A night after the Penguins – Capitals combined for 15 goals, the Dallas Stars (19-19-8, 46 pts) and New York Rangers (28-16-1, 57 pts) combined for 13 goals in a 7-6 Stars win at MSG on Tuesday night.
Henrik Lundqvist was lit up for 7 goals on 20 shots. The Rangers have the explosive offense to compete with the elite teams in the East, but Lundqvist’ decline can be traced back to last spring and is a major problem moving forward as the Rangers look more like a second tier level team in the East than a top tier team, despite their point total at this point.
Lundqvist has allowed 12 goals over his last two games and has an .841 save percentage in the month of January. The last season Lundqvist had a save percentage under .920 was 2008-2009. Right now he has a career low .902 save percentage on the season.
Tuesday Night’s Action
1. Blue Jackets 4 – Hurricanes 1
– The Columbus Blue Jackets (30-9-4, 64 pts) became the first team to 30 wins with a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes (21-16-7, 49 pts). Brandon Dubinsky had two goals and Sergei Bobrovsky returned to the lineup, stopping 24 of 25 shots. Carolina in the hunt for a wildcard spot, fall to 6-12-6 on the road.
2. Devils 4 – Wild 3
– Beau Bennett scored the game winning goal as the Devils (19-18-9, 47 pts) delivered Minnesota (28-10-5, 61 pts) a rare regulation loss. New Jersey goes 3-0-1 on their four game road trip and have made a push back into the playoff mix, now three points out.
3. Leafs 4 – Sabres 3
– Auston Matthews continues his dominant rookie campaign, scoring his 22nd goal of the season as the Leafs (21-13-8, 50 pts) rallied past the Sabres (17-18-9, 43 pts) 4-3. The surging Leafs have won nine of 11 games. Matthews is 3rd in the NHL with 22 goals, behind Sidney Crosby (27 goals) and Jeff Carter (23 goals).
Pens 8 – Caps 7 (OT)
Conor Sheary’s overtime goal and Evgeni Malkin’s hat trick propelled the Pittsburgh Penguins (27-11-5, 59 pts) to a wild 8-7 win over the Washington Capitals (29-9-6, 64 pts).