NHL: Patrice Bergeron scores three goals in Bruins’ 5-0 win over Sabers

Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron led the offense with four points, including three goals, while Linus Ullmark held the line with a 37-save shutout against the Buffalo Sabers.

The TD garden blew up as the Quebec native scored his 400th goal of his career on Thursday night. Left alone in the enclave, Bergeron accepted Charlie McAvoy’s pass to score his third goal of the night. In the third it was already 4-0 when the caps flew off the ice.

Meanwhile, David Pastrnak scored his 40th goal of the season. Recall that he had no activity for three weeks due to an unknown injury.

Linus Ullmark also distinguished himself with his first shutout with the Bruins against his former team. The Swedish keeper is still trying to become the number one keeper in the playoffs, while rookie Jeremy Swaiman is also enjoying good results. Ullmark and Swayman are one of the best goalie combinations in the NHL this season. They have savings percentages of 0.917 and 0.915, respectively.

The Bruins will find out which teams they face in the first round of the playoffs on Friday. Either against the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Carolina Hurricanes.

Boston plays its final game against the Leafs on Friday in Toronto.

Avalanche Breakthrough 2000-01 stamp

Matt Duchene scored the only goal in the shootout and the Nashville Predators won 5-4 over the Colorado Avalanche.

Nonetheless, the Avalanche set a new franchise mark by finishing 119th overall in their 81st game of the season. The record of 118 points has stood since the 2000/2001 season.

Duchene also scored in regular time, as did Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm. With one game to go, Nashville is the No. 1 draft team in the West.

David Rittich made 42 saves, he who could be used as a playoff goalscorer due to Juuse Saros’ injury on Tuesday night.

Predators 5 – Avalanche 4 (Shotout)

The Czech keeper stopped Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Nazem Kadri on penalties.

Cale Makar, Logan O’Connor, Artturi Lehkonen and JT Compher hit the bull’s eye for Colorado first in the West.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots in the loss.

This confrontation was also that of the two main contenders for the Norris Trophy, Makar and Josi. The former leads the NHL with 28 goals and 86 points overall and has a plus-48 difference, while the latter scored his 23rd goal on Thursday and took his production to 95 with a one-goal, one-assist night.

Elsewhere, Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog was skating on Thursday morning and it looks like he’s on course to be in the line-up for his club’s Game 1 in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Rantanen was back in action after a four-game absence due to the virus.

Islanders dominate capital cities

Brock Nelson and Anders Lee scored in the first half and led the New York Islanders to a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Kyle Palmieri and Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders, who improved their home record to 20-15-5.

Mathew Barzal had three assists and Semyon Varlamov had 26 stops. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby denied him a shutout in the third period with 41 seconds to go.

At the end of the season, the Islanders welcome Tampa Bay on Friday. The Lightning beat the Islanders in the third round en route to the Stanley Cup title last year.

Washington remains a point behind Pittsburgh in the race for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Each club has one more game on Friday.

Björkstrand and the Jackets have the upper hand over the Lightning

Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist that helped the Columbus Blue Jackets defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2.

The Lightning secured third place in their section.

Blitz 2 – Blue Jackets 5

The club are a point ahead of Boston with one game left on either side.

Jakub Voracek, Cole Sillinger, Jack Roslovic and Andrew Peeke scored the other Jackets goals while Elvis stopped Merzlikin’s 25 shots.

The Lightning’s response came from Nikita Kucherov and Corey Perry.

Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman each had two assists while Brian Elliott made 30 saves.

The Wild advance to 2nd place in Central

Kirill Kaprizov used a power play to end the debate in overtime and the Wild won 3-2 at the expense of the Calgary Flames.

Flames 2 – Wild 3 (Expansion)

The win moved the Wild into second place in the Central Division, two points ahead of the St. Louis Blues.

If the Wilds pick up at least a point in their final game of the season against the Colorado Avalanche, or if the Blues lose to the Vegas Golden Knights, the Minnesota roster will host the St. Louis roster in the first round of eliminations.

Jonas Brodin and Frédérick Gaudreau also moved the ropes for the Wild. Cam Talbot stopped 31 of 33 pucks aimed at him.

Johnny Gaudreau has threaded the needle for the 40th time this season. Nikita Zadorov also scored for the Flames, who occupy the top division of the Pacific Division.

Jacob Markstrom blocked 22 shots in front of the Alberta squad.

New personal brand for Hyman

Zach Hyman set a career high with his 27th goal, helping the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-4 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks.

Ryan McLeod, Kailer Yamamoto, Derek Ryan and Philip Broberg scored in regulation for Edmonton (48-27-6), who have at least one point at home in their last 14 games (13-0-1).

Sharks 4 – Oilers 5 (Overtime)

NHL’s top scorer Connor McDavid was limited to one assist, bringing his total points to 123 points to play a game.

The Oilers have won six of their last seven games as they prepare to face the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs.

Noah Gregor scored twice, while Scott Reedy and Nick Bonino also scored for the Sharks (32-36-13).

Mikko Koskinen finished the game with 40 saves for the Oilers while James Reimer stopped 26 pucks for the Sharks.

Jay Woodcroft’s roster will wrap up its regular schedule by hosting the Vancouver Canucks on Friday.

As for the Sharks, they took the direction of Seattle to cross swords with the Kraken.

Boeser decides the debate

Brock Boeser was the hero by 29.7 seconds in overtime and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2.

The Kings dominated for most of the game, leading 2-0 in the third period with goals from Adrian Kempe and Gabriel Vilardi.

However, the Canucks came from behind in the third period thanks to the successes of Boeser and Alex Chiasson.

Playing their final home game of the season, the Vancouver side relied on Spencer Martin. Martin stopped 33 of 35 pucks aimed at him.

Cal Petersen made 26 saves for the Kings, who will face the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the playoffs.

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