NHL Review May 3, 2021
LIGHTNING EDGE RED WINGS TO MOVE INTO SECOND IN DISCOVER CENTRAL
Blake Coleman opened the scoring 16 seconds into the game and assisted on a goal by Mikhail Sergachev as Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. Christopher Gibson then denied all eight shots he faced in the final frame to earn the 2-1 final and his first NHL win since March 20, 2018 (w/ NYI) and help the Lightning (35-14-3, 73 points) move ahead of the idle Panthers (34-14-5, 73 points) for second place in the Discover Central Division.
Tampa Bay improved to 25-0-0 when leading after two periods this season and are the only team without a loss of any kind under that criteria.
BRUINS, OILERS LOOK TO CLINCH BERTHS IN 2021 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Boston (30-14-6, 66 points) and Edmonton (30-17-2, 62 points) each have the opportunity to clinch a berth in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs as 28 teams are in action tonight, with only Calgary, Detroit and Tampa Bay idle.
The Bruins can secure the final playoff spot in the MassMutual East Division if they earn at least one point against the Devils or if the Capitals defeat the Rangers in any fashion.
The Oilers can become the second Scotia North Division team to reach the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs if they record at least one point versus the Canucks.
NHLSTATS TO WATCH FOR DURING MONDAY’S 14 GAMES
Oilers captain and League scoring leader Connor McDavid (29-58—87 in 49 GP), who is closing in on his third career Art Ross Trophy, is three points shy of 90 on the season.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (38-24—62 in 47 GP), who owns a nine-goal edge over McDavid in the 2020-21 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race, needs two goals to reach 40 on the season.
Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has at least one point in each of Colorado’s last 16 road games dating to Feb. 16 (8-17—25). That’s tied for the longest road point streak of his NHL career, a mark he set as an 18-year-old rookie en route to capturing the Calder Memorial Trophy.
Marc-Andre Fleury and Semyon Varlamov can also join elite company should they make an appearance for the Golden Knights and Islanders, respectively. Fleury needs one win to surpass Roberto Luongo for sole possession of third place on the NHL’s all-time list, while Varlamov can extend his career-high, franchise-record shutout sequence of 213:56.
Red Wings’ Thomas Greiss, Frontline Healthcare Hero Joanne MacDonald Named NHL ‘First Stars’ of the Week Oilers’ McDavid, Islanders’ Varlamov Round Out ‘Three Stars’
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Thomas Greiss and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System regional director of pharmacy Joanne MacDonald have been named the NHL’s “First Stars” for the week ending May 2.
Throughout the 2020-21 season the NHL is celebrating the remarkable efforts of the off-ice stars who make it possible for us to play our games amid a pandemic by honoring frontline healthcare heroes from the regions represented by the League’s weekly and monthly “Stars.”
MacDonald serves as a pharmacy leader within the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, overseeing five hospitals and providing support to more than 100 colleagues across the southeast Michigan region – including hospital and retail pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and clinical dietitians. MacDonald’s team, which is responsible for preparing and coordinating the distribution of medications and vaccinations to patients across the healthcare continuum, ensures that colleagues have the resources they need and clear processes in place to deliver safe, high-quality care to patients.
Throughout the past year, MacDonald has worked to implement elevated safety standards that have prevented the spread of COVID-19 within clinical care areas. Additionally, she has assisted in the planning, coordination and deployment of clinics throughout southeast Michigan, which began administering coronavirus vaccines to health system colleagues and the community in December 2020.
Whether it’s early mornings, late evenings or weekends, you often will find MacDonald staffing vaccination clinics, providing inspiration and leadership to her team. She is the healthcare hero behind the scenes that most patients never will have the benefit of meeting, but those who work beside her see the many contributions MacDonald has made and the countless lives she has benefited.
Rounding out the “Three Stars” of the week are Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov. More on each NHL player’s performance can be found below:
FIRST STAR – THOMAS GREISS, G, DETROIT RED WINGS
Greiss stopped all 66 shots he faced across 130:00 of regulation and overtime – and made an additional six saves in shootouts – to earn two shutouts along with a 1-0-1 record for the Red Wings (18-27-9, 45 points). He turned aside 33 shots through overtime, and denied one of the three attempts he saw in the shootout, in a 1-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets April 27. Greiss then registered his second straight shutout – and the 15th of his career – with another 33 saves, plus five more in the shootout, in a 1-0 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning May 1. It marked the third time that Greiss has posted consecutive shutouts during his NHL career (also Jan. 16-19, 2017, and Jan. 18 – Feb. 1, 2019, both w/ NYI) and the first time a Detroit goaltender has accomplished the feat since Jan. 14-22, 2018 (Petr Mrazek). The 35-year-old Fussen, Germany, native has appeared in 33 total games this season (his first with the Red Wings), compiling a 7-15-8 record, 2.73 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and two shutouts.
SECOND STAR – CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS
McDavid topped the NHL with 4-6—10 and a +6 rating (tied) in four contests to lift the Oilers (30-17-2, 62 points) to a 3-1-0 week and into second place in the Scotia NHL North Division. He recorded seven points across a pair of games against the Winnipeg Jets, posting 3‑1—4 (including his third hat trick and 10th game-winning goal of the campaign) in a 6-1 victory April 26 and assisting on all three Edmonton goals in a 3-1 triumph April 28. McDavid was held off the scoresheet in a 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames April 29, but rebounded with 1-2—3 in the 10th and final installment of the Battle of Alberta this season – a 4-1 win May 1. The 24-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native and two-time Art Ross Trophy winner leads the NHL with 29-58—87 in 49 total outings this season, 16 points more than the next-closest player (teammate Leon Draisaitl: 24-47—71).
THIRD STAR – SEMYON VARLAMOV, G, NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Varlamov turned aside all 53 shots he faced across a pair of games – both against the New York Rangers – to collect two shutouts and help the Islanders (31-15-5, 67 points) clinch their third straight playoff berth. He made 25 saves in a 4-0 triumph April 29, followed by 28 stops for his fourth shutout against the Rangers this season in a 3-0 win May 1. The latter performance extended Varlamov’s shutout streak to 213:56 (dating to April 20), eclipsing the franchise record set by Glenn Resch in 1975-76 (178:29). The 33-year-old Samara, Russia, native has played in 33 total games this season, leading the League with seven shutouts while also ranking among the top netminders in goals-against average (5th; 1.99), save percentage (5th; .930) and wins (t‑6th; 19).