NHL Scores: Auston Matthews goal scoring binge continues, Rangers end skid, Islanders streak stopped, and more

Feb 18, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (34) is greeted by forward Joe Thornton (97) after scoring against Ottawa Senators in the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Move over Alex Ovechkin, there’s a new gunslinger in town. Ladies and Gentlemen, Auston Matthews is the best goal scorer in the game today.

The Maple Leafs superstar is on a torrid pace and scored two more times last night. He currently has 16 goals in 17 games this season. This has the 23 year-old center on pace for a 52 goal season. Matthews career high is 47 which he posted last season in 70 games.

Remarkable!

NHL Scores: Auston Matthews helps Maple Leafs down the Senators

Toronto has been a force all season thanks to Matthews unbelievable points streak which is now at 15 games. Not only did he score twice, he added two assists to help the Maple Leafs (13-3-2) blow out the Senators (4-14-1) 7-3.

“I’m just trying to shoot at what’s open to be honest,” a humble Matthews told reporters after the game. “The puck is going in the net right now, which is great, but the most important thing is we’re winning hockey games.”

Matthews now has collected 16 goals and a total of 24 points during this streak. He has 25 points on the season, which is good for fourth in the NHL. Connor McDavid leads all skaters with 32 points.

NHL Scores: Artemi Panarin returns and helps end Rangers losing streak

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Feb 18, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) scores a goal against Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) during the shootout period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers (5-7-3) snapped a four game losing streak by squeaking out a 3-2 shootout win against the Flyers (8-3-3). Artemi Panarin picked up an assist after a two game absence for his team leading 16th point on the year, but he also notched the game winning shootout goal against Carter Hart.

“I missed a few games and I feel better,” Panarin said through an interpreter. “It was important for me to get a feel for the game early on and create offense. I have some things to work on, and we’re going to continue working here.”

For the Flyers, they were without several players like Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek who remained on the COVID list. This was Philadelphia’s first game in 10 days.

NHL Scores: Penguins end Islanders point streak at 8 games

The Islanders (8-5-3) were one of the hottest teams in the NHL until the Penguins (8-6-1) put a stop to that. Sidney Crosby would get the scoring started with Tristan Jarry making 31 stops in the 4-1 win.

“I’m just working on it,” a much improved Jarry said afterwards. “Working on it in practice and making sure my habits are good. I think that’s where it comes from.”  The 25 year-old is 2-1 in his last three starts allowing only 7 goals in 105 shots.

In other East Division action, the Devils (6-3-2) have won two in a row after coming off a 16 day hiatus due to COVID. This time knocking off the Bruins (10-3-2) by a score of 3-2. They did so on the strength of Kyle Palmieri’s first two goals of the season and with Mackenzie Blackwood stellar in net stopping 25 shots.

NHL Scores: Blue Jackets shutout Predators, Blues win in OT, and more

It was a full slate of games last night. 18 teams were in action while bad weather in Texas postponed another Stars and Lightning contest.

Elvis Merzlikins helped the Blue Jackets (8-6-4) pick up a solid 3-0 win over the Predators (6-10). He turned aside all 32 Nashville shots sent his way. Struggling Max Domi also picked up his third goal of the year.

Jordan Binnington stood tall in net as the Blues (10-5-2) took down the Sharks (6-7-2) by a 3-2 score in OT. The game winner came off the stick of David Perron on the PP for his 6th of the year. Binnington made 32 saves and is looking at a nice big contract soon.

Remaining scores:

  • Capitals (8-4-3) defeat the Sabres (4-7-2) 3-1
  • Kings (6-6-3) nip the Coyotes (7-6-3) 3-2 in a shootout
  • Wild (7-6) clip the Ducks (6-8-3) 3-1

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