Bruins 4, Capitals 2: The Little Iginla that Could scored two goals, reaching 30 for the season, while teammates Carl Soderberg and Patrice Bergeron rounded out the scoring for Boston. Braden Holtby valiantly tried to keep Washington in the game, but the Capitals now find themselves at risk of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Maybe if Alex Ovechkin had less #FOMOH and more even-strength goals (dude hasn't scored off the power-play in 14 games), this would be a different story.
Avalanche 3, Sharks 2: Behind brilliant goaltending from Semyon Varlamov, who had 47 saves and a .959 SV%, along with a power-play goal and an assist from John Mitchell, Colorado clinched a playoff spot on Saturday. Paul Stastny and Cody McLeod also scored for the Avalanche, while Ryan O'Reilly took his very first penalty of the season. Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle lit the lamp for San Jose.
Lightning 4, Sabres 3 (OT): Steven Stamkos is such a beast that besides scoring two goals for Tampa Bay on Saturday, including the game-winner in overtime, he also scored for Buffalo just to keep the game entertaining and scratch off "unconventional hat trick" from his bucket list (or because after Ben Bishop had left the ice on a delayed penalty, defenseman Mike Kostka missed Stamkos' pass and it glided into an empty net. Whatever. Cory Conacher was given credit for the goal). Ryan Callahan scored on the power-play, Alex Killorn added a goal, and Teddy Purcell had two assists for Tampa Bay.
Red Wings 4, Maple Leafs 2: Darren Helm had a real hat trick for Detroit, the first of his career, gifting Toronto their eighth-straight loss in the process. Turnovers and miscues played a role all night for the Maple Leafs, even from usual studs like Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf, and Cody Franson. Jeffrey Lopul and Franson scored in the losing effort.
Canadiens 4, Panthers 1: Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist on five shots, while Thomas Vanek and David Desharnais each added a goal and an assist in Montreal's fifth win in a row. The Panthers were terrible blah blah they couldn't score blah yada yada Dan Ellis sucked yawn.
Islanders 2, Devils 1 (SO): If the game is still tied after OT, the Devils should just forfeit, get showered, and go catch up on Scandal. They have lost every single shootout this season, 14 in a row, and it should cost them the playoffs. Frans Nielsen and Adam Henrique both scored goals in regulation.
Blue Jackets 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT): Ryan Johansen scored a power-play goal midway through overtime as Columbus beat Carolina on Saturday. Artem Anisimov had a goal and an assist, James Wisnewski had an assist on three shots and three hits, and Matt Calvert rounded out the scoring. Jeff Skinner and Andrei Loktionov scored for Carolina, while Riley Nash added two assists.
Stars 4, Blues 2: Since calling him godawful a few week ago, Kari Lehtonen has done everything in his power to prove me wrong: he has started five straight games, winning four of them, with a 2.00 GAA and .939 SV% over that time. And if Dallas makes the playoffs, he will be one of the primary reasons why. Colton Sceviour scored two goals and Antoine Roussel killed my fantasy team with a goal, an assist, +2 rating, two shots, 10 PIMs, and a hit yesterday. Alexander Steen had a big day for St. Louis with two power-play goals on five shots; Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on both plays.
Wild 3, Coyotes 1: Zach Parise scored two goals in the third period and Jared Spurgeon added another, helping Minnesota rally from a 1-0 deficit. After Mikkel Boedker notched an early power-play goal, both teams were held scoreless until the final frame. With the win, Minnesota climbed three points ahead of Phoenix for the 7th spot in the West; the Coyotes are still clinging to the 8th spot, just one point ahead of Dallas. Ilya Bryzgalov is a surprising 3-0-2 since being acquired at the trade deadline.
Ducks 5, Canucks 1: Everyone and his grandmother scored for Anaheim, including Corey Perry and Saku Koivu, as Brad Richards tried to keep things respectable for Vancouver with a goal, +1 rating, four shots, two PIMs, and two hits. More importantly, Ducks, Canucks, and pucks all rhyme, providing a wonderful opportunity for a Dr. Seuss-like poem about how much Vancouver sucks, but I would rather eat this powdered donut in peace. Thanks for understanding.
Kings 4, Jets 2: Anze Kopitar scored twice, Trevor Lewis and Tyler Toffoli added two more goals, and Jonathan Quick held down the net with 24 saves, as Los Angeles impressively cruised to its 14th win in the past 17 games. Marian Gaborik and Willie Mitchell each had two assists for the Kings. Goals by Matt Halischuk and Blake Wheeler were not enough for Winnipeg, particularly after Ondrej Pavelec gave up three first-period goals en route an early benching.