NHL Scores: Taylor Hall scores again for Bruins, Golden Knights back in a groove, Patrick Marleau nearing historic record, and more

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Apr 16, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) tips the puck past New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin (30) for a goal during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

What a difference a change of scenery makes, especially when you escape from Buffalo. Taylor Hall scored his second goal in three games as a member of the Boston Bruins. For context, he had two goals in 37 games with the Buffalo Sabres. It’s exactly what each side was hoping for when the trade was made.

Taylor Hall finds scoring touch again in Boston

The Bruins got a goal in each period as rookie net-minder Jeremy Swayman made 25 saves for his first NHL shutout. Taylor Hall scored a beauty tip-in marker off a feed from David Krejci in the second period en route to the B’s 3-0 blanking of the Islanders.

Boston is back up to six points on the New York Rangers who have been steam rolling for a month now up the standings. They play the Devils again today and could close the gap back to four. The Bruins however will still hold two games in hand on them.

Golden Knights back to playing tight defense with timely goal scoring

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Apr 16, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner (90) makes a glove save on a shot in front of Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden Knights have won five in a row. Consider that 1-3-1 stretch from the end of March to early April a blip on the radar screen. The West is the weakest division in the NHL this year with just two real contenders in Vegas and Colorado. However; when it’s all said and done those points count in the standings.

Last night, Robin Lehner needed to make just 16 saves to shutout the Ducks 4-0. After the game, Anaheim’s head coach complimented the Golden Knights and explained why they are so good.

“To me, Vegas is the hardest-working team in our division,” Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins said. “They are relentless on loose pucks. They’re strong on puck battles, and that’s why they’re one of the elite teams in the League. It’s something that we aspire to be down the road.”

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Meanwhile, Mats Zuccarello scored his 9th goal of the season to help the Wild nip the Sharks by a 3-2 score. Minnesota could be a threat in the playoffs as they firmly hold third place by 11 points over the St. Louis Blues.

Patrick Marleau nearing record

Canadiens get two from Tyler Toffoli to douse Flames

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Apr 16, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens right wing Tyler Toffoli (73) scores a goal against Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) as defenseman Mark Giordano (5) defends during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Goal scorers are by nature streaky. Tyler Toffoli scored his 20th and 21st of the season to lift the Habs over the Flames by a 2-1 score. For Toffoli, he broke a six game scoring drought after having scored 4 goals in four games before that. Jake Allen was solid in net making 28 stops to help the Canadiens increase their hold of fourth place by 6 points over the Flames with 3 games in hand.

“I don’t think we had our best games and he kept us in all of them,” Toffoli said of Allen. “So he’s been playing incredible, all throughout the season as well. I mean Carey as well, so having both of them, and especially Jake right now, is really key.” 

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