Today is Wednesday, December 5th, 2018, and these are your news and notes
There were ten contests last night.
FLORIDA 5, Boston 0
Florida Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau is one of five players so far on the season to have multiple points in at least five contests.
The Florida Panthers would go on to shutout the Boston Bruins 5-0, giving Roberto Luongo his 77th career shutout, taking sole possession of ninth place on the all-time list for shutouts by a goaltender.
Winnipeg 3, NY ISLANDERS 1
The Winnipeg Jets would score three unanswered goals, all in the final period, to defeat the New York Islanders last night. Winnipeg’s win would be their fourth consecutive win.
New York Islanders Anders Lee would register the lone goal of the contest for his team.
PITTSBURGH 6, Colorado 3
Pittsburgh Penguins F Patric Hornqvist would score a hat-trick in this contest in a short span of 2:43, the quickest ever in franchise history, and the Penguins would double up the Colorado Avalanche by the score of 6-3.
Calgary 9, COLUMBUS 6
In the Columbus Blue Jackets loss, Cam Atkinson would become the second player to register a point streak of at least 11 contests.
Cam Atkinson would also register a hat-trick and would surpass Rick Nash for the most hat-tricks in franchise history.
In this contest, the Calgary Flames would register nine goals in a contest for the 55th time in franchise history but for the first time in nearly eight years.
The Flames and Blue Jackets would combine for 15 goals, the most since January 16, 2017, when the Penguins would defeat the Capitals 8-7 in overtime.
MONTREAL 5, Ottawa 2
Tampa Bay 6, DETROIT 5 (SO)
Frans Nielsen of the Detroit Red Wings would score a hat trick in the contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the second of his career.
Nielsen would be the first Red Wing to have two career hat tricks since Tomas Tatar on December 17, 2016.
Toronto 4, BUFFALO 3 (OT)
TXHT’s Toronto Maple Leafs contributor, Steve Gardiner, has your full coverage of the contest between the Maple Leafs and Sabres at the following page.
Minnesota 3, VANCOUVER 2
The Minnesota Wild would score two goals in 45 seconds to snap a three-game losing streak with the 3-2 win at the Vancouver Canucks last night.
VEGAS 5, Washington 3
Cody Eakin of the Vegas Golden Knights scored his 11th goal of the season, leading all skaters for Vegas in the 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals.
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin would reach the 20-goal mark for the third time in fewer than 27 games on the season. He has scored at least 51 goals in the other two occurrences of this feat.
For full coverage of the contest between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, please go to the following page.
Arizona 2, LOS ANGELES 1
Tonight in the NHL…
In the NWHL…
The NWHL held their All-Star Game Draft earlier today with captains Shannon Szabados and Lee Stecklein picking their squads for the NWHL All-Star Game that will be in Nashville, Tennessee.
The 2019 NWHL All-Star Game will be on Sunday, February 10th, 2019 at Bridgestone Arena and will take place following the NHL match-up between the Nashville Predators and the St. Louis Blues.
In NHL news…
In case you missed the big news yesterday, the NHL announced that the League will expand to 32 teams with the addition of a franchise to Seattle.
Elliotte Friedman released his “31 Thoughts” article today. You can check that out at the following page.