NHL NIGHT IN REVIEW: February 23rd, 2023
Several Dramatic Comebacks on Thursday night
NHL NIGHT IN REVIEW: February 23rd, 2023
The National Hockey League was packed with solid action on Thursday night with ten games on tap throughout the league, NHL Games Analysis saw plenty of results that pleased NHL Public Betting enthusiasts. Let’s take a look at last night with a recap of the NHL scores and games in review.
The New Jersey Devils fight back from a 2-0 first period deficit to beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime, thanks in part to a pair of goals from forward Dawson Mercer, including the overtime game-winner, and he also recorded an assist. Nico Hischier scored his 24th goal of the season and Tomas Tatar picked up a goal and an assist as well.
Goalie Vitek Vanecek picks up his 25th victory of the season, making 19 saves on 22 shots faced and also picking up a secondary assist on the game-winner in the extra frame. Kings forward Anze Kopitar scored his 20th goal of the season and notched an assist, while Kevin Fiala picked up a pair of assists in the losing effort.
The Devils have now won four of their last six games overall while Los Angeles has now dropped four of their last five games on the road, as they continue their trek through the East Coast this weekend.
The Buffalo Sabres pick up two big points as road underdogs, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 in overtime. Buffalo jumped out to a 3-1 lead midway into the contest thanks to forward Tage Thompson, who recorded his fourth Hat Trick this season and now has 39 goals.
Lightning winger Brayden Point had a monstrous third period, scoring a goal and notching two assists as Tampa Bay forced overtime with a power-play tally from Ross Colton, his 13th goal this year.
Defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin scored his first goal of the season in the extra session to give Buffalo their third win in the last four games overall. Goaltender Eric Comrie made 36 saves on 41 shots faced for his third straight victory in Los Angeles.
Forward Connor McDavid scored two goals, including one on a penalty shot, as the Edmonton Oilers beatdown the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-2 at a pick’em price on the road, creeping over the high posted total number of 7.
McDavid also added a pair of assists in the game while linemate Leon Draisaitl scored his 35th goal of the year on the power-play. Goaltender Stuart Skinner won his 15th game of the season, making 22 saves on 24 shots faced. Defenseman Kris Letang scored both goals for Pittsburgh, who continue to struggle, losing four games in a row and seven of their last ten overall.
Forward Jake DeBrusk scored his third goal in as many games as the Boston Bruins beat the Seattle Kraken by a final score of 6-5. Forwards Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist.
Goalie Jeremy Swayman picks up his 14th victory of the year, making 36 saves on 41 shots faced. Rookie forward Matthew Beniers scored his 19th goal of the year and added an assist for Seattle, who now drop to fourth place in the NHL Pacific Division standings after posting their sixth loss in the last nine contests overall.
The Detroit Red Wings pick up a nice home underdog victory, beating the New York Rangers 4-1, to pick up their seventh win in the last eight games. Forward Andrew Copp scored a goal and two assists against his former squad while Michael Rasmussen picked up a goal and assist and David Perron notched two assists. Goalie Ville Husso made 30 saves on 31 shots faced for his fourth victory in his last five starts and 23rd win overall this season.
Other News & Notes Around The League
The Anaheim Ducks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-2 win on the road against the Washington Capitals as large +260 underdogs. Goalie John Gibson made 41 saves on 43 shots faced while forwards Troy Terry and Jakob Silfverberg each picked up goals and defenseman Cam Fowler picked up a pair of assists.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves for his 73rd career shutout as the Minnesota Wild snap a five-game road losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Forward Kirill Kaprizov scored his 34th goal of the season while Brandon Duhaime scored two minutes later in the opening period and that was all the scoring Minnesota needed to put away a Blue Jackets club that has now lost seven of their last ten games overall.
Winger Elias Pettersson scored the game-winning goal with 15 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks over the St. Louis Blues 3-2. It’s the third victory for the Canucks in their last nine contests. Petterson also notched two assists in regulation on goals scored by J.T. Miller and Andrei Kuzmenko. Rookie netminder Arturs Silovs made 20 saves on 22 shots faced for his second ever National Hockey League victory.
Forwards Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund scored twice and Matt Duchene recorded three assists as the Nashville Predators blowout the San Jose Sharks 6-2 as short road favorites. Granlund also picked up a pair of assists, while goalie Juuse Saros made 22 saves on 24 shots faced for his 22nd win on the season.
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