Direct rivals of the Montreal canadiens for a playoff spot in the Association of the East, the New York Islanders, the Blue Jackets of Columbus and the Florida Panthers have all suffered the defeat on Saturday night.
The Islanders faced the Tampa Bay Lightning, who won 3 to 1, in Florida. Author of 17 stops, the goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy has earned a point in an 18th consecutive game.
On the map offensive, this is Carter Verhaeghe, who scored the winning goal early in the third period. Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos have also shaken the ropes for the Ligthning, which is unbeaten in its last six outings.
During this time, to Columbus, the Blue Jackets have squandered a lead of 1 to 0, at the end of the game, to finally tilt 2 to 1 to the Colorado Avalanche.
Indeed, Nazem Kadri has leveled the marks in the 12th minute of play of the third twenty. Nathan MacKinnon has undone the deadlock four minutes later.
During the second period, Seth Jones had given the advance to the local team in numerical advantage.
Philipp Grubauer is shown in front of the cage of the visitors by blocking 31 shots.
At Sunrise, the return-to-play Alexander Barkov has not been enough for the Panthers to Florida to surprise the Pittsburgh Penguins. They have won 3 to 2.
It is Sidney Crosby who scored the winning goal in the second period during a power play. Kristopher Letang and Teddy Blueger also have shaken the ropes for the Penguins.
The Flyers dominant
In Washington, the Philadelphia Flyers, have consolidated their place as the second team, winner of the East, crushing the Washington Capitals by a score of 7 to 2.
Sean Couturier is hit the target twice for the visitors. Michael Raffle, James van Riemsdyk, Nicolas Aubé-Kubel, Travis Konecny and Claude Giroux have been the other markers for the Flyers.
On the side of the Capitals, T. J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov were the only ones to defeat Brian Elliott, who was pushed out of a total of 25 shots. The Flyers have completely neutralized Alex Ovechkin, who is only two goals to reach the plateau of 700 for his career in the NHL.
The defeats of the New York Islanders, the Blue Jackets of Columbus and Panthers in Florida will benefit certainly to the Montreal canadiens in the playoffs in the East. The Philadelphia Flyers have, however, obtained a significant victory against the Washington Capitals, which allows them to be closer to the Blue Jackets and the third place of the metropolitan Section.
To watch Sunday
The Sabres of Buffalo will try to preserve their slim hope of the playoffs, facing the Ducks in Anaheim. Tied with the Sabres, the Rangers will play against the Los Angeles Kings.
Matches to watch:
Anaheim c. Buffalo, 15h
Los Angeles c. New York R, 18h,