Thursday night was a big one for National Hockey League
goaltenders as we saw four shutouts in three games. Also, a youngster adds his
name to some of the all-time greats in Philadelphia as his winning streak lives
Saros Blanks Stars in Emotional Night
The Nashville Predators took to the Bridgestone Arena ice
for the first time since the city was hit by tornados on Tuesday. Juuse Saros came
up big in a very emotional evening. He made 33 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the
The shutout was the third of the season for Saros and the 10th of his NHL career as the Predators opened up a big hone-and-home series with the Stars.
“We were tough to play against,” Saros said of the
team in front of him. “We blocked a lot of shots. Guys really
sacrificed, and our D-men did a really good job clearing all the rebounds. So,
it was an all-around good game.”
With the victory, the Predators are now tied for the second
wild card in the Western Conference with the Arizona Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks
and Winnipeg Jets. The race for the final playoff berths will likely go down to
the final weekend of the season.
Vasilevskiy Loves Playing the Canadiens
Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning have struggled
of late as they entered Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens losers
of the five of their last six games. They both got back on track as Vasilevskiy
stopped all 32 of the shots he faced in a big 4-0 victory.
Vasilevskiy now has three shutouts on the season. He is tied with Marc-Andre Fleury for the most shutouts since the start of the 2017-18 season with 17. It was the first time the Canadiens had been held off the scoreboard in 69 games this season.
“I haven’t played well over the last few games,” he
a victorious locker room. “So, it’s a pretty good feeling to get the
shutout, but as I said, we played well defensively as a team. We did a very
Vasilevskiy loves seeing the Canadiens on the schedule. In
14 career games versus Montreal, he is 11-1-2 with a 1.98 goals-against average
(GAA), .939 save percentage (SV%) with a pair of shutouts.
A Rare Double Shutout in LA
While Thursday’s game between the Los Angles Kings and
Toronto Maple Leafs ended with a 1-0 score in favor of the Kings, it technically
goes down as shutouts for both goaltenders as neither team scored an official
Jonathan Quick and Frederik Andersen renewed their rivalry from when they were Pacific Division foes. Quick made 36 saves while Andersen made 30 in regulation and overtime to take a scoreless tie all the way to a shootout.
The only shot that got in behind Quick on the night was
William Nylander’s in the third round of the shootout. Anze Kopitar and Adrian
Kempe both scored to extend the Kings’ season-long winning streak to four
straight games. Just like the Canadiens, this was the first time the Maple
Leafs were shutout this season.
“Just looked like two elite goalies on their game, and
we needed Freddie to be that good tonight, and he was,” current Maple
Leafs and former Kings backup
goalie Jack Campbell said. “And Quickie was outstanding as well at the
other end, so definitely a goaltending battle, for sure.”
The shutout was Quick’s first of the season and 52nd
of his NHL career. Andersen now has three shutouts this season and two in his
last six games.
Hart, Flyers Stay Scorching Hot
Carter Hart and the Philadelphia Flyers remained red hot with
a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night. The Flyers have now won
eight games in a row, scoring at least four goals in each of those wins. Hart
made 28 saves to extend his personal winning streak to six games.
This is the second time in Hart’s young NHL career where he has put together a winning streak of at least six games. He won eight straight games during his rookie season between Jan. 14 to Feb. 9, 2019.
He became just the fourth goaltender in NHL history to have
multiple win streak of six games or more before his 22nd birthday.
He joins a
very impressive list that includes Tom Barrasso, Grant Fuhr and Terry Sawchuk.
With their recent surge, the Flyers have tied the Washington Capitals for first place of the Metropolitan Division with 14 games left on the regular-season schedule.
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