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NHL News 3/31/16: Ducks Crush Flames 8-3, Take Division Lead

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Daily Schedule and More

March 31, 2016

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We’ve got a very active day of NHL action ahead of us as the teams from around the league fight for playoff slots. Before we turn our attentions to those, let’s visit some of the notable players and stats in the news right now.

Ryan Kesler, C, Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks scored three times in the first, four times in the second and once in the third en route to an 8-3 blowout victory over the Flames last night at Honda Center. Kesler scored and had three assists, while Jakob Silfverberg came away with two goals. Corey Perry also scored here, it was his 32nd on the year. The Ducks have won 23 in a row over the Flames, which ties the record for the longest streak against one team in league history. They’ve got a one-point lead over the Kings for the division lead right now, with six games to play.

NHL News 3/31/16: Ducks Crush Flames 8-3, Take Division Lead


Braden Holtby, G, Philadelphia Flyers: We had a no-score game last night at Wells Fargo Center, until each team bagged a goal in the third. The Flyers would go on to win in a shootout 2-1, thanks to Holtby’s 33 saves on 34 shots. Steve Mason took the tough-luck loss on the other side, while Alex Ovechkin scored his 44th goal of the year on a power play in the second. With the victory, the Flyers are sitting in the final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference ahead of Detroit, who was idle yesterday.

Alex Chiasson, RW, Ottawa Senators: Chiasson got to play the hero yesterday, scoring the game-winner in the third period yesterday at MTS Centre against the Jets. The goal gave the Senators a 2-1 victory, with Zack Smith also scoring his 22nd of the year in the first period. Mark Scheifele scored for the Jets; he’s got 26 on the season now. The win brings the Senators to 79 points; the Jets have 69.

NHL Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the league’s daily schedule. Let’s check out the matchups, times and channels where you can find all the action.

Thursday, March 31, 2016:

7:00 PM ET:

Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres (MSG-B, TSN4, BELL TV)

Columbus Blue Jackets at NY Islanders (FS-O, MSG+)

NY Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes (MSG, FS-CR)

7:30 PM ET:

Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning (SUN, RDS, SNE)

New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers (MSG+2, FS-F)

8:00 PM ET:

Ottawa Senators at Minnesota Wild (FS-N, FS-WI, RDS2, TSN5)

8:30 PM ET:

Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars (FS-A, FS-SW)

10:30 PM ET:

Calgary Flames at Los Angeles Kings (FS-W, SNW

) Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks (CSN-CA, SNP)

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