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NHL Recap; Rangers end skid, Predators blank Vegas

Rangers score?: Wow, this comes of complete shock. The Rangers happened to score FIVE goals last night, the first time they have done that in over a month. The most mind-blowing takeaway from last night, make sure you are not on the edge of your seat as you may fall off out of complete shock. Ready? Rick Nash scored not one, but two goals last night. Give this guy the Rocket. It actually kills me because he has games like this and now the Rangers are going to sign him back for 4.5 million when he is not worth that. Anyways, the Flyers started the game on the right foot burying an early first-period goal off the stick of Jordan Weal(6), unfortunately, after that, it was all Rangers. The Rangers managed to score three in the first, one coming from Nash(10), a power-play goal from JT Miller a beautiful deflection from a point shot by captain Ryan McDonagh and a short-handed goal that eventually sucked the life out of the Flyers as Paul Carey(6) found himself all alone on a breakaway, after a Flyers player fell and tripped over his own feet(I believe so, there were no reported ghosts in the building last night). The Rangers would later bury two more goals in the second, coming from Michael Grabner(20) and Rick Nash(11), which sealed the deal and what would remain a scoreless third period. Henrik Lundqvist picked up his 20th win and became the only goalie to record 13 consecutive 20 win seasons. The Rangers won 5-1 and now get ready for the Buffalo Sabres as the Flyers turn the page onto Toronto.

Toronto Dunn in OT: A game where two teams with almost identical records this season and identical records in their last ten games, met for the final time of a two-game series. Despite the Blues misfortunes as of late, they managed to pick up a timely overtime win, but Toronto still walks away with a much needed one point. The scoring started in the third period as the game remained scoreless for two periods. With 10 to play in the third Connor Brown scored his 11th of the season to put Toronto up by one. But, with 57 seconds to play in regulation Alexander Steen found the back of the net off a point shot from Norris hopeful Alex Pietrangelo, tying the game at one. With 3:20 to play in overtime Vince Dunn came down on a 2 on 1 and just rifled a shot low blocker on Freddie Anderson for the Blues 27th win of the year.

Devils end Isles streak: The New Jersey Devils continue to surprise us all, as the Islanders came into this game, rolling, offense firing and on a three-game winning streak. The Devils did not flinch as they, stopped the Islanders in their track and sent them home for an uneventful ride back to Brooklyn. The Islanders started the scoring in the first from none other than Anders Lee(26) just 1:39 into play Lee found his way on a breakaway, and a simple shot five-hole put the Islanders up by one, and the only time they lead the game or scored. As the Devils answered back later in the first on a power-play goal from Kyle Palmieri(8). The Devils defenseman Demon Severson(5,6) would find the back of the net two times within a minute and a half. Severson just caught a loose puck and fired it high over Halak’s blocker side to put the Devils up by one, and again Severson absolutely tees one up from an inch inside the blue which would be enough to hold off the Islanders. The fourth and final goal was scored by none other for the Devils, a player who has been ripping it up this season and torching opponents and goaltenders all year, Taylor Hall(16). Devils go on to win 4-1 as Tomas Greiss 52-save night gets short-lived as the Islanders go with Jaraslov Halak, which just about sums up the Islanders season. Instead of going the hot goaltender(he can play a back-to-back, relax) the Islanders go with Halak who has a GAA of 3 plus. Anyways these two meet two more times before the season ends.

Predators blank Vegas: Juuse Saros makes 43 saves to blank the red-hot Vegas Golden Knights. Coming into the night the Golden Knights had the Predators number taking their first two matchups and looking to complete the series sweep with a third. Unfortunately, Saros stood tall and knocked away all 43 Vegas shot attempts. The game remained scoreless for 52 minutes until Kevin Fiala(11) rips a shot top corner on an empty net from a point shot by PK Subban. God, knows what Fiala was doing, kid absolutely rifled it bar-down for no apparent reason, I mean that’s one way to put your team up and another way to bury a puck with authority. This would be enough to hold the Golden Knights and give the Predators their 26th win and now only trail Winnipeg by one point. Vegas outshot the Predators 43-27, and come up short not even a point to walk away with. That was Vegas’s first loss in regulation in about six years(that’s what it feels like at least) but really was their first loss in regulation since December 1st. By god, what is happening right now…

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