Daily Morning Showdown Report — 2/12/22
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Lightning Coast to defeat the Flyers
Andrei Vasilevsky stopped 21 of 22 shots (.955 SV%), allowing two or fewer goals for his third straight start and moving to 9-7-1 as Tampa beat the struggling Flyers 4-1 on Thursday. Nick Paul kicked off the Lightning score with a goal in the first and second periods. Paul now has seven points (5G/2A) in his last five games and 18 this season. Ian Cole ended a four-game scoreless drought with one goal (2) and one assist (6), while Corey Perry added two assists (4.5) for his first multi-point effort of the season. Carter Hart allowed four goals on 27 shots (.852 SV%) for his eighth loss in nine starts, improving to 7-6-4 this season. Travis Konecny, who entered the night by playing time decision, played well with the Flyers’ lone goal (8), as he now has 20 points (8G/12A) in his first 18 games.
MacKinnon’s five-point performance propels Avalanche over Sabers
Nathan MacKinnon was the top fantasy performer of the night with two goals (7.8), three assists (23,24,25) and a game-high SOG eight as he is now fifth in the NHL for the points with 33 points in 21. games as Colorado beat Buffalo 6-4. Alexandrar Georgiev returned to the win column despite allowing four goals on 28 shots (.857 SV%), moving him to 11-3-1. JT Compher had the best game of his 361-game career with two goals (2.3) and two assists (8.9) in 22:09 TOI. Mikko Rantanen entered the top 10 in NHL scoring with one goal (14) and one assist (17) to improve to 31 points in 21 games. Devon Toews (12.13) and Cale Makar (16.17) each had a pair of assists as the Avalanche relied heavily on their superstars in the win. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was lit up for a second straight start after allowing five goals on 33 shots (.848 SV%) to improve to 1-2-1 thanks to limited action after being called up last week. Tage Thompson’s incredible breakout season continued as he added a goal (15) and two assists (16.17) to extend a three-game point streak (2G/4A) and go to 32 points in 24 games. Dylan Cozens also remained hot as the 21-year-old had one goal (9) and two assists (11.12) and now has 10 points (5G/5A) in his last seven games. Jeff Skinner topped a point per game with two assists (13.14) as he now has 25 points in 24 games, while Rasmus Dahlin added an assist (19) to move to 27 points in 23 games and second in the NHL. in points with defenders.
Johansen scores twice to hand New Jersey a rare loss
Juuse Saros stopped 25 of 28 shots (.893 SV%) as he earned his sixth start in seven tries as Nashville outscored the burning Devils 4-3 in overtime. Ryan Johansen added his second goal (6.7) of the night just 33 seconds into overtime to go along with an assist (7) as he led all skaters with three points in the victory.
Mikael Granlund (3) and Colton Sissons (3) scored Nashville’s other two goals, while Nino Niederreiter led all Nashville skaters with five SOGs. Vitek Vanecek struggled for the first time in a long time, allowing four goals on 24 shots (.833 SV%) to take his first overtime loss and improve to 11-2-1 in his first season at New Jersey. Kevin Bahl scored the second goal of his career (2), while Alexander Holtz (2) and Jesper Bratt (9) scored for the other Devils. Jack Hughes had a pair of assists (15.16) as he now has 16 points (8G/8A) in his last 11 games. Erik Haula (9.10) joined him with a pair of assists.
Penguins come back in third period to overtake Vegas
Tristian Jarry stayed hot, stopping 34 of 37 shots (.919 SV%) to improve to 9-3-3 as Pittsburgh scored twice in the third period to beat Vegas 4-3 on Thursday. Jake Guentzel led all skaters with a goal (12), an assist (11) and five SOG as the winger now has 23 points in his first 20 games, while Kasperi Kapanen and Brock McGinn each joined Guentzel with a goal and an assist themselves. Logan Thompson was on his toes all night, stopping 43 of 47 shots (.915 SV%) in his busiest start to the season. Following the loss, he is now 12-5-0 this season. Jack Eichel led all skaters with seven SOG while adding a goal (12) and an assist (16) as the 26-year-old is 14th in the NHL with 28 points in 25 games. Riley Smith (11) and Shea Theodore (4) scored Vegas’ other two power-play goals.
The third line carries the Hurricanes to defeat the Blues
After losing 2-0, the Hurricanes scored three goals in 64 seconds in the second period to take a 3-2 lead. Jordan Martinook scored one of those goals and added two more in the third period to complete the hat trick and the Hurricanes’ comeback. The Blues’ front line had a good night when Robert Thomas returned to the lineup, combining a goal and four assists in the loss. Antti Raanta started Thursday’s game but was pulled after allowing three goals on 15 shots. Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 10 of 11 to take the win.
Wild on the Oilers on home ice
Kirill Kaprizov led the way for the Wild, scoring a goal and two assists in their 5-3 win over the Oilers on Thursday. Minnesota is now 7-0-0 in its last seven meetings with the Oilers and 11-9-2 this season, which is tied for fourth in the Central Division. Despite the loss, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl remained hot, each scoring a goal and adding an assist. They now sit first (McDavid – 43) and third (Draisaitl – 38) in the NHL in points.
Robertson and Oettinger dominate the Ducks
Jason Robertson’s outrageous season continued Thursday, as he scored his third career hat-trick in a 5-0 win over the Ducks. Robertson now ranks first in the NHL in goals (22) and second in points (39).
Robertson probably won’t maintain a 21.2 SH%, but he’s on pace with 75 goals and 133 points. Jake Oettinger also had an outstanding performance, stopping all 31 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season. Getting is now 9-2-3 with a 2.35 GAA and 0.923 SV%, ranking as the #6 fantasy netminder in Yahoo! Standard Scoring Leagues.
Allen steals road win in Calgary
Jake Allen stopped 45 of 46 shots he faced in the Canadiens’ 2-1 win over the Flames. The Canadians had no reason to win this game as they were outshot 46-19 and lost the expected goals battle 4.3-1.8. Sean Monahan recorded an assist on both of the Canadiens’ goals, making it a triumphant return to Calgary for the veteran center. Rookie Juarj Slafkovsky opened the scoring with his fourth of the season, and Cole Caufield scored his 13th in the second period, which would be the game winner.
Panthers hit Canucks for 5-1 win
The Panthers scored three goals in 59 seconds in the closing stages of the first period and never looked back. Sam Bennett added a goal in the second (6) and third (7) periods to cap the victory for the Panthers. Thatcher Demko left the game with a lower body injury and head coach Bruce Boudreau did not get an update on his status after the game.
Spencer Martin will become the Canucks’ No. 1 goaltending option if Demko misses an extended period.
Kraken wins seventh straight match
Matty Beniers scored seconds into overtime to give the Kraken their seventh straight victory, moving them to 15-5-3 (2nd in the Pacific) this season. For Beniers, it was his 10th goal of the season, and he has now registered five goals and seven assists (12 points) in his last six games. Martin Fehervary and Conor Sheary scored for the Capitals, and Alex Ovechkin had assists on both goals. Yanni Gourde scored with less than three minutes left to force extra time.
Kings score four unanswered goals to beat Coyotes
The Kings trailed 3-1 midway through the second period before scoring four unanswered goals to win 5-3. Anze Kopitar and Kevin Fiala led the way for the Kings, as they combined three goals and an assist. The goalie remained a problem for the Kings, as Jonathan Quick gave up three goals on just 21 shots (.857 SV%). Karel Vejmelka allowed more than four goals for the seventh time in 15 appearances and is 6-6-2 with an average of 3.04 and an SV of 0.913%.
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