NHL Roundup: Filip Forsberg Preds all-time leading goal scorer, Talbot gets shutout, and more
Today’s NHL Roundup for Monday, March 21, 2022 recaps all four games on the schedule after a crazy day of trades and signings.
In Minnesota, Cam Talbot made a statement by shutting out the Vegas Golden Knights after the team acquired Marc-Andre Fleury from the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the day. Brad Marchand notched two goals including the OT winner for the Boston Bruins over the Canadiens. And Nathan MacKinnon lifted the Colorado Avalanche in OT over the surging Edmonton Oilers.
We begin our recaps with a player who was speculated to be moved but remained despite no contract extension and free agency looming. Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators registered 5 points including his franchise setting 212th goal to break the tie with David Legwand for All-Time Predators goals.
NHL roundup: Predators 6, Ducks 3
Filip Forsberg earned a piece of Predators history on Monday, recording two goals and three assists to lead Nashville to a 6-3 road victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Forsberg now has 35 goals, setting a franchise record for a single season. Viktor Arvidsson held the previous mark, having scored 34 goals in the 2018-19 season.
“We couldn’t let him keep it for too long when he’s not on our team anymore,” Forsberg said. ”[Arvidsson] is one of my closest friends, but it feels good to take it from him, not going to lie.”NHL.com
Matt Duchene is also alongside Arvidsson in the record book, as Duchene hit the 34-goal plateau with two power-play tallies on Monday. Duchene’s goal at 3:08 of the third period was a highlight-reel effort, with the forward going between his legs to fire the puck past Anaheim goalie John Gibson.
The Predators also made some team history, setting a club record with their seventh consecutive game with four or more goals. The offensive surge has helped power Nashville to a 7-2-0 record in the past nine games.
The Ducks fell to 0-5-2 in their past seven games, their longest winless drought of the season. Derek Grant scored twice for the Ducks, with Troy Terry collecting his 30th of the season for Anaheim’s other marker. Trevor Zegras and Kevin Shattenkirk each had two assists.
Wild 3, Golden Knights 0
Cam Talbot made 28 saves for his second shutout of the season as Minnesota beat Vegas in Saint Paul, Minn., for its third straight victory.
“I knew I was playing today no matter what happened,” Talbot said. “[Wild general manager Bill Guerin has] been very good at communicating with me and letting me know what’s going on and keeping me in the loop, so I’ve got to give Billy a lot of credit. Those aren’t easy conversations to have with a guy, and when he goes out and makes a deal like that and goes all-in, it just kind of benefits the team, really.”NHL.com
Matt Dumba, Ryan Hartman and Nicolas Deslauriers, playing his first game with the Wild after being acquired in a trade with Anaheim on Saturday, scored goals for Minnesota. It was the 26th career shutout for Talbot, who has won each of his past six starts. Minnesota improved to 5-1-1 over its past seven games.
Rookie Logan Thompson made 33 saves for Vegas, which had a two-game win streak snapped. The Golden Knights, who play at Winnipeg on Tuesday in the second game of a back-to-back, have lost their past six road games.
Bruins 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)
Brad Marchand scored his second goal of the game 34 seconds into overtime to propel Boston to a win over host Montreal.
“I kind of knew it was going to come back just because of the way he kind of showboated on the save at the end of the second,” Marchand said. “I wanted to score a little bit extra because of that save, so luckily it went in.”
Boston, which had 46 shots on net, has won-back-to-back games and is now 12-2-1 in its past 15. Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton tied the score with 2:59 left in regulation, jumping into the play and slotting home a cross-ice feed from Craig Smith.
David Savard and Joel Armia scored for Montreal, which fell to 4-3-3 in its past 10 games. Allen stopped 43 shots.
Avalanche 3, Oilers 2 (OT)
Nathan MacKinnon scored 52 seconds into overtime, Mikko Rantanen tallied two goals and Colorado beat Edmonton in Denver.
“Mikko’s been amazing all season. He’s one of the best players in the league, as well,” MacKinnon said. “He always finds a way to score power-play goals. I don’t know what the numbers are, but I feel like every year he’s up there in power-play goals.”
MacKinnon also had an assist, Cale Makar contributed two assists and Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves for Colorado, which has won four straight.
Kailer Yamamoto had a goal and an assist, Evander Kane also scored and Mike Smith stopped 28 shots for the Oilers, whose five-game winning streak ended.
–Field Level Media contributed to this report.