NHL News and Notes from Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
- The NHL announced that the Carolina Hurricanes games have been postponed through Saturday, January 23rd due to five Hurricanes players being placed on the COVID Protocol Related Absence List.
- The National Hockey League has announced that the Washington Capitals have been fined $100,000 for violating COVID-19 Protocols.
- The violations were player related violations, which involved social interactions amongst team members that were in close contact and were not wearing face coverings.
- As a result of the Player Violations, forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov, and goaltender Ilya Samsonov were placed on the COVID Related Absence List.
- The Washington Capitals made a statement along with Ovechkin.
- Edmonton Oilers v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p ET
- In Toronto the Edmonton Oilers come to town looking to cool down the Maple Leafs, and in the first period Kailer Yamamoto would strike first to give the Oilers the 1-0 lead. The after a scoreless second period Auston Matthews would tie the game at one for the Leafs, but a powerplay goal from Leon Draisaitl would regain the one goal lead for the Oilers. Late in regulation the Oilers would ice this one as Josh Archibald would get his first goal of the season by getting the empty netter to give the Oilers the 3-1 victory.
- San Jose Sharks v. St. Louis Blues – 9p ET
- In the second match-up on the season between these two clubs, St. Louis looks to advance to 3-1-0 and San Jose looks to advance to 2-2-0 on the season and avoid a three game losing streak. After no goals are scored in the first period, Brayden Schenn gets the St. Louis Blues on the scoreboard with his goal, a shorthanded goal, at 4:27 in the second period. At 17:57, San Jose’s Marcus Sorensen scores his first goal on the season, a power play goal, to tie the contest at 1-1. After no goals in the third period and in overtime, Tomas Hertl would score in the fourth round of the shootout and the San Jose Sharks win this contest 2-1.
- Minnesota Wild v. Anaheim Ducks – 930p ET
- Minnesota opens up the scoring in the first period with a goal by Ryan Hartman at 13:51. In the second period, Nick Bonino scores his first goal of the season, a power play goal, at 5:50 to make it a 2-0 Minnesota lead. Anaheim gets on the board at 8:58 in the second with a goal by Nicolas Deslauriers, his second goal on the season. Anaheim’s Cam Fowler will tie the game at 2-2 when Fowler scores at 12:21, his first goal on the season. As the contest moves to the third period, Minnesota’s Joel Eriksson Ek scores his second goal of the campaign and the eventual game winner at 1:53 as the Wild win this game 3-2.
- Montreal Canadiens v. Vancouver Canucks – 10p ET
- In the first of three consecutive games on the season between these two Canadian teams, the Vancouver Canucks grab the lead with a Bo Horvat power play goal, his second goal on the season, at 11:07. In the second period, Montreal’s Tyler Toffoli scores his first goal as a Canadian at 1:37 to tie the game 1-1. Vancouver’s Tyler Motte scores his second goal on the season at 4:25 to give the Canucks at 2-1 lead. However at 5:27, Tyler Toffoli scores his second goal of the game, a power play goal, to tie the game at 2-2. Vancouver take the lead again at 11:13 when Brock Boeser scores his second goal of the season, also a power play goal. At 18:25 in the period, Brendan Gallagher will score his first goal of the season and bring the contest to 3-3. As the contest shifts to the third period, Bo Horvat scores his second goal of the night to once again give the Canucks the one goal lead. Montreal goes on to tie the contest at 4-4 when Jesperi Kotkaniemi scores at 10:14. Montreal took their first lead in the contest when Tylerr Toffoli gets his first hat trick of the season at 16:19 to give the Canadians the 5-4 advantage however Vancouver ties the game at 5-5 at 16:51 when Boeser nets his second goal of the night. Vancouver goes on to win this contest 6-5 in the shootout with Bo Horvat netting the game winner in the fourth round.
- Arizona Coyotes v. Vegas Golden Knights – 10p ET
- In the second of four consecutive match-ups between these two squads, the Vegas Golden Knights look to advance to 4-0-0 on the season while the Arizona Coyotes look to go to 2-1-1. In the first period, Shea Theodore scores his first goal on the season at 5:18. At 8:33, Alex Pietrangelo scores his first goal as a member of the Golden Knights to make it a 2-0 Vegas lead. In the second period, Mark Stone scores his second goal of the season at 10:39 to give Vegas the commanding 3-0 lead but Nick Schmaltz gets the Coyotes on the board at 11:52. As the contest moves to the third period, Shea Theodore scores his second goal of the season to give Vegas at 4-1 lead and Alex Tuch will score his second goal of the night, a power play goal, to give Vegas the commanding 5-1 lead. At 7:38, Arizona’s Phil Kessel scores his fourth goal of the season to give the Vegas the 5-2 lead and eventual victory.
- PHI v. BOS – 7p ET
- NJ v. NYI – 7p ET
- FLA v. CAR – Postponed
- TB v. CLB – 7p ET
- WIN v. OTT – 7p ET
- MON v. VAN – 930p ET
- COL v. LA – 10p ET