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Habs pass Blue Jackets in Wild Card race

by Ryan Dadoun

When it came to the trade market, the Columbus Blue Jackets decided to go all-in, but it remains to be seen if they’ll even get in the playoffs.  The Blue Jackets certainly have a real shot of clinching a Wild Card spot, but they haven’t made it easy on themselves.  On Thursday they suffered a 4-1 loss to Edmonton, extending their losing streak to three games (albeit with a consolation point out of the Boston Bruins game).

Due to that slump and the Canadiens’ recent success, Montreal now has a one-point edge over Columbus in the playoff race.  Each team has just eight games remaining.  About the only silver lining for Columbus last night was that the Hurricanes suffered a 6-3 loss to Carolina, keeping them within striking distance too.  The Hurricanes hold the first Wild Card spot with a three-point edge over Columbus, though Carolina also has a game in hand.

Every contest for Columbus is important at this point, but one can’t help but look ahead to Thursday’s contest against the Montreal Canadiens.  With the race so close, that contest could be looked back as the tipping point.

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FLORIDA 4 ARIZONA 2

Aleksander Barkov scored the Panthers’ first two goals.  He has 34 goals and 87 points in 74 contests.

Jonathan Huberdeau assisted on three of Florida’s four markers.  That gives him 23 goals and 82 points in 74 games.

Brad Richardson found the back of the net and registered an assist for Arizona.  He’s up to 17 goals and 25 points in 58 games.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 18 of 21 Panthers shots.  He’s lost three straight games, dropping him to 24-18-6.

Roberto Luongo saved 32 of 34 shots Thursday night.  He had surrendered at least three goals in each of his last six games.

 

BOSTON 5 NEW JERSEY 1

New Jersey’s only goal was scored by Drew Stafford.  It was his third goal and 10th point in 50 games.

Patrice Bergeron scored twice and registered an assist.  He’s up to 30 goals and 71 points in 58 contests.

David Pastrnak netted the game-winning goal and recorded an assist.  That gives him 32 goals and 68 points in 58 games.

Tuukka Rask stopped 21 of 22 Devils shots.  He has a 26-10-5 record, 2.35 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 42 contests.

At the other end of the ice, Cory Schneider kicked out 22 of 26 shots.  He’s lost five of his last six starts.

 

TAMPA BAY 6 CAROLINA 3

Steven Stamkos scored a goal and recorded two assists for Tampa Bay.  Through 75 games, he’s scored 38 goals and 88 points.

Victor Hedman assisted on three of the Lightning’s six goals.  He has 11 goals and 52 points in 67 games.

Louis Domingue turned aside 25 of 28 shots last night.  He has a 21-5-0 record, 2.88 GAA, and .908 save percentage in 26 starts.

Jordan Staal found the back of the net and registered an assist for the Hurricanes.  He’s up to eight goals and 20 points in 41 games.

Curtis McElhinney kicked out 26 of 31 shots on Thursday.  He has allowed at least four goals in three of his last four starts.

 

MONTREAL 4 NY ISLANDERS 0

Carey Price stopped all 28 Islanders shots to earn his fourth shutout of the season.  He’s surrendered just six goals over his last five starts.

Brock Nelson fired a team-high three shots against Price.  He has 22 goals in 157 shots, which translates to a 14 shooting percentage.

Thomas Greiss stopped 18 of 22 shots through 28:19 minutes before being yanked.  Robin Lehner stepped in and saved the 12 shots he faced.

Joel Armia scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  He has 11 goals and 19 points in 49 contests.

Jonathan Drouin also had a goal and an assist for Montreal.  He’s up to 18 goals and 52 points in 73 games.

 

ST. LOUIS 5 DETROIT 2

Ivan Barbashev led the charge with a hat trick.  He’s up to 12 goals and 22 points in 72 games.

Alexander Steen assisted on all of Barbashev’s goals.  That gives Steen seven goals and 23 points in 57 contests.

Jonathan Bernier stopped 19 of 23 Blues shots.  He’s 7-18-5 with a 3.27 GAA and .900 save percentage in 33 contests.

At the other end of the ice, Jordan Binnington kicked out 20 of 22 shots.  The rookie has a 19-4-1 record, 1.79 GAA, and .929 save percentage in 26 games.

Thomas Vanek netted both of Detroit’s goals.  He has 16 goals and 36 points in 63 contests.

 

PITTSBURGH 2 NASHVILLE 1 (SO)

Matt Murray stopped 28 of 29 shots in regulation time.  He was perfect through three shootout rounds to pick up the extra point.

Pekka Rinne saved 32 of 33 shots prior to the shootout.  He allowed one goal in two rounds during the skills competition.

Ryan Ellis scored the Predators’ lone goal.  It was his seventh goal and 39th point in 75 games.

Bryan Rust found the back of the net for Pittsburgh.  He has 18 goals and 34 points in 65 contests.

Sidney Crosby accounted for the lone shootout goal.  He didn’t get any points in regulation time though and has just one assists in his last four games.

 

PHILADELPHIA 3 CHICAGO 1

James van Riemsdyk scored the game-winning goal.  It was his 26th goal and 44th point in 58 contests.

Sean Couturier contributed a goal and an assist for the Flyers.  That gives him 31 goals and 72 points in 72 games.

Chicago’s only goal was scored by Erik Gustafsson.  He has 15 goals and 52 points in 70 contests.

Carter Hart turned aside 40 of 41 Blackhawks shots.  He has a 15-10-1 record, 2.66 GAA, and .922 save percentage in 26 starts.

Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 27 shots Thursday night.  He’s 12-16-3 with a 3.03 GAA and .908 save percentage in 32 starts.

 

COLORADO 3 DALLAS 1

Tyson Barrie scored the game-winning goal.  It was his 11th goal and 52nd point in 70 games.

Carl Soderberg also found the back of the net for Colorado.  That gives him 22 goals and 45 points in 74 contests.

Philipp Grubauer stopped 44 of 35 Stars shots.  He’s won his last three starts and has allowed just two goals over that span.

Dallas’ lone goal was netted by Tyler Seguin.  He has 28 goals and 70 points in 74 contests.

Ben Bishop saved 29 of 31 shots last night.  He’s surrendered no more than two goals in each of his last nine starts.

 

CALGARY 5 OTTAWA 1

The Senators’ goal was accounted for by Dylan DeMelo.  He has four goals and 20 points in 69 games.

Garnet Hathaway scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  He’s up to nine goals and 14 points in 68 contests.

Matthew Tkachuk also had a goal and an assist for Calgary.  That gives him 34 goals and 76 points in 74 games.

Mike Smith stopped 18 of 19 Senators shots.  That snapped his three-game losing streak, although he had allowed just two goals in each of his previous two starts.

Craig Anderson surrendered five goals on 36 shots.  He has a 14-25-4 record, 3.55 GAA, and .902 save percentage in 45 games.

 

EDMONTON 4 COLUMBUS 1

Connor McDavid scored a goal and registered an assist for Edmonton.  That gives him 37 goals and 107 points in 70 contests.

Leon Draisaitl assisted on three of Edmonton’s four goals.  He has 43 goals and 94 points in 74 games.

Mikko Koskinen saved 19 of 20 Blue Jackets shots.  He improved to 23-18-4 with a 2.85 GAA and .909 save percentage in 48 contests.

David Savard found the back of the net for Columbus.  It was his sixth goal and 18th point in 74 contests.

Joonas Korpisalo kicked out 18 of 22 shots last night.  He has a 9-7-3 record, 2.96 GAA, and .898 save percentage in 25 games.

 

VEGAS 5 WINNIPEG 0

Malcolm Subban made 20 saves to earn his first career shutout.  He has a 7-7-0 record, 2.89 GAA, and .906 save percentage in 15 games.

Jacob Trouba tied for the team-high with three shots against Subban.  He has six goals on 142 shots for a 4.2% success rate.

William Karlsson scored two goals, including the game-winner, and registered an assist.  He’s up to 22 goals and 51 points in 74 contests.

Reilly Smith netted a pair of goals for the Golden Knights.  That gives him 17 goals and 50 points in 67 games.

Laurent Brossoit stopped 15 of 18 shots before leaving the game early in the second period with a lower-body injury.  Connor Hellebuyck stepped in and turned aside 18 of 20 shots.

 

LOS ANGELES 4 SAN JOSE 2

Tomas Hertl found the back of the net for San Jose.  It was his 32nd goal and 64th point in 69 games.

Martin Jones turned aside 31 of 38 shots Thursday night.  He’s surrendered at least three goals in each of his last four starts.

Anze Kopitar scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  He has 21 goals and 53 points in 72 games.

Dustin Brown found the back of the net and recorded an assist for the Kings.  That gives him 20 goals and 44 points in 63 contests.

Jonathan Quick kicked out 23 of 25 Sharks shots.  He has a 14-21-6 record, 3.26 GAA, and .892 save percentage in 41 starts.

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