Battle of the backups: The Rangers welcomed the Stars into the worlds most famous arena for the Stars first of four road games this week. As it was slated for both starters to see the crease, after Dallas announced Kari Lehtonen as the starter, the Rangers gave Ondrej Pavelec the nod. This game consisted of titled ice the entire way, after two periods the Stars outshot the Rangers 33-10, and the lone goal of the second period came off the stick of Julius Honka(1), from a shot from the point. After back and forth play in the third and after 16:19 of a scoreless third period, the Rangers Rick Nash(8) struck with 4:21 to go with a tip-in from Brady Skeji. The game would head to overtime, where nothing happened and then a shootout, as the Stars, Alex Radulov and Jason Spezza would score to give the Stars the 2-1 edge over the Rangers. The Stars outshot the Rangers 45-25, went 0/3 on the power play as the Rangers did not see one power play all game.
Islanders keep rolling: The New York Islanders red-hot offense continues to string together wins. Outshooting the Capitals 10-7 in the first resulted in a Brock Nelson(9) goal to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead heading into the second. The second period the Islanders again held the Capitals to nothing while scoring two goals, one goal coming off a slick Josh Bailey fake shot pass to John Tavares for an easy wide open net goal. That would be Tavares 18th goal of the year, leaving him now three away from the league lead. The third period the Islanders would be held to nothing as the Capitals would score their lone goal off a nifty Dimitry Orlov one-timer clapper. Islanders would hold on to earn the 3-1 win over the Capitals. The series is tied at 1-1, as the two meet again March 15, 2018.
Av’s topple Pittsburgh: The Colorado Avalanche head into Pittsburgh to earn a big road win and their 14th win of the season. Despite the Penguins outshooting the Av’s 40-28, the Avalanche managed to hold on for a 2-1 win. All goals this game coming during the third period as the first two periods resulted in nothing from each side. Jonathan Bernier managed to turn away 39 of 40 Pittsburgh shots for his 5th win of the season. Mark Barberio(2) and Blake Comeau(7) would score the Av’s two goals and Phil Kessel continues his hot streak with the 15th goal of the season and 37th point of the season.
Panthers hold on: Florida Panthers late power-play goal during the third period, lifted them to an overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings Monday night. The Panthers got outshot 35-29, and what looked to be a shutout for Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, would eventually be snapped off an unbelievable pass from a falling Jonathan Huberdeau to Vincent Trocheck to tie the game at one. James Reimer would turn away Detroit’s 34 of 35 shots for his 6th win of the season. This game would head to overtime where Michael Matheson would score after poking the puck at the blue from Andreas Anthasiu, to go down for an eventful scrum in front that leads to an open net slam dunk for Matheson and the Panthers 12th win.
Jets do Jets things: The Jets toppled the Canucks 5-1, off Mathieu Perreault two goals. The Jets would score five goals and one of those goals coming off a top six forwards stick. Josh Morrisey, Perreault, and Kulikov would be the depth scorers for the Jets as they earn their 18th win of the season and land now 3 points away from the Blues for the Central division lead. The lone goal for Vancouver came off rookie sensation Brock Boeser’s stick, earning his 16th goal of the season and 28th point of the year.
Ducks key players back: The Anaheim Ducks for the first time all season had a “healthy” roster, on the night captain Ryan Getzlaf and Jakub Silfverberg would return to help the Ducks earn their 13th win of the season over the Hurricanes 3-2. On the night Carolina would be outshot Anaheim 30-23, both teams were left blank on the power play and Silfverberg scored in his return. To start the first both teams saw tip-in goals, Justin Williams(6) for Carolina and Derek Grant(6) for Anaheim. The second period resulted in the only one goal coming off the stick of Silfverberg who missed five games prior to this. Silfverberg jumped on a loose puck after Carolina defenseman Haydn Fleury tripped himself up at center ice for an easy breakaway goal. The game-winner would come off Logan Shaw(2) stick just 1:52 into the third. Carolina’s Victor Rask would score with 3:20 left in the third but it would not be enough as John Gibson turned 28 of 30 shots for his 9th win of the season.