NHL News 4/8/16: Blues Edge Blackhawks in OT Thriller and Possible Playoff Preview
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April 8, 2016
After a crazy evening last night, the NHL is easing back tonight with just one game on the schedule. We’ve got a packed Saturday coming up tomorrow, though, so get ready to buckle in for the playoff races. In the meantime, let’s take a look at a few headlines today.
Dustin Byfuglien, D, Winnipeg Jets: Last night at SAP Center, the Jets were able to edge the Sharks by outscoring them 5-3 in the final two periods after getting shut out 1-0 in the first. Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien posted three assists and a goal in the 5-4 victory, while Mark Scheifele had two scores and an assist.
That’s just the second loss in the last six games for the Sharks, who remain at 96 points. It’s been a lost season for the Jets, however, as they’ve got a 34-39-8 record.
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Kris Versteeg, RW, Los Angeles Kings: Versteeg scored in a two-goal second period for the Kings last night against the Ducks at Staples Center in L.A., helping his team to a 2-1 win. Milan Lucic had the other goal, his 20th of the season. On the other side, Ryan Kesler had the lone goal for the Ducks--he has 21 on the year.
The Kings can clinch a division title (their first since ‘90-’91) with a victory tomorrow over the Jets.
Jordie Benn, D, Dallas Stars: The Stars continue to roll along; they’re coming off a 4-2 victory over the Avalanche last night. Benn scored in this one; it was his third of the season and came on a power play.
Dallas is tied with the Blues with 107 points, but has the tiebreaker if both teams win their final games. The Predators come to Dallas tomorrow.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues: Speaking of the Blues, they got a key win over the Blackhawks in overtime last night. Tarasenko scored both goals--one in the third and one in the extra period for a 2-1 victory.
Brian Elliott saved 24 of 25 shots in this one, and St. Louis outshot Chicago 35-25 overall.
The Blues host the Capitals tomorrow, and would need the Stars to lose their game in order to clinch the division title.
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.
Friday, April 8, 2016:
7:00 PM ET:
Columbus Blue Jackets at Buffalo Sabres (FS-O, MSG-B, NHLN-US, BELL TV)
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