NHL Review February 24, 2021
OILERS OVERCOME 3-0 DEFICIT TO EARN VICTORY VERSUS VANCOUVER
Edmonton fell behind 3-0 in the opening 15:17, but responded by scoring four unanswered goals to rally past Vancouver at Rogers Arena. It marked the third time in which the Oilers overcame a deficit of three-plus goals to earn a win against the Canucks, following Oct. 19, 1983 (10-7 W) and Dec. 7, 1983 (5-4 W).
Connor McDavid pulled Edmonton even at 4:23 of the third period, while Leon Draisaitl assisted on three of four Oilers goals. McDavid (13-25—38 in 21 GP) and Draisaitl (10-23—33 in 21 GP) rank first and second, respectively, in the NHL scoring race this season.
SENATORS, BLACKHAWKS AND PENGUINS PREVAIL PAST REGULATION
Ottawa and Chicago earned shootout wins Tuesday, while Pittsburgh earned another overtime victory over Washington:
Brady Tkachuk (2-0—2), Drake Batherson and Erik Brannstrom accounted for Ottawa’s four goals in regulation – with Brannstrom’s being the first of his NHL career – and Tim Stützle (0-1—1) scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Senators earned their second straight win against the Canadiens.
Players age 22 or younger have scored each of the Senators’ last eight goals dating to Feb. 18 (excluding shootout-deciding goals) – there have been only five instances over the last 30 years of an NHL team with a longer such run.
Patrick Kane (1-3—4) factored on four of Chicago’s five goals in regulation, but Oliver Bjorkstrand tallied twice in the final 10 minutes as Columbus rallied from a 5-3 third-period deficit to force overtime. Alex DeBrincat (0-1—1) then scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Blackhawks edged the Blue Jackets in their second head-to-head game this season which has had a 6-5 final score (also Feb. 11).
Kane (398-654—1,052 in 993 GP) inched closer to the 400-goal milestone and recorded his 15th career regular-season game with four-plus points, which trails only Stan Mikita (39), Denis Savard (33), Bobby Hull (31) and Jeremy Roenick (20) for the most in franchise history. Kane’s 15 career four-point games also matched Kevin Stevens for eighth place on the NHL’s all-time list among U.S.-born players.
Washington tallied twice to erase a one-goal deficit and go up 2-1, but Jake Guentzel (1-1—2) pulled Pittsburgh even just 22 seconds later. Kasperi Kapanen (1-1—2) then scored the overtime winner as the Penguins improved to 4-1-0 against the Capitals this season, including a 3-0-0 mark in games that have required overtime.
Pittsburgh improved to 8-0-0 in its last eight regular-season games against Washington that have gone past regulation dating to Jan. 22, 2012. There have only been four other such win streaks of equal length by a team versus one opponent in NHL history, including two active runs.
WEBER, RINNE CLIMB ALL-TIME LISTS
Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber scored the 221st and 222nd regular-season goals of his NHL career to pass former Montreal defenseman Sergei Gonchar (220) and tie Reed Larson on the League’s all-time list among blueliners. Weber also tied Larson and two other NHL defensemen with his 20th career multi-goal game.
Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (24 saves), who was teammates with Weber for several seasons in Nashville, earned the 59th regular-season shutout of his NHL career. He moved past John Ross Roach (58) and tied Evgeni Nabokov for 19th place on the League’s all-time list.
KINGS AIM TO PUSH WIN STREAK TO SIX GAMES
The Kings enter Wednesday’s showdown with the Blues on NBCSN riding a five-game win streak – the longest active streak in the NHL and second-longest by any team in 2020-21 (TBL: 6-0-0 from Jan. 30 – Feb. 9). The Kings have had four separate win streaks of six or more games since 2015-16, including a season-ending seven-game run in 2019-20 before the season went on pause (Feb. 26 – March 11, 2020).
Veteran goaltender Jonathan Quick has been in net for three of the five victories during the streak, including a pair of shutouts (3-0-0, 0.65 GAA, .975 SV%, 2 SO). It marked the first time Quick had recorded two shutouts in a span of three appearances since a three-game stretch from March 12-16, 2015.
Another Kings veteran has been integral to the current stretch of wins, with defenseman Drew Doughty recording 1-6—7 across the five-game win streak (since. Feb. 11) – no defenseman has recorded more points than Doughty over that span. Overall, Doughty has registered 4-11—15 in 17 GP this season, the fewest games he has required to reach the 15-point mark in his career (previously 18 GP in 2009-10).
At least one of Doughty, Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter or Anze Kopitar have factored on the Kings’ last 11 goals dating to Feb. 16 (excluding a shootout-deciding goal on Feb. 18). The four veteran skaters and Quick are the only players that won the Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in both 2012 and 2014 who are still with the team.
Canucks’ Roussel Fined for Roughing
Vancouver Canucks forward Antoine Roussel has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for roughing Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi during NHL Game No. 307 in Vancouver on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.
The incident occurred at 15:47 of the second period. Roussel was assessed a minor penalty for roughing.
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.