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NHL Roundup: Nylander in form, Kassian new deal

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After yet another successful NHL All-Star Weekend, it was back to the battle for play-off positions come the end of the season.

Alex Ovechkin passed Steve Yzerman for ninth place in the NHL all time goals list (693), despite the Washington Capitals slipping to a 5-4 defeat against the Nashville Predators at Capital One Arena on Wednesday. Ovechkin, who was recently suspended for one game, has nine goals in his past four games, including two hat tricks. Drew Doughty’s consecutive games of 460 was ended on Wednesday when the Los Angeles Kings defenceman was unable to ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Doughty, who left practice on Sunday due to an undisclosed injury, could well be fit to face the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

William Nylander extended his goal streak to five games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 5-3 victory against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Centre on Wednesday. The Leafs have now scored at least four goals in eight straight games on the road, the longest such streak in their history.

Zack Kassian has signed a four-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers this week. The 29-year-old forward could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. He has already amassed 28 points in 44 games this season, one shy of his NHL career high, set with the Vancouver Canucks back in season 2013-14.

Thatcher Demko made 36 saves and J.T. Miller scored two goals in the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 win against St. Louis Blues at Rogers Arena on Monday. There was also a couple of assists apiece from Jake Virtanen and Christopher Tanev for the Canucks who have now won nine straight wins at home.


Andrei Vasilevskiy’s ten game winning streak ended when Jamie Benn scored his second goal of the night in overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at American Airlines Centre on Monday.

Despite missing the prolific Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals extended their winning streak to four games after completing a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Monday.

Jakub Vrana picked up 1+1 on the night to extend his point streak to nine games. It was also a good night for Capitals netminder Branden Holtby who made 31 saves for Washington, who currently lead the NHL with 73 points.

Rasmus Sandin scored his first NHL goal and also had an assist for the Toronto Maple Leafs who completed a 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.

Frederik Andersen produced 34 saves for the Leafs who won for the first time in three games, having not played since 18th January.


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