The Flames moved another step closer to the franchise’s third division title in the last 25 seasons with a 4-2 win over the Ducks.
Defenseman Michael Stone, playing in just his seventh game of the season, had his first goal since May and with an assist, he recorded his first multiple-point game since March 17, 2018.
“It was nice,” Stone said. “I had, I don’t know how many chances. I think I hit every defenseman on their team at least once. It was nice to finally hit the net.”
Stone’s goal proved to be the game-winner and it came in his 500th career NHL game.
Scoring the game-winner in your 500th @NHL game.
Pretty awesome. pic.twitter.com/lEaY5mFQpT
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 7, 2022
Goals by Elias Lindholm and Tyler Toffoli gave Calgary a two-goal lead and Matthew Tkachuk scored with 35 seconds left as Calgary moved six points ahead of Edmonton in the Pacific Division standings.
Calgary (+900) trails only Colorado among Western Conference teams in the odds to win the Stanley Cup championship.
Trevor Zegras and Adam Henrique scored for Anaheim which lost its seventh straight game at home.
Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf, who recently announced that he will retire at the end of the season, didn’t play due to a lower-body injury.
Ville Husso stopped 28 of 29 shots as the Blues topped the visiting Kraken 4-1 to move within a point of second place in the Central Division standings.
Robert Thomas, Justin Faulk Jordan Kyrou and Ryan O’Reilly scored for St. Louis which is 5-0-1 in its last six games. Husso improved to 13-2-1 at home with a save percentage of .938, the third-best mark in the NHL for a goalie with at least 10 appearances at home. Thomas extended his career-best point-scoring streak to seven games.
Jordan Eberle was the only Seattle player to get by Husso as he scored his 17th goal of the season.
John Carlson had two goals and two assists as the Capitals held off the Lightning for a 4-3 win.
It was the third career four-point game for Carlson. Fellow defenseman Martin Fehervary opened the scoring for Washington. Alexander Ovechkin added a goal which was his 1,400th career point and an assist for Washington which leads the Islanders by 13 points in the race for the second wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.
Nikita Kucherov, Nick Paul and Ross Colton scored for Tampa Bay which lost its third in a row to fall into fourth place in the Atlantic Division although the Lightning is tied with Boston with 93 points.
It was a costly night for two teams vying for Western Conference playoff spots.
The Jets fell 3-1 to the visiting Red Wings as Sam Gagner scored twice and Michael Rasmussen had a goal for the fourth time in the last five games. The win carried a Las Vegas odds payout of +235 for Detroit.
Thomas Greiss, who was 0-5 with a 5.72 goals-against average and a .840 save percentage in his last eight appearances, had 32 saves to pick up his first win since February 17.
Winnipeg, which could have moved within five points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, got a goal from Mark Scheifele but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Jets from losing their third game in a row.
The Golden Knights remained a point out of the second wildcard position in the Western Conference with a 5-1 loss to the visiting Canucks.
Elias Pettersson had two goals and two assists. Something of note for those who bet online, it was his third two-goal effort in the last five games.
Bo Horvat, Tanner Pearson and Brad Richardson also scored for Vancouver which snapped a three-game losing streak to Vegas. The four-goal win carried an NHL betting lines total of +2200. Thatcher Demko had 33 saves giving him just his second win in his last eight appearances.
Jack Eichel scored for Vegas giving him five goals and two assists in the last six games. Vegas had won its previous five games to climb back into the playoff race.