Oilers: Connor McDavid outdoes himself in loss

Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid got his 117th gameand and 118and points in 2021-22 and broke his personal best for most points in a single season.

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The 25-year-old superstar provided assists in the games for Evander Kane and Leon Draisaitl in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Sunday afternoon.

McDavid now has 43 goals and 75 assists for 118 points in 78 games. He previously had 116-point campaigns in 2018-19 and 2020-21.

The top pick of the 2015 draft is the National Hockey League’s (NHL) all-time leading scorer. He has three points more than Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau. The Quebecer collected an assist in a 4-8 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the evening.

Back to the matchup against the Blue Jackets, the game eluded the Oilers in the third period. In fact, the crowd favorite hit the bull’s eye four times in the last third.

Oliver Björkstrand equalized at 25 at firstand the season. Moments later, Nick Blankenburg scored the winning net. It was the first NHL goal for the 23-year-old defenseman, who was playing his sixth career game there.

“A dream come true,” said the young skater during post-game press conferences. It’s very special to have just scored a goal. I managed to take a 3-2 lead at home against Edmonton with ten minutes to go.

“I feel really good,” said Björkstrand, who also assisted Blankenburg’s goal. I’ve had quite a dry spell. When that happens I try to keep my game simple and make small wins.

Jack Roslovic and Cole Sillinger confirmed the Blue Jackets’ win late in the game, while Eric Robinson signed first for the Ohio club.

A Costly Victory for the Canes

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The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders 5-2 but lost to goaltender Antti Raanta at the UBS Arena on Sunday.

The masked man had to be forced out of play in the second half after sustaining an injury on a save. This is very bad news for the Canes, who are already without Frederik Andersen. With two games remaining in the regular season, the Carolina club could be forced to start the playoffs with young Pyotr Kochetkov in goal.

Relieved in Raanta against the ‘Islands’, the 22-year-old goalkeeper gave up one of his rival’s first shots. On the power play, Ryan Pulock leveled the game before the end of the second period.

However, the Hurricanes regained the lead in the third period through Max Domi’s slugger. Forgotten on the edge of goal, the former Montreal Canadiens benefited from a fine relay from Teuvo Teravainen to slow down Semyon Varlamov.

Derek Stepan and Seth Jarvis had scored the first two goals for the winner while Jesper Fast and Brendan Smith moved the ropes into an empty goal. Ross Johnston also hit the bull’s-eye for the losers.

The “Canes” now have a date with the Rangers in New York on Tuesday night. These two clubs are still fighting for the first step in the table of the metropolitan section.

The Devil’s Apartment

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At the Prudential Center, the New Jersey Devils fired just 17 shots and lost 3-0 to the Detroit Red Wings.

The crowd’s favorite had only challenged Alex Nedeljkovic nine times after two thirds. The Wings goalie took the opportunity to sign his fourth shutout of the season. It was also his second shutout in his last five starts.

Outside the Devils cage, Andrew Hammond was thwarted by a shot from Oskar Sundqvist in the first half. Tyler Bertuzzi and Michael Rasmussen completed the goal in a net left empty by a sixth skater late in the game.

Bertuzzi scored two points in this duel and brought it up to 60 points this season. This is the first time in his career that he has reached this mark.

Airmen win Battle of Pennsylvania

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are having a significantly better season than the Philadelphia Flyers but lost 4-1 to arch-rivals Pennsylvania on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Pens, third in the Metropolitan Division, were hoping to extend their lead over the Washington Capitals. However, the Flyers had other plans in mind on Sunday.

Noah Cates was the unexpected hero of this meeting, he who scored his fourth and fifth career goals. This former fifth-round pick has nine points in his first 13 games at the Bettman circuit.

The other big contributor to the Broadstreet Bullies’ win was Martin Jones, who was amazing with 37 saves from 38 spots.

In his second start of the season and first since January, Quebec keeper Louis Domingue excelled in the loss in front of the Penguins’ net. He made 39 saves.

Travis Konecny ​​​​​​and Morgan Frost were the other players who managed to bluff his vigilance.

Sidney Crosby provided the answer for the Pittsburgh team at the end of the third period, aided by his usual accomplices Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin.

Florida Offensive Festival

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Later that night at the FLA Live Arena, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Florida Panthers 8-4.

Nikita Kucherov was the big offensive star of this duel, scoring twice on target and providing three assists for 5 points. It was the third time in his career that the Russian had accumulated as many points in a single game. He had managed the feat twice in 2018-2019.

Steven Stamkos was not left out. The captain of the “Bolts” scored two goals and collected as many assists. However, it’s one of Nick Paul’s two goals that will surely draw the attention of fans of spectacular goals.

In the second half, when Lightning was short-handed, the former Ottawa Senators hit the mark by fitting the puck between his legs. His goal looked like the one that made New York Rangers defenseman Marek Malik famous in a penalty shootout on the night of November 26, 2005.

In the Panthers camp, Sam Reinhart scored twice. Quebec’s Jonathan Huberdeau collected an assist that took his overall score to 115.

Alex Ovechkin injured in loss

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin injured himself early in the third period in the third period of a 4-3 penalty shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.

The sniper hit the boards hard with his left shoulder after missing a breakaway opportunity. “Ovi” stayed on the ground for a few more moments and rushed to his family’s dressing room. On the way, the Russian threw off his hard hat in a gesture of frustration. He did not return to the game after that.

In 77 games so far in 2021-22, Ovechkin has hit the target 50 times and provided 40 assists for 90 points. He has eight fewer than Auston Matthews, who is the National League’s top scorer.

The latter didn’t score against the “Caps”, but racked up assists on the successes of his teammates Ilya Lyubushkin and Jason Spezza. Ilya Mikheyev was the other goalscorer for the Leafs while TJ Oshie, Lars Eller and Marcus Johansson moved the ropes in the Washington club’s camp.

In a penalty shootout, Alexander Kerfoot ended the debate in favor of Queen City’s formation in the seventh round of that final stage of play.

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