NHL News and Notes from Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
- Alex Ovechkin scored his 700th career NHL goal to become the eighth player, and second youngest, to reach the milestone in NHL history.
- All is quiet on the trade front outside of a minor deal between Toronto and Nashville.
- Stay up to date with the TXHT Trade Tracker
Washington Capitals v. New Jersey Devils – 1p EST Start Time
In New Jersey the Devils would play host to the Washington Capitals, and in the first period Jespar Bratt would tally on the breakaway as he would undress Ilya Samsonov to take the 1-0 lead. In the second period Wayne Simmonds would strike on the powerplay to take the 2-0 lead, but Tom Wilson would score a powerplay goal in return to bring the Capitals back within one. Then in the third period Alex Ovechkin would net his 700th career NHL goal, and 42nd of the season, to tie the game at two, but Damon Severson would rip a bullet past Samsonov to give the Devils the 3-2 victory.
Winnipeg Jets v. Philadelphia Flyers – 1p EST Start Time
In Philadelphia the Flyers would host the Winnipeg Jets, and in the first period Scott Laughton would net a pair of goals to give the Flyers the 2-0 lead. Then in the final forty minutes both teams would score a goal per period as Josh Morrissey and Patrik Laine would score for the Jets, but goals from Sean Couturier and Tyler Pitlick would give the Flyers the 4-2 victory as they continue to climb in the Metro Division standings.
Buffalo Sabres v. Pittsburgh Penguins – 1p EST Start Time
In Pittsburgh the Penguins would hos the Buffalo Sabres, and in the first period Zemgus Girgensons, Sam Reinhart, and Jack Eichel would score to give the Sabres the 3-0 lead. Then in the final forty minutes Evgeni Malkin would score a pair for the Penguins, but goals from Jeff Skinner and Eichel would give the Sabres the 5-2 victory.
Carolina Hurricanes v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p EST Start Time
In Toronto for Hockey Night in Canada, the Maple Leafs would play host to the Carolina Hurricanes. In the first period Alexander Kerfoot would net his ninth of the season to give the Leafs the 1-0 lead. However, in the second period the Hurricanes would respond with goals from Linus Wallmark, Nino Niederreiter, and Warren Foegele to take the 3-1 lead. However, the Hurricanes would face uncertainty in net as James Reimer would leave the game with a lower body injury in the first period, and then Petr Mrazek would have a collision with Kyle Clifford and would leave the game with an upper body injury forcing the Hurricanes to use emergency backup goalie Dave Ayres. Teuvo Teravainen would score to grow their lead to three, but John Tavares and Pierre Engvall would score on the first two shots faced by Ayres. Then in the third period Foegele and Martin Necas would score to give the Hurricanes the 6-3 victory.
Montreal Canadiens v. Ottawa Senators – 7p EST Start Time
In Ottawa the Montreal Canadiens would come to face the Senators in another Hockey Night in Canada matchup. In the first period the Canadiens would get a pair of goals from Max Domi to take the 2-0 lead. Then in the second period Paul Byron would score to give the Canadiens the 3-0 victory.
San Jose Sharks v. New York Rangers – 7p EST Start Time
At Madison Square Garden the New York Rangers would play host to the San Jose Sharks, and in the first period both teams would trade goals as Jespar Fast would open the scoring for the Rangers, and Joe Thornton would score his third of the season for the Sharks to tie the game. Then in the second period Thornton would strike again to give the Sharks the 2-1 lead, but Mika Zibanejad would score to tie the game at two. Then in the third period Fast would net his second of the game to give the Rangers the 3-2 victory.
Tampa Bay Lightning v. Arizona Coyotes – 8p EST Start Time
In Arizona it would be another Kachina Saturday as the Coyotes would host the Tampa Bay Lightning, and in the first period Anthony Cirelli would open the score less than for minutes into the game for the Lightning, but the Coyotes would respond with goals from Conor Garland and Clayton Keller to take the 2-1 lead. Then in the second period Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point would score for the Lightning, but Carl Soderberg and Brad Richardson would tie the game at three. Then in the third period Keller and Garland would both net their second of the game, and Derek Stepan would score to give the Coyotes the 7-3 victory.
Columbus Blue Jackets v. Nashville Predators – 8p EST Start Time
In Nashville the Predators would play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and in the first period the Predators would get goals from Ryan Johansen and Mikael Granlund to take the 2-0 lead. In the second period Colton Sissons would score for the Predators, but goals from Boone Jenner, Eric Robinson, and Emil Bemstrom would tie the game at three for the Jackets. Then after a scoreless third period and overtime, it would be Rocco Grimaldi in the shootout to give the Predators the 4-3 victory.
Boston Bruins v. Vancouver Canucks – 10p EST Start Time
In Vancouver the Canucks would play host to the Boston Bruins, and in the first period David Pastrnak would score for the Bruins, but goals from Troy Stetcher and Bo Horvat would give the Canucks the 2-1 victory. In the second period Adam Gaudette, Tanner Pearson, and Louis Eriksson would score to give the Canucks the four goal lead. Then in the third period Patrnak would net his second of the game, and Chris Wagner would score for the Bruins, but Tyler Toffoli would net a pair of goals, and Elias Pettersson and Jake Virtanen would score to give the Canucks the 9-3 victory.
Florida Panthers v. Vegas Golden Knights – 10p EST Start Time
In Vegas the Florida Panthers would come to faceoff with the Golden Knights, and in the first period both teams would trade goals as Mike Hoffman would score for the Panthers, and Tomas Nosek would tie the game for the Knights. In the second period Evgenii Dadonov would strike on the powerplay to give the Panthers the 2-1 lead, but goals from William Carrier and Max Pacioretty would give the Knights the 3-2 lead. Then in the third period Aleksi Saarela would score for the Panthers, but a pair of goals from Reilly Smith would give the Golden Knights the 5-3 victory to extended their winning streak to five.
Colorado Avalanche v. Los Angeles Kings – 10p EST Start Time
In Los Angeles the Kings would host 90’s night as they would also rock their old Wayne Gretzky era jerseys against the Colorado Avalanche. In the first period Austin Wagner would score a penalty shot goal to give the Kings the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Ryan Graves would score to tie the game at one to send the game to overtime, and after the scoreless extra frame it would be Joonas Donskoi in the shootout to give the Avalanche the 2-1 victory.