Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford were traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs by the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday in return for Trevor Moore, a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2021 Draft.
Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider scored just six seconds apart in the first period as the New York Rangers completed a 5-3 victory over the Leafs at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Kreider has now hit seven goals in his past ten games and 19 in all this season. Forward Pavel Buchnevich picked up three points on the night with 1+2 for the Rangers.
Alex Ovechkin joined the great Wayne Gretzky as the only NHL player to score 40 goals in 11 seasons, when he hit a hat-trick in the third period for the Washington Capitals in their 4-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. Ovechkin became the first player with 11 seasons of at least 40 goals with only one team. Gretzky had 12 forty goal seasons, but with four different clubs- Edmonton Oilers, Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers before retiring in 1999.
Congratulations to Joe Thornton who became the 14th player in NHL history to accumulate 1,500 points, after the San Jose Sharks defeated the Calgary Flames 3-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday. Thornton picked up a couple of assists to reach the milestone in 1,620 games. In his 22nd season in the NHL he has scored 415 goals and 1,085 assists.
Bad news for Toronto Maple Leafs Frederik Andersen, who sustained an upper-body injury in the opening period loss to the Florida Panthers on Monday. Anderson was run into by Frank Vatrano after the Panthers forward was pushed by Jake Muzzin with just 96 seconds left of the first period. Andersen was slow to get up but was able to finish the period before being replaced at the start of the second period by Michael Hutchinson, who made 10 saves on 13 shots received.
Stephen Johns netted his first goal for almost two years as the Dallas Stars defeated the New York Rangers 5-3 at Madison Square Gardens on Monday. Johns last scored on February 16th 2018. The defenceman missed the entire 2018-19 season and the first 47 games of the current season due to post-traumatic headaches.
Joe Pavelski bagged a brace of powerplay goals inside 16 seconds on the night, with Anton Khudobin making 33 saves for the Stars who have now won three of their last four games to move two points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche for second place in the Central Division.
Connor McDavid bagged a brace, with Leon Draisaiti claiming four assists to extend his current points streak to 11 games as the Edmonton Oilers thrashed the Calgary Flames 8-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday. Draisaiti is in red hot form at the moment with 22 points in his last 11 starts and leads the NHL scoring charts with 83 points made up of 29 goals and 54 assists.
Mitchell Marner was the hero on the night with his overtime winner for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Marner netted the game winner with only 66 seconds remaining in overtime, to give the Leafs their third consecutive victory.
Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves for his first shutout in two seasons as the New York Rangers picked up a narrow 1-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday. Lundqvist, whose last shutout was back in November 2017 against the Senators, shut out Detroit for the fifth time in his career. The 34-year-old netminder who has now posted 64 NHL shutouts, was icing for the first time since January 11th.
Patrick Kane assisted on Brandon Saad’s two goals to extend his points streak to 12 games, and also scored in the shootout to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. Corey Crawford pulled of 40 saves including two in the shootout for the Blackhawks who are 6-0-1 in their last seven games.