NHL roundup: Connor McDavid hits 100 points, Rangers roll, Golden Knights win, and more
NHL Roundup for Wednesday, March 30, 2022 recaps all six games on the schedule.
The New York Rangers have put together a string of win late in the season to close the gap for first place in the Metro Division with the Carolina Hurricanes. It wasn’t pretty as their coach Gerard Gallant put it, but after beating the Detroit Red Wings in OT, they are just three points back.
In Vegas, the Golden Knights kept the Winnipeg Jets at bay for the last wild card spot with a big win against the Seattle Kraken. But we start the recaps with the Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid hitting the 100-point mark for the fifth time in seven seasons.
NHL Roundup: Oilers 4, Kings 3 (SO)
Connor McDavid reached the 100-point plateau with a goal and an assist and Leon Draisaitl tied for the league lead in goals as the Edmonton Oilers recorded a 4-3 shootout victory over the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.
Both McDavid and Draisaitl scored during the shootout, breaking the deadlock after both teams went scoreless during the third period and overtime. The win moves the Oilers one point behind the Kings in the race for second place in the Pacific Division.
McDavid leads the NHL with 100 points, with 21 of them (eight goals, 13 assists) coming during his active 11-game point streak. Draisaitl is right behind his teammate with 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) during a 10-game point streak. Draisaitl netted his 49th goal of the season on Wednesday, bringing him even with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews.
“It’s incredible,” Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said via NHL.com. “He’s a phenomenal athlete that takes his craft very serious. He’s proud to have reached that mark I’m sure, but as I said this morning, I think he’s driven to get our team to 100 points.”
Carl Grundstrom and Alexander Edler each had a goal and an assist as Los Angeles fell to 1-1-2 in the past four games. Quinton Byfield also scored for the Kings, who got 30 saves from Jonathan Quick.
Jets 3, Sabres 2 (SO)
Blake Wheeler scored in regulation and added the decisive goal in the third round of the shootout to lift visiting Winnipeg to victory over Buffalo.
Pierre-Luc Dubois and Mark Scheifele scored in the first two rounds for the Jets, while Victor Olofsson and Alex Tuch answered in the second and third rounds for the Sabres. That set up Wheeler, who buried his chance against Craig Anderson (25 saves) to send Winnipeg to its third straight victory and ninth in its last 12 games.
Mason Appleton scored in regulation and Connor Hellebuyck made 35 saves while making his franchise-record 363rd career start for the Jets. Zemgus Girgensons scored two goals and Kyle Okposo notched two assists for the Sabres.
Rangers 5, Red Wings 4 (OT)
Andrew Copp scored the game-winning goal 1:34 into overtime to lead New York to a road win over Detroit.
Copp took a pass from Artemi Panerin in front of the Detroit goal and buried the chance for the Rangers, who have won four straight. Detroit lost its fourth in a row.
“I was surprised when I saw him at the back door,” Panarin said via NHL.com. “He has good speed and I was able to get him the puck.”
Detroit took a 4-3 lead with 14:04 remaining in the game when Adam Erne scored on a backhand shot from in between the face-off circles, but the Rangers tied the game at 4 with 3:38 left on a power-play goal by Chris Kreider.
“It wasn’t pretty, but the bottom line is that we got two points and we move on,” New York coach Gerard Gallant said. “We kept ourselves close all night and we got the result in the end.”
Panarin finished the night with three points that included one goal and two assists. Ryan Reaves also scored his third of the season, along with Filip Chytil registering his seventh.
Chris Kreider scored his 46th goal of the year on the power play tying him with Jaromir Jagr for the Rangers single-season mark set in 2005-06 at 24.
Blues 4, Canucks 3
Special teams goals by Robert Thomas and Ryan O’Reilly cued a comeback for St. Louis, which claimed a road victory over Vancouver.
Nick Leddy and Nathan Walker also scored for the Blues, who claimed both halves of a home-and-home series with the Canucks and now boast a 13-3-2 mark against Vancouver in the past 18 regular-season meetings.
Elias Pettersson scored twice and Alex Chiasson tallied once for the Canucks, who are 2-4-2 in their past eight games. Thatcher Demko stopped 20 shots.
Coyotes 5, Sharks 2
Jan Jenik scored his first two goals of the season and Karel Vejmelka made 40 saves as Arizona ended a six-game losing streak with a victory over San Jose in Glendale, Ariz.
Nick Ritchie, Barrett Hayton and Nick Schmaltz also scored for the Coyotes. The victory was bittersweet as Coyotes forward Clayton Keller left on a stretcher with 5:15 remaining after crashing into the end boards with his right leg taking the brunt of the impact.
Scott Reedy and Brent Burns scored goals for the Sharks, while James Reimer had 19 saves. San Jose fell to 3-4-1 in the past eight games.
Golden Knights 3, Kraken 0
Logan Thompson made 22 saves for his first NHL shutout as visiting Vegas defeated expansion Seattle,
Shea Theodore, Michael Amadio and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Vegas, which won its third in a row as it chases a Western Conference playoff berth. Marchessault also had an assist.
Kraken goaltender Chris Driedger stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced.
“We’re playing a guy short and Kolesar comes out in the first,” Vegas coach Pete DeBoer said. “It feels like we haven’t been able to get into a four-line rhythm because we will be short a body or two every night, but I thought we dug deep. I didn’t like our first period. They came out with a little more fire. I thought [Logan Thompson] made some big saves in the first that allowed us to recognize that this was going to be a harder game than we thought.”NHL.com
–Field Level Media contributed to this report