The NHL had three games on Wednesday night, the Bruins and Canadiens in Boston, the Stars and Kraken in Dallas, and the Coyotes and Maple Leafs in Arizona. Wednesday was a night where the home team came away with the win every time.
Bruins 5 – Canadiens 1:
The Boston Bruins had a great game on Wednesday against the Bruins led by three first-period goals to give them a lead they would never give up on the night. Brad Marchand led the way for the Bruins as he had a hat trick including a short-handed goal to give the team a 4-0 lead in the second. The two other goals for the Bruins belonged to Curtis Lazar who now has five goals on the season.
Stars 5 – Kraken 2:
The Dallas Stars got a big win at home against the Kraken, but they still find themselves six points behind Minnesota in the standings. There was no hat trick in Dallas but Joe Pavelski did have a five-point night with two goals and three assists.
Coyotes 2 – Maple Leafs 1
Karel Vejmekla had himself a game to remember putting up 45 saves and helping to lead the Coyotes to a two-to-one win over the Maple Leafs. There was a point last night where the shots on goal were 20 to 6 in favor of the Maple Leafs yet they were still down 1-0 on the goal sheet. The Maple Leafs have one of the best offenses in the game, yet the Coyotes walked away with the win. As long as the Leafs win a few critical games later in the year they should be in good shape.
There are a lot of games on the dock for Thursday night:
Philadelphia at Boston – 7 Eastern
Vancouver at Tampa Bay – 7 Eastern
Columbus at Carolina – 7 Eastern
Winnipeg at Detroit – 7:30 Eastern
New Jersey at New York Islanders – 7:30 Eastern
Seattle at St. Louis – 8 Eastern
Buffalo at Nashville – 8 Eastern
Montreal at Chicago – 8:30 Eastern
Ottawa at Calgary – 9 Eastern
Pittsburgh at LA – 10:30 Eastern
New York Rangers at San Jose – 10:30 Eastern
With the season still so far away from being done, and the halfway point not even here yet it doesn’t seem right to mention any playoff races. So instead let me mention that the Predators find themselves on a five-game losing streak and the Capitals are in the midst of a four-game losing streak.