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This season’s Calder Trophy race has perhaps gotten a bit less attention than others, but there are certainly some great rookies competing for the honor. Kirill Kaprizov is of course a frontrunner with 16 goals and a league-leading 35 points in 41 games, but he’s not the only rookie worthy of serious consideration.
Igor Shesterkin only faced 16 shots against the Devils on Thursday, but he still did what he needed to, to secure his second straight shutout. He’s now 12-9-3 with a 2.25 GAA and .925 save percentage in 25 contests. Elsewhere, Jason Robertson became the quickest rookie since the Stars moved to Texas to earn 30 points in a season, per the NHL PR Twitter. His 12 goals and 30 points have come in just 37 games. Both of those rookies are serious challengers and this year’s Calder Trophy battle could come down to the wire.
Notably, Shesterkin’s Rangers and Robertson’s Stars are both also on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff race. Both won tonight but have a difficult road ahead of them in their quest to close the gap. Strong performances from both rookies down the stretch would go a long way for their respective teams.
BOSTON 4 NY ISLANDERS 1
Brad Marchand led the Bruins with a pair of goals. He’s up to 21 goals and 50 points in 39 games.
Taylor Hall scored his first goal with Boston. It was his third goal and 20th point in 39 contests.
Speaking of recently acquired players, the Islanders’ lone goal was scored by Travis Zajac. He has eight goals and 19 points in 37 games.
Semyon Varlamov saved 41 of 44 Bruins shots. He faced a staggering 23 shots in the first period, so it’s not too surprising that Boston scored two goals during that frame.
At the other end of the ice, Tuukka Rask stopped 22 of 23 shots. This was his first start since March 25 due to an upper-body injury.
NY RANGERS 4 NEW JERSEY 0
Igor Shesterkin earned his second straight shutout, though he only needed to stop 16 shots to do so. He improved to 12-9-3 with a 2.25 GAA and .925 save percentage in 25 contests.
Nicholas Merkley fired a team-high three shots against Shesterkin. He has gone eight games without a marker.
Artemi Panarin scored two goals and registered an assist for the Rangers. He’s up to 15 goals and 46 points in 32 games.
Colin Blackwell assisted on three of the Rangers’ four goals. He has 12 goals and 20 points in 34 contests.
Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 29 of 33 shots last night. He’s lost his last seven games, though he picked up a point in two of those contests.
BUFFALO 5 WASHINGTON 2
Victor Olofsson scored the game-winning goal. He’s up to 12 goals and 25 points in 43 games.
Buffalo got a goal and an assist from Anders Bjork. He has three goals and eight points in 32 contests.
Anthony Mantha netted a goal for the Capitals. That gives him 13 goals and 24 points in 44 games.
Dustin Tokarski saved 27 of 29 shots last night. He has a 1-4-2 record, 3.32 GAA, and .908 save percentage in seven contests.
CAROLINA 4 NASHVILLE 1
Andrei Svechnikov scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him 11 goals and 30 points in 42 games.
Vincent Trocheck also had a goal and an assist for Carolina. He has 17 goals and 36 points in 33 contests.
Petr Mrazek stopped 19 of 20 shots on Thursday. Weirdly, the only goal he allowed was scored when Nashville was shorthanded.
Erik Haula netted that shorthanded goal. It was his fifth goal and 14th point in 41 games.
Juuse Saros turned aside 25 of 29 Hurricanes shots. He surrendered two goals on 14 shots in the second period.
TAMPA BAY 3 FLORIDA 2 (OT)
Victor Hedman scored the overtime winner for the Lightning. It was his eighth goal and 39th point in 43 games.
Tampa Bay got a goal and an assist from Alex Killorn. That gives him 11 goals and 25 points in 43 contests.
Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 36 of 38 shots last night. He has a 26-6-1 record, 2.00 GAA, and .932 save percentage in 33 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Chris Driedger stopped 16 of 19 shots. That ended his streak of five straight games where he allowed two or fewer goals.
Chris Driedger found the back of the net for Florida. He has five goals and 18 points in 31 contests.
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PHILADELPHIA 2 PITTSBURGH 1 (SO)
Carter Hart stopped 31 of 32 shots in regulation time. He was beaten once in three shootout rounds, but that was good enough to get the win.
Tristan Jarry saved 26 of 27 shots before the skills competition. He missed out on the extra point because he was bested in both shootout attempts.
Pittsburgh’s lone regulation goal was scored by Sidney Crosby. He’s up to 17 goals and 49 points in 42 games.
Jakub Voracek found the back of the net at 1:24 of the third period. The Flyers forward has eight goals and 33 points in 40 contests.
Philippe Myers assisted on Voracek’s goal. That gives Myers eight assists and points in 32 games.
WINNIPEG 5 TORONTO 2
Kyle Connor scored two goals and registered an assist for the Jets. He’s up to 21 goals and 43 points in 44 games.
Mark Scheifele netted the game-winning goal and recorded two helpers. He has 17 goals and 52 points in 44 contests.
Connor Hellebuyck saved 31 of 33 Maple Leafs shots. Toronto outshot Winnipeg 15-5 in the third period, but the Jets outscored the Leafs 2-0 in that frame.
John Tavares scored a goal and registered an assist for the Maple Leafs. He has 14 goals and 38 points in 44 games.
DETROIT 4 CHICAGO 1
The Blackhawks’ lone goal was scored by Duncan Keith. It was his third goal and 14th point in 44 contests.
Troy Stecher scored two goals, including the game winner. He has three goals and 11 points in 34 games.
Marc Staal assisted on two of Detroit’s four goals. That gives him three goals and nine points in 45 games.
Thomas Greiss stopped 24 of 25 shots last night. He’s 5-15-6 with a 3.07 GAA and .899 save percentage in 28 contests.
At the other end of the ice, Kevin Lankinen turned aside 24 of 27 shots. Most of the damage came in the second period where he allowed three goals on 11 shots.
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DALLAS 4 COLUMBUS 1
Denis Gurianov led the charge for the Stars with two goals and an assist. He’s up to eight goals and 22 points in 42 games.
Joe Pavelski scored a goal for Dallas. That gives him 17 goals and 39 points in 42 contests.
Jake Oettinger stopped 17 of 18 shots last night. He improved to 7-5-5 with a 2.22 GAA and .917 save percentage in 21 games.
Columbus’ goal was contributed by Jack Roslovic. He has nine goals and 29 points in 37 games.
Elvis Merzlikins saved 27 of 31 Stars shots. He was beaten twice in each of the second and third periods.