NHL News and Notes from Thursday, December 12th, 2019
Nashville Predators v. Buffalo Sabres – 7p EST Start Time
In Buffalo when the Sabres would honor the old Buffalo Auditorium, they would take on the Nashville Predators in a hard fought matchup. In the first period Matt Duchene would get the Predators on the board first with his 8th of the season 57 seconds into the game. However, the Sabres would respond with a Jimmy Vesey tally, but the Predators would take the 2-1 lead with a Colton Sissons tally. In the second period the Sabres would respond with back to back goals from Jack Eichel, but Ryan Johansen would tie the game at three late in the period. Then in the third period Victor Olofsson would score his 13th of the season to give the Sabres the 4-3 victory.
Boston Bruins v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 7p EST Start Time
In Tampa Bay the Boston Bruins would get the jump on the Lightning in the first period as Patrice Bergeron would score his 10th of the season to take the 1-0 lead. In the second period Steven Stamkos would net his 12th of the season while on the powerplay to tie the game at one. Then in the third period John Moore would score his first of the season for the Bruins, but Brayden Point would score on the powerplay, and Stamko would net his second of the game to give the Lightning the 3-2 victory.
New York Islanders v. Florida Panthers – 7p EST Start Time
In Florida the New York Islanders would come to tame the Panthers. After a scoreless first period Mike Hoffman would get on the board for the Panthers, but Devon Toews (PPG) and Mathew Barzal (PPG) would both score to give the Islanders the 2-1 lead. Then in the third period Anders Lee would strike for his ninth goal of the season to give the Islanders 3-1 victory.
Columbus Blue Jackets v. Pittsburgh Penguins – 7p EST Start Time
In Pittsburgh the Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets would play sixty minutes of scoreless hockey, and in overtime it would be Bryan Rusy on the powerplay to give the Penguins the 1-0 victory.
Winnipeg Jets v. Detroit Red Wings – 730p EST Start Time
In Detroit the Red Wings would finally end their 12 game winless (and 10 game losing streak) as they would defeat the Winnipeg Jets. In the first period the Wings would get goals from Darren Helm and Robby Fabbri (PPG) to take the 2-0 lead. then in the second period Fabbri would net his second of the game, and Filip Zadina would score his first of the season while on the powerplay to give the Wings a 4-2 lead. Then in the third period Filip Hronek would secure the 5-2 victory for the Wings with his seventh of the season. Kyle Connor would score both goals for Winnipeg.
Vegas Golden Knights v. St. Louis Blues – 8p EST Start Time
In St. Louis the Blues would strike first against the Vegas Golden Knights as MacKenzie MacEachern would score his fifth of the season, but the Knights would respond with goals from Max Pacioretty and William Carrier to take the 2-1 lead. However, in the second period Oskar Sundqvist, Jaden Schwartz, and Robert Thomas would all score to give the Blues the 4-2 victory.
Edmonton Oilers v. Minnesota Wild – 8p EST Start Time
In Minnesota the Edmonton Oilers and the Wild would have themselves a high scoring affair. In the first period Oscar Klfbom would strike for the Oilers, but Jordan Greenway and Jason Zucker would tally for the Wild. Then in the second period Leon Draisaitl would strike on the powerplay for the Oilers, but Marcus Foligno and Ryan Donato would strike for the Wild to take the 4-2 lead. Then in the third period Gaetan Haas, Connor McDavid, and James Neal would all score for the Oilers, but Erick Staal and Luke Kunin would score to secure the 6-5 victory for the Wild.
Toronto Maple Leafs v. Calgary Flames – 9p EST Start Time
In Calgary the Flames would play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and in the first period both John Tavares and Travis Hamonic would trade goals as both teams would remain tied. Then in the second period Mitch Marner would score his fifth of the season to give the Leafs the 2-1 lead. Then in the third period the Flames would light up the Leafs as Johnny Gaudreau qould net a pair of goals and Michael Frolik would net his fourth of the season to give the Flames the 4-2 victory.
Chicago Blackhawks v. Arizona Coyotes – 9p EST Start Time
At home rocking the legendary Kachinas, the Arizona Coyotes would pounce on the Chicago Blackhawks with goals from Michael Grabner, Clayton Keller, and Brad Richardson to take the 3-0 lead. Then in the second period Jonathan Toews would score for the Blackhawks, but Nick Schmaltz would respond for the Coyotes with his sixth of the season. Then in the third period Clayton Keller would net his second of the game to give the Coyotes the 5-2 victory.
Carolina Hurricanes v. Vancouver Canucks – 10p EST Start Time
In Vancouver the Canucks would play host to the Carolina Hurricanes, and both teams would play 60 minutes of scoreless hockey, and would need overtime to decide a winner. For the Canucks though, they only needed 40 seconds of the extra frame as Elias Pettersson would net his 13th goal of the season to give the Canucks the 1-0 victory.
Los Angeles Kings v. Anaheim Ducks – 10p EST Start Time
In the battle of California neighbors, the Anaheim Ducks would host the Los Angeles Kings, and in the first period it would be Matt Luff scoring his first career goal to give the Kings the 1-0 lead. In the second period Jeff Carter would score his ninth goal of the season while on the powerplay to grow the Kings lead to two. However, in the third period Derek Grant would net his ninth of the season while on the powerplay for the Ducks, but it would not be enough as the Kings would hold on to win 2-1.
New York Rangers v. San Jose Sharks – 1030p EST Start Time
In San Jose after firing their head coach the night before, the Sharks would play host to the New York Rangers. In the first period the Sharks would strike first as Tomas Hertl would score his 11th of the season while shorthanded. In the second period the Rangers would get on the board with goals from Jesper Fast and Artemi Panarin to take a 2-1 lead, but Logan Couture would tie the game at two for the Sharks before the end of the period. Then in the third period Brenden Dillon would net his first of the season for the Sharks, but Mika Zibanejad would net a pair of goals (PPG and EVS), and Panarin would score two more goals to complete the hat trick and give the Rangers the 6-3 victory.
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