Vancouver’s COVID-19 situation went from bad to worse on Friday when five more players were added to the NHL’s COVID protocol-related absence list. The Canucks already had two players and one member of the coaching staff unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols when five more players joined the list on Friday. Alexander Edler, Adam Gaudette, Travis Hamonic, Braden Holtby, Quinn Hughes, Zack MacEwen and Antoine Roussel were out due to COVID protocol as of Friday’s update.
The Canucks have already had games through April 6 postponed by the NHL. If the team’s next two scheduled games in Calgary have to be postponed as well then the NHL will have to make some decisions. The regular season could be extended beyond May 11 or points percentage could be used if the game(s) are deemed to be inconsequential for playoff purposes. The NHL and the schedule makers will take their time before making anything official. The 2020-21 season was initially set to end on May 8, but 50 games postponed games, including 45 because of protocol, altered those plans.
On the ice, the Colorado Avalanche extended the team’s point streak to 13 games following Friday’s regulation-time win over the St. Louis Blues. Colorado has an 11-0-2 record during that span. The Avalanche currently sit tied for second in the NHL with 24 wins and the team’s .722 points percentage is tied for second in the league.
WASHINGTON 2 NEW JERSEY 1 (OT)
The Capitals bounced back from Thursday’s 8-4 loss to the New York Islanders. Washington has won all seven games against the Devils this season, with the eighth and final matchup set for Sunday afternoon.
John Carlson opened the scoring with his 10th goal of the year at the 8:22 mark of the second period. He is the fourth defensemen to reach double digits in goals in 2020-21.
Michael McLeod tied the game shortly later.
Dmitry Orlov provided the game winner with 21 seconds remaining in overtime. His fifth goal of the season was unassisted.
TORONTO 2 WINNIPEG 1 (SO)
The Maple Leafs completed a two-game series sweep of the Jets on Friday.
Travis Dermott opened the scoring with his second goal of the 2020-21 campaign at the 5:16 mark of the second period.
Andrew Copp’s 12th marker of the year evened the score shortly afterward.
Jason Spezza, who also picked up an assist, scored the only goal of the shootout.
Auston Matthews had a game-high eight shots on target.
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CALGARY 2 EDMONTON 3
The Oilers rebounded from Tuesday’s shutout loss to Montreal with a victory over their provincial rivals.
Michael Stone’s first goal of the year opened the scoring at the 12:23 mark of the first period.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied the game with a power-play goal just 1:19 into the second stanza.
Connor McDavid potted the game-winning goal at the 7:01 mark of the third period on another Edmonton man advantage.
Leon Draisaitl picked up assists on both power-play goals.
ST. LOUIS 2 COLORADO 3
The Avalanche won a third straight game on Friday, while the Blues have gone winless in five straight contests (0-4-1).
Nathan MacKinnon scored a pair of goals in the contest to bring his total to 12 on the year. He also had a game-high seven shots and recorded what held up as the game winner at the 13:11 mark of the second period.
Brandon Saad had the other goal of the match. Saad and MacKinnon’s first goal of the game were both scored on Colorado power plays.
Mike Hoffman potted his ninth goal of the season in his return to the lineup from being a healthy scratch this past Sunday.
David Perron notched one power-play goal and added one assist in the match.
Gabriel Landeskog assisted on both of MacKinnon’s goals.
ARIZONA 4 ANAHIEM 2
The Coyotes bounced back from a 9-3 blowout loss to the Avalanche on Wednesday with a better showing versus the Ducks.
Alexander Volkov opened the scoring in his Anaheim debut following his acquisition from Tampa Bay.
Johan Larsson scored just over two minutes later to tie the game before the first intermission.
Jakob Silfverberg gave the Ducks the lead just 4:28 into the second stanza.
Lane Pederson answered back for Arizona with his first NHL goal in his first NHL game.
Adin Hill stopped 27 of 29 shots to give him four wins his last five outings.
Anthony Stolarz turned aside 27 of 31 shots in the defeat.
SAN JOSE 3 LOS ANGELES 0
The Sharks won a third consecutive contest this week.
Martin Jones, who has been in goal for each of those matches, shielded all 30 shots he faced for his first shutout of the year.
Rudolfs Balcers produced three points, including an empty-netter in the final minute of the third period.
Cal Petersen turned aside 33 of 35 shots in the losing effort.