NHL News 4/4/16: Ducks Edge Stars 3-1, Retake Pacific Division Lead
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Daily Schedule and More
April 4, 2016
The NHL is back tonight with five games on the schedule. There’s lots of playoff intrigue happening around the league, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at the headline-making players and key stats out there.
John Gibson, G, Anaheim Ducks: Last night at Honda Center in Anaheim, the Ducks got a big win over the visiting Stars. Gibson put up 24 saves on 25 shots in the 3-1 victory, while Nate Thompson scored in the second on a shorthanded play. Ryan Kesler posted his 19th and 20th goals of the year in the third to ice the game.
With the victory, the Ducks jump back into first place in the Pacific Division, one point ahead of the Kings. Both teams have four games left.
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Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues: Up at Pepsi Center in Denver, the visiting Blues had their way with the Avalanche, scoring three goals in the first period en route to a 5-1 victory.
Tarasenko had two assists in the game, while David Backes scored his 21st goal of the year. Matt Duchene rang up No. 30 on the other side.
The Blues now sit two points behind Dallas in the division. The Blackhawks loom four points behind them.
Chris Thorburn, RW, Winnipeg Jets: The Jets won’t be heading to the postseason this year, but they can still shake things up in the playoff race. They did that last night at MTS Centre, scoring three times in the third period for a 5-1 win over the Wild.
Thorburn scored his sixth goal of the year here, and Mark Scheifele posted his 27th on a power play in the first.
This was the third straight loss for the Wild, who missed a chance to clinch a postseason berth with the defeat.
Patrick Hornqvist, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins: Consol Energy Center was rocking last night as the intrastate rival Flyers came to visit the Penguins. The home team came up with a 6-2 win here, with Hornqvist scoring his 21st of the season. Eric Fehr scored twice, and Sidney Crowby nailed his 33rd of the season.
That makes six straight wins for the Penguins, who reached 100 points for the 10th time in team history.
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.
Monday, April 4, 2016:
7:00 PM ET:
Tampa Bay Lightning at NY Islanders (FS-F, MSG+, NHLN-US, TVAS)
NY Rangers at Columbus Blue Jackets (MSG, FS-O)
7:30 PM ET:
Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs (FS-F, TSN4)
8:00 PM ET:
Arizona Coyotes at St. Louis Blues (FS-A PLUS, FS-MW)
10:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks (FS-W, SNP)
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