NHL News and Notes from Monday, February 28th, 2022
- The Washington Capitals recalled goaltender Vitek Vanecek from his conditioning assignment with Hershey.
- The NHL announced that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has earned First Star of the Week honors.
- JT Miller (VAN) and Steven Stamkos (TB) would round out the Three Stars of the Week.
- NHL Stars of the Week – Matthews Dazzles for Top Honors
- The NHL made a statement regarding Russia and their relationship with the country after Russia invaded Ukraine last week.
- Vancouver Canucks v. New Jersey Devils – 730p ET
- In New Jersey, the Devils host the Canucks for the lone time this season. In the first period, New Jersey get a trio of goals when Jack Hughes scores his 16th, Yegor Sharangovich scores his 13th of the year, and Dawson Mercer scores his 13th of the year on a power play. In the second, Vancouver gets on the board when Vasily Podkolzin scores his ninth of the year but then the Devils re-take the three goal lead when Jesper Boqvist nets his fifth of the year. Then, the contest becomes a 5-1 New Jersey lead when Ryan Graves nets his fourth of the year followed by Jesper Bratt scoring his 19th of the year to increase the Devils lead to five. Vancouver’s Tanner Pearson then responds with his 11th of the year to cut New Jersey’s lead by four. In the third, New Jersey seals the win after Dougie Hamilton scores his eighth of the year as the Devils breeze by the Canucks with the 7-2 win.
- Scott’s TXHT Game Recap – Devils Rout Canucks 7-2
- Toronto Maple Leafs v. Washington Capitals – 730p ET
- In the Nation’s Capital, the Capitals host the Maple Leafs for the first time since before the pandemic and in the first period, Michael Bunting gives Toronto the 1-0 lead with his 19th of the year but then Washington responds when Conor Sheary strikes with his 12th of the year. Toronto then gets a pair of goals when William Nylander scores his 21st of the year and then Justin Holl scores his second of the year. In the second period, Tom Wilson gets a pair of goals with a power play goal and a shorthanded goal to make it a 3-3 game. In the third, Rasmus Sandin scores his third of the year to give Toronto the 4-3 lead and then the Maple Leafs seal the win after Pierre Engvall scores an empty net goal, his ninth goal of the year, as Toronto downs Washington 5-3.
- Boston Bruins v. Los Angeles Kings – 1030p ET
- In Los Angeles the Bruins visit Tinseltown for the lone time on the season to take on the Kings. In the first period, Jake DeBrusk gets a pair of goals to give the B’s a 2-0 lead. In the second, DeBrusk completes the hat trick to give the Bruins the 3-0 lead and then Boston gets two more goals when Patrice Bergeron nets his 15th and then Taylor Hall scores his 12th. In the third period, Erik Haula scores a pair of goals and the Bruins go on to shut out the Kings with a 7-0 drubbing.
- OTT v. TB – 7p ET
- EDM v. PHI – 7p ET
- NJ v. CLB – 7p ET
- CAR v. DET – 730p ET
- CAL v. MIN – 8p ET
- MON v. WIN – 8p ET
- NYI v. COL – 9p ET
- SJ v. VGK – 10p ET
- BOS v. ANA – 10p ET
Noteworthy in Hockey
- Inside the NHL: Wayne Gretzky urges hard line on Russia, Frederik Andersen saves the Hurricanes and rating the Calder race (Toronto Star – $)
- Greenway, Grier honored by Boston University (Color of Hockey)
- 32 Thoughts Podcast: The IIHF Rules on Russia (SportsNet)
- Riley puck drop highlights Capitals Black History Night (Color of Hockey)