The last of the four division races was wrapped up during Tuesday night’s NHL action.
Vincent Trocheck, who was considered a game-time decision, had a goal and an assist as the visiting Carolina Hurricanes topped the New York Rangers, 4-3, to wrap up the Metropolitan Division title.
With Carolina’s top two goalies, Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta, injured, rookie Pyotr Kochetkov made 31 saves as the Hurricanes set franchise records with 53 wins and 114 points matching the marks set during the 2005-06 season when Carolina won the Stanley Cup.
Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Jordan Martinook also scored for the Hurricanes. Aho’s goal was his 400th career point. Aho is the fourth player selected in the 2015 NHL Draft to hit the 400-point mark.
Chris Kreider scored his 53rd goal of the season for the Rangers who clinched second place in the division and home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. Kreider’s goal gave him sole possession of 10th place on the Rangers’ career goal-scoring list. Jacob Trouba and Alexis Lafreniere also had goals for the Rangers.
Valeri Nichuskin, Erik Johnson and Josh Manson scored second-period goals to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues in a matchup of playoff-bound teams from the Western Conference.
Artturi Lehkonen and Nazem Kadri also scored for Colorado to match the franchise record of 118 points in a season set by the 2000-01 Stanley Cup-winning team.
Ryan O’Reilly scored twice in a span of 1:04 to pull St. Louis within a goal late in the third period before Kadri’s empty-net goal iced the game.
Both teams were missing key forwards. For Colorado, Mikko Rantanen missed his fourth game in a row with a non-COVID illness. He did skate on Tuesday and is nearing a return. Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is also getting closer to a return but that is not expected until the postseason. David Perron missed the game for St. Louis with a lower-body injury while Brayden Schenn missed his third game in a row.
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Jake DeBrusk’s third-period goal and 19 saves from Ullmark lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers as Boston prevented Florida from clinching the President’s Trophy by recording the most points in the NHL.
Erik Haula and Taylor Hall scored six seconds apart in the second period to give Boston its first lead of the game before Sam Reinhart tied the game with a second to play in the period.
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Brad Marchand, who assisted on the DeBrusk goal, added an empty-net goal for the Bruins.
Gustav Forsling opened the scoring for Florida as he became the Panthers’ third defenseman to score at least 10 goals this season. Jonathan Huberdeau was held without a point for just the second time in his last 20 games.
Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-1 win against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.
Stamkos reached the 100-point mark for the first time in his career when he scored his second goal of the game. He also passed Martin St. Louis to become the Lightning’s all-time leading scorer.
Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay which won its fourth straight game and remained three points ahead of Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division.
Stamkos has seven goals and 14 assists in his last seven games while Kucherov has goals in seven straight games.
Oliver Bjorkstand had the goal for Columbus.
Auston Matthews hit the 60-goal mark as he scored twice in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 3-0 win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Matthews is the first American-born player to hit the 60-goal mark.
John Tavares had the other goal and Jack Campbell stopped 20 shots for his fifth shutout of the season as Toronto clinched second place in the Atlantic Division.
Matthew Tkachuk scored with one second left in the third period and Elias Lindholm scored in overtime as the Calgary Flames topped the Nashville Predators 5-4.
Dillon Dube scored twice giving him eight goals over his last seven games and Noah Hanifin had the other goal for Calgary.
Filip Forsberg scored twice for Nashville while Matt Duchene added a goal and two assists. Defenseman Roman Josi had a goal and two assists giving him 93 points this season, the most by a defenseman since Phil Housley’s 97 points during the 1992-93 season.
Nashville clinched a playoff spot despite the loss.
Miro Heiskanen scored in the seventh round of the shootout to lift the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
Jason Robertson scored twice including his 40th goal of the season for Dallas while Jake Oettinger had 33 saves as Dallas is on the brink of becoming the final team to secure a playoff berth. Dallas leads Vegas by four points and both teams have two games remaining. Dallas would have to lose its final two games in regulation and Vegas would need to win both of its games for the Golden Knights to sneak into the postseason.
Chandler Stephenson and Williams Carrier had goals for Vegas.
Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists to move closer to another NHL scoring title as he led the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. NHL odds Moneyline for a four-goal win by the Oilers was +2000.
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Evander Kane added a goal and an assist while Zach Hyman, Zack Kassian and Evan Bouchard also scored for Edmonton.
Jeff Carter had the goal for Pittsburgh.
Defensemen Ryan Pulock and Noah Dobson scored to list the visiting New York Islanders to a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals.
Casey Cizikas and Anders Lee also scored for the Islanders.
Washington, playing without injured 50-goal scorer Alexander Ovechkin, took the early lead on a Conor Sheary goal. The loss kept Washington from moving past Pittsburgh and into third place in the Metropolitan Division standings.
Quinn Hughes had a goal and two assists as the Vancouver Canucks rolled to a 5-2 win over the visiting Seattle Kraken.
Hughes set a franchise record for points (64) by a defenseman set by Doug Lidster during the 1986-87 campaign.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson added a goal and an assist for Vancouver which was eliminated from playoff contention despite the win. Spencer Martin had 31 saves to pick up his second career NHL win.
Jordan Eberle and Morgan Geekie had the goals for Seattle with scored only once in eight power-play opportunities.
Max Comtois and Sonny Milano each had a goal and an assist as the visiting Anaheim Ducks topped the San Jose Sharks 5-2. The Ducks winning by three goals carried an NHL betting lines payout of +800.
Josh Mahura and Zach Aston-Reese had third-period goals as Anaheim pulled away after Brent Burns and Thomas Bordeleau scored for San Jose to make it a one-goal game.
Drake Batherson’s overtime goal gave the Ottawa Senators a 5-4 win against the visiting New Jersey Devils. Those who bet online might be interested to know that it was the fourth time in the last six games that an Ottawa game had at least seven combined goals scored.
Batherson and Tim Stutzle each had two goals for Ottawa with Stutzle adding two assists.
Nolan Foote, who had one goal in his first 10 NHL games, scored twice for the Devils.
Travis Boyd’s goal midway through the third period lifted the Arizona Coyotes over the playoff-bound Minnesota Wild 5-3.
Phil Kessel added an insurance goal as well as an assist while Jack McBain, Antoine Roussel and Anton Stralman also scored for the Coyotes.
Minnesota, battling with St. Louis for second place in the Central Division, had a goal and an assist each from Marcus Foligno and Joel Eriksson Ek.