Tim Stützle has been one of the most prolific forwards in the National Hockey League (NHL) since the New Year and proved this again in the Ottawa Senators’ 7-2 win over St. Louis at the Canadian Tire Centre.
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The German striker has scored two goals and one assist, taking his total points to 28 since January 1. On the Bettman Circuit only Matthew Tkachuk (33), Nathan MacKinnon (30) and Connor McDavid (29) did better.
DJ Smith’s force blew up in the second period, hitting the target four times. Alex DeBrincat, Brady Tkachuk, Drake Batherson and Stützle gave Thomas Greiss a headache with this engagement.
Shane Pinto and Ridley Greig completed the brand. For the latter, it’s a first goal in the NHL in his ninth game.
In the third half, Colton Parayko and Tyler Pitlick saved the honor for the Blues, who suffered their second loss in as many games since the trade that made Ryan O’Reilly a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The wild triumphs after a frantic game ending
The Minnesota Wild got a hot, hot Sunday at the Xcel Energy Center but saved themselves with a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators.
With a two-goal lead five minutes to go, Dean Evason’s men took their foot off the accelerator. Roman Josi first halved the gap by hitting Filip Gustavsson between the pads. Then, with 47 seconds remaining, Nino Niederreiter brought both teams back to first place by deftly deflecting his Swiss compatriot’s shot.
An extension seemed inevitable at the time … but Ryan Hartman had yet to say his last word. A point shot from Jonas Brodin bounced off the power forward Wild, who gave his team a second straight win.
Kirill Kaprizov – who else – was the other hero of the match for the home favourite. He secured a brace and brought his total to 33 goals and 66 points since the start of the season. Brandon Duhaime also blacked out the score sheet early in the middle section.
For their part, the “Preds” are gradually moving away from a playoff presence. They suffered a third defeat in the last four games.
Tommy Novak was the only other goalscorer for the Tennessee roster. He also had two assists.