Vancouver still in the playoff hunt

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The three stars were announced on Monday and Vladimir Tarasenko was named the top star of the week.

It was a sensational week for the St. Louis winger who had seven goals and four assists in four games as the Blues won all four, giving them a nine-game winning streak. Tarasenko has 76 points this season, which is a new career mark for Tarasenko.

The second star was Kevin Fiala of the Minnesota Wild who had five goals and 10 points in four games. He had four points Sunday in an overtime win over San Jose and was in on all three goals versus Dallas on Thursday with a goal and two helpers. Fiala has 29 goals and 73 points this season, both career highs.

The third star was goaltender Mike Smith of the Edmonton Oilers who had two shutouts in his only two games this past week. He stopped 30 shots against Nashville and 39 versus the Golden Knights and is now 13-9-2 with a 2.91 GAA and a .911 save percentage. He did not have a shutout coming into this week and now has two.

Frederik Andersen is out for at least a week with a lower-body injury as goaltenders in the Metropolitan have had their woes this week. Tristan Jarry of the Penguins is week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

Dylan Larkin is gone for the season after undergoing core muscle surgery on Monday. The Detroit star is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in September.

There were six games in the NHL Monday.

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CALGARY 5 CHICAGO 2

Johnny Gaudreau scored twice to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win over Chicago Monday.

Gaudreau has 38 goals and 107 points as he moved to within three points of the NHL scoring lead, held by Connor McDavid. Gaudreau has had multi-point games in six of his last eight contests, with six goals and 15 points during the eight games.

The Flames got off to a quick 2-0 lead as Dillon Dube potted his 14th and Gaudreau picked up his first of two goals.

The Blackhawks cut the lead in half when Tyler Johnson scored his second of the season but Blake Coleman with his 16th, restored the two-goal lead heading into the second period.

Alec Regula got the Blackhawks back to within one with his first career NHL goal in his 13th game over two seasons in the league. His wrist shot from the point somehow eluded Jacob Markstrom in the Calgary cage.

It remained the same score throughout most of the third until Calgary scored a pair of empty net goals 25 seconds apart. First, it was Gaudreau with his 38th of the season and then Oliver Kylington scored his ninth of the season and second point of the game with Markstrom garnering the only assist.

Markstrom stopped 22 shots for the win as he is 36-15-8 with a 2.22 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

Kevin Lankinen picked up the start for Chicago and turned aside 30-of-33 shots in taking the loss. Lankinen is 5-14-6 with a 3.66 GAA and a .887 save percentage.

Matthew Tkachuk had two assists.

WASHINGTON 3 COLORADO 2

The Washington Capitals came into Denver after clinching a playoff spot on Sunday when the Islanders lost to Toronto, and celebrated by defeating the top-ranked Colorado Avalanche by a 3-2 score.

Marcus Johansson, a trade deadline acquisition from Seattle, scored the winner with 9:14 left in the third to give Washington the victory. It was his eighth of the season and second as a Capital in 12 games.

Garnet Hathaway gave the Caps a 1-0 lead with his 14th of the season but Valeri Nichushkin tied the game at 1 with assists going to Cale Makar and Bowen Byram.

Alex Ovechkin inched ever closer to his ninth 50-goal season (which would tie him with Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy) as he scored his 48th of the season. The power play goal had Ovechkin by the edge of the crease and he scored when he poked in the puck that was in the crease.

The Avalanche evened the count once again when former Montreal Canadien Artturi Lehkonen scored his 16th of the season but Johansson then scored the game winner.

Ilya Samsonov picked up the win as he made 24 saves in the Washington cage. Samsonov won his fourth game in five starts and is 23-10-4 with a 2.97 GAA and a .898 save percentage.

Darcy Kuemper saw his six-game winning streak end as he gave up three goals on 27 shots. He is 36-10-3 with a 2.43 GAA and a .924 save percentage.

Ovechkin had six hits and four shots on net.

SEATTLE 4 OTTAWA 2

The Seattle Kraken came back from a 2-1 deficit and scored three straight times to defeat the Ottawa Senators 4-2.

After the Kraken opened the scoring on a goal by Daniel Sprong on the power play for the only goal of the first period, Brady Tkachuk and Nick Holden made it 2-1 Ottawa by the 3:15 mark of the second as they scored both goals in 124 seconds.

But Matthew Beniers with his second of the season in just his second NHL game, evened the score and another newcomer, Victor Rask, made it 3-2 with his eighth of the season.

Jared McCann with his 26th, scored into the empty net to clinch the win.

Chris Driedger needed to make only 12 saves on 14 shots for the win as he is 18-12-1 with a 3.04 GAA and a .897 save percentage.

Anton Forsberg stopped 25-of-28 shots in taking the loss. Forsberg is 19-17-4 with a 2.79 GAA and a .917 save percentage.

Vince Dunn had three assists.

Alex Formenton and Haydn Fleury fought late in the second period with Formenton getting seven penalty minutes and Fleury five.

McCann had six shots on goal.

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CAROLINA 5 ARIZONA 3

The Carolina Hurricanes pummeled the Arizona Coyotes with 51 shots on goal and came away with a 5-3 win in Glendale.

Max Domi and Nino Niederreiter led the way for Carolina as each had a goal and an assist, while Sebastian Aho, Vincent Trocheck and Jesper Fast also lit the lamp.

Nick Ritchie, Alex Galchenyuk and Loui Eriksson scored for Arizona.

Antti Raanta returned to Arizona Monday for the first time since he played the last four seasons in the desert and stopped 23 shots for the win as the Hurricanes moved two points up on the New York Rangers for first place in the Metropolitan with five games remaining. Raanta is 13-5-4 with a 2.46 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

Karel Vejmelka made 46 saves in a strong performance for the Coyotes. He is 12-31-2 with a 3.67 GAA and a .899 save percentage.

Kyle Capobianco and Brett Pesce each had two assists.

Every member of the Hurricanes had at least one shot on goal and were led by Aho who had six.

NEW JERSEY 3 VEGAS 2

The Vegas Golden Knights are in huge trouble. They are 2-3-1 in their last six games after dropping a 3-2 contest to the visiting New Jersey Devils. The Golden Knights are in need of sweeping the remainder of their regular season games if they hope to gain a playoff spot.

Nathan Bastian opened the scoring with the only goal of the first. The New Jersey forward, who had a two-point night, picked up his 12th of the season.

The Golden Knights tied the game as Keegan Kolesar picked up his seventh of the season for the lone goal.

The Devils struck for two in the third with Andreas Johnsson and Jesper Boqvist doing the honors.

Chandler Stephenson made it close with 1:14 left in the game but the Golden Knights were unable to tie it up.

Andrew Hammond was sensational in the New Jersey net as the Golden Knights managed 44 shots on goal with only two getting past Hammond. He is 4-2-1 with a 3.70 GAA and a .889 save percentage and had his finest performance of the season.

Robin Lehner gave up three goals on 28 shots. He is 23-17-2 with a 2.82 GAA and a .907 save percentage.

Max Pacioretty had eight shots on goal.

Brayden McNabb had seven hits while Bastian had six.

VANCOUVER 6 DALLAS 2

The Vancouver Canucks are not giving up without a fight. They moved to within four points (with a game in hand) of third in the Pacific as they defeated the Dallas Stars 6-2.

Elias Pettersson was the offensive star of the night with two goals and an assist while bottom-six forward Jason Dickinson and Brock Boeser each had a goal and two assists.

Conor Garland and Vasily Podkolzin also scored for Vancouver. Podkolzin, who also had an assist, has a three-game points streak with four goals and six points in the three games. He is worth looking at late in next season’s fantasy pools.

Roope Hintz scored both for Dallas and has 34 this season.

Thatcher Demko made 28 saves for the win as he is 33-20-6 with a 2.63 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

Jake Oettinger got the start and gave up four goals on 19 shots before he was pulled just past the halfway mark of the second. Scott Wedgewood finished up and gave up one goal on 11 shots.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists.

Luke Schenn and Jamie Benn fought and each had five minutes for fighting.

Tyler Myers had six hits.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Johnny Gaudreau – 2

Elias Pettersson – 2

Roope Hintz - 2

Assists

Vince Dunn - 3

Matthew Tkachuk – 2

Brett Pesce – 2

Kyle Capobianco – 2

Adam Larsson – 2

Brock Boeser – 2

Jason Dickinson – 2

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - 2

Shots on Goal

Max Pacioretty – 8

Jared McCann – 6

Sebastian Aho - 6

Hits

Brayden McNabb – 7

Alex Ovechkin – 6

Nathan Bastian – 6

Tyler Myers - 6

Penalty Minutes

Alex Formenton – 7

Haydn Fleury – 5

Luke Schenn – 5

Jamie Benn - 5

Jake McCabe – 4

Parker Kelly - 4