The Philadelphia Flyers, one of the NHL’s offensive-challenged teams for most of the season, have suddenly found their scoring touch.
The Nashville Predators, on the other hand, won a game Thursday because their goalie, Juuse Saros, refused to allow Carolina’s offensive onslaught to do much damage. Saros, who was named an All-Star Thursday, had a franchise-record 64 saves. Sixty four.
And the Pittsburgh Penguins, losers of six in a row, and defending champion Colorado Avalanche, are in free fall. The Avs have dropped five straight.
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Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers erupted for five goals in a period for the first time since 2019, keying a 6-2 win over hapless Arizona. Philadelphia Flyers.
Philly Hockey Now: An emotional Kevin Hayes talked about being named an All-Star for the first time, and how his late brother, Jimmy, told him it would happen some day. Philadelphia Flyers.
Philly Hockey Now: Dave Scott, chairman of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast Spectacor, has been silent all season. Might he be pondering GM Chuck Fletcher’s future? Philadelphia Flyers.
Nashville Predators: All-Star goalie Juuse Saros had a remarkable night, stopping 64 of 67 shots as Nashville stole a 5-3 win in Carolina. He equaled the third-most saves in NHL history. Nashville Predators.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins’ frustration is growing. They fell into a 3-0 first-period hole and never climbed out Thursday, losing in Vegas, 5-2. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Vegas Hockey Now: The return of Jack Eichel was just what the Knights needed. Vegas Golden Knights.
Florida Hockey Now: The Panthers aren’t in a playoff spot, but don’t blame Matthew Tkachuk. Florida Panthers.
Colorado Hockey Now: The Avs allowed three goals in a 2:33 span in the second as they fell in Vancouver, 4-2. Colorado Avalanche.
Washington Hockey Now: No, this isn’t soccer. Check out the video on a wacky header goal scored by the Caps’ Martin Fehervary in Washington’s 6-2 victory in Columbus. Washington Capitals.
New York Islanders Hockey Now: Steady Brock Nelson earned the first All-Star spot in his career. New York Islanders.
Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins put high-scoring winger Jake DeBrusk on long-term injury reserve, and he will miss about a month. Boston Bruins.
Montreal Hockey Now: Canadiens prospect Joshua Roy has always been a big-game player, and he left his best for the World Juniors. Canada won the title with a thrilling win over Czechia. Montreal Canadiens.