Marc-Andre Fleury picked up win No. 485 on Wednesday night when he stopped 20 of 22 shots in a 6-2 victory over Los Angeles. He claimed sole possession of fourth place on the NHL all-time wins list when he moved ahead of Ed Belfour. Fleury is currently just four wins behind Roberto Luongo for third. Martin Brodeur leads the pack with 691 victories and Patrick Roy sits in second with 551.
Elsewhere, Vancouver’s COVID-19 protocol list is down to seven players after nine were removed on Wednesday. The Canucks got Thatcher Demko, Travis Boyd, Braden Holtby, Bo Horvat, Marc Michaelis, Tyler Motte, Tyler Myers, Antoine Roussel and Brandon Sutter back.
According to multiple reports, Canucks players had a zoom call with the NHLPA on Wednesday night and an update on the team’s return to play is expected to come on Thursday. As it stands right now, Vancouver is scheduled to play against Edmonton on Friday. However, there appears to be a growing possibility that could change.
The players who have been cleared haven’t had much time to skate and get their conditioning back up, which puts them in a difficult position as well as increases the chance of injuries occurring. Jalen Chatfield, Alexander Edler, Jayce Hawryluk, Nils Hoglander, Zack MacEwen, Nate Schmidt and Jake Virtanen are still unavailable due to COVID protocol.
ARIZONA 2 MINNESOTA 5
The Wild returned to action for an afternoon matchup against the Coyotes after the team’s game on postponed. Minnesota rebounded from a pair of losses, including one in overtime, to St. Louis last week with a victory.
Mats Zuccarello scored a pair of power-play goals in the contest. The Wild went 3-for-3 on the man advantage on Wednesday.
Jared Spurgeon had the other goal in the match.
Antti Raanta returned to the lineup from a lower-body injury and he allowed five goals on 22 shots in his first appearance since March 22.
Cam Talbot stopped 28 of 30 shots for his 13th win in 23 starts.
Marcus Foligno was also back in the lineup on Wednesday for the first time since March 12 due to a broken right ankle. He posted four penalty minutes and a game-high five hits.
CALGARY 4 MONTREAL 1
The Flames won a third straight game on Wednesday night and sit just four points behind the Canadiens for the final playoff spot in the Scotia North Division.
Brett Kulak got the Canadiens on the board with his first goal of the year just past the midway mark of the contest.
Jacob Markstrom, who played for the second time in two nights, made 26 saves for his third consecutive victory. He has 15 wins in 31 games this season.
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WINNIPEG 3 OTTAWA 2
The Jets bounced back from Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Senators with a victory in Wednesday’s rematch. Winnipeg returns to action on Thursday versus Toronto.
Nick Paul gave the Senators a 1-0 lead only 1:19 into the contest.
Mark Scheifele tied the game with his 16th goal of the year just over two minutes later.
Matt Murray stopped 32 of 35 shots in the defeat, which was his first outing since March 10 because of an upper-body injury.
Laurent Brossoit shielded 27 shots for his sixth win of the year. He halted his losing skid at two games in the process.
COLORADO 4 ST. LOUIS 3
The Avalanche hung on to defeat the Blues on Wednesday night to extend the team’s win spree to four straight games.
Mikko Rantanen notched one goal and one assist to extend his point streak to six games. He has generated five goals and four helpers during that span.
Nathan MacKinnon also continued his point spree on Wednesday with an assist. He has seven markers and 11 helpers over an 11-game point streak.
J.T. Compher had one goal and one assist for his second multi-point effort of the year.
Mike Hoffman was the offensive star for the Blues with two goals and one assist. That includes one goal and one helper on the power play.
Jordan Binnington made 24 saves on 28 shots in the defeat.
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VEGAS 6 LOS ANGELES 2
The Golden Knights swept a two-game set versus the Kings and won for a fourth straight time on Wednesday night.
Nosek registered two points, including his eighth goal of the year, and Pacioretty scored his 21st marker of the season in the first period when Vegas took a 3-1 lead.
Moore scored again in the second period to cut the Golden Knights’ lead to 4-2, but that was as close as the Kings would come.
Jonathan Quick was pulled after he allowed three goals on eight shots. He got the hook after he surrendered a goal to Pacioretty from just outside the attacking zone when the Vegas forward flipped the puck in on his backhand.
Cal Petersen surrendered three goals on 24 shots in relief.
Marc-Andre Fleury blocked 20 shots for his 19th win of the season and the 485th of his career.
ANAHEIM 4 SAN JOSE 1
The Ducks won both games on the road of a two-game set versus the Sharks, while outscoring San Jose by an 8-1 margin.
Anthony Stolarz was in the crease for both matches and he stopped 73 of 74 shots. He has posted three wins in five appearances this season.
Ryan Getzlaf opened the scoring at the 8:08 mark of the first period.
Erik Karlsson snapped a second straight shutout bid for Stolarz in the third period at the 17:44 mark.
Jakob Silfverberg netted a power-play goal with 30 seconds remaining in regulation.
Josef Korenar turned aside 23 of 27 shots to take the loss in his first NHL start.