It wasn’t the best night to be a goalie in the NHL as the winner of two of the three games on a light Monday night schedule lit the lamp seven times and each of the three contests went over the NHL betting lines total.
Let’s start out in Los Angeles, where the visiting Boston Bruins rolled to a 7-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Jake DeBrusk continued his red-hot play with his first career NHL hat trick, giving him seven goals and two assists over the last five games. He led the Bruins with six shots on the goal and is thriving since being moved onto the top line alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. DeBrusk didn’t have more than one goal in his first 45 games this season but has two multiple-goal games in the last three contests.
🎥 Coach Cassidy on Jake DeBrusk’s hat trick against the Kings: “Happy for him. It’s made us a more dangerous lineup, obviously, when he’s going and contributing on that line.” pic.twitter.com/aGHO5Siw0d
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 1, 2022
Erik Haula recorded his two-goal game since Dec. 23, 2019, as the Bruins won in Los Angeles for the fourth game in a row. The seven goals scored by Boston were the most in a game at Los Angeles since 2007. The Bruins winning by at least five goals carried a Las Vegas odds moneyline of +1100.
Jeremy Swayman stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season. He lowered his goals-against average to 1.95, which is tied for the best mark in the NHL. Among goalies with at least 10 appearances since Jan. 1, Swayman leads the NHL with a 1.46 GAA and is second only to Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers in save percentage.
It was Boston’s fifth win in a row, its longest of the season. The Bruins have won four straight road games for the second time this season. The Bruins’ previous six road contests all went under the total.
Los Angeles outshot Boston 34-32. Something to note for those who bet online: It was the 21st straight game when Los Angeles outshot its opponent, the second-longest streak in NHL history.
Devil of a Month
The New Jersey Devils continued its goal-scoring explosion with three goals in each of the first two periods in a 7-2 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks. The Devils have 18 goals in the last three games and this was the third time in the last seven games that they scored seven times. Ryan Graves and Jesper Bratt scored in a span of 1:14 in the second period to turn a 4-1 lead into a 6-1 advantage.
The Devils had four players with at least 10 points in the month of February, with Jack Hughes, Yegor Sharangovich, Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt combining for three goals and five assists in the Vancouver game. Rookie Dawson Mercer added a goal and an assist giving him three goals and two assists in the last four games. Jesper Boqvist, who was scoreless in the last four games, also had a goal and an assist as New Jersey finished February with 4.33 goals per game, the second-highest total in the NHL.
Tanner Pearson scored for the fourth time in the last five games for Vancouver.
Leafs Pile On
Rasmus Sandin had the winning goal with 3:23 left to play as the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs topped the Washington Capitals 5-3. Sandin also assisted on the opening goal of the game for his first multiple-point outing since Nov. 24. His goal put the game over the 6½-goal total.
John Tavares and Mitchell Marner had two assists each as Toronto won its third straight game. The Maple Leafs scored 15 times in the last two games. Toronto’s success is no fluke as the Maple Leafs (+900) have the fourth-best odds to win the Stanley Cup. Toronto is just a game out of first place in the Atlantic Division.
Toronto scored an NHL-best 51 goals in the month of February. Marner (nine goals, 14 assists) and Matthews (nine goals, 10 assists) were the top two scorers in the NHL during the month,
Tom Wilson scored his 16th and 17th goals, one on the power play and the other shorthanded, as Washington rallied from two goals down to tie the game early in the third period before suffering its sixth straight loss at home. The Capitals have the worst points percentage at home since Jan. 1 with a 2-8-1 record. Washington still has a 10-point lead on Columbus for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite its recent struggles.