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Dose: Elias Pettersson ties some greats

by Michael Finewax

Congratulations go out to the Calgary Flames who became the first team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff spot when the New York Islanders beat the Minnesota Wild in overtime Sunday.

It was a busy Sunday in the NHL so let’s get to it!

 

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COLORADO 3 NEW JERSEY 0

Philipp Grubauer turned aside all 22 shots sent his way by the Devils as Colorado knocked off New Jersey 3-0.

Tyson Barrie led the way offensively as he scored the opening two goals of the game to give him nine this season as well as 50 points, the third time in his career that he has hit the 50-point mark. Nathan MacKinnon scored his 37th of the season, into the empty net to complete the scoring. MacKinnon also picked up an assist and is at 91 points this season, the second season in a row that he has hit the 90-point plateau.

Sven Andrighetto had a pair of assists as he on the first unit, alongside MacKinnon.

Grubauer is 12-9-3 after the win, with a 2.90 GAA and a .904 save percentage. It was his third shutout in his last five starts as he has really come on after a tough start.

Cory Schneider played well in the New Jersey cage, stopping 31 shots. He is 5-11-3 with a 3.13 GAA and a .901 save percentage.

Blake Coleman picked up a pair of minor penalties.

MacKinnon had six shots on goal. Damon Severson had five but was on the ice for all three Colorado goals.

 

BUFFALO 4 ST. LOUIS 3 (Shootout)

The St. Louis Blues rallied from a 3-1 deficit to force overtime and then the shootout but it wasn’t enough as Sam Reinhart scored the winner in the shootout to give Buffalo a 4-3 win over the Blues.

Johan Larsson and Evan Rodrigues sandwiched a goal by Patrick Maroon to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead after the first. Buffalo extended their lead to 3-1 when Conor Sheary picked up his 13th of the season.

But goals by David Perron in the second and Brayden Schenn in the third, tied the game, leading to Reinhart’s winner.

Alexander Nylander had two assists, his first two of the season since he was recalled from the minors just a week ago and after three pointless games, the former first-round pick had a big game offensively.

It was the 15th straight game that Perron has picked up a point, dating back to December 22, but he missed two months with an upper-body injury that interrupted his streak at 13 games.

Rasmus Dahlin picked up an assist to give him 38 points, one better than Bobby Orr managed as an 18-year-old defenseman. Dahlin became the second highest scoring defenseman under the age of 19 in NHL history, second only to his head coach Phil Housley who managed 57 points before his 19th birthday.

Carter Hutton stopped 30 shots for the win as he is 17-20-5 with a 2.88 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

Jake Allen took the shootout loss as he turned aside 31 shots to go to 18-17-7 with a 2.85 GAA and a .904 save percentage. He has been surpassed by Jordan Binnington as the Blues top netminder.

Oskar Sundqvist had eight hits in the game.

Brayden Schenn had six shots on net.

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 MINNESOTA 2 (Overtime)

Brock Nelson scored the overtime winner to give the Islanders a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild and regain a share of the top spot in the Metropolitan division with the Washington Capitals.

Thomas Greiss made 32 saves in the New York net as he won his 22nd game of the season. He has a 2.21 GAA and a .928 save percentage in what has become the best season of his career.

Jordan Eberle opened the scoring with his 14th goal of the season for the only goal of the first period.

Zach Parise with his 25th of the season, tied it at 1 at the 11:11 mark of the second period. It has been quite a comeback season for Parise who was injured for a good portion of last season with back woes. His goal on Sunday was a power play effort.

The Islanders went ahead later in the second as Anders Lee returned the favor and scored on the power play as well.  It was his team-leading 27th goal of the season.

The only goal of the third period was scored by Jared Spurgeon with his 14th of the season. It was also on the power play as the Wild were two-of-six with the man-advantage while New York was one-of-two.

Alex Stalock stopped only 17 pucks in taking the overtime loss. He is 6-6-3 with a 3.05 GAA and a .893 save percentage.

Mathew Barzal had a pair of assists to give him 41 this season. Ryan Donato set up both goals for Minnesota and has four goals and 13 points in 13 games since his trade from Boston at the deadline.

Three Islanders defensemen had four blocked shots apiece including Thomas Hickey, Ryan Pulock and Scott Mayfield.

 

VANCOUVER 3 DALLAS 2 (Shootout)

Jacob Markstrom was sensational as he made 44 saves in regulation and in overtime and then stopped all four shots in the shootout as former-Leaf Josh Leivo ended it in the fourth round with the winner as the Canucks defeated Dallas 3-2.

It took Tim Schaller 38 games to score his first goal of the season as he opened the scoring at the 52 second mark of the first and then just another 10:01 to score his second of the season as Vancouver took a 2-0 lead after one period of play.

Jamie Benn with his 26th of the season, cut the lead in half with only 22 seconds left in the second period and Taylor Fedun tied it in the third with only 3:50 remaining to send it into overtime.

Anton Khudobin made 25 saves and is 13-15-4 with a 2.51 GAA and a .925 save percentage.

Markstrom on the other hand, is 26-20-9 with a 2.71 GAA and a .925 save percentage as well.

Elias Pettersson picked up an assist and that gave him 60 points, tying him for the Vancouver record for the most points by a rookie, along with greats Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka. That is amazing company to be in and he will surpass both with his next point.

Luke Schenn had six blocked shots.

Tyler Seguin had seven shots on goal.

 

PHILADELPHIA 2 PITTSBURGH 1 (Shootout)

James van Riemsdyk scored with 19 seconds left in the third period and then Sean Couturier won it with four seconds left in overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers held on to their faint playoff hopes with a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.

Van Riemsdyk has been on a role of late as he scored his 19th goal in his last 29 games to tie Leon Draisaitl for the most goals in the NHL in that time span. He has 25 goals this season and has been full value in the first year of his seven-year/$35 million contract despite missing over a month of action early on, with a knee injury.

Carter Hart was solid in the Flyers net as he stopped 41 shots to go to 14-9-1 with a 2.76 GAA and a .918 save percentage. He is the Flyers goalie of the future.

Teddy Blueger was the only Penguin to beat the rookie netminder as he opened the scoring 2:07 into the third period with his fourth of the season.

Matt Murray made 36 saves and is 24-12-4 with a 2.83 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

Evgeni Malkin was not in the Pittsburgh lineup as he is week-to-week with an upper-body injury.

Radko Gudas had seven hits.

Phil Kessel, Claude Giroux, van Riemsdyk, Patric Hornqvist and Nick Bjugstad all had six shots on net.

 

ANAHEIM 3 FLORIDA 2

Jakob Silfverberg scored the winner with 4:43 left in the third period to give the Ducks a 3-2 win over Florida.

It was his 22nd of the season as he leads the Ducks in goals.

John Gibson was great as he turned aside 37 shots for the win. Gibson is 22-21-8 with a 2.86 GAA and a .917 save percentage.

Sam Montembeault was once again in the Florida cage and he lost for the first time in his NHL career as he is 4-1-1. He made 19 saves and played all three games on the California swing in a matter of four nights.

Devin Shore and Adam Henrique scored for Anaheim in addition to Silfverberg while Evgenii Dadonov and Aaron Ekblad replied for Florida.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov each has two assists for the Panthers as did Ryan Getzlaf who also had four penalty minutes.

Keith Yandle had seven shots on net.

 

VEGAS 6 EDMONTON 3

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Mark Stone got things started in the first with his 31st goal of the season and third as a member of the Golden Knights. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied the game at 1 with his 23rd as it was on the power play but Cody Eakin’s 18th of the season gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.

Leon Draisaitl broke his tie with James van Riemsdyk with his 20th in his last 29 games to give him 43 this season and his goal tied the game at 2 only 22 seconds into the second. But Marchessault potted his 21st of the season 110 seconds later and then scored his 22nd of the campaign to open the scoring in the third at the 40 second mark.

Kris Russell with his third, brought the Flyers back to within one but Brayden McNabb made it 5-3 with his fourth of the season to restore the two-goal margin. Alex Tuch with his 19th, made it 6-3 for Vegas.

Malcolm Subban was not too busy in the Vegas cage as he had to stop only 16 shots to pick up his fifth win of the season.

Mikko Koskinen was the busier netminder as he made 28 saves to go to 22-17-4.

Connor McDavid (who else), William Karlsson and Reilly Smith each had two assists.

 

Nightly Leaders

 

GOALS

Jonathan Marchessault – 2

Tyson Barrie – 2

Tim Schaller – 2        

 

Assists

Connor McDavid - 2

William Karlsson - 2

Mathew Barzal – 2

Ryan Donato – 2

Sven Andrighetto – 2

Alexander Nylander – 2

Jonathan Huberdeau – 2

Aleksander Barkov – 2

Ryan Getzlaf – 2

Reilly Smith – 2

 

Shots on Goal

Tyler Seguin – 7

Keith Yandle - 7

James van Riemsdyk – 6

Claude Giroux – 6

Nick Bjugstad – 6

Phil Kessel – 6

Patric Hornqvist - 6

Nathan MacKinnon – 6

Brayden Schenn - 6

 

Hits

Oskar Sundqvist – 8

Radko Gudas - 7

Roman Polak – 5

Johan Larsson - 4

 

Penalty Minutes

Blake Coleman – 4

Jamie Benn – 4

Ryan Getzlaf – 4

Leon Draisaitl - 4

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 14th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.