Today is Friday, January 4th, 2019, and these are your news and notes.
There were eight games in action today.
The Minnesota Wild would take on the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday afternoon in the “Next Gen Game” in Toronto and the Maple Leafs would fall to the Wild by the score of 4-3.
Toronto’s Mitch Marner would open up the scoring in the first seven seconds of the contest. With that goal, he tied a mark set back in 1932 for the quickest goal by a Maple Leaf in the storied history of the Maple Leafs franchise.
Mitch Marner would score again at the 5:38 mark in the contest and became the first Maple Leaf player to have two goals in the opening six minutes of the contest since Phil Kessel achieved the same feat back on January 30th, 2010.
William Nylander would net the final goal for the Maple Leafs, his first of the season, at the 8:16 mark in the second period.
Despite playing a strong first six minutes in this contest, Toronto would virtually fall flat for the duration of the contest with costly turnovers and being outshot the entire game. On four Power-Play chances for Toronto, they would fail to take advantage of the extra-man on all four chances.
Steve Gardiner, TXHT’s Maple Leafs writer, has the full recap of the contest at the following page.
The Boston Bruins, fresh off their win against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 Winter Classic two days ago, would continue their winning ways with the 6-4 win over the Calgary Flames on home ice last night.
For Calgary, they would register a League-high 13th shorthanded goal and this would be the ninth time that they would register at least 13 shorthanded goals in a season.
Jake DeBrusk scored in the game twice, including the eighth game-winner in his career, and helped the Bruins win their third consecutive game.
Johnny Gaudreau would tie Bob MacMillan for the fewest games played (42) to reach the 60-point mark in franchise history in this contest for the Flames.
Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner would score his 27th goal of the season to take over sole possession of second place in League goals. He only trails Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, who has 30 goals thus far on the season. At the time of Skinner’s goal, Ovechkin has 29 goals.
Carolina Hurricanes phenom Sebastian Aho would reach the 40-point mark in his 39th game on the season with two assists in the contest. Carolina would go on to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers by the score of 5-3 in downtown Philadelphia last night.
The New York Islanders faced off against the Chicago Blackhawks at Nassau Coliseum and would go on to defeat Chicago 3-2 in overtime.
Devon Toews would net the game winner in the overime frame, Toews’ first NHL goal.
Jordie Benn and Jonathan Drouin would be the lone goal scores for the Canadiens in the contest and goaltender Carey Price would earn his 42nd career regular-season shutout in the contest and is four shy of tying the all-time franchise mark of 46 set by Ken Dryden.
The St. Louis Blues would face off against the Washington Capitals last night and would come away with the 5-2 victory at Enterprise Center last night.
Blues defenceman Alex Pietrangelo would score his fifth goal of the season in the contest and now has possession of second place all-time for most goals by a defenceman in St. Louis Blues history with 85 goals.
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin would go on to score his 30th goal on the season in the contest and now has had 14 seasons of scoring at least 30 goals.
TXHT has your recap of the contest between the Washington Capitals and the St. Louis Blues at the following page.
Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov would register his seventh straight multi-point game to become only the second player to have seven consecutive multi-point games and the first since Vincent Lecavalier had an eight-game streak during the 2007-08 season.
Kucherov would also become the sixth different player since the 1993-1994 season to have at least 69 points through 41 team games.
With Tampa Bay’s win, they now have a 12 point lead in the overall NHL standings and also marks the first time since the NHL’s expansion era (1967-68) that a team holds a 12 point lead at the mid-point of their season.
Today there are seven games on the schedule…