The good news is that they got a point, the bad news is that the Ottawa Senators ultimately lost yet again. Los Angeles handed Ottawa its 10th loss in the span of 11 games. At this point, Ottawa has the second worst record in the Eastern Conference at 9-11-7.
It’s been quite the descent for Ottawa. When the Senators acquired Matt Duchene, they weren’t doing great, but they had an okay 6-3-5 record. That combined with the fact that the Senators managed to claw their way to the Eastern Conference Final last season gave them some hope that Duchene might help push the Senators over the edge. Instead, Duchene’s been largely quiet so far – though he did contribute on Thursday – and Ottawa hasn’t looked like a playoff team.
The Senators’ next chance to reverse their fortunes will be on Saturday against San Jose.
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BOSTON 6 ARIZONA 1
Scott Wedgewood stopped 26 of 32 shots last night. He’s surrendered at least three goals in five of his last six starts.
At the other end of the ice, Tuukka Rask saved 20 of 21 shots. He’s now won three starts in a row for the first time this season.
Christian Dvorak netted Arizona’s lone goal. It was his fourth marker and 16th point in 31 games.
David Backes scored a pair of goals that included the game-winner. Those were his first two goals of the 2017-18 campaign.
Brad Marchand scored a goal and registered an assist on Thursday. That brings him up to 10 goals and 22 points in 18 contests.
PITTSBURGH 4 NY ISLANDERS 3
Mathew Barzal scored a goal in the third period. It was the Islanders rookie’s eighth goal and 27th point in 28 contests.
Matt Hunwick netted the overtime winner. He has four goals and five points in 16 games in 2017-18.
Kris Letang assisted on two of the Penguins’ four goals. He extended his point streak to three contests.
Tristan Jarry turned aside 23 of 26 shots last night. He’s won five of his last six contests.
Jaroslav Halak allowed four goals on 32 Penguins shots. This is the second straight start where he’s surrendered four goals.
CALGARY 3 MONTREAL 2 (OT)
Sean Monahan scored two goals, including the overtime winner. That gives him 17 goals and 30 points in 29 contests this season.
Garnet Hathaway accounted for the Flames’ other goal. It was his first goal and second point in six games.
David Rittich kicked out 35 of 37 shots Thursday night. This was his second career start and so far he’s 2-0-0.
Daniel Carr found the back of the net for Montreal. He has two goals and six points in four contests.
Carey Price surrendered three goals on 37 Flames shots. This is the third time in the last four starts that he’s allowed at least three markers.
TAMPA BAY 5 COLORADO 2
Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 of 31 shots last night. He’s now dropped three straight starts.
Peter Budaj turned aside 28 of 30 Avalanche shots. He surrendered two goals on seven shots in the first period, but settled down after that.
Vladislav Namestnikov scored a goal and registered two assists for the Lightning. He’s up to 12 goals and 27 points in 28 contests in 2017-18.
Steven Stamkos also found the back of the net and recorded two assists. He has 12 goals and 41 points in 28 games.
Gabriel Landeskog returned from his four-game suspension and got right back to work by scoring a goal. That gives him 10 goals and 18 points in 23 contests.
FLORIDA 6 WINNIPEG 4
Eric Comrie allowed five goals on 35 shots last night. His career hasn’t gotten off to an ideal start as the 22-year-old has now allowed nine goals over two games.
James Reimer saved 35 of 39 Jets shots. He’s surrendered at least three goals in five consecutive games. On the plus side, he did get his first win since Nov. 28.
Micheal Haley scored a goal and registered an assist for the Panthers. He has two goals and seven points in 28 contests in 2017-18.
Vincent Trocheck netted a pair of goals on Thursday. He’s up to 12 goals and 29 points in 28 games.
Patrik Laine scored a goal and registered two assists on Winnipeg. That gives him 15 goals and 25 points in 29 contests.
ST. LOUIS 3 DALLAS 0
Jake Allen stopped 29 shots to earn his first shutout of the campaign. He improved to a 15-6-2 record in 24 contests this season.
Tyler Seguin fired a team-high six shots on Allen. He has been credited with 13 SOG over his past two games, but he was held off the scoresheet in both contests.
Vladimir Sobotka assisted on two of the Blues’ three goals. That gives him five goals and 17 points in 29 games.
Brayden Schenn scored St. Louis’ first and therefore game-winning goal. It was his 14th marker and 34th point in 29 contests.
Kari Lehtonen kicked out 24 of 26 Blues shots. He has a 3-4-1 record, 2.71 GAA, and .903 save percentage in 10 games.
PHILADELPHIA 4 VANCOUVER 1
Jakub Voracek assisted on three of the Flyers’ four goals. He’s been on fire lately with seven points in his last three contests.
Claude Giroux scored a goal and registered an assist last night. That gives him 12 goals and 32 points in 29 games.
Brian Elliott kicked out 36 of 37 shots to pick up his third straight win. He has a 9-6-6 record, 2.79 GAA, and .912 save percentage in 22 contests.
Jacob Markstrom surrendered three goals on 25 shots. He’s 8-9-3 with a 2.44 GAA and .916 save percentage in 21 games.
Brock Boeser netted the Canucks’ lone goal. The 20-year-old rookie has 14 goals and 26 points in 26 contests in 2017-18.
LOS ANGELES 4 OTTAWA 3 (OT)
Matt Duchene scored a goal and registered an assist Thursday night. He’s struggled with the Senators and now has two goals and four points in 13 games since the trade.
Mike Condon kicked out 34 of 38 Kings shots. He has a 2-2-4 record, 3.28 GAA, and .902 save percentage in 10 contests this season.
Drew Doughty scored the overtime winner and registered an assist. He’s up to five goals and 24 points in 30 games.
Dustin Brown also had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles. That gives him 12 goals and 26 points in 30 contests.
Darcy Kuemper saved 37 of 40 shots last night. He has a 5-0-2 record, 1.88 GAA, and .941 save percentage in nine contests.
SAN JOSE 5 CAROLINA 4 (OT)
Carolina had a 3-0 and 4-1 lead in this contest, but the Sharks battled back to snap their two-game losing streak.
Joe Thornton led the charge for the Sharks with a goal and two assists. He has five markers and 19 points in 27 games in 2017-18.
Brent Burns chipped in a goal and an assist for San Jose. That gives him two goals and 14 points in 27 contests.
Martin Jones kicked out 21 of 25 shots, but at least he got the win. Still, this is the third contest in a row that he’s surrendered at least four goals.
Sebastian Aho scored a pair of goals for Carolina. He has seven goals and 21 points in 27 contests this season.
Cam Ward allowed five goals on 33 Sharks shots. He has a 4-2-1 record, 3.12 GAA, and .906 save percentage in eight starts.