Darcy Kuemper Back On Track

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The National Hockey League had a total of 11 games on Saturday. Two of the games in the Central Division were decided in overtime, but six of the 11 battles were a little lopsided, decided by three or more goals. We didn't have any giant fantasy performances, but we did have some notable showings. And we also had one shutout, too. It was an exciting night all around. I even was able to play late Saturday afternoon in Raleigh, and potted the game-winning goal in our team's first victory of the season. Yeah, I am averaging a point per game in two outings this season. But, no, leave me on the waiver wire. Let's get started!

Pittsburgh Penguins 4, New Jersey Devils 2

We had some nice, round numbers for the home side. Jeff Carter struck for his 10th goal midway through the first period. Bryan Rust potted his 20th at 7:30 of the second, and it stood up as the game-winning tally, and Sidney Crosby also had an empty-net goal for his 20th of the season.

That Sid the Kid goal came with one second left in regulation, and ended up flipping Under tickets to a push. Ouch. But imagine if you had the puck line, laying the goal and a half. Nice!

For the visitors, Jack Hughes scored his 11th, with Yegor Sharangovich and Will Butcher helping out. Miles Wood also got on the board with his 15th, but it was too little and too late.

The only special teams goal came off the stick of Jared McCann, scoring on the power play, with Jake Guentzel reaching 30 assists for the second time in this career. He added another later.

Casey DeSmith posted a win to move to 11-6-0 with a 2.42 GAA and .913 SV%, getting the nod again over Tristan Jarry.

St. Louis Blues 5, Colorado Avalanche 3

Things got off to a good start for the Avs, as Cale Makar scored on the power play and Gabriel Landeskog potted his 17th to make it 2-0 through just 3:01. Jordan Binnington settled down, though, and allowed just one goal in the final 57 minutes.

Ryan O'Reilly netted his 18th and 19th in the first period to tie it up, and Ivan Barbashev set the Blues to the room happy with a 3-2 lead.

Nathan MacKinnon hit on the power play to tie the game 3-3, as Makar picked up his third point with a second assist.

The first half of the third was quiet, but Mike Hoffman struck at 11:19 from Torey Krug and O'Reilly for the GWG.

O'Reilly then netted his 20th for the hat trick, delivering into the empty net.

Washington Capitals 6, New York Islanders 3

The Capitals had plenty of fantasy studs, but it wasn't the usual suspects doing the damage. Washington did a great job picking up the slack with Alexander Ovechkin on the shelf after suffering a lower-body injury Thursday.

Evgeny Kuznetsov picked up the slack with a goal and two assists, while Daniel Sprong stepped up with two goals.

Brenden Dillon also joined the multi-point club with a pair of helpers, and he cashed in with a plus-4 rating, a blocked shot and four hits.

Nic Dowd, Garnet Hathaway and T.J. Oshie also found their way onto the scoresheet, too.

For the home side, all goals were of the special teams variety. Anthony Beauvillier reached 10 goals with a score on the man advantage, Adam Pelech hit on a shorthanded goal and Jean-Gabriel Pageau registered the power-ply goal.

Ilya Sorokin allowed a career-high six goals on 30 shots in the loss, with Ilya Samsonov stopping 21 of 24 shots for the win.

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Florida Panthers 4, Carolina Hurricanes 3 (OT)

The Panthers ended up going 0-6-2 against the Hurricanes during the regular season, and Saturday's game might have been their best effort yet.

Dougie Hamilton got the visitors off on the right foot with his seventh of the season, but MacKenzie Weegar started off his big night with his fourth goal. Jonathan Huberdeau and Sam Bennett chipped in with assists.

In the second, Hamilton potted a power-play goal to push Carolina back out front, and Brett Pesce started the third with a goal at 3:04 to make it 3-1.

The Panthers scratched back, though, as Gustav Forsling and Alex Wennberg, shorthanded, tied the game back up at 3-3 with a little over 13 to play.

The scoring stopped, however, as Alex Nedeljkovic and Chris Driedger keep the opponent off the board. In overtime, Aleksander Barkov struck just 24 seconds into the extra session for the win.

Weegar ended up with the goal and four points, becoming the seventh defenseman in franchise history with four points in a single game to tie a club record.

Dallas Stars 2, Detroit Red Wings 1 (OT)

The Red Wings tossed up a touchdown in the first meeting of this back-to-back at LCA. Detroit was held down in this one.

Dennis Cholowski lit the lamp for his first of the season to make it 1-0 for the home side, and that stood up until Mark Pysyk struck at 3:52 of the third period.

The scoring was quite again until Jamie Benn posted his 10th goal of the season, his 12th straight NHL season with 10 or more goals.

In a losing effort, Jonathan Bernier stopped 50 of the 52 shots he faced, becoming just the seventh goaltender to make 50 saves in a single game since 1955-56. He is also just the second for the Red Wings to do it in the past 40 years, joining Jimmy Howard, who had 51 saves on Jan. 7, 2010 against L.A.

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Winnipeg Jets 1

Nikolaj Ehlers got off to a quick start, posting his 21st goal just 39 seconds into the game. It didn't rattle Jack Campbell, however, and he shut it down the rest of the way.

Joe Thornton leveled the score, and Mitch Marner struck for his 17th goal for the eventual game-winning goal. Nick Foligno picked up the secondary helper on the GWG, and he has two points in two games since clearing quarantine and debuting after his acquisition from the Jackets.

John Tavares and Alexander Kerfoot finished off the scoring for the well-balanced Leafs, who did not have any multi-point performers, but 12 players with at least one point.

Calgary Flames 5, Montreal Canadiens 2

Cayden Primeau made his first start of the season, and just the third appearance of his NHL career. He did OK, but Jacob Markstrom earned the much-needed win and was a lot better.

Markstrom allowed two goals on 32 shots to earn the victory, while Johnny Gaudreau was the prime Primeau pest (say that three times), notching two goals with a plus-2 rating and six shots on goal.

Derek Ryan had two helpers, and he has three assists in the past two games. It's his first time with points in consecutive games since Jan. 9-11, 2020, so yeah, no fantasy value here.

Leading Habs goal scorer Tyler Toffoli struck on the power play for his 24th. He also had 24 goals last season splitting time between Los Angeles and Vancouver, and he had 24 in 2017-18 for the Kings. He still has work to do to hit the 31 goals he scored in 2015-16 in L.A., but that also happened in 82 games.

Tomas Tatar also checked out of this game with a lower-body injury, and he is considered day to day.

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Minnesota Wild 6, San Jose Sharks 3

The Wild had 12 guys notch at least one point as they doubled up the Sharks and took care of San Jose yet again.

Kaapo Kahkonen loved all the support, as he allowed three goals on 30 shots.

Ryan Suter, Marcus Foligno and Jared Spurgeon got the Wild off to a 3-0 lead after one period, and Kevin Fiala made it 4-0 through two periods before the alarm clock went off for the Sharks.

Logan Couture hit for his 15th, as Rudolfs Balcer and Tim Meier helped out. Kirill Kaprizov added to his rookie scoring record with his 22nd goal, a power-play tally, and then Evander Kane answered for the home side. Joachim Blichfeld made things a little interesting, cutting the lead to 5-3 with 14 to play, but Nick Bonino found the empty net to end up doubling up the Wild.

To make matters worse for the home side, Ryan Getzlaf was forced out with an upper-body ailment.

Vegas Golden Knights 5, Anaheim Ducks 1

The Golden Knights fired out to a 2-0 lead. Or, should I say, Chandler Stephenson fired out to a 2-0 lead. He netted his 11th and 12th of the season to get things off to a good start.

William Carrier added his fifth in the second period, and it took all the way until 2:00 into the third before the Ducks could get on the board. Sam Steel showed some resolve with his fifth goal, but William Karlsson dashed the Anaheim hopes with his 12th, and Shea Theodore then nailed the coffin shut at 7:17.

Stephenson also had a secondary apple on Theodore's goal for a third point, and both Pietrangelo and Theodore had two-point nights.

John Gibson was clubbed for five goals, while Robin Lehner allowed just one goal on 24 shots to breeze to the win.

Vancouver Canucks 4, Ottawa Senators 2

The Senators saw Matt Murray exit with a lower-body injury early in the second period, thrusting Marcus Hogberg into action. He became the goalie of record when Evgenii Dadonov tied it up in the third to make it 2-2 with an unassisted goal.

Anton Forsberg was actually expected to start in between the pipes, but he was hurt in pregame warmups. Ouch.

Tanner Pearson managed his ninth goal of the season, and it was the game-winning tally, while J.T. Miller hit double digits for the season to make it 4-2 into the empty net.

Bo Horvat had primary assist on both of the third-period goals, while Miller ended up with a goal and an assist, helping out on Brock Boeser's power-play goal.

That was good enough for Braden Holtby, who allowed two goals on 28 shots. He has won all three of his starts in the month of April.

Arizona Coyotes 4, Los Angeles Kings 0

The final game of the evening saw the best goaltender performance, at least in terms of goals allowed.

Kuemper turned aside all 26 of the shots he faced for his second shutout of the season, leveling his record at 9-9-2 with a 2.38 GAA and .912 SV%.

John Hayden scored his first of the season, as the former Yale standout was helped out by Derick Brassard. The latter notched his 500th NHL point with the apple.

Lawson Crouse scored, and Alex Goligoski and Phil Kessel had assisted to make it 2-0. Goligoski had the only helper on Jakob Chychrun's power-play goal, while Phil Kessel posted an unassisted goal at 12:56 to close out the scoring.