NHL Scores: Rangers annihilate Flyers again, Avalanche take out Golden Knights, and more

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Mar 25, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) scores a goal against Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers have won four of their last five and are now just three points behind the Bruins for the final playoff spot in the East. Two of those wins have come at the expense of the Flyers whom they’ve outscored 17-3 in those contests.

NHL Scores: Mika Zibanejad scores 6 against Philly….again

Last week Mika Zibanejad scored a natural hat trick and six points in the second period of a 9-0 wash out of the Flyers. Yesterday, he took a little longer but completed the feat again. The Rangers center posted another natural and six points in an 8-3 clubbing of the host Flyers. Since that first breakout game, Zibanejad has recorded 15 points in his last five contests.

“The puck seems to go in right now, obviously,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to contribute offensively for the team, especially since (struggling) the start and the first part of the season. It’s obviously a great feeling when you win and you can contribute.”

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The win pulls the Rangers into a tie with the Flyers for fifth. New York will look to claim sole possession of it on Saturday.

Remaining East Games

  • Alex Ovechkin scores goal 721 as Capitals beat Devils 4-3
  • Islanders get an OT goal from Anthony Beauvillier to knock off Bruins 4-3
  • Penguins beat Sabres 4-0 to extend Buffalo’s winless steak to 16

NHL Scores: Avalanche beat Golden Knights tied for first

Mar 25, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) defends a shot on net by Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) in the second period at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The West now has a two-horse race for first place. Gabriel Landeskog picked up a goal and an assist to help the Avalanche defeat the Golden Knights by a 5-1 score. The win now extends their point streak to nine games and evens Colorado with Vegas at 45 points. The Knights do have a game in hand.

“We got some timely goals and we were able to build off of that,” Landeskog said. “Guys stepped up big. It was good to see [Compher] get on the board, and Cale had a beautiful goal. Overall, a good team effort. Our game starts with defensive commitment, and we go from there. We know what can create offense, and the buy-in for the last month and a bit has been really good, and we’re seeing the results from it.”

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Remaining West Games

  • Wild blank Blues 2-0 with Cam Talbot making 37 saves

NHL Scores: Blue Jackets and Blackhawks fighting tooth and nail for 4th in Central

The Chicago Blackhawks picked up a huge 3-0 shutout over the Florida Panthers. Kevin Lankinen stopped all 41 Panthers shots as they hold 4th place by 3 points. Meanwhile the Blue Jackets picked up a valuable point against the Hurricanes to stay within striking distance. Sebastian Aho notched his 14 in OT for the Canes 4-3 victory.

“That’s a big point for us,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “Four games against one of the top teams in the League. We go 2-1-1 against them. We come back and tie it up late and the two periods we played are probably two of the best we played all year long. I hope it keeps propelling us.”

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Remaining Central Games

  • Stars stop Andrei Vasilevskiy win streak at 12 games and win 4-3
  • Predators Rocco Grimaldi hat trick takes down Red Wings 7-1

NHL Scores: Maple Leafs OT win ticks off Senators GM

There was only one game in the North division last night and it saw the Maple Leafs defeat the Senators in OT 3-2. Auston Matthews was a one man wrecking crew in the extra session and was the key playmaker for Justin Holl’s game winner. The victory gives Toronto sole possession of first place, but the highlight of the evening was Senators GM Pierre Dorion’s liquid toss.

All the goals yesterday: