has never come close to that mark.

 

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the insurance goal. Erik Karlsson and Mike Hoffman each had two assists in the victory.

 

Craig Anderson stopped 35 shots as the Senators snapped Florida’s eight game home winning streak. It was his 20th win of the season but his 3.24 GAA leaves a lot to be desired.

 

Roberto Luongo had a tough night as he managed to turn aside only 20-of-25 shots.

 

Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist for Florida. Evgenii Dadonov and Mike Matheson also scored for the Panthers. It was Matheson’s 10th of the year and don’t forget about the defenseman next season in deeper drafts.

 

Vincent Trocheck had a pair of assists for Florida and has 64 points in 67 games. He has seven points in his last four contests.

 

Keith Yandle was a minus-two on the night as he played in his 700th straight game, the active leader in the NHL at this time.

 

ST. LOUIS 4 ANAHEIM 2

 

 Ivan Barbashev scored once and added an assist while Jake Allen stopped 20 shots to lead the Blues to a 4-2 road win over Anaheim.

 

Robert Bortuzzo, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka also scored for the Blues. Alex Pietrangelo had two assists for the winners.

 

Corey Perry and Derek Grant replied for the Ducks while John Gibson was able to stop only 19-of-23 shots in taking the loss.

 

Ryan Getzlaf picked up his 41st assist of the season. Nikita Soshnikov picked up an assist in the game as well as going plus-three. It was the former Leafs first assist in nine games this season.

 

SAN JOSE 5 DETROIT 3

 

Timo Meier and Chris Tierney each had a goal and an assist to lead the Sharks to a much needed win as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3.

 

Kevin Labanc, Joonas Donskoi and Eric Fehr with his first as a Shark, also scored for San Jose while Trevor Daley, Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist all had a goal and an assist for Detroit.

 

Tyler Bertuzzi assisted on all three Detroit goals while Joe Pavelski and Dylan DeMelo each had two assists for the Sharks.

 

Martin Jones turned aside 23 shots for the win while Jimmy Howard managed to stop 29-of-33 shots in taking the loss.

 

Brent Burns was held pointless and has only three assists in his last 10 games.       

 

LOS ANGELES 3 VANCOUVER 0

 

Jonathan Quick turned aside all 35 shots to lead the Kings to a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver was shut out for the second night in a row and have now gone 152:09 without scoring a goal.

 

Tyler Toffoli with his 22nd, Tanner Pearson with his 13th and Anze Kopitar with his 28th, scored for the Kings. Toffoli also drew an assist on Pearson’s goal.

 

Anders Nilsson made 30 saves in taking the loss.

 

Drew Doughty picked up his 37th assist of the season while Jake Muzzin picked up his 31st.

 

Vancouver really misses Brock Boeser.



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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