COVID continues to wreak havoc on the schedule, as the NHL announced that Philadelphia’s matchup against the New York Rangers for Sunday has been postponed. The Flyers were supposed to play four times this week, but all those matches have been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. As of Wednesday, the team had three players unavailable due to COVID protocol, including Claude Giroux, Travis Sanheim and Justin Braun.
The Vegas Golden Knights’ game against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday is still expected to be played as scheduled after Vegas forward Tomas Nosek was pulled from Tuesday’s game due to a positive test for COVID-19. Nosek is among the COVID protocol-related absences, but he’s the only member of Golden Knights on the list at this time.
The Colorado Avalanche expect to return from their COVID pause with a practice on Thursday, but their next opponent is Vegas on Sunday. It will be interesting to see what happens with the Golden Knights in the coming days.
The Buffalo Sabres returned to practice Wednesday following a COVID pause of their own. The team had 14 skaters and three goaltenders on the ice, while nine others remained sidelined due to COVID protocol. Coach Ralph Krueger was also absent after he tested positive for the virus last Thursday.
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BOSTON 3 NY RANGERS 2 (OT)
Boston has four straight wins in February following an overtime victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night.
Julien Gauthier opened the scoring for New York with his first NHL goal. He didn’t have a point in his previous six games this season and it took him 24 career contests to get on the board.
Chris Wagner, who scored shorthanded, and Anders Bjork gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Bjork’s first goal of the season came at the nine-minute mark of the third period from Jake DeBrusk and Kevan Miller.
Kevin Rooney got the Rangers a point in the standings when he provided the game-tying goal just two minutes and 22 seconds later.
Brendan Lemieux assisted on both goals by New York, while Ryan Lindgren had the secondary helper on Rooney’s third marker of the year.
Brad Marchand supplied the game winner just 36 seconds into the extra period with assists going to Charlie McAvoy and Patrice Bergeron. His 16th career regular-season overtime goal puts him behind just Alex Ovechkin (24), Jaromir Jagr (19), Sidney Crosby (18) and Ilya Kovalchuk (17) for the most in NHL history.
Tuukka Rask turned aside 33 of 35 shots for his third straight win.
Alexandar Georgiev, who played for the first time since his altercation with Tony DeAngelo, made 29 saves on 32 shots in the defeat.
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TORONTO 4 MONTREAL 2
The Maple Leafs stretched their win streak to four straight games following Wednesday’s victory over the Canadiens.
Josh Anderson opened the scoring and extended his goal streak to four straight games with his ninth marker of the season. He has five goals and one assist during a five-game point spree.
The Leafs got goals from Travis Dermott, Justin Holl and Ilya Mikheyev to take a 3-1 lead. It was the first time each of them had found the back of the net this season.
Holl and Mikheyev broke the game open just over two minutes into the third period.
John Tavares contributed two assists in the contest, while Jake Muzzin earned three helpers.
Zach Hyman, who sealed the win with an empty-netter, had a two-point performance with one goal and one assist.
Hyman’s fourth goal of 2020-21 came after Tomas Tatar’s fourth made it a one-goal game late in the final frame.
Auston Matthews, Alexander Kerfoot, Jonathan Drouin, Ben Chiarot and Alexander Romanov chipped in with one assist apiece in the contest.
Frederik Andersen blocked 33 of 35 shots for his fourth straight win.
Carey Price made 20 saves on 23 shots in the loss.
Montreal is back in action on Thursday night versus Edmonton.