It was a night to remember in the National Hockey League on Tuesday night. For the skaters and fantasy owners, it was a night of haves and have-nots. Some games saw very little offense, while others have a plethora of goals and assists. One player did something no one in his franchise's history had accomplished in the past 25 years, while a goaltender posted his third consecutive shutout. Another player became the all-time winningest goaltender in his franchise's history, while another forward reached the 1,000-point milestone. Several players also had career highs in points for a single game. Let's get stasted!
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Tuesday's Fantasy Five
Ben Bishop turned aside all 35 shots he faced in Buffalo against the Jack Eichel-less Sabres. Beating the Sabres without their best offensive player wasn't a huge feat. However, it was his third consecutive shutout, and that's simply amazing. He hasn't allowed a goal in 204:20 minutes, the second-longest scoreless streak for a goaltender in Stars franchise history. He needs just 15:07 of scoreless play in Thursday's start in Minnesota to pass Ed Belfour, who holds the all-time franchise mark. Bishop also joins Belfour and Cesare Maniago as the only goaltenders with shutouts in three consecutive starts.Only the exploits of Bishop would keep Johnny Gaudreau from the top spot of the Fantasy Five. Gaudreau registered three goals with three assists and a plus-3 rating in a 9-4 victory against the New Jersey Devils. He became the first Flames player since Al MacInnis on March 20, 1994 to record six points in a game. Gaudreau is also the 11th player in franchise history to score six or more points in a single contest. He entered the evening with just one goal across the past 19 contests, so needless to say, the slump is now officially over.
It's a pretty amazing night when a player becomes the all-time leader on any franchise list. It's especially impressive when a player accomplishes the feat for a storied franchise like the Montreal Canadiens. Carey Price allowed just one goal on 22 shots in a 3-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings in an Original Six matchup at Bell Centre. It was career win No. 315, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Jacques Plante for the top spot in franchise history.
Evgeni Malkin had himself an exciting night, posting two assists to reach 1,000 points for his career. He is just the 88th player in NHL history to hit quadruple digits for his career, and the Penguins are now the only franchise other than the Red Wings to sport four players with 1,000 or more points for their careers. He and Washington's Alex Ovechkin became just the fourth set of players in NHL history drafted first and second overall in the same year to reach 1,000 points. In this same game, Ovie registered an assist to reach 1,200 points for his career, the 48th player in NHL history to reach that historic point total.
Boone Jenner missed the most recent game against the New York Islanders due to a fever, so it was uncertain what kind of effort the pivot might put forth in a battle at home against the Boston Bruins. His stamina and effort looked more than fine, and he wasn't affected by his illness in the least, posting a hat trick in the 7-4 victory against the B's in Columbus. He wasn't the only player doing big things, as Ryan Dzingel scored his first goal in nine games since coming over to the Jackets, while posting three points. Josh Anderson posted a goal with four points and a plus-3 rating, his first multi-point effort since Feb. 19. In fact, he entered the game with no goals and just one assist over the past six before this slump-buster. Zach Werenski was in the same boat, posting a goal to snap a 30-game goal drought while adding three assists. Anderson and Werenski had career highs with four points.
Fantasy Game of the Day
You'd think a 7-4 game might be the fantasy fiesta of the night. However, the Bruins-Blue Jackets game takes the silver medal on this night. The Calgary Flames registered nine goals on Tuesday, and we already told you about the exploits of Johnny Gaudreau. He was anything but alone on the scoresheet. Derek Ryan scored two goals with an assist and a plus-3 rating, and he was also a very impressive 14-for-17 (82.4 percent) from the faceoff circle, too. Sean Monahan went for a goal and four points with a plus-2 rating, and Elias Lindholm also had the same identical line while recording a plus-4 rating. Lindholm snapped a five-game scoreless skid to start the month of March, pushing him to 27 goals with 76 points and a plus-29 rating. Matthew Tkachuk picked up his 30th goal of the season, and he has four goals over the past two. He has goals in consecutive games for the first time since a four-game goal-scoring streak from Jan. 9-16. The Flames were able to register six goals in the third period, adding to their NHL lead for goals in the third. Last season they were dead-last in the category.
The New Jersey Devils were on the receiving end of the 9-4 beatdown, but it was going pretty well for a while. Believe it or not, Jersey led 4-3 after two periods. Mackenzie Blackwood was doing enough to help his team to a win in a difficult place. Then, the wheels came off and he allowed six goals in the final 20 minutes. Blake Coleman registered his 20th goal of the season while adding an assist, the only Devils player with two or more points in this game. Kenny Agostino, Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac also got on the board with goals. Palmieri has a team-high 27 goals, but this was his first marker since Feb. 17. The defenseman were in helping mood, as Will Butcher, Connor Carrick, Andy Greene and Damon Severson each chipped in with an assist. Greene also led the team with five blocked shots, while Steven Santini was good for four blocked shots. The night wasn't all good for Carrick, though, as he had an ugly minus-4 rating.
Quick Hits: Roope Hintz managed two goals with a plus-1 rating, four shots on goal and three hits, accounting for all of his team's offense in the 2-0 win to give Bishop more than enough help. … Nicklas Backstrom posted two assists with a plus-1 rating against the Pens, and he now has three goals and six points during his four-game point streak. … T.J. Oshie picked up two apples with a plus-1 rating to snap a four-game scoreless skid. … Sidney Crosby continues to do Sidney Crosby kind of things. He had two more goals with a plus-1 rating, a blocked shot and two hits, and he now has eight goals and 17 points with a plus-4 rating over the past nine contests. … Jake Guentzel keeps on keeping on, posting his 35th goal. He has six goals and 10 points with a plus-6 rating in seven March contests. … Jared McCann is likely thankful the Panthers shipped him to the Steel City. He has managed a respectable nine goals and 13 points in 20 games since being acquired. Imagine if he had a chance as a top-six forward. … Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist against the Jackets, giving him four goals and seven points in six March outings. … Brad Marchand continues to roll up big points, as he had two more goals and a helper. That's six goals and 14 points across the past eight games for his happy fantasy owners. … Tuukka Rask was pulled in just over eight minutes into the second period, yielding five goals on 24 shots in the loss. … Max Domi had two more goals to go along with a plus-2 rating, as he looks to turn things around. He entered with no goals and just one assist in the first five outings in March. … Darcy Kuemper is holding the Coyotes right in the thick of the Western Conference playoff chase. He allowed just one goal on 40 shots to secure another win, improving to 12-5-1 with a 2.34 GAA and .928 save percentage in 18 starts since the All-Star break. … Joel Edmundson left the game against the Coyotes with a lower-body injury in the second period and he did not return. … Oliver Ekman-Larsson registered a goal with a plus-2 rating, and he is sailing along with three goals and nine points over the past 10. … Kyle Connor posted his 27th goal, a power-play marker, but he also had an ugly minus-4 rating. He also has a minus-6 across the past two games. … Gustav Nyquist tallied two goals with a plus-2 rating, and he has three goals and four points with a plus-4 rating over the past four games. … Marc-Edouard Vlasic had a goal and three points, and he has five points with a plus-3 rating across the past four. … Mathieu Perreault posted a goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating, and it's his first time with goals in consecutive games since a five-game goal-scoring streak from Dec. 11-18. … Jakob Silfverberg scored a goal, and he now has four goals and eight points during his six-game point streak. … Daniel Sprong has goals in three consecutive games, a new career best. … Filip Forsberg lit the lamp on the power play twice, accounting for his team's only offensive production in a 3-2 loss in Anaheim.