NHL Daily – High Score Thursday

NHL News and Notes from Thursday, January 5th, 2023

News

  • To commemorate Alex Ovechkin recently surpassing Gordie Howe for second all time in NHL goals scored the Washington Capitals have announced several events and initiatives.
    • Ovechkin will make a donation to the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA).
      • The donation will help cover ice costs for 100 special hockey teams across the United States.
      • The donation will support 5,000 athletes and 1,400 coaches from February through April.
    • Ovechkin will host more than 800 children from Arlington Public Schools at the Capitals practice on Jan. 13th.
    • The Capitals Youth Hockey Development team is working with select ice rinks throughout the Washington DC region to install an “Ovi’s Office” logo in the ice.
      • The logo will sit at the top of the left faceoff circle in each zone for a limited time in 2023.

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Game Recaps

  • Arizona Coyotes v. Philadelphia Flyers – 7p ET
    • In Philadelphia, the Flyers host the Coyotes. In the first, Arizona gets on the board first when Michael Carcone scores his second of the season. In the second, Philadelphia scores 25 seconds into the period when Travis Konecny scores his 20th of the season to even the score but then Nick Ritchie scores his eight of the year to give the ‘Yotes the lead once more. Philadelphia then gets a pair of goals when Joel Farabe scores his eighth of the year and then Wade Allison scores his fourth of the year to make it a 3-2 Flyers lead. Ivan Provorov’s second of the year gives Philly the 4-2 lead and then a Kevin Hayes power play goal, his 10th goal of the year, gives the Flyers the 5-2 lead. In the third, James van Riemsdyk scores his sixth of the year as the Flyers breeze by the Coyotes for the 6-2 win.
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  • New York Rangers v. Montreal Canadiens – 7p ET
    • In an Original Six match-up in Montreal, the Canadiens and Rangers faceoff. After a scoreless first, New York scores three when Chris Krieder, Braden Schneider, and Filip Chytil all light the lamp. In the third, Joel Armia gets the Habs on the board with his first of the season but then Filip Chytil scores his second of the night on the power play as well as the empty netter to give the Rangers the 4-1 win over the Canadiens.
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  • Nashville Predators v. Carolina Hurricanes – 7p ET
    • In Raleigh, the Predators make the annual visit to North Carolina to take on the Hurricanes. In the first, Paul Stastny scores his second of the year on a Carolina power play to put the Canes up 1-0 but then Nashville responds with a power play goal of their own when Filip Forsberg scores his 15th of the year. In the second, Carolina re-takes the lead when Brady Skjei nets his seventh but then the Preds tie it up once more when Mattias Ekholm strikes with his fourth of the year. Carolina makes it a 3-2 lead after Jordan Staal scores his 11th of the year but then Nashville ties it for the third time when Cody Glass lights the lamp with his fourth goal on the year. In the third, Mark Jankowski’s fourth of the year gives the Predators the 4-3 lead and then Colton Sissons scores an empty netter as the Predators gets the 5-3 win over the Hurricanes.
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  • Seattle Kraken v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p ET
    • In Toronto, the Kraken visit the Maple Leafs for the lone time in the season. After a scoreless first, Seattle takes the 1-0 lead when Eeli Tolvanen scores his fourth of the year on a Kraken power play but then John Tavares scores his 16th of the year on a Toronto power play to even the score. Then, Seattle gets a trio of goals when Vince Dunn scores his fifth, Jared McCann scores his 18th, and then Matty Berniers scores his 13th to give the Kraken the 4-1 lead. As the contest moves to the third, Alex Wennberg scores his eighth of the year as the Kraken get the 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs.
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  • St. Louis Blues v. New Jersey Devils – 7p ET
    • In the Garden State, the Devils host the Blues for the lone time this season. In the first, Jordan Kyrou scores his 19th of the year to give St. Louis the 1-0 lead. In the second, Jack Hughes scores a pair to give New Jersey the 2-1 lead but then the Blues tie it up when Ivan Barbashev scores his sixth of the year. In the third, St. Louis gets a pair of goals when Brandon Saad scores his 11th of the year and then Robert Thomas scores his ninth of the year of the power play. New Jersey then comes within a goal when Nico Hischier scores a power play goal of his own, his 18th goal of the season. Robert Thomas then scores his second goal of the night on an empty netter to give the Blues the 5-3 win over the Devils.
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  • Washington Capitals v. Columbus Blue Jackets – 7p ET
    • In Columbus, the Blue Jackets host the Capitals. In the first, Johnny Gaudreau scores his 11th of the year to give Columbus the 1-0 lead. In the second, Washington gets a pair of goals when T.J. Oshie scores his sixth of the year and then Nicolas Aube-Kubel scores his first goal of the season but then Columbus ties it up when Gavin Bayreuther’s first of the season. Washington then responds with another pair of goals when Martin Fehervary scores his third of the season and then Garnet Hathaway scores his fifth of the year. In the third, T.J. Oshie scores his second of the night on a Capitals power play to give Washington the three goal lead and then Alex Ovechkin joins in on the fun when he scores his 29th of the year, also a power play goal, as the Capitals breeze by the Blue Jackets for the 6-2 win.
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  • New York Islanders v. Edmonton Oilers – 9p ET
    • In Edmonton, the Oilers host the Islanders for the lone time on the season. In the first, Leon Draisaitl’s 22nd of the year on the power play gives Edmonton the 1-0 lead and then Kailer Yamamoto scores a shorthanded goal, his third of the year, as the Oilers take the 2-0 lead. In the second, the Islanders get on the board when Mathew Barzal scores his 11th of the year but the Oilers re-gain the two goal lead when Dylan Holloway finds the net for his second of the year. Edmonton takes the three goal lead when Zach Hyman nets his 18th of the year but then Cal Clutterbuck brings the Isles within a pair. However, with no goal scored in the third, the Oilers get the 4-2 win over the Islanders.
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  • Colorado Avalanche v. Vancouver Canucks – 10p ET
    • In Western Canada, the Canucks host the Avalanche. In the first, Mikko Rantanen scores his 26th of the season to give the Avs the 1-0 lead. In the second, Samuel Girard scores his third of the year to give Colorado the 2-0 lead but then the Canucks get three goals when Andrei Kuzmenko scores a pair and then Brock Boeser nets his seventh of the year to give the Canucks the 3-2 lead. Late in the third, J.T. Miller scores his 14th as the Canucks go to double up the Avalanche 4-2.
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  • Pittsburgh Penguins v. Vegas Golden Knights – 10p ET
    • In Sin City, the Golden Knights host the Penguins. In the first, Phil Kessel’s seventh of the year gives Vegas the early 1-0 lead when he scores at 1:52 into the contest. Jack Eichel then scores his 14th of the year to give Vegas the 2-0 lead and then Chandler Stephenson nets his 11th of the year to give the Golden Knights the 3-0 lead. In the second, Mark Stone scores his 17th of the season as the Vegas lead grows to 4-0. In the third, Pittsburgh gets on the board when Ty Smith scores his first of the season but then Paul Cotter’s fifth of the year gives Vegas the four goal lead once more. Sidney Crosby scores his 20th of the year but that falls short of the Pens comeback as the Golden Knights get the 5-2 win over the Penguins.
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  • Boston Bruins v. Los Angeles Kings – 1030p ET
    • In Hollywood, the Bruins make the trip to the West Coast to take on the Kings. In the first, Phillip Danault nets his 13th to give Los Angeles the 1-0 lead. In the second, Boston gets a pair of goals when David Pastrnak nets his 26th and then Brad Marchand scores his 11th to give the Bruins the 2-1 lead. Sean Durzi then nets his fifth of the year to tie the game for the Kings. In the third, Boston gets a pair of goals from Trent Frederic as the Bruins take the 4-2 lead and then David Pastrnak scores his second of the night as the Bruins get the 5-2 win over the Kings.
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Today’s Games

  • NAS v. WAS – 7p ET
  • FLA v. DET – 7p ET
  • TB v. WIN – 8p ET
  • ARI v. CHI – 830p ET
  • NYI v. CAL – 9p ET
  • SJ v. ANA – 10p ET

Noteworthy in Hockey

  • Tage Thompson’s Sabres star turn is a reminder not to judge NHL trades too soon (The Athletic – $)
  • How Nicklas Backstrom is accelerating his return to the ice after hip surgery (ESPN)
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