Patrick Kane became the 100th NHLer to score 400 goals as well as the ninth American-born player to do so as Chicago defeated Detroit 7-2 Sunday night.
It was a big night for Kane who also had two assists as he led all players this month in points with 24 including seven goals.
Kane has had an outstanding career with 656 assists and 1,056 points. He has a good chance to be the greatest American-born scorer of all-time as he trails Mike Modano by 318 points and is currently sixth-overall in scoring. Before you write ‘What about Brett Hull’; although Hull played for the American side in all the big tournaments, he was actually born in Belleville, Ontario.
There were six games in the NHL on Sunday so let’s get right to the action.
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BOSTON 4 NEW YORK RANGERS 1
Charlie Coyle scored twice including the first and last goals of the game, to lead Boston to a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers and snapped a two-game losing streak.
Tuukka Rask returned after giving up six goals Friday in a loss to these same Rangers, but came up big, stopping 20 shots to run his record to 8-3-1 this season.
Trent Frederic with his second goal in two Sunday’s, (and the only two goals of his career), scored the game winner late in the first while Charlie McAvoy also scored and added an assist on Coyle’s opening goal.
Colin Blackwell broke up Rask’s shutout bid with 9:13 left in the game. It was his fifth of the season with rookie Alexis Lafreniere drawing his second assist of the season. Lafreniere has a goal and three points in his last four games after starting the season with only one goal in 14 games.
Alexandar Georgiev started the game but left after 6:41 of the first period as his mask cut him above his left eye and he left to get it taken care of. He returned for the start of the second period and stopped 31-of-33 shots.
But he was not saddled with the loss as Igor Shesterkin gave up the second goal of the game and took the loss, despite facing only two shots.
David Pastrnak had two assists to give him 18 points in 12 games.
Brendan Lemieux and Nick Ritchie fought at the end of the game, and perhaps it was retaliation for Ritchie falling on Georgiev and being responsible for the cut over the eye. Lemieux got five for fighting and a misconduct while Ritchie ended up with nine penalty minutes on the afternoon.
NASHVILLE 3 COLUMBUS 1
Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots as the Nashville Predators won their second in a row over Columbus on the weekend and saw their record improve to 10-11-0.
The Predators love playing the Blue Jackets this season as they are 5-1, winning all four in Nashville and splitting a pair in Columbus.
Kevin Stenlund got the Blue Jackets on the scoreboard first with his fourth of the season in only 12 games. He also has three assists this year.
But that was it for the Columbus offense as Saros stymied them the rest of the way, as he is 5-5-0 with a 3.00 GAA and a .898 save percentage.
Nick Cousins tied the game up in the first with his second of the season while Eeli Tolvanen on the power play scored the eventual winner in the second. Erik Haula with his second of the season, salted the game away with 1:52 remaining in the third as he scored shorthanded.
Tolvanen has been heating up as he has a goal and three points in his last four games.
Joonas Korpisalo took the loss, giving up all three goals on 29 shots.
Roman Josi had a pair of assists.
Matthew Benning and Max Domi each were given a misconduct after Haula’s goal giving Benning 12 penalty minutes and Domi 10.
Viktor Arvidsson had five shots on goal.
The Blue Jackets have garnered only one point in their last five games.
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PHILADELPHIA 3 BUFFALO 0
Carter Hart stopped all 28 shots and picked up his sixth win of the season as the Flyers swept the Sabres on the weekend without allowing a goal after Brian Elliott shut them out on Saturday as well, stopping 23 shots.
Hart was coming off a horrible game the previous Sunday when he gave up six goals on 23 shots over two periods outdoors at Lake Tahoe, but redeemed himself well on Sunday.
Sean Couturier with his fifth of the season, Michael Raffl with his third and James van Riemsdyk with his 10th, scored second period goals for the Flyers. For van Riemsdyk, he is having the best start to a season in his NHL career and with the assist on Couturier’s goal as well, he is up to 25 points in just 18 games.
It was a milestone win for Philadelphia coach Alain Vignault as he won the 700th game of his career.
The Sabres started Jonas Johansson Sunday and he played well, turning aside 35 shots as he 0-2-0 for Buffalo this season with a 3.00 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Look for Johansson to get more starts in net with Carter Hutton struggling and Linus Ullmark out for at least a month.
Joel Farabee had a pair of assists for the Flyers.
The Flyers announced after the game that Travis Konecny is out of COVID protocol. He should play at some point during the upcoming week.
WASHINGTON 3 NEW JERSEY 2
Ilya Samsonov finally returned to the Washington lineup and stopped 19-of-21 shots in his first NHL game since January 17 and improved his record to 2-0-1 with a 2.92 GAA and a .878 save percentage.
It has been a tough road back for Samsonov, who came into the season as the Capitals top goalkeeper, only to contract COVID, see Vitek Vanecek take his job as the number one goalkeeper in Washington and being forced to play four games with Hershey of the AHL to get into playing shape as he went 2-1-1 with a 3.25 GAA and a .869 save percentage with the Bears.
But he is back now and should at least share the net with Vanecek.
Alex Ovechkin scored his seventh of the season and only his second in nine games as he is well down the NHL goal scoring list, an honor he has won on nine occasions in the past.
Jakub Vrana with his seventh and Nicklas Backstrom with his 10th, also scored for Washington.
Mikhail Maltsev opened the scoring for New Jersey with his second and Egor Sharangovich with his third of the season, also scored for the Devils.
Tom Wilson had a pair of assists for Washington.
Mackenzie Blackwood was back in the net for New Jersey and stopped 20 shots in taking the loss. He has lost four of his last five games and hasn’t given up less than three goals in any of those contests. He is 5-4-1 with a 2.58 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
Brenden Dillon and Nathan Bastian each picked up five minutes for fighting in a second period battle.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2 PITTSBURGH 0
After a rough start to his NHL career, Ilya Sorokin is showing why he was considered the best goaltender not in the NHL the last couple of seasons.
Sorokin started his career off by allowing 11 goals on 85 shots in his first three games but he has been perfect since, garnering two-straight 20 save shutouts including Sunday’s 2-0 win over Pittsburgh.
Sorokin is 2-2-1 with a 2.74 GAA (it was 3.65 after his 0-2-1 start) and a .912 save percentage (.871 after three games) and these last two performances have to give both he and the Islanders a lot of confidence going forward.
The Islanders scored a couple of power play goals to win it as Oliver Wahlstrom scored in the first and set up Jean-Gabriel Pageau in the second to claim the victory.
Josh Bailey assisted on both in the win.
Casey DeSmith made 28 saves in taking the loss as he is 4-2-0 with a 2.73 GAA and a .893 save percentage.
Brandon Tanev led Pittsburgh with four shots on goal.
Scott Mayfield had five hits.
CHICAGO 7 DETROIT 2
It was Patrick Kane night as mentioned in the opener as the Chicago Blackhawks easily defeating the Detroit Red Wings 7-2 Sunday. The Red Wings are in seventh place in the Central thanks to two straight wins before Sunday’s clash with Chicago but the bottom-dwelling Dallas Stars do have eight games in hand.
In addition to Kane’s goal and two assists, Ryan Carpenter scored twice to give him three goals this season, while Alex DeBrincat had a huge night with a goal and three assists.
But as good as the offense looked, goaltender Kevin Lankinen held the fort as Detroit outshot Chicago 46-32. Lankinen made 44 saves as he upped his record to 9-3-3 with a 2.55 GAA and a .924 save percentage.
Nikita Zadorov, Dominik Kubalik and rookie Pius Suter also scored for Chicago.
It was another tough night in the net for Thomas Greiss as the former Islander gave up all seven goals on only 32 shots. Griess is 1-11-3 with a 3.46 GAA and a .882 save percentage as his GAA went up 30 points tonight while his save percentage dropped nine points.
Sam Gagner with his fourth goal in three games, and Evgeni Svechnikov on the power play, were the lone Detroit scorers.
Gagner had seven shots on goal.
Zadorov had six hits.
Ryan Carpenter – 2
Charlie Coyle – 2
Alex DeBrincat – 3
Patrick Kane – 2
David Pastrnak -2
Tom Wilson – 2
Josh Bailey – 2
Joel Farabee – 2
Shots on Goal
Sam Gagner – 7
Alex Ovechkin – 6
Sean Kuraly – 6
Nikita Zadorov – 6
Connor Murphy – 5
Scott Mayfield – 5
Brad Marchand – 5
Ryan Lindgren – 5
Brett Howden – 5
Danny DeKeyser – 5
Rasmus Ristolainen – 5
Brendan Lemieux – 15
Matthew Benning – 12
Max Domi – 10
Nick Ritchie – 9
Shea Weber – 4
David Savard – 4