NHL News and Notes from Friday, December 20th, 2019
- The National Women’s Hockey League has announced that the 2020 All Star Game will take place at Warrior Ice Arena in Boston. Also the first 8 All Stars and the captains were announced.
Dallas Stars v. Florida Panthers – 7p EST Start Time
In Florida the Panthers would host the Dallas Stars, and in the first period Denis Gurianov would score for the Stars, but Jonathan Huberdeau (PPG) and Anton Stralman would strike for the Panthers to take the 2-1 lead. Then in the second period Tyler Seguin would strike on the powerplay for the Stars, but the Panthers would explode for five goals as Noel Acciari would net a natural hat trick, and Vincent Trocheck and Colton Sceviour would score to give the Panthers a commanding 7-2 lead. In the third period Seguin would net his second of the game, and Jamie Benn would score his 8th of the season for the Stars, but it would not be enough as the Panthers would go on to win 7-4.
Washington Capitals v. New Jersey Devils – 7p EST Start Time
The Washington Capitals laid the SmackDown on the New Jersey Devils as Nicklas Backstrom would have a 4 point night to reach 900 points.
Toronto Maple Leafs v. New York Rangers – 7p EST Start Time
At Madison Square Garden the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs would faceoff for an evenly matchup in the first forty minutes as both teams would trade goals. In the first period the Leafs would get goals from Pierre Engvall and William Nylander, while Brady Skjei and Ryan Strome would score for the Rangers. Then in the second period Mitch Marner would score on the powerplay for the Leafs, but Pavel Buchnevich would score to tie the game at three. However, come the third period both Nylander and Marner would score their second of the game, and Ilya Mikheyev would score as the Maple Leafs would take the 6-3 victory over the Rangers.
Pittsburgh Penguins v. Edmonton Oilers – 9p EST Start Time
In Edmonton the Oilers would face off with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and in the first period the Penguins would strike as Chad Ruhwedel and Joseph Blandisi would both score their second of the season to take the 2-0 lead. Then in the second period Zack Kassian would score for the Oilers to cut the Penguins lead to one, but Jared McCann would retake the two goal lead with his 10th of the season. However, Riley Sheahan would score while shorthanded to get the Oilers back within one of the Penguins. Then in the third period Kris Letang (PPG) and Brandon Tanev would score to secure the 5-2 victory for the Penguins.