NHL News and Notes from Thursday, February 4th, 2021
- Buffalo Sabres v. New York Islanders – 7p ET
- Washington Capitals v. New York Rangers – 7p ET
- In their lone trip to Madison Square Garden for the month, the Washington Capitals would take on the New York Rangers, but a slow start would benefit the Rangers as Ryan Strome would tip one in past Vitek Vanecek to give the Rangers the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Anthony Bitetto would net his first as a Ranger to grow there lead to two, but Carl Hagelin would get a friendly bounce to let the Caps cut their deficit back to one. Then in the third period Strome would net his second of the game to take the two goal lead back for the Rangers, but Alex Ovechkin would strike for his third of the season to bring the Caps back within one. However, Pavel Buchnevich would get the empty netter to give the Rangers the 4-2 victory over the Capitals.
- Nashville Predators v. Florida Panthers – 7p ET
- In Florida the Panthers would play host to the Nashville Predators, and in the first period Jonathon Huberdeau would strike quickly for the 1-0 lead for the Panthers, but Filip Forsberg would strike on the powerplay to tie the game at one. Then Markus Nutivaara would score to retake the one goal lead, but Calle Jarnkrok would tie the game back up at two. In the second period Aaron Ekblad would strike 54 seconds into the period while on the powerplay to give the Panthers the 3-2 lead, but Matt Duchene would strike to tie the game at three for the Preds. However, Aleksander Barkov would strike to retake the lead again for the Panthers, and Huberdeau would net his second of the game to give the Panthers the two goal lead. The in the third period the Predators would come roaring back as Roman Josi and Duchen (2nd of the game) would score to tie the game at five and send the game to overtime. In the extra frame with a minute left it would be Forsberg with his second of the game to give the Predators the 6-5 comeback victory.
- New Jersey Devils v. Pittsburgh Penguins – 7p ET
- Dallas Stars v. Columbus Blue Jackets – 7p ET
- In Columbus the Dallas Stars would look to rise above the Blue Jackets, and in the first period Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jack Roslovic would tally for the Jackets to take the 2-0 lead. In the second period Roope Hintz would score to get the Stars on the board, but Patrik Laine’s first as a Jacket would let Columbus regain the two goal lead, but Alexander Radulov would strike to bring Dallas back within one. Then in the third period Cam Atkinson would strike for the Jackets to take the two goal lead, and while Jamie Been would strike for the Stars, the Blue Jackets would hold on to win 4-3.
- Ottawa Senators v. Montreal Canadiens – 7p ET
- In Montreal the Canadiens would play host to the Ottawa Senators, and in the first period Brendan Gallagher would strike first for the 1-0 Montreal lead, but Thomas Chabot and Tim Stutzle would score to give the Sens the 2-1 lead. Then in the second period Connor Brown would score his first of the season to grow the Sens lead to two. In the third period Josh Anderson would score a shorthanded goal for the Canadiens, but the Senators would hold on to win 3-2 for their second win of the season.
- Vancouver Canucks v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p ET
- In a Canadian battle, the Toronto Maple Leafs would host the Vancouver Canucks, and in the first period Tanner Pearson would tally for the Canucks, but goals from Auston Matthews and Jason Spezza would give the Leafs the 2-1 lead. In the second period Matthews would net his second of the game to give the Leafs the two goal lead, but Bo Horvat would strike to bring the Canucks back within one. However, Spezza’s second of the game, and John Tavare’s fifth of the season would give the Leafs the 5-2 lead. Then in the third period JT Miller would score for the Canucks, but Spezza would complete the hat trick, and Mitch Marner would score to give the Maple Leafs the 7-3 victory over the Canucks.
- Carolina Hurricanes v. Chicago Blackhawks – 8p ET
- In Chicago the Carolina Hurricanes come to town to take on the Blackhawks, and in the first period Sebastian Aho would strike to get the Canes on the board first, but moments later Mattias Janmark would score on the powerplay to tie the game at one, and Dominik Kubalik would get a powerplay tally to give Chicago the 2-1 lead. Before the first was over Andrew Shaw would also tally on the powerplay for Chicago, but in the second period Nino Niederreiter and Andrei Svechnikov would strike within the first minute of the period to tie the game at three. Then in the third period Patrick Kane would net his sixth of the season to give the Blackhawks the one goal lead, but Brock McGinn would strike back for the Canes to tie the game at four. However, Alex DeBrincat would score two goals later in the third to give the Blackhawks the 6-4 victory.
- Arizona Coyotes v. St. Louis Blues – 8p ET
- In St. Louis the Blues would go with their 90’s Reverse Retros as they host the Arizona Coyotes, and in the first period Tyler Pitlick and Nick Schmaltz would strike for the Coyotes to take the 2-0 lead. Then in the second period Conor Garland would net his fourth of the season to grow the Coyotes lead to three. Then in the third period the Blues would get a pair of goals from Mike Hoffman and a tally from Ryan O’Reilly, but a goal from Christian Dvorak would give the Coyotes the 4-3 victory.
- Calgary Flames v. Winnipeg Jets – 8p ET
- In Winnipeg we would see the Calgary Flames come to town to take on the Jets, and in the first period Andrew Mangiapane would strike to give the Flames the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Mason Appleton, Kyle Connor, and Mark Scheifele would all score to give the Jets the 3-1 lead. Then in the third period Appleton would net his second of the game to secure the 4-1 victory for the Jets over the Flames.
- Minnesota Wild v. Colorado Avalanche – 9p ET
- BOS v. PHI – 7p ET
- DET v. TB – 7p ET
- NSH v. FLA – 7p ET
- LA v. VGK -10p ET
- SJ v. ANA – 10p ET