Good evening, fellow Vinglers! Welcome back to VSNA hockey! There were only three games tonight, so let's get to them right away!
Scores: Capitals 3-2 Maple Leafs ; Blackhawks 5-2 Red Wings ; Ducks 3-2 Canadiens
The Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 to match the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings' mark of 47 wins through 63 games. The youthful yet physically overmatched Maple Leafs put 29 shots on net to the Capitals' 23. Washington backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves in a rare appearance.
Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist 1:24 apart on power plays in the second period, helping the Chicago Blackhawks rout the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 tonight. He set up Artemi Panarin for a goal in the third period for the second time in the game. That extended his NHL-leading point total to 88 -- his jersey number -- and matched his career high set during the 2009-10 season. Kane has 15 goals on power plays and a league-leading 32 points with a man advantage, setting career highs in each category with nearly 20 games remaining in the regular season. Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots for the Red Wings, who had won three straight. The Western Conference-leading Blackhawks were coming off a win against NHL-leading Washington.
Jamie McGinn scored in his Ducks debut, Jakob Silfverberg got the only goal in the shootout, and Anaheim beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 tonight for its ninth consecutive victory. Corey Perry scored the tying power-play goal with 9:09 to play for the Ducks, who have won 18 of 21 to streak into a first-place tie with Los Angeles atop the Pacific Division. John Gibson stopped 25 shots and all three Montreal shootout attempts with relative ease. Alex Galchenyuk scored two goals and Mike Condon made 32 saves for the Canadiens, who lost their second straight to open a West Coast road trip. The Ducks earned a point in their 11th straight game and did it for the 25th time in 29 games since Christmas, when they awoke from an awful start for a spectacular two-month run that hasn't slowed. Anaheim hasn't lost since Feb. 11 and has just one regulation defeat since Jan. 17. The Ducks finished the regular season strong the past few years, but this year they really need to find a way to convert that regular season dominance to postseason results. This would be their fourth straight division title if they continue the stellar play.
That's all for tonight, folks! Let me know in the comments if you want to be tagged in future VSNA cards. See ya tomorrow!