Tuesday’s NHL Player of the Year
Alexander Barkov, Florida Panthers
The Florida Panthers had their best NHL win in 11 consecutive games by defeating the New York Islanders, winning 3-2 in overtime. Barkov scored all three of the Panthers’ goals in the match for his first hat-trick of the season. Jonathan Huberdeau helped score all three goals to take the lead in the National Hockey League right now, but Barkoff earned top honors tonight thanks to those three goals including the overtime winner. The Panthers are now tied with the Colorado Avalanche for the best NHL record with 116 points.
Highlights from around the NHL on Tuesday
Matt Boldy and Kevin Fiala gave Minnesota Wild a dominant second scoring streak, and they’ve been fantastic together this season. They continued that on Tuesday by teaming up with two goals in Wilde’s 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens who have yet to score a goal for first-choice goalkeeper Carrie Price on his return to the squad. This Boldy goal is a thing of beauty.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, without Auston Matthews, beat the unfortunate Philadelphia Flyers by 5-2. Jason Spezza’s goal here is the highlight of the Maple Leafs night.
Matt Duchenne scored to become the first Nashville Predators to score 40 goals in a single season. Philip Forsberg scored his 39th goal in this match and is close to joining that group. The Predators beat Calgary Flames 3-2 on penalties. It is also the first 40-goal season in Duchenne’s career.
Three takeaways from the NHL on Tuesday
Another closure for Rangers
The New York Rangers posted another close on Tuesday night thanks to Igor Shesterkin’s 31st attempt in a 3-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets. It extended the Rangers’ closing streak to three consecutive games, after victories against the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings. No, these are not strong opponents but Rangers are doing exactly what a Stanley Cup contender should be doing against these teams. Dominate them and win easily. They are.
The Blues’ winning streak ends in nine matches
On the same night that the Florida Panthers’ winning streak continued, the St. Louis Blues’ nine-game winning streak ended in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins. While the winning streak has crossed the Blues points streak it continues thanks to the point and now sits in 12 consecutive games (10-0-2 during that stretch). The Wild and Blues are headed toward a first-round match in the Stanley Cup playoffs with the only thing to be decided who will have the ice advantage at home in that 2-3 series of the Central League.
Marc-Andre Fleury wants to play another season
Marc-Andre Fleury has been a great addition to Wild and he said this week He is looking forward to playing another season in the NHL next year. While he didn’t quite match what he did a year ago in Vegas winning the Vezina Cup, he’s looked the same since stepping away from the Chicago Blackhawks. Fleury will be an unrestricted free agent after this season and will undoubtedly have a lot of suitors on the open market.
Wednesday’s big story
After losing at home Monday night to a poor team of the New Jersey Devils, now it was time to win the Vegas Golden Knights. They’re not having an easy game either, as they host the hot white Washington Capitals who took home a big win Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche. Right now, the Los Angeles Kings (the team that Vegas chase) are on their way to getting 95 points this season and playing nothing but non-playing teams the rest of the way. Assuming that Vegas will take 96 points to make the playoffs, it will need nine points in its remaining five games. That is, at least a 4-0-1 record. The margin of error is gone.
Tuesday’s NHL Scores
Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Philadelphia Flyers 2
Minnesota Wild 2, Montreal Canadiens 0
Detroit Red Wings 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 3
New York Rangers 3, Winnipeg Jets 0
Florida Panthers 3, New York Islanders 2 (OT)
Nashville Predators 3, Calgary Flames 2 (SO)
Boston Bruins 3, St. Louis Blues 2 (overtime)
Ottawa Senators 4, Vancouver Canucks 3 (SW)
Los Angeles Kings 2, Anaheim Ducks 1
San Jose Sharks 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2