NHL News and Notes for Thursday, April 1st, 2021
- NHL Department of Player Safety has fined Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon.
- MacKinnon was fined $5000 for unsportsmanlike conduct against forward Connor Garland of the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night.
- The NHL announced that Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic as Rookie of the Month for March.
- Deepika Malhotra of UNC REX Healthcare was named Frontline Worker of the Month
- NHL Rookie of the Month – Ned Guides Canes for Rookie Honors
- Aleksander Barkov (FLA), Sidney Crosby (PIT), Connor McDavid (EDM), and Philipp Grubauer (COL) were named the Players of the Month for their respective Divisions.
- NHL Players of the Month – Grubauer Lone Goalie Amongst Centers
- Forward Chandler Stephenson of the Vegas Golden Knights was suspended by the NHL Department of Player Safety.
- Stephenson was suspended for three games for elbowing defenseman Tobias Bjornfot of the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.
- Stephenson will forfeit $71,120.70, per the terms of the CBA.
- Pittsburgh Penguins v. Boston Bruins – 7p ET
- In Boston the Bruins would host the Pittsburgh Penguins. After a scoreless first period Zach Aston-Reese and Mike Matheson would score to give the Pens the 2-0 lead. In the third period Brad Marchand would score for the B’s, but Jason Zucker and Jake Guentzel would strike to give the Penguins the 4-1 victory.
- New York Rangers v. Buffalo Sabres – 7p ET
- Fresh off their first victory in 18 games, the Buffalo Sabres would host the New York Rangers. In the first period Rasmus Asplund would score to give the Sabres the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Colin Blackwell would tie the game for the Rangers, and in the third period Filip Chytil would strike to give the Rangers the one goal lead. However, the Sabres would strike as Tage Thompson would score to tie the game at two and send the game into overtime. In the extra frame it would be Mika Zibanejad would strike to give the Rangers the 3-2 win.
- Washington Capitals v. New York Islanders – 7p ET
- On Long Island the Washington Capitals would come to visit to take on the New York Islanders. In the first period the Caps would get goals from John Carlson and Daniel Sprong, but a pair of goals from Mathew Barzal and tallies from Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson would give the Isles the 4-2 lead. In the second period TJ Oshie and Carlson would score for the Caps, but goals from Casey Cizikas and Eberle would keep the Isles in the lead by two. In the third period Josh Bailey would score, and Barzal would finish the hat trick to give the Islanders the 8-4 victory.
- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 7p ET
- In Tampa Bay the Columbus Blue Jackets would come to town to face the Lightning, and in the first period Brayden Point would strike to give the Bolts the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Zach Werenski would score to tie the game at one, and then in the third period Eric Robinson would strike to give the Blue Jackets the 2-1 lead, but Ross Colton would score to tie the game at two, and Point would net his second of the game to give the Lightning the 3-2 victory.
- Detroit Red Wings v. Florida Panthers – 7p ET
- In another part of Florida the Panthers would host the Detroit Red Wings, and in the first period Adam Erne would strike first for the Wings, but Noel Acciari would score for the Panthers to tie the game at one. Then after the scoreless second period Anthony Mantha would strike for the Wings and Frank Vatrano would score fo rthe Panthers as this game would go to overtime tied at two. In the extra frame Alexander Wennberg would strike to give the Panthers the 3-2 victory.
- Montreal Canadiens v. Ottawa Senators – 7p ET
- In Ottawa the Senators would host the Montreal Canadiens, and in the first period Phillip Danault would score to give the Habs the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Paul Byron would make it a two goal lead, and then in the third period Connor Brown would score for the Sens, but goals from Corey Perry and Brendan Gallagher would give the Canadiens the 4-1 victory over the Senators.
- Carolina Hurricanes v. Chicago Blackhawks – 8p ET
- In the Windy City the Hurricanes will look to knock some wind out of Chicago and in the first period, the Canes make it a 1-0 game when Vincent Trocheck nets his 14th goal on the season. In the second, Warren Foegele makes it a 2-0 Carolina lead with his seventh goal on the season. Chicago gets on the board when Dominik Kubalik nets his 12th of the season. In the third, Brandon Hagel ties the game when he nets his fifth goal of the season and Carolina retakes the lead when Foegele nets his second goal of the night. Dylan Strome goes on to net his seventh goal of the season to tie the game at 3 a piece and with 29 seconds left in regulation, Jesper Fast nets his fifth goal of the season as the Carolina Hurricanes down the Chicago Blackhawks with the 4-3 win.
- Dallas Stars v. Nashville Predators – 8p ET
- In Nashville, the Stars look to knockoff the Predators and in the first period the Stars get on the board first when Esa Lindell nets his fourth goal and Nashville goes on to tie the game when Colton Sissons gets his fifth of the season. In the second, Dallas makes it a 2-1 lead with Jason Robertson’s eighth goal of the season. In the third, Jamie Benn and Miro Heiskanen score as the Stars breeze by the Predators with the 4-1 win.
- Minnesota Wild v. Vegas Golden Knights – 10:30p ET
- In Vegas the Wild look to knock off the Golden Knights and in the first, Vegas strikes first with a William Karlsson goal, his 10th. Minnesota ties the game when Kirill Kaprizov nets his 13th goal of the season. After a scoreless second, Vegas retakes the lead when Brayden McNabb gets his first goal of the season. Minnesota responds when Jared Spurgeon nets his fourth goal of the season to tie the game 2-2. Minnesota wins the game in the third round of the shootout to down Vegas 3-2.
- WAS v. NJ – 7p ET
- TOR v. WIN – 8p ET
- CAL v. EDM – 9p ET
- STL v. COL – 9p ET
- ARI v. ANA – 10p ET
- SJ v. LA – 10p ET