NHL roundup: Matt Grzelcyk 5 points helps Bruins top Caps, Avs edge Kraken, and Kings top sleepy Rangers
The NHL slate originally had six games scheduled but COVID postponements cut that in half.
In the games that were played, Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk had a big night registering five points. The Kraken gave the Avs all they could handle but it wasn’t enough to win.
Finally, the Rangers had a sleepy 50 minutes in a loss to the Kings. Let’s recap.
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Bruins 7, Capitals 3
Matt Grzelcyk had a goal and four assists as the Boston Bruins recorded a 7-3 road win over the Washington Capitals on Monday.
It was a milestone night for Grzelcyk, who had never before recorded even three points in a game during his six NHL seasons.
“As it’s happening, you just kind of shake your head,” Grzelcyk said via NHL.com. “I was just laughing during the game because I’ve felt good about my game most of the year and points have been a little bit hard to come by. It’s something I don’t really worry about, but at the same time my job is to [contribute] offensively.”
David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each scored two goals and added an assist for the Bruins, the second consecutive two-goal game for each of the forwards. Craig Smith had a goal and an assist, while Anton Blidh and Taylor Hall each had two assists. Erik Haula also scored for Boston.
Conor Sheary scored twice and T.J. Oshie added a goal for the Capitals, who are 0-2-2 in their past four games.
Avalanche 4, Kraken 3
Nicolas Aube-Kubel had two goals, Nazem Kadri had a goal and an assist, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat the Seattle Kraken 4-3 in Denver on Monday night.
“Give credit to them, they came out hard,” Kadri said. “We’ve got to find ways to get off to a better start, but that being said, it’s always nice to get the job done.”
Devon Toews also scored, Pavel Francouz stopped 23 shots and Andre Burakovsky had two assists for the Avalanche, who have won five straight.
Jared McCann and Marcus Johansson each had a goal and an assist for the Kraken, Colin Blackwell also scored, and Philipp Grubauer had 31 saves against his former team.
Grubauer was Colorado’s top goaltender the previous three seasons and helped the Avalanche earn the President’s Trophy in the pandemic-shortened 2021 season when he went 30-9-1.
He signed as a free agent with Seattle over the summer.
Colorado played without captain Gabriel Landeskog, who was placed in health and safety protocols earlier Monday.
Kings 3, Rangers 1
Cal Petersen made 22 saves and the Los Angeles Kings won for the fourth time in five games by beating the visiting New York Rangers 3-1 on Monday night.
“I think I said the other day, the one thing that Cal couldn’t control was how well Jonathan played, and he was happy for him, and I’m sure ‘Quickie’ is happy for Cal right now,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “But having both of them playing well, not a lot of teams can say that, and if we have that, we’re lucky.”
Phillip Danault, Blake Lizotte and Adrian Kempe scored and Trevor Moore had two assists for the Kings.
Mika Zibanejad scored and Alexandar Georgiev made 36 saves for the Rangers, who had won four of their previous five.
“We talked about before the game what they do in the neutral zone, and we just decided to work hard and not smart,” Rangers forward Chris Kreider said via NHL.com. “We need to come with speed, support each other, and we made it really easy on them walking out of the zone, and then ultimately trying to get our feet going a little bit too late, and getting beat and giving them rushes and letting them advance the puck up the ice.”
–Field Level Media