NHL News and Notes from Friday, February 7th, 2020
Anaheim Ducks v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p EST Start Time
In Toronto the Maple Leafs would face off with the Anaheim Ducks in a tightly contested matchup. In the first period Andreas Johnsson would score for the Leafs, and Nicolas Deslauriers would tie the game for the Ducks. In the second period John Tavares (PPG) and Auston Matthews would score to give the Leafs the 3-1 lead. Then in the third period Jason Spezza would score for the Leafs, but goals from Max Jones (SHG), Adam Henrique (PPG), and Derek Grant would tie the game at four for the Ducks. In overtime it would be Tavares with seven seconds left in the extra frame for his second of the game to secure the 5-4 victory for the Maple Leafs.
Buffalo Sabres v. New York Rangers – 7p EST Start Time
At Madison Square Garden the New York Rangers would play host to the Buffalo Sabres, and in the first two periods the Sabres would get goals from Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart to take the 2-0 lead. then in the third period Jimmy Vesey would score to take the three goal lead, but the Rangers would try to comeback as Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider would score a pair of late goals, but it would not be enough as the Sabres would hold on to win 3-2.
Detroit Red Wings v. Columbus Blue Jackets – 7p EST Start Time
In Columbus the Blue Jackets would blank the Detroit Red Wings as they would get goals from Zach Werenski and Boone Jenner as Elvis Merzlikins would record his fifth shutout in eight appearances as the Blue Jackets won 2-0.
Minnesota Wild v. Dallas Stars – 8:30p EST Start Time
In Dallas the Stars would host the Minnesota Wild. In the first period Joe Pavelski would score on the powerplay for the Stars, then in the second period Denis Gurianov would strike on the powerplay for Dallas to take the two goal lead, but Joel Eriksson Ek and Ryan Donato would both score while shorthanded to tie the game at two. Then late in the third period while shorthanded Eriksson Ek would score his second of the game to give the Wild the 3-2 victory.