St. Louis gives Nashville the blues

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The Washington Capitals are in the playoffs, courtesy of the Toronto Maple Leafs' victory over the New York Islanders.

The Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving said on Saturday night that the team ‘will move heaven and Earth’ to keep Johnny Gaudreau a member of the team. He is headed towards free agency and is currently tied for third in NHL scoring with Leon Draisaitl as they each have 105 points.

"We made a comment at the beginning of the year we weren't going to talk about his contract publicly," Treliving told "Hockey Night in Canada After Hours" Saturday. "That by no means should be taken as any indication ... we want him back here. We're going to move heaven and earth and do everything we possibly can to get Johnny back here. You've seen it throughout the season. He's a top player, not only what he's done, productivity with the puck this year, but what he's done without it."

There were six games in the NHL Sunday.

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Anton Lundell scored a pair of goals and led the Florida Panthers to their 10th straight game, by a 6-1 count over the Detroit Red Wings.

After a scoreless first period, the Panthers struck for four goals in the second period as Anthony Duclair, Sam Reinhart, Lundell and Maxim Mamin found the back of the net.

Lundell, shorthanded, made it 5-0 in the third before Pius Suter spoiled the shutout bid of Spencer Knight with his 14th of the season at the 12:04 mark of the third. Gustav Forsling completed the scoring with his ninth of the season and fourth goal in his last four games.

Jonathan Huberdeau failed to get a point and saw his 13-game scoring streak come to an end.

Aleksander Barkov had a pair of assists to give him 82 points in 62 games.

Brandon Montour also had two assists and has nine points in his last 11 games.

Knight made 33 saves and improved his record to 18-8-3 with a 2.77 GAA and a .909 save percentage. He has been outstanding since his return from a minor league stint as he is 9-2-1, stopping 289 of 312 shots.

Alex Nedeljkovic gave up six goals on 39 shots for the Red Wings as his record dropped to 19-22-9 with a 3.32 GAA and a .901 save percentage. Expect a lot better from him next season.

Ben Chiarot had seven hits with Radko Gudas picking up six.

Patric Hornqvist had seven shots on goal.


Victor Olofsson and Tage Thompson each scored twice to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-3 win over Philadelphia and move past Detroit and into 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Flyers remain 15th out of a possible 16th in the East and just six points ahead of Montreal.

Olofsson has been on quite a tear of late with eight goals and 14 points in his last 12 games. He got off to a good start but a wrist injury in November really hampered his shooting and he is getting healthy only now. He has 20 goals and 44 points in 68 games this season but expect a lot more next year.

Thompson is finally showing why he was a first-round pick of the Blues back in 2016 as he has 36 goals and 63 points this season in 74 games. He had only 18 goals and 17 assists in 145 NHL games coming into the season and has turned himself into a quality NHL player.

Anders Bjork with his fifth of the season, also scored for Buffalo.

Noah Cates and Kevin Hayes each had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia with Zack MacEwen, more known for his enforcer role, picking up his third of the season.

Dustin Tokarski made 32 saves for the win. He is 8-11-5 with a 3.26 GAA and a .902 save percentage.

Felix Sandstrom turned aside 35-of-39 shots in taking the loss. He is 0-2-1 with a 3.29 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

Payton Krebs, Jeff Skinner and Rasmus Dahlin all had two assists.


Jared Spurgeon’s second of the game was the overtime winner as Minnesota defeated San Jose 5-4.

It was a huge game for Kevin Fiala who had a goal and three assists. The Minnesota forward has 29 goals and 73 points and continues to mesh well with Matthew Boldy who had a goal and an assist Sunday. The rookie has 14 goals and 34 points in 40 games and is currently on a seven-game points streak in which he has two goals and 10 points.

Dmitry Kulikov, who opened the scoring for Minnesota, scored his sixth of the season.

The Sharks were led by Rudolfs Balcers, Nick Bonino and Noah Gregor as each scored once and added an assist. Matt Nieto also scored. Bonino’s goal was shorthanded and gave the Sharks a 4-3 lead just 1:37 into the third before Fiala’s marker evened it up and sent the game into extra time.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves and won his third straight game in a Minnesota uniform. Fleury is 6-1 with the Wild and is 25-22-5 with a 2.90 GAA and a .910 save percentage in a season split between Chicago and Minnesota.

James Reimer gave up five goals on 28 shots to go to 18-16-9 with a 2.84 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

Frederick Gaudreau had three assists.

Brent Burns had two helpers.

Timo Meier, the Sharks top scorer, was held off the scorer’s sheet but did have a pair of minors and six hits.

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It was a wild second period for the Blues as they popped seven goals to beat the Nashville Predators going away by a score of 8-3.

The two teams split goals in the first period as Nick Cousins got Nashville off to a quick 1-0 lead just 4:16 in but Brayden Schenn’s power play goal evened things up before the end of the period.

It was all St. Louis in the second as they gave Nashville the blues, outscoring them 7-1. Vladimir Tarasenko started things off, scoring at the 1:11 mark and then Calle Rosen, with his first of the season, made it 3-1. Jordan Kyrou scored at the 9:29 mark to chase Nashville netminder Juuse Saros as David Rittich finished up.

But the Blues were not finished in the second. Rosen scored his second of the night and third of his career, while Nathan Walker with his eighth and Schenn with his second of the game and 24th of the season, made it 7-1.

Luke Kunin got the Predators a tad closer at 18:47 but Kyrou with his second of the game and 25th of the season, scored just 26 seconds late to make it 8-2 after two.

Dante Fabbro with his second, made the final 8-3 as the Blues were unable to score in the third.

It was not a good night for Nashville netminders as Saros stopped 16-of-20 shots before he was pulled. He is 37-24-3 with a 2.58 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Saros has given up 11 goals on 83 shots in his last three games.

Rittich managed to stop only nine-of-13 shots.

Jordan Binnington made 33 saves for his third straight win. Binnington is 16-13-4 with a 3.14 GAA and a .903 save percentage.

Ryan O'Reilly, Colton Parayko and Tarasenko all had two assists.

Filip Forsberg had eight shots on goal while Kyrou and Matt Duchene had six.

Forsberg and Duchene were each a minus-four.


On a night where they did not have the NHL’s leading goal scorer in the lineup, the Maple Leafs still had enough to beat the New York Islanders and eliminated them from post-season play with a 4-2 win.

The Islanders opened the scoring as Anthony Beauvillier scored on the power play. It was his 12th of the season but the Leafs tied it with Mitch Marner’s 34th of the season with 2:29 left in the first.

Josh Bailey restored the Islanders lead with an unassisted goal just 31 seconds into the second as he was credited with the goal after Alex Kerfoot put it in his own net.

The Leafs then scored twice in the second as Pierre Engvall with his 14th, and William Nylander with his 31st (on the power play) gave the Leafs the 3-2 lead heading into the third. Engvall is having a strong season as a bottom-six forward and has been unsung this season.

David Kampf with his 10th, scored into the empty net to finish the scoring with just nine seconds remaining.

Jack Campbell stopped 27 shots for the win as he is 29-9-5 with a 2.71 GAA and a .912 save percentage, winning his third straight game.

Ilya Sorokin made 33 saves on 36 shots in taking the loss. Sorokin is 25-16-7 with a 2.29 GAA and a .927 save percentage.

Michael Bunting had two assists.

Wayne Simmonds and Ross Johnston battled just 2:58 into the opening stanza and each picked up five for fighting.

The Islanders outhit Toronto 48-25.


Troy Terry scored twice and added an assist to give the Anaheim Ducks a 6-4 win over Columbus. Terry has 36 goals and 63 points and is poised to possibly hit the 40-goal mark if he can get hot.

John Gibson won his first game since March 1 as he kicked out 31 shots. He has struggled for a long time as this was the 20th straight game he has given up at least three goals and you have to go back to Jan. 31 to find a game in which he gave up less than three as he gave up two goals to Detroit in a 2-1 overtime loss.

Gibson is 18-24-11 this season with a 3.18 GAA and a .905 save percentage, which would be a lot worse had he not got off to a great start to the season.

Derek Grant had a goal and two assists with Gerry Mayhew scoring his ninth of the season while picking up his first assist of the campaign.

Cam Fowler and Trevor Zegras also had a goal and an assist apiece. For Zegras, it gives him 57 points, tying Bobby Ryan for the top spot among Anaheim rookies.

The Blue Jackets were led by Jake Bean as the defenseman had a pair of goals. Cole Sillinger and Sean Kuraly also scored.

Jean-Francois Berube made a rare start as the Blue Jackets have been playing the heck out of Elvis Merzlikins. Berube gave up five goals on 31 shots and is 3-2-0 with a 3.62 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

Ryan Getzlaf, had two assists.

Gustav Nyquist, Cole Sillinger and Jakub Voracek all were minus-four.

Terry had eight shots on goal.

Kevin Shattenkirk had an assist, a plus-three rating and five blocked shots.



Anton Lundell – 2

Victor Olofsson – 2

Tage Thompson – 2

Brayden Schenn – 2

Jordan Kyrou – 2

Calle Rosen – 2

Jake Bean – 2

Troy Terry - 2


Kevin Fiala – 3

Frederick Gaudreau - 3

Brandon Montour – 2

Payton Krebs – 2

Rasmus Dahlin - 2

Aleksander Barkov – 2

Jeff Skinner – 2

Ryan O'Reilly – 2

Ivan Barbashev – 2

Vladimir Tarasenko – 2

Colton Parayko – 2

Brent Burns – 2

Michael Bunting – 2

Derek Grant – 2

Ryan Getzlaf - 2

Shots on Goal

Filip Forsberg – 8

Troy Terry - 8

Patric Hornqvist – 7

Matt Duchene - 6

Jakub Vrana – 6

Jordan Kyrou – 6

William Nylander - 6


Ben Chiarot – 7

Radko Gudas – 6

Timo Meier – 6

Andy Greene - 6

Penalty Minutes

Ross Johnston – 5

Wayne Simmonds – 5

Timo Meier – 4

Scott Reedy - 4