NHL News and Notes from Saturday, April 8th, 2023
- The New Jersey Devils announced that they have signed defenseman Luke Hughes.
- Hughes, the younger brother to Jack (NJ) and Quinn (VAN), would sign a three year entry level contract.
- With two goals and an assist in Pittsburgh’s 5-1 victory over Detroit, forward Sidney Crosby would become the 15th player in NHL history to record 1,500 points.
- With a goal and an assist in the first period of Edmonton’s 6-1 victory over San Jose, Connor McDavid would become the 6th player in NHL history to reach 150 points in a season.
- McDavid also became the 6th player in NHL history to record 60 goals and 150 points in a season.
- Carolina Hurricanes v. Buffalo Sabres – 1230p ET
- In Buffalo the Sabres would fight for their playoff lives as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes, and in the first period Casey Mittelstadt would open the scoring for the Sabres, but goals from Seth Jarvis and Jesper Fast would give the Canes the 2-1 lead. In the second period Sebastian Aho would score for the Canes, but a goal from Rasmus Dahlin and Mittelstadt’s second of the game would tie the game at three for the Sabres. Then in the third period Tage Thompson would score to give the Sabres the 4-3 victory over the Hurricanes.
- Pittsburgh Penguins v. Detroit Red Wings – 1p ET
- In Detroit the Pittsburgh Penguins would look to inch closer to a wild card spot in the East as they take on the Red Wings, and in the first period Alexander Nylander and Sidney Crosby would score to give the Pens the 2-0 lead. In the second period Danton Heinen would score to grow the Pens lead to three, but Pius suter would score to get the Wings on the board and back within two. then in the third period Crosby would net his second goal and third point of the game to become the 15th player to reach 1,500 career NHL points, and Evgeni Malkin would score to give the Penguins the 5-1 victory over the Red Wings.
- Vegas Golden Knights v. Dallas Stars – 330p ET
- In Dallas the Vegas Golden Knights would look to clinch the Pacific Division as they took on the Stars, and in the first period Brett Howden would score to give the Knights the 1-0 lead. In the second period Joel Kiviranta would score to tie the game at one for the Stars. Then after a scoreless third period and overtime, it would be Roope Hintz in the shootout to give the Stars the 2-1 victory over the Golden Knights.
- Edmonton Oilers v. San Jose Sharks – 4p ET
- In San Jose the Sharks would play host to the Edmonton Oilers, and in the first period Tomas Hertl would score for the Sharks, but goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid would give the Oilers the 2-1 lead. McDavid would also record an assist on Nugent-Hopkin’s goal to give him 150 points on the season. In the second period Zach Hyman and Derek Ryan would score to give the Oilers the 4-1 lead. Then in the third period Philip Broberg would score and McDavid would net his second of the game to give the Oilers the 6-1 victory over the Sharks.
- Anaheim Ducks v. Arizona Coyotes – 530p ET
- In Arizona the Coyotes would go to battle with the Anaheim Ducks, and in the first period Christian Fischer would open the scoring for the Yotes, but Adam Henrique would net his 20th of the season to tie the game at one for the Ducks. Then in the third period Henrique would net his second of the game and Max Jones would score for the Ducks, but Matias Maccelli would score for the Yotes to tie the game at four to send the game to overtime. In the extra frame Barrett Hayton would score to give the Coyotes the 5-4 victory over the Ducks.
- Nashville Predators v. Winnipeg Jets – 7p ET
- In Winnipeg with wild card implications in the West, the Jets would play host to the Nashville Predators, and after a scoreless first period Mark Scheifele would score for his 40th of the season to give the Jets the 1-0 lead. Then in the third period Neal Pionk would score to give the Jets the 2-0 victory over the Predators.
- Florida Panthers v. Washington Capitals – 7p ET
- In Washington the Florida Panthers would look to stay in the Wild Card race as they visited the Capitals, and after a scoreless first period both teams would get a pair of goals as Carter Verhaeghe and Aaron Ekblad would score for the Panthers while Dylan Strome and Tom Wilson would score for the Caps for the 2-2 tie. Then in the third period Matthew Tkachuk would net his 30th of the season and Sam Reinhart would score to give the Panthers the 4-2 victory over the Capitals.
- Montreal Canadiens v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p ET
- In Toronto the Maple Leafs would take on the Montreal Canadiens for Hockey Night in Canada, and in the first period Mitch Marner and John Tavares would score for the Leafs to take the 2-0 lead. In the second period Johnathan Kovacevic would score for the Habs, but goals from William Nylander and Marner would give the Leafs the 4-1 lead. Then in the third period Tavares would net his second of the game, plus goals from Auston Matthews and Michael Bunting would give the Maple Leafs the 7-1 victory over the Canadiens.
- New York Rangers v. Columbus Blue Jackets – 7p ET
- In Columbus the Blue Jackets would take on the New York Rangers, and in the first period Jimmy Vesey and Chris Kreider would score to give the Rangers the 2-0 lead. Then after a scoreless second period Niko Mikkola would score his first as a Ranger and Vincent Trocheck would score to give the Rangers the 4-0 victory over the Blue Jackets.
- Tampa Bay Lightning v. Ottawa Senators – 7p ET
- In Ottawa the Tampa Bay Lightning would come to town to take on the Senators, and in the first period Alex Killorn would score for the Bolts, but goals from Drake Batherson and Julien Gauthier would give the Sens the 2-1 lead. In the second period Brandon Hagel and Victor Hedman would score for the Bolts, but Patrick Brown and Alex DeBrincat would score to keep the Sens ahead by one. Then in the third period Brayden Point would score for the Bolts, but Egor Sokolov, Mark Kastelic, and Claude Giroux would score to give the Senators the 7-4 victory over the Lightning.
- Philadelphia Flyers v. New York Islanders – 730p ET
- On Long Island the Philadelphia Flyers would look to play spoiler to the New York Islanders wild card chances, and in the first period Scott Mayfield would score to give the Isles the 1-0 lead. In the second period Brock Nelson and Samuel Bolduc would score to grow the Isles lead to three. Then in the third period Hudson Fasching would score to give the Islanders the 4-0 victory over the Flyers.
- St. Louis Blues v. Minnesota Wild – 8p ET
- In Minnesota the Wild would host the St. Louis Blues, and in the first period Sammy Blais would open up the scoring for the Blues, but goals from Ryan Hartman and Sam Steel would give the Wild the 2-1 lead. In the second period Frederick Gaudreau and Jared Spurgeon would score to give the Wild the 4-1 lead. then in the third period Jake Neighbors and Pavel Buchnevich would score for the Blues, but Jonas Brodin would score to give the Wild the 5-3 victory over the Blues.
- New Jersey Devils v. Boston Bruins – 8p ET
- In Boston the New Jersey Devils would come to town for a prime time matchup against the Bruins, and in the first period Jesper Bratt would score for the Devils, but a a pair of goals from Pavel Zacha would give the Bruins the 2-1 victory over the Devils. The win would tie the NHL record for most wins in a season at 62.
- Calgary Flames v. Vancouver Canucks – 10p ET
- In Vancouver the Calgary Flames would come to town to take on the Canucks and keep their playoff hopes alive, and in the first period Cole McWard would score his first career NHL goal and Elias Pettersson would score while shorthanded to give the Canucks the 2-0 lead. Then after a scoreless second period Elias Lindholm and Nazem Kadri would score to tie the game at two for the Flames as they would force overtime. After a scoreless five minutes of extra hockey it would be Andrei Kuzmenko with the shootout winner to give the Canucks the 3-2 victory over the Flames.
- Chicago Blackhawks v. Seattle Kraken – 10p ET
- In Seattle the Kraken would host the Chicago Blackhawks, and in the first period Seth Jones would score for the Blackhawks, but goals from Eeli Tolvanen, Jordan Eberle, and Yanni Gourde would give the Kraken the 3-1 lead. In the second period Jones would net his second of the game for the Blackhawks, but Adam Larsson and Daniel Sprong would score to give the Kraken the 5-2 lead. However, Lukas Reichel would score for the Blackhawks to cut their deficit to two. Then in the third period Jared McCann and Morgan Geekie would score to give the Kraken the 7-3 victory over the Blackhawks.
- Colorado Avalanche v. Los Angeles Kings – 1030p ET
- In Hollywood the Colorado Avalanche would come to town to take on the Los Angeles Kings, and after a scoreless first period Denis Malgin and Alex Newhook would score to give the Avs the 2-0 lead but Adrian Kempe and Viktor Arvidsson would score to get the Kings on the board and tie the game at two. Then in the third period Kempe would net his second of the game for the Kings, but Brad Hunt would score and Malgin would net his second of the game to give the Avalanche the 4-3 victory over the Kings.
- BOS v. PHI – 6p ET
- COL v. ANA – 830p ET
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