Only two games were happening on Monday in the NHL, with the road teams finding a way to win in both of them. Those games, plus the loss of a hockey legend, cover the latest NHL news and notes.
Oilers stun Sabres
Three straight goals late in the second period was the momentum needed for the Oilers to beat the Sabres 4-3 in Buffalo on Monday. Edmonton has now won three games in a row.
Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse each had a goal and an assist, while Zack Kassian and Kyle Brodziak each scored the other goals. Captain Connor McDavid dished out two assists as well. For Buffalo, Jack Eichel had two goals and Casey Mittelstadt scored the other.
Thanks to three straight wins, the Oilers (29-30-7) trail the Wild by just six points for the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Sabres (30-28-8) have dropped eight of their last 10 games and remain nine points behind the Canadiens for the second Wild Card spot out east.
Ennis, Maple Leafs upset Flames
Tyler Ennis earned his first career hat trick and Zach Hyman scored twice as the Maple Leafs cruised past the Flames 6-2 in Calgary.
Mitch Marner scored the other goal for Toronto while also chipping in two assists. Frederik Andersen made 35 saves and earned his 32nd win of the season, tying Marc-Andre Fleury for the most in the league. Matthew Tkachuk and Derek Ryan scored the lone goals for Calgary.
The Maple Leafs (41-21-4) have now won five of their last six games following a three-game losing streak, and trail the Bruins by one point for second place in the Atlantic Division. The Flames (41-18-7) have lost two in a row following a seven-game winning streak, but still lead the Sharks by three points for the Pacific Division lead.
Lindsay passes away
Ted Lindsay, Red Wings icon and Hockey Hall of Famer, passed away Monday at the age of 93.
Known as “Terrible Ted” due to his ferocity on the ice, Lindsay was a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings. He played in the NHL All-Star Game in 11 straight seasons, and was selected eight times to the NHL First All-Star Team. He also finished top three in goals four times and points six times, winning the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer in 1950.
In total, Lindsay played in 1,068 NHL games from 1944 through 1965 with the Red Wings and Blackhawks. He is survived by his children Blake, Lynn and Meredith, stepdaughter Leslie, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The schedule is a lot more full of action on Tuesday. Some of the notable games include the Hurricanes at Bruins, Jets at Lightning, and Wild at Predators.