Auston Matthews continues to lead the way

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The National Hockey League had a total of 10 games on Saturday, and fantasy managers were treated to a handful of huge performances from some of the biggest stars, a few other surprising stat lines from lesser players and a total of three shutouts for goaltenders. We had a total of 60 goals, or 6.0 goals per game, which is always good for fantasy purposes. The NHL also welcomed 3,000 or more fans to the arena in Columbus, Dallas, Philadelphia and Raleigh, as the teams slowly try to get back to some sense of normalcy. Let's get started!

Philadelphia Flyers 3, Boston Bruins 2

Jeremy Swayman made the start again for the B's on Saturday, but the third time was not a charm. He suffered his first NHL loss after winning his first two starts.

Patrice Bergeron helped the B's to a 1-0 lead after just 5:38, as Craig Smith and Brad Marchand picked up helpers to get Boston off to a good start on the road.

However, Travis Konecny and Shayne Gostisbehere, who scored on the power play, made it 2-1 heading to the room after 20 minutes.

Jake DeBrusk leveled the score 2-2 at 11:45 of the second period, but Sean Couturier ended up with a goal at 6:59 of the third period on the game-winning tally, with assists to James van Riemsdyk and Joel Farabee.

That helped make a winner out of Brian Elliott, as he stopped 30 of the 32 shots to move to 11-5-1 with a 2.87 goals-against average and .894 save percentage.

Dallas Stars 4, Florida Panthers 1

The Stars continued to keep the Panthers down, as Florida has tied a season high with three straight losses. In fact, Florida has been outscored 12-3, or an average of 4-1, as was the final on Saturday.

Jason Robertson and Joel L'Esperance got the home side off to a big start, scoring two goals in the first 1:49 against Sergei Bobrovsky. Jamie Benn scored on the power play at 9:03, making it 3-0 before some of the 4,165 paid fans settled into the seats.

The offense quieted down until two seconds left in the second, as Aleksander Barkov notched a power-play marker to slice the head to 3-1.

Robertson notched an unassisted goal just 81 seconds into the third for his first two-goal game in the NHL. He has registered nine goals and 21 points with a plus-9 rating across the 22 games to emerge as a useful fantasy option.

Anton Khudobin allowed a goal on 21 shots to improve to 9-9-4 with a 2.34 GAA and .914 SV%.

Detroit Red Wings 5, Carolina Hurricanes 4 (SO)

Martin Necas is another young star for the up-and-coming Hurricanes. He struck for his 11th goal to open the scoring, pairing with Vincent Trocheck and Dougie Hamilton for the 1-0 lead.

Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha flipped things to make it 2-1, while Jordan Staal evened things up before the end of the first period. It wasn't a great day for fantasy managers to have either Thomas Greiss or Petr Mrazek in their lineups.

Hamilton posted his second point with an unassisted midway through the second, while Valtteri Filppula had an unassisted goal late in the period to make even yet again.

In the third, Adam Erne posted his 10th goal of the season on an unassisted goal, while Sebastian Aho notched his 17th at 16:00 of the third with Necas back with primary assist. It was 4-4, and the teams headed for overtime.

After a scoreless OT, Greiss and Mrazek took it to a shootout. Larkin and Andrei Svechnikov scored earl in the shootout before the goalies shut it down. It went all the way to the seventh round before Erne snuck one past Mrazek.

Chicago Blackhawks 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 3

Michael Del Zotto and Cam Atkinson scored goals in the first 3:13 of the game, and it appeared it was going to be a good night for the home team.

Alex DeBrincat had other ideas. He scored a power play goal, and later he had an assist to give him 40 points. He has reached 40 points for the fourth time in four NHL seasons.

Carl Soderberg, Wyatt Kalynuk and Dylan Strome notched goals, too, giving Chicago four unanswered goals. Patrik Laine scored late with the extra attacker, so Strome's goal late in the second stood up as the game-winning tally.

Kevin Lankinen posted 23 saves on 26 shots to improve to 15-11-4 with a 2.78 GAA and .915 SV% in 30 starts, as he has kept the Blackhawks afloat this season. They were picked near the bottom of the division before the season, but a surprising performance from Lankinen has given them a chance most nights.

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Winnipeg Jets 5, Montreal Canadiens 0

Jake Allen and Connor Hellebuyck exchanged donuts in the first period. Hellebuyck continued to shut the Canadiens down, but Allen gave up plenty.

Paul Stastny scored an unassisted goal at 10:13 of the second period to open the scoring, and since the Habs were unable to score, it stood up as the game-winning goal. He has two GWG in the past eight games, and four overall this season.

Nikolaj Ehlers notched a power-play goal late in the second with a helper to Andrew Copp, and Copp came back later in the third on the power play with Ehlers helping out. Copp now has 14 goals, which is already a career high, and 19 assists which ties his previous best from 2017-18.

Hellebuyck picked up his 22nd career shutout, and Winnipeg now has 14 road victories to tie the Toronto Maple Leafs for the NHL lead in wins away from home.

Toronto Maple Leafs 6, Ottawa Senators 5

The Maple Leafs saw Jack Campbell make history yet again. Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner joined some rarified air, too.

For Campbell, he allowed five goals on 32 shots, but the offense bailed him out as he moved to 11-0-0. He is the first goalie in NHL history to open a season with 11 straight victories.

Matthews posted three goals with an assist with a plus-2 rating, good for his third-career hat trick and 38th multi-goal game. Matthews is the first U.S.-born player to score 30 or more goals in each of his first five NHL seasons, and he has 31 goals through 38 games. That's the most for a Leafs player since Rick Vaive had 34 goals in 38 games in 1983-84.

Mitch Marner posted a goal and four points with a plus-2 rating, and he and Matthews have 50 points through 41 games. It has been 79 years since the Leafs had two players tally at least 50 points through 41 games since Billy Taylor Sr. and Lorne Carr did in 39 games in 1942-43.

Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Nashville Predators 0

Andrei Vasilevskiy went for 36 saves in the 3-0 road victory, as he improved to 25-6-1 with a 2.00 GAA And .932 SV% in his 32 starts. He now has four shutouts, second in the league behind Colorado's Philipp Grubauer with a league-best five shutouts.

Ross Colton, Erik Cernak and Yanni Gourde went for goals to make it 3-0. Gourde had the secondary helper on Colton's opening goal, and Colton's goal stood up as the game winner.

Colton has surprised lately, going for five goals in six games in April, and he has goals in each of his past three outings. In addition, Colton's goals are timely, posting four of his seven goals for a game winner.

Pekka Rinne ended up allowing just two goals on 33 shots, but the offense couldn't help him out.

St. Louis Blues 3, Minnesota Wild 2 (OT)

The Wild got off to a quick start with Nico Sturm opening the scoring late in the first period, and it looks like Ville Husso might be in for a long afternoon. He bounced back nicely.

Mike Hoffman notched a power-play goal to even the game at 1-1 before Matt Dumba restored the lead with a goal on the man advantage.

Hoffman was back late in the third, notching a goal with the extra attacker to force overtime. That's when Ryan O'Reilly saved the day with his 17th goal with help from Brayden Schenn and Vince Dunn. In fact, Dunn assisted on all three of his team's goals.

Husso allowed just the two goals on 30 shots to give the Blues a much-needed victory.

Calgary Flames 5, Edmonton Oilers 0

Mike Smith and Jacob Markstrom exchanged goose eggs in the first 20 minutes, but like we saw in the Montreal-Winnipeg game earlier, one goalie kept it up, another fell apart.

Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm and Mark Giordano each scored goals in the second period to make a winner out of Markstrom.

Backlund, Gaudreau and Giordano also added helpers to chip in with two points in the Battle of Alberta. Brett Ritchie also got onto the scoresheet to cap the scoring.

Los Angeles Kings 4, San Jose Sharks 2

The Sharks had been dominating the Kings this season, winning six of the first seven meetings. Not Saturday.

Jeff Carter opened the scoring at 11:43 with his eighth goal before Dylan Gambrell evened things up 1-1.

Andreas Athanasiou, Alex Iafallo and Dustin Brown notched goals in the second period to help Los Angeles pull away. Brown's goal was on the power play, and he added a secondary helper on Iafallo's goal to help him join Athanasiou and Carter in the multi-point club.

Martin Jones allowed four goals on 19 shots in the first two periods before getting pulled in favor of Josef Korenar. The latter made seven saves in his period of work, as he apparently will be the new backup with Devan Dubnyk traded to the Colorado Avalanche.