Jacob Markstrom isn’t getting his name in the history books, and he has to be pretty happy about that. Playing in his 129th career game, he finally got his first shutout by making 30 saves against the Carolina Hurricanes. With that, the record for most NHL contests before recording a shutout stays with Pokey Reddick, who played in 132 contests but never had a perfect game.
Markstrom’s efforts also helped Vancouver earn its third straight win to improve to 14-10-4. Not a lot was expected of the Canucks going into the season, but so far they hold the third seed in the Pacific Division.
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NEW JERSEY 4 COLUMBUS 1
Cory Schneider was the key factor in this one as he stopped 41 of 42 shots. It’s the second straight game where he’s surrendered just one goal.
Jesper Bratt found the back of the net and registered an assist. The Devils rookie forward has nine goals and 19 points in 27 contests this season.
Taylor Hall also had a goal and an assist for New Jersey. That gives him nine goals and 29 points in 27 games.
Nick Foligno netted Columbus’ lone goal. It was his sixth marker and 12th point in 28 games.
Sergei Bobrovsky surrendered four goals on 36 shots. He has now lost three consecutive games and has surrendered four goals in each of his last two contests.
NY RANGERS 4 PITTSBURGH 3
Ondrej Pavelec got a rare start and saved 41 of 44 shots. He made only two appearances in November and both of those were relief showings.
Patric Hornqvist scored a goal and recorded an assist on Tuesday. He’s up to 11 goals and 20 points in 26 contests this season.
Mats Zuccarello found the back of the net and registered an assist. The Rangers forward has five goals and 22 points in 27 games.
Pavel Buchnevich netted the game-winning goal last night. It was his 10th marker and 21st point in 27 contests.
ST. LOUIS 4 MONTREAL 3
Brayden Schenn snapped his five-game point drought with his hat trick. He’s up to 13 goals and 33 points in 28 contests.
Scottie Upshall netted the Blues’ other goal. That gives him four goals and 11 points in 28 games.
Shea Weber scored two markers for Montreal. He has six goals and 16 points in 22 contests this season.
Carey Price allowed four goals on 30 Blues shots. That snapped his five-game winning streak that dated back to Nov. 25.
Jake Allen kicked out 22 of 25 shots last night. He has a 14-6-2 record, 2.75 GAA, and .906 save percentage in 23 contests.
DETROIT 5 WINNIPEG 1
Patrik Laine scored the Jets’ only goal. It was his 50th goal in just 101 career games. He’s not even 20 yet and doesn’t celebrate his next birthday until April 19.
Gustav Nyquist netted two goals and registered an assist. That gives him eight goals and 15 points in 28 contests this season.
Darren Helm found the back of the net last night. He has four goals and 10 points in 27 games.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 27 of 32 Red Wings shots. He’s surrendered at least three goals in three of his last four starts, though the lone exception during that stretch was a 21-save shutout.
Jimmy Howard saved 25 of 26 shots Tuesday night. That helped him and the Red Wings bounce back from their embarrassing 10-1 loss to Montreal on Saturday.
TAMPA BAY 6 NY ISLANDERS 2
Mathew Barzal scored a goal and registered an assist. The Islanders rookie is up to seven goals and 26 points in 27 contests.
Thomas Greiss kicked out just 28 of 34 shots last night. He’s surrendered at least three goals in each of his last six starts.
Yanni Gourde netted a pair of marker, including the game-winning goal. That gives him eight goals and 18 points in 27 contests.
Chris Kunitz found the back of the net and registered an assist for Tampa Bay. He has four goals and nine points in 27 games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 29 of 31 Islanders shots. He has a 18-4-1 record, 2.21 GAA, and .932 save percentage in 23 starts.
NASHVILLE 5 DALLAS 2
Kyle Turris scored a goal and registered an assist last night. He’s been superb since joining Nashville with three goals and 12 points in 13 contests.
Mattias Ekholm assisted on two of the Predators’ five goals. He has six goals and 18 points in 28 games this season.
Juuse Saros kicked out 43 of 45 Stars shots. This was his sixth start of the season and the first time in 2017-18 that he allowed fewer than three goals.
Jamie Oleksiak scored a goal and registered an assist for Dallas. He has a goal and three points in 19 contests in 2017-18.
BUFFALO 4 COLORADO 2
Benoit Pouliot scored a goal and registered an assist for the Sabres. He has seven goals and 10 points in 28 contests.
Buffalo defenseman Jake McCabe also had a goal and an assist last night. That gives him a goal and six points in 28 games.
Nathan MacKinnon accounted for both of the Avalanche’s markers. He’s up to 10 goals and 31 points in 26 contests.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 31 of 34 Sabres shots. He has a 8-6-1 record, 3.09 GAA, and .905 save percentage in 16 games this season.
Robin Lehner turned aside 35 of 37 shots last night. That snapped his three-game losing streak.
VANCOUVER 3 CAROLINA 0
As mentioned above, Jacob Markstrom earned the shutout by stopping 30 shots. He’s 8-8-3 with a 2.41 GAA and .917 save percentage in 20 games this season.
Derrick Pouliot also had a big night with the game-winning goal and two assists. The blueliner has two goals and 10 points in 25 contests.
Marcus Kruger got a 10-minute misconduct for shooting the puck in the direction of the referee. The Hurricanes forward has four assists and 22 penalty minutes in 25 contests.
Nikolay Goldobin found the back of the net last night. It was his first goal and second point in three games.
Scott Darling stopped 19 of 22 Canucks shots. He has a 7-8-5 record, 2.69 GAA, and .902 save percentage in 20 games.
VEGAS 4 ANAHEIM 3 (SO)
Erik Haula scored a goal and registered two assists for the Golden Knights. That gives him nine goals and 17 points in 23 contests.
James Neal netted a goal and recorded an assist. The Vegas forward has 13 goals and 21 points in 27 games in 2017-18.
Francois Beauchemin scored a goal and registered an assist for the Ducks. He has two goals and six points in 23 contests.
John Gibson stopped 40 of 43 shots in regulation time. When it came to the shootout though, he surrendered the lone goal in three rounds.
Malcolm Subban saved 26 of 29 shots prior to the skills competition. He picked up the win after Anaheim failed to score on him during the shootout.