NHL Roundup: Another coach goes, Crosby returns

Gerard Gallant was sacked as coach of the Vegas Knights on Wednesday and was immediately replaced by Peter DeBoer. Gallant, the first coach in Vegas Knights history, was hired in April 2017 and went on to record a 118-75-20 record in three seasons in charge. During his reign he took Vegas to the past two Stanley Cup play-offs. Knights advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in their debut season 2017-18, where they lost in five games to the Washington Capitals.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists in his return from core muscle surgery in Pittsburgh Penguins 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday. Crosby has missed a total of 28 games, and last iced for the Penguins on November 9th against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Auston Matthews hit a hat trick for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 7-4 win against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. It was Matthews first hat trick since he scored four goals in his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators back in October 2016.

Elvis Merzlikins made 34 saves in his second straight shutout for the Columbus Blue Jackets as the Blue Jackets defeated the Boston Bruins 3-0 at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday. Merzlikins made 27 saves in his first NHL shutout – a 3-0 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights. He is currently 6-2-0 in his past eight starts with a 1.64 goals against average.

St. Louis Blues tied their record with their ninth straight win at home on Monday by beating the Anaheim Ducks 4-1. Jake Allen stopped 20 shots for the Blues, who have now won four games in a row and also matched their longest home winning streak which was set from 26th January till 26th February 1991. The Blues have also the most home wins in the NHL with 17.

Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and passed Teemu Selanne for 11th place on the NHL all time list in the Washington Capitals 2-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at Capital One Arena on Monday. Ovechkin sits just four goals (684) behind the legend Mario Lemiuex for tenth place. On Thursday it was that man again back in the news after scoring his 30th goal of the season, including a hat trick in Washington Capitals 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at Capital One Arena on Thursday. The Russian has hit five goals in his past two games and 31 so far this season, giving him 15 consecutive seasons with at least 30.

Carey Price made 31 saves as the Montreal Canadiens ended the Calgary Flames five game winning streak with a 2-0 victory at Bell Centre on Monday. Price’s shutout was his second of the season and 46th in the NHL, tying Ken Dryden for third in Canadiens history.

Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian has been suspended for two games for an altercation with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk during Saturday’s game.


Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton each achieved personal milestones for games played in the NHL when the San Jose Sharks completed a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars at SAP Centre on Saturday.
Marleau, hit his eighth goal of the season in his 1,700th game. He is the fifth player in NHL history to reach the milestone and the youngest to do so. Marleau also skated in his 831st consecutive regular season game since April 2009. Thornton, completed his 1,613th game to pass Ray Bourque for 11th place in NHL history.

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