Tuesday was a big night on the NHL schedule
The league’s high-scoring season continued Tuesday night as 10 games took place across the NHL. The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Vancouver Canucks 8-6 at PNC arena in Raleigh to lead the night in goals. The Canucks led the Hurricanes 5-2 heading into the third period when Carolina scored 4 goals in 5:56; then added another two tallies before the end of the game. A massive 6 goals in the third period by the Hurricanes allowed them to come away with the victory. Carolina’s Elias Lindholm and Jordan Staal each returned from injury and immediately chipped in on offense putting up 2 points each. Justin Faulk, Victor Rask, Jeff Skinner, and Derek Ryan each registered 3 points on the night to help their team to victory in the offensive showcase.
Outside of North Carolina, there was certainly no lack of offensive power. 69 goals were scored across 10 games total throughout the league. At least 4 goals were scored in 9 out of the 10 Tuesday night meetings. For years the NHL has looked to increase scoring in order to up their viewership and fan base and it seems to be working. The game is becoming faster and more reliant on pure skill than ever before. Teams have dropped their third and fourth line brawlers for fast, skilled, young players who can provide depth scoring.
The Chicago Blackhawks brought the New York Rangers three-game winning streak to an end by defeating them 2-1. They were the only Metropolitan team to lose, as the division continued its league dominance with another 3 wins coming from Washington, Carolina, and Columbus. The Blue Jackets got their seventh win in a row against Connor McDavid and the Oilers, while the Capitals got their fifth straight win against the Islanders 4-2 with two goals coming from defenseman Matt Niskanen.
The Arizona Coyotes defeated Detroit 4-1 with another fantastic performance from goaltender Mike Smith. Smith made 37 saves on the night and boosted his season save percentage to .926. The netminder has faced a whopping 344 shots in his last 9 games played and has allowed only 21 goals in that time. With his team averaging over 38 shots against per game, Smith will have to maintain this level of elite play if Arizona wants a shot at winning any games this year. Rookies chipped in with 19-year-old Lawson Crouse scoring his 2nd of the year and 21-year-old Anthony DeAngelo registering his 3rd.
Nashville, Buffalo, and Dallas each had 6 goals on the night with Minnesota right behind them with 5. All four teams dominated their opponent, winning by a minimum margin of 3. Jack Eichel continued his sophomore season success with a 3 point night, putting him up to 8 points in 7 games played on the year. Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists for the Stars, leading his team to a win against Anaheim. Captain Mike Fisher led his team with 2 goals on the night to send St Louis home with the blues. The Minnesota Wild handled the Panthers from the start of the game, taking a 5-0 lead before Dylan McIlrath provided the offensive tally for Florida, but at 15:36 of the third period it was too late.
In the only game of the night to get past regulation, the San Jose Sharks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shootout. 2016 first overall pick Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist, but his team fell short in the shootout as they failed to get one past Martin Jones. Leafs goalie Frederick Andersen saw the bulk of action during the matchup, recording 40 saves on 42 shots and a .952 save percentage on the night.