The National Hockey League (NHL) is the most competitive and entertaining. This season of the NHL has been full of surprises, with a couple of teams exceeding expectations as the season approaches halfway. Here we will look at the latest results in this current NHL season and preview favorites and underdogs for the Stanley Cup. Eleven games took place on this day, but we will highlight the key ones and recap how the game went.
Philadelphia Flyers Vs Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins were at home against the visiting Flyers side. Bruins handed the 76ers a humiliating loss in this game as they won by six goals to nil. The Flyers, who headed into this game on a three-game winning streak, had their good run cut short by a dominant Bruins side. The Bruins were excellent on both ends of the ice in this game, but the defense particularly stood out. The Bruins’ goalie Jeremy Swayman was the star of the game as he made 29 saves to deny the Flyers any scoring opportunity.
The Flyers couldn’t get things going for themselves on Sunday. Their main issue was getting past Bruins’ goalie Jeremy Swayman whose performance was simply out of this world. He kept out all of the Flyers’ shots on goal. This was why the team lost by such a considerable margin.
On Monday, Boston Bruins forward David Krejci participated in his 1,000th NHL game and assisted on three goals. David Pastrnak and Pavel Zacha received his assists. The Bruins, who are arguably the best team in the NHL, currently won for the sixth time in seven games thanks to two goals each from Pastrnak and Zacha. Matt Grzelcyk and Brad Marchand also scored a goal each.
Washington Capitals Vs New York Islanders
The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders faced off for the first time this season, and it was nothing short of exciting. It was a case of an impressive comeback win for the Capitals, who found themselves down by three goals by the second period. The Capitals turned things around in the second and third periods to take the game to overtime. The Capitals scored in overtime to complete the comeback and win the game.
The Capitals looked like a shadow of themselves in this game until the second period. The Capitals’ initial response came from Garnet Hathaway. After his goal, Washington pulled within one three minutes later thanks to a connection between Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom. A backhanded Backstrom pass led to Wilson, whose soaring shot from close range defeated Sorokin. The Capitals pulled even at three minutes into the final frame. T.J. Oshie scored the goal that tied the game. After 60 minutes of play, the teams entered overtime, and Dmitry Orlov scored the game-winning goal.
New York Islanders
Sebastian Aho gave the Islanders the lead early in the first period. Less than 10 minutes later, Matt Martin increased New York’s advantage to two goals with a shot deflection that beat Darcy Kuemper. The Islanders led by two goals at the end of the first period. Early in the second quarter, the Islanders kept up their offensive pressure. Hudson Faschin’s poor effort deflected off the far post and into the goal behind a startled Kuemper. That was the last significant offensive action from the Islanders as the Capitals took over from the second period.
New Jersey Devils Vs San Jose Sharks
This is another exciting game that went to overtime. It was an interconference match between two teams that were in various circumstances. The New Jersey Devils, who were playing on the road, entered the contest fresh off a road win over the Los Angeles Kings in the second game of a back-to-back. Meanwhile, San Jose’s most recent game saw them get destroyed at home by Edmonton on Friday night. The Sabres threatened to pull the upset in this game, but the Devils eventually won the game 4-3.
New Jersey Devils
In what wasn’t the prettiest win for the Devils, Jack Hughes of New Jersey scored with 8.6 seconds remaining in regulation to draw the match. Ryan Graves and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devil. Vitek Vanecek, the goalie, made 28 stops. After extra, the score remained tied, and Tomas Tatar scored the New Jersey Devils’ winning goal in the shootout. This was indeed a hard-fought victory for the Devils.
San Jose Sharks
After going a goal down in the early minutes of the first period, Timo Meier scored to draw level for the Sharks. Erik Karlsson’s power-play goal gave the Sharks the lead at that point. In the third session, their lead was reduced, and the contest appeared to be getting much closer. With a goal from Nick Bonino, the Sharks retook the lead. If not for a late score by the Devils, they would have won the game with this.
The games above were the highlight of the game day, with the Devils versus Sharks game undoubtedly in contest for the game of the week as it was filled with nerve-wracking moments.
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