The Florida Panthers signed Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year, $70 million contract over the summer and so far that move has backfired. He has a 20-17-5 record, 3.32 GAA, and .896 save percentage in 44 contests this season. To be fair, the Panthers have leaned on him heavily on him and their goaltending situation was certainly a big problem last season too. Still, when you shell out that kind of money for a goaltender, you want a difference maker and this season Bobrovsky has been too inconsistent to really qualify as that.
On Thursday, Bobrovsky stopped six of nine shots before being yanked. It was the second time in four games that he had been pulled. The Panthers went on to suffer a 6-2 loss to Philadelphia Thursday night, dropping to 1-3-1 over their last five games. They’re battling with the Toronto Maple Leafs for a final playoff spot. Toronto also lost on Thursday, so the Panthers missed out on an opportunity to close the two-point gap.
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BUFFALO 4 COLUMBUS 3 (OT)
Victor Olofsson scored two goals, including the overtime winner. That gives him 18 goals and 37 points in 43 contests.
Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists for the Sabres. He’s up to 32 goals and 73 points in 57 games.
Carter Hutton stopped 28 of 31 Blue Jackets shots. He allowed two goals on eight shots in the third period, but pulled through with a pair of saves in overtime.
Boone Jenner netted a goal for Columbus. It was his 10th marker and 20th point in 58 contests.
Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 23 of 27 shots Thursday night
DALLAS 3 TORONTO 2
Tyler Seguin scored the game-winning goal. He’s up to 12 goals and 42 points in 57 contests.
Radek Faksa also found the back of the net for Dallas. That gives him 10 goals and 19 points in 54 games.
Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on 19 shots. This was his first game since Feb. 3rd due to a neck injury.
At the other end of the ice, Ben Bishop saved 29 of 31 shots. He had dropped his previous two starts.
One of Toronto’s two goals was scored by Auston Matthews. It was his 41st goal and 69th point in 58 contests.
TAMPA BAY 3 EDMONTON 1
Edmonton’s lone goal was scored by Caleb Jones. He’s up to three goals and six points in 30 contests.
Yanni Gourde netted the game-winning goal. That gives him eight goals and 22 points in 58 games.
Pat Maroon also found the back of the net for the Lightning. He has seven goals and 19 points in 53 games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 29 of 30 shots Thursday night. He’s extended his winning streak to seven games.
Mike Smith stopped 34 of 36 Lightning shots. He surrendered two goals on 13 shots.
PHILADELPHIA 6 FLORIDA 2
Carter Hart saved 28 of 28 Panthers shots. He didn’t allow a goal until the third period, after Philadelphia had already scored four unanswered goals.
James van Riemsdyk scored a goal and registered two assists. He has 17 goals and 37 points in 58 contests.
Justin Braun assisted on three of Philadelphia’s six goals. He’s up to three goals and 16 points in 52 games.
Jonathan Huberdeau netted a goal for Florida. It was his 20th goal and 70th point in 58 games.
NEW JERSEY 4 DETROIT 1
The Red Wings’ lone goal was scored by Andreas Athanasiou. That gives him eight goals and 22 points in 42 contests.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 22 of 26 shots on Thursday. He has a 12-16-2 record, 2.87 GAA, and .908 save percentage in 34 games.
Wayne Simmonds scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner. He has seven goals and 23 points in 57 contests.
Andy Greene also scored a goal for New Jersey. He’s up to two goals and 11 points in 52 games.
Mackenzie Blackwood turned aside 25 of 26 Red Wings shots. He has an 18-12-7 record, 2.79 GAA, and .912 save percentage in 40 contests.
OTTAWA 3 ARIZONA 2
Nick Paul scored the game-winning goal. It was his seventh marker and 14th point in 42 games.
Brady Tkachuk found the back of the net for the Senators. He has 17 goals and 32 points in 57 contests.
Marcus Hogberg stopped 32 of 34 shots Thursday night. His last won came on Jan. 18th.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson netted a goal for the Coyotes. He’s up to seven goals and 24 points in 56 games.
Antti Raanta kicked out 28 of 31 shots. He has an 11-13-3 record, 2.83 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 28 games.
NASHVILLE 5 NY ISLANDERS 0
Juuse Saros turned aside all 31 Islanders shots. He improved to 10-9-4 with a 2.92 GAA and .905 save percentage in 29 contests.
Anders Lee fired a team-high eight shots against Saros. It was the second time he’s recorded eight shots this season.
Craig Smith led the Predators with a hat trick. He’s up to 16 goals and 27 points in 56 games.
Rocco Grimaldi scored a goal and registered an assist. He has 10 goals and 28 points in 53 contests.
NY RANGERS 4 MINNESOTA 3 (SO)
Alexandar Georgiev stopped 23 of 26 shots in regulation time. He was perfect in two shootout rounds to get the extra point.
Alex Stalock saved 28 of 31 shots before the shootout. He was beaten twice in the shootout though.
Jordan Greenway scored a goal and registered an assist for the Wild. He has seven goals and 23 points in 55 contests.
Artemi Panarin found the back of the net and recorded an assist. He’s up to 29 goals and 76 points in 55 games.
Mika Zibanejad scored a goal for the Rangers. It was his 24th goal and 50th point in 43 contests.
WASHINGTON 3 COLORADO 2
T.J. Oshie netted the game-winning goal. It was his 22nd marker and 42nd point in 57 games.
Nicklas Backstrom also scored a goal for the Capitals. He has 11 goals and 45 points in 49 games.
Braden Holtby kicked out 32 of 34 Avalanche shots. He allowed two goals on 11 shots in the first period.
At the other end of the ice, Philipp Grubauer saved 35 of 38 shots. That ended his four-game winning streak.
Andre Burakovsky scored a goal and registered an assist for the Avalanche. He’s up to 18 goals and 43 points in 53 contests.
VEGAS 6 ST. LOUIS 5 (OT)
Zach Sanford led the Blues with an incredible four goals. He’s up to 12 goals and 25 points in 44 games. Unfortunately, even that wasn’t enough to earn the Blues the win on Thursday.
Max Pacioretty scored two goals and registered an assist. He has 26 markers and 55 points in 59 contests.
Mark Stone assisted on four of Vegas’ six goals. He has 20 goals and 57 points in 59 games.
Malcolm Subban stopped 19 of 24 Blues shots. He surrendered three markers on nine shots in the first period.
Jordan Binnington kicked out 46 of 52 shots on Thursday. He was bombarded with seven shots over just 2:30 minutes in the overtime period, though it has to be noted that the final 1:04 minutes of that was a Vegas’ power play.
CALGARY 6 ANAHEIM 0
Cam Talbot posted a 44-save shutout. He faced at least 12 shots in each period.
Troy Terry recorded nine shots on Talbot. That’s by far the most shots he’s had in a single game this season. His next highest SOG total was the five shots he recorded on Feb. 9th.
Mikael Backlund scored a pair of goals for Calgary. He has 10 goals and 31 points in 59 games.
Mark Jankowski also netted two goals for the Flames. He’s up to five goals and seven points in 45 contests.