Every team except the Calgary Flames were in action on Saturday night. Of course, it was also the final night of action before the NHL went on its Christmas Break. Every team will be off between Dec. 24-26, which means that every player will get a small break over the next few days.
Mathew Barzal is going into the break on a high, as he found the back of the net three times in the Islanders' big win over the Jets. The 20-year-old is having a remarkable rookie season. He's picked up five points in his last two games and seven points in his last four contests.
Jordan Eberle also had a pretty big afternoon for the Islanders, who head into the break in the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
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ISLANDERS 5 JETS 2
Super rookie Mathew Barzal posted a hat trick against the Jets. The 20-year-old is up to 12 goals and 35 points in 36 games this season. He has four goals in his last two games and he’s currently riding a four-game point streak.
Jordan Eberle registered the primary assist on each of Barzal’s three goals. Eberle’s point streak has now reached four games. He has 28 points in 36 games in his first year with the Isles.
Tucker Poolman scored his first career NHL goal in a losing effort. It’s also the rookie’s first point in 10 games with the Jets.
Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves in the win. This was also the first time in three games that he allowed fewer than four goals. He has a 10-8-2 record with a 3.01 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage.
It was a tough afternoon for Steve Mason, as he allowed five goals on 29 shots in the defeat. Mason missed time with an injury, but he still hasn’t won a game since Nov. 22.
BRUINS 3 RED WINGS 1
Patrice Bergeron scored a pair of goals during the matinee (one was an empty-netter). He’s up to 10 goals and 24 points in 29 games this season.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand picked up the primary assists on both of Bergeron’s goal. He also added a tally of his own on the power play in the first period. The 29-year-old has 15 goals and 32 points in 26 contests.
Frans Nielsen was the only Red Wing to find the back of the net on Saturday and he did so shorthanded. The goal was Nielsen’s ninth of 2017-18.
Boston’s Tuukka Rask turned aside 30 of 31 shots against the Wings. He’s now gone nine games without a regulation loss (he’s 8-0-1 during that stretch).
Jimmy Howard gave up two goals on 25 shots, but still came away with a loss. He has just two wins in his last 13 decisions.
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OILERS 4 CANADIENS 1
Connor McDavid picked up a goal and an assist in the win over the Canadiens. McDavid was shaken up late in the game after he blocked a shot by Jeff Petry. Head coach Todd McLellan mentioned that x-rays on McDavid’s ankle came back negative.
Leon Draisaitl registered three assists for the Oilers. He’s up to eight goals and 26 points in 31 games this season. He’s now on a four-game point streak.
Andrew Shaw was the only Canadien to find the back of the net in this one. He tipped home a shot on the power play.
Oilers goalie Cam Talbot gave up one goal on 30 shots. The only shot that beat him was a double deflection on the power play in the second period. Talbot has now one each of his last six decisions.
Antti Niemi came up with a few big saves in this one, but it wasn’t enough to lead his team to victory. He has a 0-4-1 record with a 5.21 goals-against-average and a .856 save percentage.
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Dan Girardi scored a goal and an assist in Saturday’s shutout win. He finished the night with a plus-2 rating, two shots on goal and three hits in 14:15 of ice time. He won’t have too many more of these multi-point games.
Mikko Koivu finished the night with a team-worst minus-3 rating against the Lightning. He also had two penalty minutes and one shot on goal.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 22 shots he faced against the Wild. The 23-year-old owns a 23-5-1 record with a 2.13 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage this season.
Wild goalie Alex Stalock gave up two goals on 30 shots against the Bolts. Stalock has a 6-7-1 record with a 2.77 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage. He’s lost four of his last five games.
PANTHERS 1 SENATORS 0
Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal of the game on Saturday night. The Panthers forward has now scored three goals in his last two games. He’s up to 12 goals and 35 points in 36 games this season.
Nick Bjugstad registered the primary assist on Huberdeau’s goal. He has nine goals and nine assists in 36 games this season.
Cody Ceci had a team-high eight shots on goal for the Ottawa Senators. He had a minus-1 rating and six blocked shots in 28:19 of ice time.
Mike Condon stopped 37 of 38 shots, but still lost. He now owns a 2-4-4 record with a 3.04 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage this season.
James Reimer turned aside all 38 shots he faced in the shutout victory. He has a 9-9-4 record with a 3.15 goals-against-average, a .908 save percentage and one shutout.
DEVILS 4 BLACKHAWKS 1
Taylor Hall notched a goal and an assist against the Blackhawks. He has 12 goals and 34 points in 33 games this season.
Rookie blue liner Will Butcher picked up a pair of assists and a plus-2 rating in just under 17 minutes of ice time. Butcher has two goals and 23 points in 35 contests.
Patrick Kane found the back of the net for the Blackhawks in this one. Kane now has eight points in his last six games. He has 15 goals and 35 points in 35 games.
Cory Schneider stopped 39 of 40 shots against the ‘Hawks. Schneider and the Devils are now riding a four-game winning streak.
Corey Crawford was pulled after giving up three goals on seven shots. It’s the second time this season that the Devils have chased Crawford from a game. Anton Forsberg entered the game in relief of Crawford.
MAPLE LEAFS 3 RANGERS 2
Auston Matthews notched a goal and an assist in his return to the lineup. Matthews missed the previous six games with a concussion. He’s now up to 14 goals and 14 assists in 27 contests.
Like Matthews, William Nylander also picked up a goal and an assist against the Rangers. Nylander has now registered four points in his last three games.
Rangers forward J.T. Miller scored for the third time in five games. He has seven goals and 25 points in 36 contests this season.
Frederik Andersen will head into the Christmas break with back-to-back wins. He has a 2.59 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage in 2017-18.
Henrik Lundqvist allowed three goals on 37 shots against the Maple Leafs. He now owns a 17-9-3 record with a 2.61 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage this season.
DUCKS 4 PENGUINS 0
Rickard Rakell had a goal and an assist in against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Rakell finished the game with a plus-2 rating, four shots on goal and two hits in 17:38 of ice time. The Ducks forward is now up to 10 goals and 24 points in 32 games.
Ducks blue liner Cam Fowler scored a power play goal to give Anaheim a 4-0 in the second frame. Fowler has 11 points in 24 games this season.
Sidney Crosby finished the game with a minus-2 rating and three shots on goal in 18:05 of ice time. The Pens captain has one goal in his last six contests.
John Gibson turned aside all 29 shots he faced against the Penguins. This was Gibson’s first shutout of the 2017-18 season.
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Justin Faulk scored a pair of goals for the Hurricanes in their win. The second-period tallies gave the ‘Canes 3-1 and 4-1 leads at the time. Faulk had just one goal in 34 games coming into Saturday’s contest.
Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu scored his first goal as a member of the Sabres in this one.
Chad Johnson allowed four goals on 38 shots against the Hurricanes. Johnson still has just one win on the season. His record currently sits at 1-6-3.
Cam Ward gave up two goals on 22 shots on Saturday night. The 33-year-old has now won each of his last four contests.
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Seth Jones opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 17:08 mark of the first period. Jones has now recorded at least one point in four straight games. He’s up to seven goals and 21 points in 37 games this season.
Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov scored the only goal of the game for Philadelphia. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating, four shots on goal and one hit in 27:53 of ice time.
Pierre-Luc Dubois scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Blue Jackets the win.
Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 30 of 31 shots in the shootout victory. He has an 18-10-2 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage.
Brian Elliott stopped 35 of 36 shots in the shootout loss. He gave up one goal on three of Columbus’ shootout attempt.
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William Karlsson’s goal was his first one in six games. He’s having a terrific season, as he’s up to 16 goals and 28 points in 34 games this season.
Alex Tuch also scored for the Golden Knights in this one. His goal proved to be the game-winning goal.
Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin finished the game with a minus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and seven hits in 20:23 of ice time.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 26 shots he faced against the Caps. He has a 6-1-1 record with a one shutout, a 1.97 goals-against-average and a .938 save percentage.
Braden Holtby allowed three goals on 28 shots in the loss to the Golden Knights. He’ll head into the Christmas break with a 20-8-0 record with a 2.65 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage.
AVALANCHE 6 COYOTES 2
Carl Soderberg netted two goals in the victory over Arizona. He finished the game with a plus-2 rating and two shots on goal in 16:38 of ice time. Soderberg now has six goals and 15 points in 32 games this season.
Matt Nieto also put together a multi-point effort in the win over the ‘Yotes, as he scored a goal and an assist. He has five goals and 12 points in 28 games this season.
Coyotes forward Derek Stepan scored the only goals of the game for Arizona. He’s now scored three times in his last three games. He has eight goals and 22 points in 38 games.
Antti Raanta was pulled after giving up three goals on 19 shots in just over 33 minutes of action. Raanta has now lost each of his last five games. Scott Wedgewood gave up three goals on nine shots in relief.
Semyon Varlamov allowed two goals on 34 shots in Saturday’s win. Varlamov is now 3-0-1 in his last four games. He’s given up fewer than two goals in each of those contests.
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Tyler Seguin found the back of the net in Saturday’s win. He also scored the game-winning goal in the shootout. Seguin has 17 goals and 32 points in 37 games this season.
Ryan Johansen scored a goal and an assist for the Predators. The 25-year-old has five goals and 18 assists in 32 contests this season.
Preds goalie Juuse Saros allowed three goals on 28 shots in the loss. He also gave up two goals on three shootout attempts.
Ben Bishop gave up three goals on 32 shots against the Predators. He’s now 2-0-2 in his last four games.
BLUES 3 CANUCKS 1
Alex Steen finally put an end to his 17-game goalless drought. Steen has just four goals and 18 points in 32 games this season.
Canucks rookie Brock Boeser notched his 20th goal of the season in the loss. Boeser has now scored in three straight games and four of his last five. He’ll go into the Christmas break with an impressive 34 points in 34 games.
Jake Allen stopped 30 of 31 shots against the Canucks. Allen now has an 18-10-2 record with a 2.55 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage. The win also put an end to his personal four-game losing skid.
Jacob Markstrom allowed two goals on 33 shots in the loss to the Blues. Markstrom has dropped three in a row and five of his last six games.
SHARKS 2 KINGS 0
Marcus Sorensen scored the game-winning goal for the Sharks at the 10:01 mark of the second period. He has three goals in nine games this season. All three of his goals have come in his last four contests.
Joe Pavelski notched a power play goal in the third frame. Pavelski is riding a four-game point streak. He’s also picked up a point in seven of his last eight contests. The 33-year-old has eight goals and 22 points in 34 games.
Drew Doughty finished the night with two penalty minutes, four shots on goal and three hits in 31:10 of ice time.
Sharks goalie Martin Jones recorded his third shutout of the season. The win allowed him to put a stop to his three-game losing streak. He made 28 saves.
Jonathan Quick allowed two goals on 31 shots in the loss. He has a 17-11-1 record with a 2.23 goals-against-average and a .928 save percentage this season.
Enjoy the Christmas break everyone!