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The final game of Ryan Getzlaf’s career occurred Sunday as he will not go on the Ducks final road trip. It was a touching tribute to the life-long Duck who won a Stanley Cup in 2007 and leaves the NHL with 282 goals, 737 assists and 960 penalty minutes in 1157 games.

In Montreal, there was also a ceremony but a sad one as the Canadiens honored the life of Guy Lafleur who passed away Friday at the age of 70. The best player in the NHL in the 1970’s, The Flower was the heart of a Canadiens team that won four straight Cups from 1976-79 and dominated the league. Lafleur then retired after the 1984-85 season, was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame and then returned to play with the Rangers in the 1988-89 campaign, followed by two years with the Quebec Nordiques. He had 560 goals and 1353 points in his illustrious career with 42 goals and 65 assists coming in his last three seasons out of Montreal in 165 contests.

There were 11 games in the NHL Sunday.

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Alex Nedeljkovic turned aside all 17 shots as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-0 in a battle of non-playoff teams.

It was Nedeljkovic’s fourth shutout of the season as he saw his record improve to 20-23-9 with a 3.31 GAA and a .901 save percentage. I like him as a late round pick next season as I think the Red Wings and Nedeljkovic will have better seasons.

Offensively, Oskar Sundqvist and Tyler Bertuzzi each had a goal and an assist with each setting up the other. Bertuzzi’s goal to make it 2-0 was into the empty net as was Michael Rasmussen’s 14th of the season.

Andrew Hammond got the start in net for New Jersey and gave up only one goal on 22 shots. He is 4-4-1 with a 3.56 GAA and a .887 save percentage but is 1-4-1 with the Devils after going 3-0-0 with Montreal earlier this season.


The Carolina Hurricanes edged closer to winning the Metropolitan Division as they defeated the New York Islanders 5-2. The win gives Carolina 112 points, four up on the New York Rangers with only two games left while the Rangers have three including an important head-to-head matchup Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Hurricanes got off to a 2-0 lead on goals by Derek Stepan with his ninth, and rookie Seth Jarvis with his 17th. Jarvis scored on the power play with assists going to Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho.

Ross Johnston with his second of the season, cut the lead in half as the first period ended 2-1 Carolina.

Ryan Pulock scored the lone goal of the second period to tie the score at 2 as his fourth of the season was with the man-advantage.

The Hurricanes put it away in the third as Max Domi scored the winner with his 11th of the season. Jesper Fast with his 14th and Brendan Smith with his fourth, scored into the empty net to clinch the win for Carolina.

Tuukka Rask got the start but left at the 12:57 mark of the second period with a lower-body injury. The Hurricanes first string goalie, Frederik Andersen is currently out of action with a lower-body injury that has caused him to miss the last four games. While he will be re-evaluated early in the week, the Hurricanes could be in some trouble if both Andersen and Raanta are not available for the start of the playoffs. Rask made 17-of-18 saves but was not in on the decision.

Pyotr Kochetkov came on in relief and picked up the win, giving up one goal on eight shots. He won both of his games on the weekend, his first two games in the NHL and is 2-0-0 with a 2.03 GAA and a .889 save percentage.

Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves but took his fourth straight loss. He is 9-17-2 this season with a 2.98 GAA and a .910 save percentage.


The Columbus Blue Jackets scored four unanswered goals in the final stanza to beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 Sunday.

The Oilers led 2-1 after two periods as Evander Kane with his 21st, and Leon Draisaitl with his 55th, sandwiched their goals around Eric Robinson’s 10th of the season.

But the third period was a different ballgame as Oliver Bjorkstrand evened the score with his 25th, just 1:36 in and rookie defenseman Nick Blankenburg gave the Blue Jackets the lead with the game-winner on the power play. It was his first career goal in his sixth NHL game. Blankenburg also had an assist on Robinson’s goal and has three points this season.

Jack Roslovic gave Columbus a 4-2 lead with 3:15 left while Cole Sillinger completed the scoring with his 15th.

Elvis Merzlikins turned aside 33 shots as he increased his record to 26-21-7 with a 3.24 GAA and a .907 save percentage. He had a tough stretch where he looked like a mediocre goaltender but has given up more than two goals only once in his last five starts while stopping 137-of-146 pucks.

It was another tough outing for Mikko Koskinen who gave up four goals on 30 shots. He has been surpassed by Mike Smith as the Oilers top netminder after a good start. Koskinen is 25-12-4 with a 3.12 GAA and a .901 save percentage and has given up nine goals on 53 shots in his last two games.

Jakub Voracek had three assists while Gustav Nyquist and Bjorkstrand each had two helpers.

Connor McDavid assisted on both Edmonton goals and has 118 points this season, leading Jonathan Huberdeau by three points.

Zack Kassian had 12 penalty minutes with a misconduct at the end of the first for abuse of officials.

Kane had seven shots on goal while Tyson Barrie had six.


Noah Cates had a pair of goals and an assist to help the Flyers win a rare game Sunday, upending the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1.

Cates helped set up Morgan Frost for the only goal in the first period and then scored the lone goal of the second to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.

Cates with his fifth of the season, made it 3-0 in the third on the power play.

The great Sidney Crosby scored his 31st of the season to get the Penguins on the board but Travis Konecny scored into the empty net with 2:34 remaining to finish the scoring.

Martin Jones was stellar in goal as he stopped 37 shots for his second straight win. He is 12-17-3 with a 3.43 GAA and a .900 save percentage as he has had a tough year in the City of Brotherly Love.

Louis Domingue made only his second start for the Penguins this season and stopped 39-of-42 shots. He faced 41 shots in his first game back on Jan. 15, giving up only one goal and has a 1-1-0 record to go with a 2.02 GAA and a .952 save percentage.

Keith Yandle had two assists.

Oskar Lindblom had five hits.

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Patrice Bergeron scored twice and added an assist to lead Boston to a 5-3 win over Montreal.

Erik Haula had a pair of goals as well while Charlie McAvoy had the other marker.

Nick Suzuki, Josh Anderson and Mike Hoffman replied for Montreal.

Jeremy Swayman was between the pipes for the Bruins and he stopped 23 shots for the win. Swayman is 23-13-3 with a 2.37 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

Carey Price got the night off for Montreal so Sam Montembeault picked up the start in net. He gave up four goals on 41 shots and is 7-18-6 with a 3.79 GAA and a .892 save percentage. He has lost five straight games.

Brad Marchand had two assists as did Jeff Petry.

Taylor Hall had six shots on goal.


In a wild battle between the two Florida teams, the Tampa Bay Lightning halted the Florida Panthers 13-game winning streak with a big 8-4 victory.

Nikita Kucherov had a huge game with two goals and three assists to give him a six-game points streak in which he has goals in all six contests. Kucherov has eight goals and 14 points in the six games, giving him 23 goals and 62 points in 44 games.

Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists for his sixth straight multi point game as he has five goals and 17 points in the six games. Stamkos is having a strong season with 37 goals and 97 points, his best season since he had 98 points in the 2018-19 campaign.

Nicolas Paul also had two goals while Cal Foote and Brayden Point also scored.

Sam Reinhart had a pair for Florida to give him 31 this season, a career high as is his 79 points.

Brandon Montour with his 11th, and Mason Marchment also scored for Florida.

Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 35-of-39 shots in picking up the win. He is 37-18-5 with a 2.49 GAA and a .917 save percentage.

Spencer Knight gave up five goals on only 17 shots before he was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky after Paul’s second goal of the game. Bobrovsky stopped 13-of-16 shots.

Things got wild with 3:36 remaining as Ryan Lomberg and Erik Cernak went at it. Lomberg picked up 27 minutes (two for instigating, five for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct) with Cernak getting seven. Jonathan Huberdeau, Marchment and the Panthers head coach Andrew Brunette all received game misconducts.

Victor Hedman had four assists.

Brandon Hagel and Claude Giroux each had two.

Ryan McDonagh had five blocked shots.


Alexander Kerfoot scored in the seventh round of the shootout to give Toronto a 4-3 shootout win over Washington.

After Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jason Spezza scored in the opening round, both teams went five scoreless rounds before Kerfoot ended it.

The game went into overtime when Spezza tied the game after the Maple Leafs pulled goaltender Erik Kallgren in hopes of getting the equalizer and it worked with 58 seconds remaining.

T.J. Oshie and Ilya Lyubushkin traded goals in the first period and Alex Ovechkin scored the only goal of the second but that goal was overturned when the Maple Leafs challenged and it was ruled that there was a hand pass.

Ovechkin was injured early in the third as he suffered an upper-body injury when he tripped on Kallgren’s stick on a breakaway and fell hard into the backboards. He eventually went off under his own power but did not return.

The Capitals then scored a quick pair as Lars Eller with his 13th and Marcus Johansson with his ninth, scored 68 seconds apart but Ilya Mikheyev scored his 20th of the season to bring Toronto back within one, setting up Spezza’s heroics.

Kallgren made 34 saves for the win as well as six in the shootout. He is 7-4-1 with a 3.42 GAA and a .886 save percentage. Kallgren needed a game like Sunday after he gave up eight goals to Tampa Bay Thursday on just 36 shots.

Vitek Vanecek stopped 27-of-30 shots in taking the shootout loss. He is 20-11-6 with a 2.60 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

Auston Matthews had a pair of assists and needs two goals in his last two games for 60 goals.

Tom Wilson and Nic Dowd each had six hits.

Mark Giordano had seven blocked shots.


After a scoreless first two periods, the Winnipeg Jets scored four times after spotting the Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 lead to win going away by a 4-1 score.

Adam Lowry, Blake Wheeler, Kyle Connor with his 45th, and Niklolaj Ehlers scored after J.T. Compher opened the scoring for Colorado.

Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves as he picked up his 200th career win. Hellebuyck is 28-27-10 with a 3.00 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

Darcy Kuemper faced 44 shots in the Colorado cage and lost his third game in a row. He is 36-12-3 with a 2.51 GAA and a .922 save percentage. He has given up 12 goals on 97 shots in the last three contests.

Neal Pionk had four shots on goal as well as six hits.


Dmitry Kulikov scored with less than two seconds left in overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators.

Joel Eriksson Ek had two goals and an assist to lead the Wild while Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist.

Nick Bjugstad had the Wild’s other goal.

The Predators were led by Filip Forsberg who had a goal and two assists. The Nashville forward picked up his 40th goal and also has 40 assists this season. Matt Duchene and Dante Fabbro each had a goal and an assist with Ryan Johansen chipping in with his 24th of the season on the power play.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for the win. He is 27-22-5 with a 2.92 GAA and a .908 save percentage. He is 8-1-0 with Minnesota since his trade from Chicago at the deadline.

David Rittich stopped 42-of-47 shots in taking the overtime loss. Rittich made only his 11th start of the season and is 5-3-3 with a 3.44 GAA and a .887 save percentage.

Mikael Granlund had three assists while Kirill Kaprizov had two helpers.

Fiala had seven shots on goal.

Tanner Jeannot and Bjugstad each had eight hits.


Ivan Barbashev scored his 26th of the season and added a pair of assists to ruin Ryan Getzlaf’s final game in the NHL as the Blues defeated Anaheim 6-3.

Getzlaf picked up an assist on the final goal of the game to give him 34 helpers as well as three goals as his glorious career in the NHL has come to an end.

Jordan Kyrou, Pavel Buchnevich, Justin Faulk and Vladimir Tarasenko all had a goal and an assist while Marco Scandella also scored for St. Louis.

Max Comtois and Gerald Mayhew with his 11th, gave the Ducks a quick 2-0 lead but the Blues scored six straight to win easily before Getzlaf set up Adam Henrique for his 19th of the season and the final goal of the game.

Ville Husso made only 14 saves in the St. Louis net but still managed his 25th win of the season as he is 25-6-6 with a 2.47 GAA and a .921 save percentage.

John Gibson made 31 saves while giving up the six goals. He is 18-26-11 with a 3.21 GAA and a .904 save percentage.

Robert Thomas picked up an assist and has a 17-game points streak.

Niko Mikkola had two assists.

SAN JOSE 5 VEGAS 4 (Shootout)

Thomas Bordeleau scored the only goal in the shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a 5-4 win over Vegas.

It was a wild affair as Timo Meier scored from beside the net with less than a second remaining in the third to tie the game and send it into extra time.

Tomas Hertl opened the scoring with his 30th goal of the season while Nick Bonino managed to score twice to give him 15 this season.

Max Pacioretty, Chandler Stephenson and Nicolas Roy each had a goal and an assist for Vegas who saw their playoff chances go on life support as their fate is now in the hands of other teams.

William Carrier, who returned to the Vegas lineup Sunday for the first time since March 26, scored his eighth of the season.

James Reimer made 42 saves for the win. He is 19-17-9 with a 2.85 GAA and a .913 save percentage.

Logan Thompson made 25 saves as he is 9-5-1 this season. He has a 2.60 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

Jaycob Megna had two assists as did Shea Theodore.



Noah Cates – 2

Patrice Bergeron – 2

Erik Haula – 2

Nicolas Paul – 2

Nikita Kucherov – 2

Steven Stamkos – 2

Sam Reinhart – 2

Joel Eriksson Ek – 2

Nick Bonino – 2

Shea Theodore - 2


Victor Hedman - 4

Nikita Kucherov - 3

Jakub Voracek – 3

Mikael Granlund – 3

Filip Forsberg - 2

Gustav Nyquist – 2

Oliver Bjorkstrand – 2

Connor McDavid – 2

Brad Marchand - 2

Keith Yandle – 2

Jeff Petry – 2

Steven Stamkos – 2

Brandon Hagel – 2

Claude Giroux – 2

Auston Matthews – 2

Kirill Kaprizov – 2

Ivan Barbashev – 2

Niko Mikkola – 2

Jaycob Megna - 2

Shots on Goal

Matt Duchene – 8

Evander Kane – 7

Kevin Fiala – 7

Justin Faulk - 6

Travis Konecny – 6

Tyson Barrie – 6

Timo Meier - 6

Taylor Hall - 6


Tanner Jeannot - 8

Nick Bjugstad – 8

Nicolas Meloche - 7

Patric Hornqvist – 7

Oskar Lindblom – 6

Neal Pionk – 6

Tom Wilson – 6

Nic Dowd - 6

Penalty Minutes

Ryan Lomberg – 27

Zack Kassian – 12

Mason Marchment – 12

Jonathan Huberdeau – 10

Sam Bennett - 7

Erik Cernak – 7

Mikhail Sergachev - 7