Daily Morning Face-Off Report — 5/12/22

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The Daily Faceoff Morning Report will be published on weekdays, summarizing the main news and events of the previous day.

We’ll highlight injuries affecting today’s games, hot streaks, cold streaks and everything for everyone from the casual hockey fan to the fantasy hockey grinder.

MacKinnon injured in Colorado’s loss to Flyers

The defending champions’ growing injury list grew even longer on Monday when superstar Nathan MacKinnon suffered a first-half upper-body injury. After scoring the first goal, the Avalanche lost four unanswered goals and trailed 4-1 midway through the third period. Mikko Rantanen and Alex Newhook scored late in the third period to make things interesting, but Travis Konecny ​​scored his 10th of the year to seal it late. Newhook, who could become the Avs’ new No. 1 center, scored twice in the loss. The Flyers had 12 players on the scoresheet, with multi-point performances coming from Kevin Hayes (2A), Scott Laughton (2A) and Travis Sanheim (1B/1A).

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Three third-period goals propel Rangers past Blues

Jordan Binnington’s struggles continued Monday, as he allowed six goals on 24 shots (.750 SV%) in the Blues’ 6-4 loss to New York. The Blues entered the third period with a 4-3 record, but Rangers scored three unanswered goals (K’Andre Miller, Alexis Lafrenière and Chris Kreider) to improve to 12-10-5 on the season. The Blues got goals from Pavel Buchnevich (9), Vladimir Tarasenko (7), Jordan Kyrou (10) and Ryan O’Reilly (8) in a sign that their offensive weapons might be able to roll and get the Blues back in contestation of the playoffs. The loss was their fourth in a row, as they continued their seven-game winning streak by losing six of their last seven.

Golden Knights end Bruins’ home winning streak at 14

Even without Jack Eichel (lower body), the Golden Knights managed to hand the Bruins their first home loss of the season. Paul Cotter, who replaced Eichel on the front row, scored twice as Vegas took a 3-0 lead. The Bruins stars fought back with three unanswered to force overtime and, ultimately, a shootout. Logan Thompson would deny all five shooters he faced before Reilly Smith scored the shootout winner.

Skinner stands tall but Oilers fall to Capitals

On Monday, Stuart Skinner did everything he could, stopping 47 of 50 shots in the Oilers’ 3-2 loss to the Capitals. Connor McDavid scored a shorthanded goal in the second period to give him 22 goals, one behind Jason Robertson for the NHL lead. It was McDavid’s first shorthanded goal since the 2018-19 season. The Capitals had two goals in the last six, with Lars Eller’s second period and Nic Dowd’s third period goals. With Darcy Kuemper out, Charlie Lindgren started for Washington, and he stopped 28 of 30 shots for his third win of the campaign.

Kadri’s three-point night leads Flames over Coyotes

Nazem Kadri came into Monday’s game with just one assist in his last eight games, but he counted all three goals (1G/2A) in Calgary’s 3-2 win over Arizona. Jakob Chychrun and Shayne Gostisbehere each scored a goal and assisted in the loss. Chychrun now has six points (3G/3A) and 31 SOG in seven games since returning from injury Nov. 21. Dan Vladar took the win for Calgary, stopping 18 of 20 shots he faced. Vladar is now 3-1-1 with a .935 SV% in his last five appearances.

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Canucks surprise Canadians with win from behind

Spencer Martin was retired in the first period after allowing four goals on just nine shots (.556 SV%). After trailing 4-0 late in the second period, the Canucks got on the board with goals from Conor Garland and Ilya Mikheyev to cut the deficit in half heading into the third. Bo Horvat, Mikheyev and Jack Studnicka scored three straight games in under five minutes to give the Canucks an unlikely lead. However, the Canadians responded with two goals, taking a 6-5 lead late in the third period. The game would need overtime after Andrei Kuzmenko’s power play goal tied things up with just over 90 seconds left. Elias Pettersson would cap the incredible comeback with the match winner just 13 seconds from extra time. Despite the loss, 12 Canadians scored at least one point.




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