NHL News and Notes from Saturday, April 16th, 2022
- The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues would clinch berths into the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs with victories over Pittsburgh and Minnesota respectively.
- With Edmonton’s victory over Vegas, the Calgary Flames would clinch a berth into the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
- Chicago Blackhawks v. Nashville Predators – 1230p ET
- In Nashville the Predators would host the Chicago Blackhawks for an early afternoon matinee, and in the first period Eeli Tolvanen would strike for the Preds and Patrick Kane would score for the Blackhawks for the 1-1 tie. In the second period Dominik Kubalik would strike for the Blackhawks, but goals from Roman Josi and Matt Duchene would give the Preds the 3-2 lead. Then in the third period Riley Stillman would score for the Blackhawks, but Mikael Granlund would score to give the Predators the 4-3 victory over the Blackhawks.
- Pittsburgh Penguins v. Boston Bruins – 1230p ET
- In Boston the Bruins would look to punch their ticket to the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and in the first period Trent Frederic and Erik Haula would score to give the B’s the 2-0 lead. Then in the second period Danton Heinen would score for the Pens, but the Bruins would hold on for the 2-1 victory over the Penguins.
- Detroit Red Wings v. New York Rangers – 1230p ET
- At Madison Square Garden the New York Rangers would host the Detroit Red Wings for an Original Six early afternoon matinee, and in the first period Mika Zibanejad would score to give the Rangers the 1-0 lead. In the second period Frank Vatrano would score to grow the Rangers lead to two. Then in the third period Alexis Lafreniere would net a pair of goals to give the Rangers the 4-0 victory over the Red Wings.
- Minnesota Wild v. St. Louis Blues – 3p ET
- In St. Louis the Blues would host the Minnesota Wild, and in the first period Ivan Barbashev would score for the Blues to take the 1-0 lead. In the second period Ryan Hartman would score for the Wild, but goals from Vladimir Tarasenko, David Perron, and Brandon Saad would give the Blues the 4-1 lead. Then in the third period Pavel Buchnevich would score for the Blues, but goals from Hartman, Frederick Gaudreau, Marcus Foligno, and Kirill Kaprizov would tie the game at five as the Wild would force overtime. In the extra frame Brayden Schenn would score to give the Blues the 6-5 victory over the Wild.
- Vegas Golden Knights v. Edmonton Oilers – 4p ET
- In Edmonton the Oilers would take on the Vegas Golden Knights, and in the first period Kris Russell would score for the Oilers to take the 1-0 lead. Then after a scoreless second period Cody Ceci, Warren Foegele, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would score to give the Oilers the 4-0 victory over the Golden Knights.
- Philadelphia Flyers v. Buffalo Sabres – 7p ET
- In Buffalo the Sabres would host the Philadelphia Flyers for a home and home series, and in the first period Joel Farabee and Owen Tippett would score to give the Flyers the 2-0 lead. In the second period Travis Konecny would score for the Flyers, but goals from Kyle Okposo, Rasmus Dahlin, Vinnie Hinostroza, and Tage Thompson would give the Sabres the 4-3 victory over the Flyers.
- Washington Capitals v. Montreal Canadiens – 7p ET
- In Montreal the Washington Capitals would come to town to take on the Canadiens, and in the first period Nic Dowd would score to give the Caps the 1-0 lead. In the second period Jake Evans and Ryan Poehling would score for the Habs, but a pair of goals from Anthony Mantha and a tally from Alex Ovechkin would give the Caps the 4-2 lead. Then in the third period Poehling would net his second of the game and Nick Suzuki would score for the Habs, but goals from Garnet Hathaway, Dmitry Orlov, Justin Schultz, and TJ Oshie would give the Capitals the 8-4 victory over the Canadiens.
- Toronto Maple Leafs v. Ottawa Senators – 7p ET
- In Ottawa the Senators would battle the Toronto Maple Leafs, and in the first period Tim Stutzle and Michael Del Zotto woud score for the Sens to take the 2-0 lead. In the second period Dylan Gambrell would score for the Sens, but goals from Kyle Cliffod, Michael Bunting, and Mitch Marner would tie the game at three for the Leafs. Then in the third period Stutzle would net his second of the game to give the Sens the 4-3 lead, but Marner would net his second of the game to tie the game at four for the Leafs. In the extra frame Mark Giordano would strike to give the Maple Leafs the 5-4 victory over the Senators.
- Winnipeg Jets v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 7p ET
- In Tampa Bay the Lightning would look to strike down the Winnipeg Jets, and in the first period both team would trade a pair of goals as Paul Stastny and Kyle Connor would score for the Jets while Alex Killorn and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare would score for the Bolts for the 2-2 tie. In the second period Josh Morrissey and Blake Wheeler would strike for the Jets and Nick Paul and Nikita Kucherov would score for the Bolts for a 4-4 tie. Then in the third period Steven Stamkos, Kucherov, and Mikhail Sergachev would score to give the Lightning the 7-4 victory over the Jets.
- San Jose Sharks v. Dallas Stars – 8p ET
- In Dallas the Stars would host the San Jose Sharks, and in the first period Tyler Seguin would score to give the Stars the 1-0 lead. In the second period Michael Raffl would score to give the Stars the two goal lead, but Timo Meier would score to get the Sharks back within one. However, after a scoreless third period the Stars would defeat the Sharks 2-1.
- Carolina Hurricanes v. Colorado Avalanche – 9p ET
- In Colorado the Avalanche would take on the Carolina Hurricanes, and in the first period JT Compher and Nathan MacKinnon would score to give the Avs the 2-0 lead. In the second period Compher would net his second of the game and Ben Meyers would net his first career NHL goal to grow the Avs lead to four, but Jordan Staal would score a pair of goals to get the Canes on the board. However, Alex Newhook would strike to give the Avs the 5-2 lead, but Sebastian Aho would score to get the Canes back within two. Then in the third period Andrei Svechnikov would score for the Canes, but goals from Mikko Rantanen and MacKinnon would give the Avalanche the 7-4 victory over the Hurricanes.
- New Jersey Devils v. Seattle Kraken – 10p ET
- In Seattle the Kraken would host the New Jersey Devils for the first time, and in the first period Jesper Bratt would strike to give the Devils the 1-0 lead, but Will Borgen would score to tie the game at one for the Kraken. Jesper Boqvist would strike to regain the lead for the Devils. In the second period Carson Soucy and Matty Beniers would score to give the Kraken the 3-2 lead. Then in the third period Damon Severson would score to tie the game at three for the Devils. After a scoreless overtime period it would be Ryan Donato with the winner in the shootout to give the Kraken the 4-3 victory over the Devils.
- Scott’s TXHT Recap – Kraken Defeat Devils in SO
- Arizona Coyotes v. Calgary Flames – 10p ET
- In Calgary the Flames would look to take down the Arizona Coyotes, and in the first period Nick Ritchie would score to give the Yotes the 1-0 lead. In the second period Dillon Dube would score a pair of goals and tallies from Andrew Mangiapane, Matthew Tkachuk, Blake Coleman, and Elias Lindholm would give the Flames the 6-1 lead. Then in the third period Johnny Gaudreau would record a pair of goals and Tkachuk would score his second of the game to give the Flames the 9-1 victory over the Coyotes.
- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Los Angeles Kings – 1030p ET
- In Los Angeles the Kings would battle the Columbus Blue Jackets, and in the first period Dustin Brown and Phillip Danault would score for the Kings to take the 2-0 lead. In the second period Sean Kuraly would score to bring the Jackets back within one, but the Kings would hold off the Blue Jackets for the 2-1 victory.
- FLA v. DET – 1p ET
- BUF v. PHI – 5p ET
- STL v. NAS – 6p ET
- SJ v. MIN – 6p ET
- NYI v. TOR – 730p ET
- CLB v. ANA – 830p ET
Noteworthy in Hockey
- Carey Price’s return to the Canadiens represents an important moment for the franchise and for the man (The Athletic – $)
- The Eugene Melnyk era in Ottawa: Hopeful, then bizarre and tyrannical (The Athletic – $)
- 32 Thoughts: Report on NHLPA’s handling of Kyle Beach situation raises questions (HNIC)
- Players should think twice about accepting findings of independent NHLPA-Beach report (SportsNet)
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