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Bruins Surge Late vs. Canes

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


The Hurricanes slim playoff chances were dealt a major blow last night.  They had a golden opportunity to earn a much needed two points after Brock McGinn gave them a 4-1 lead over Boston 51 seconds into the third period.  However, Boston started an improbable comeback midway through the final frame to deny the Hurricanes even a consolation point.

 

With that, Carolina has 71 points in 70 games as they look up at New Jersey, which holds the second Wild Card spot with 78 points in 69 contests.  It’s hard to see how they close that gap, and indeed Sports Club Stats has reduced the Hurricanes’ chances of making the playoffs to a mere 2.1%.

 

Carolina’s loss was Boston’s gain though.  Combined with the Lightning dropping a contest to Ottawa on Tuesday, Boston is now just four points behind the Lightning despite having played in two fewer games.  In other words, there’s still a real chance that the Bruins will wrestle the Atlantic Division title from the Lightning.

 

David Pastrnak deserves a lot of credit for the Bruins’ latest victory.  He had a hat trick earned exclusively in the third period.  That brings him up to 86 career goals, which is the most in history from a Bruins player before their 22nd birthday, per TSN’s StatsCentre.  Previously Barry Pederson held that distinction with his 85 goals before he turned 22-years-old.

 

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BOSTON 6 CAROLINA 4

 

As noted above, the Hurricanes had a 4-1 lead early in the third period.  David Pastrnak led the Bruins’ comeback with a hat trick scored in the span of 7:26 minutes that included the game-winner.  He also registered an assist.  That brings him up to 27 goals and 68 points in 68 games this season.

 

Brad Marchand came up big too with a goal and two assists.  He has 30 goals and 72 points in 54 contests.

 

Tuukka Rask turned aside 29 of 33 Hurricanes shots.  He’s won his last five starts despite allowing 17 goals over that span.

 

At the other end of the ice, Cam Ward surrendered five goals on 33 shots.  He did well until the third period when he stopped just 10 of 14 shots.

 

Sebastian Aho scored a goal and registered an assist.  The Hurricanes forward has 25 goals and 55 points in 66 contests.

 

MONTREAL 4 DALLAS 2

 

Artturi Lehkonen scored a pair of goals for the Canadiens.  He’s up to eight goals and 16 points in 54 contests.

 

Brendan Gallagher netted the game-winning goal.  It was his 26th marker and 43rd point in 70 games.

 

Jamie Benn found the back of the net for Dallas.  He has 24 goals and 61 points in 70 games.

 

Kari Lehtonen kicked out 22 of 26 Canadiens shots.  That ended his run of three straight starts where he surrendered two or fewer goals.

 

Antti Niemi saved 36 of 38 shots last night.  The Canadiens have earned at least a point in each of his last six starts, but three of those decisions were overtime or shootout losses.

 

OTTAWA 7 TAMPA BAY 4

 

The Senators’ offense was fairly spread out as Mike Hoffman was the only Ottawa player with two goals.  That gives him 21 goals and 49 points in 69 contests in 2017-18.

 

Marian Gaborik scored a goal and registered an assist.  He now has two goals and four points in 12 games with Ottawa since being acquired from Los Angeles.

 

While Ottawa won, J.T. Miller was the top offensive player in this contest with a hat trick on 10 shots.  The Lightning forward has 18 goals and 49 points in 70 games.

 

Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos each assisted on three of the Lightning’s four goals.  That pushes Stamkos over the 80-point milestone (82) and Kucherov over the 90-point milestone (91).

 

Erik Karlsson found the back of the net and registered an assist.  The Senators blueliner has nine goals and 54 points in 64 games.

 

Mike Condon stopped 42 of 46 Tampa Bay shots.  He has a 5-13-5 record, 3.23 GAA, and .904 save percentage in 26 contests.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy surrendered six goals on 29 shots before being yanked.  Peter Budaj, making his first appearance since Dec. 29, came out for the third frame and saved three of four shots.

 

NASHVILLE 3 WINNIPEG 1

 

Pekka Rinne stopped 32 of 33 shots to earn his ninth straight victory.  He has a 38-9-4 record, 2.25 GAA, and .929 save percentage in 51 starts.

 

Michael Hutchinson’s night didn’t go nearly as smoothly.  He lasted just 8:45 minutes and allowed three goals on 15 shots, which is obviously a ton given how little he played.  Jets coach Paul Maurice said after the contest that Hutchinson was pulled because he wasn’t feeling well so we’ll have to see what his availability is going forward.  Connor Hellebuyck stepped in and turned aside the 30 shots he faced.

 

Kyle Connor scored Winnipeg’s only goal.  It was his 23rd goal and 42nd point in 64 games.

 

Austin Watson’s shorthanded marker ended up being the game-winner.  He has 12 goals and 15 points in 67 contests.

 

Viktor Arvidsson also scored a shorthanded goal for Nashville.  He’s up to 26 goals and 52 points in 67 games.

 

COLORADO 5 MINNESOTA 1

 

Mikko Koivu accounted for the Wild’s goal.  He has 13 markers and 39 points in 70 games.

 

Semyon Varlamov was otherwise perfect, stopping 33 of 34 shots.  He’s 19-13-6 with a 2.81 GAA and .914 save percentage in 43 contests.

 

J.T. Compher scored a pair of goals for the Avalanche.  He has 13 goals and 22 points in 56 games.

 

Nikita Zadorov scored the game-winning goal.  It was his seventh goal and 19th point in 64 contests.

 

Devan Dubnyk turned aside just 17 of 22 shots.  He has a 30-14-5 record, 2.65 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 51 games.

 

CALGARY 1 EDMONTON 0

 

Mike Smith earned the 28-save shutout.  He improved to 24-17-6 with a 2.51 GAA and .922 save percentage in 49 starts.

 

Connor McDavid set a team-high with five shots against Smith.  Nevertheless, he saw his latest point streak end at seven games.

 

Johnny Gaudreau netted the game’s lone goal.  He has 22 goals and 80 points in 71 contests in 2017-18.

 

Sean Monahan assisted on Gaudreau’s goal.  That gives Monahan 30 markers and 62 points in 70 games.

 

Cam Talbot turned aside 31 of 32 Flames shots.  While he still lost, this is the third straight start where he’s surrendered just a single goal.

 

ARIZONA 4 LOS ANGELES 3 (SO)

 

Adin Hill stopped 34 of 37 shots in regulation time.  He held the Kings to a single goal in five shootout rounds to pick up the second point.

 

Jack Campbell saved 26 of 29 shots prior to the skills competition.  Arizona scored on him twice in five shootout rounds, which wasn’t good enough Tuesday night.

 

The Coyotes had a 3-1 lead going into the third period.  It was Jeff Carter that forced this game into bonus time with a pair of goals.  He has six markers and 11 points in 15 games.

 

Clayton Keller scored a goal in the first period and also came through in the shootout.  The Coyotes rookie has 19 goals and 50 points in 69 games.

 

Nick Cousins found the back of the net and registered an assist for Arizona.  He’s up to 11 goals and 17 points in 58 contests.



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