Good evening, sports fans! Today offered plenty more excitement, with the usual hockey action along with some UEFA Champions League matches. Let it begin!
PSG beat Chelsea 2-1 behind Edinson Cavani's incredible goal in the 78th minute. Zlatan also scored as the French club dominated the time of possession in the home victory.
Benfica defeated Zenit St. Petersburg 1-0 with a stoppage time goal from Jonas. The Brazilian striker has 45 goals across 56 games for the Portuguese club since signing from Valencia in 2014.
In hockey, the Capitals got their 41st win of the season over the Kings 3-1, tying the NHL record for wins through 55 games. Despite Anze Kopitar's incredible shorthanded goal, the Capitals pulled away in the third period with goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov Jason Chimera. Chimera's empty netter with 9 seconds left sealed it. Kuznetsov was assisted on his goal by former King and Conn Smythe winner from LA's 2014 Stanley Cup Justin Williams. Philipp Grubauer stopped 39 shots in a rare start, as the Capitals proved their dominance once again.
The Flyers rebounded from their loss to the Rangers by beating the Devils 6-3, with goals by six different players. Rookie Shayne Gostibehere extended his points streak to 13 games with a goal and the Flyers got a much needed win. They are still far from a playoff berth.
The Hurricanes beat the Jets 2-1 at home, with Riley Nash's second period power play goal the decider. Eddie Lack turned aside 20 shots for the win. Carolina is only two points away from a wild card berth.
The Bruins bested the Blue Jackets in OT, as Loui Eriksson notched his 20th goal of the season. Tuuka Rask rebounded from his abysmal outing in Detroit, stopping 28 shots for the win. Boston retook second place in the division from the Red Wings.
The Lightning continued to slide, with a 4-2 loss at home to San Jose. Tampa Bay has lost four of five and Steven Stamkos was a non-factor once again; Bolts GM Steve Yzerman previously stated that the team captain would not be moved at the trade deadline, but his production continues to slump. A number of teams would probably be interested in acquiring the veteran, but at the moment he appears to be set to stay in Tampa. Sharks netminder Martin Jones is now 11-2-1 in his last 14 starts, and was impressive once again with 28 saves. San Jose has the upper hand once again in the Pacific battle with the Ducks.
St. Louis beat Dallas in an OT thriller 2-1, but the Stars won anyway by passing Chicago for the Central division lead. Jaden Schwartz opened the scoring and Kevin Shattenkirk had the OT game winner as St. Louis won its third straight and snapped the Stars' four game winning streak.
The Senators beat the Sabres in a shootout but nobody really cares about either team so I'll spare you the details. OK fine Kyle Turris scored the clincher in the shootout at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa. Happy now? Moving on.
The Oilers are (somehow) tied with the Ducks 2-2 at the moment. I will post an update in the comments when they finish.
That's all for tonight, folks! Let me know in the comments if you want to be tagged in future VSNA cards. Also, I have an announcement! When basketball starts back up on Thursday, I will be splitting the sports into separate cards. If you are already on the tag list, I will continue tagging you on all cards unless you notify me which sports you want to see. Anyone who wants to be added to the tag list can specify which of the six sports (American football, baseball, basketball, hockey, football/soccer, tennis) they want to be tagged for. I'll be posting this information at the end of every card from now on. THank you and good night!