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NHL: Erik Karlsson, 1st defender with 100 points in more than 30 years

Erik Karlsson became the first defenseman since Brian Leetch in 1991-92 to reach 100 points on Monday in a game between the San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets.

Karlsson scored his 24th and 25th goals Monday night. He also has 75 assists since the start of the season.

Leetch had 22 goals and 80 assists for a total of 102 with the New York Rangers during his famous season.

The Jets still signed an important victory of 6-2.

The Jets are now three points ahead of the Nashville Predators, the only team that can still dislodge them from the last playoff spot in the West.

Josh Morrissey had one goal and two assists. Adam Lowry, Mason Appleton, Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor have all provided a goal and an assist for the Jets, who have won four of their last five games. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored his 27th goal of the season.

Karlsson opened the scoring after just 20 seconds, but the Jets responded with four unanswered goals to take control of the game.

Connor Hellebuyck made 19 saves.

 

The Preds stay alive and eliminate the Flames

Juuse Saros made 42 saves and the Nashville Predators beat Calgary 3-2 in the shootout to preserve their slim chance of making the playoffs and eliminating the Flames in the process.

The Preds are three points behind the Jets with two games to go.

The Flames are two points behind Winnipeg, but they have only one game to play against two for the Jets, who hold the tiebreaker by virtue of their most wins in regulation time.

Egor Afanasyev opened the scoring for the Predators with his first NHL point and Zach Sanford broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period.

The Flames erased one-goal deficits twice. Troy Stetcher made it 1-1 in the second and Mikael Backlund made it 2-2 in the third.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored the first goal of the shootout. Jacob Markstrom had the opportunity to save the Flames the win and save them from elimination, but Predators third shooter Cody Glass snuck in a mitt-side shot to extend the fun. Tommy Novak then handed the victory to the Predators in the fourth round.

The Flames’ 17 overtime and shootout losses are an NHL high.

The Predators have gone six power plays, while the Flames have gone five chances.

 

Trays of 40 goals for McCann and 100 points for the Kraken

The Seattle Kraken scored four unanswered goals, including Jared McCann’s 40th of the season, in a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

McCann reaches 40 goals for the first time in his career. He also collected his 30th assist to bring his total to 70 points. His previous personal highs, set last year, were 27 goals and 50 points.

In its second NHL season, the Kraken reached 100 points in the standings for the first time. This is Seattle’s fifth straight win.

The Kraken is guaranteed to finish at least seventh in the West.

Oliver Bjorkstrand has reached 20 goals for the fourth time in five seasons. Prolific rookie Matty Beniers scored his 24th while Justin Schultz had his seventh in addition to providing an assist.

Philipp Grubauer made 22 saves.

Jack McBain opened the scoring for the Coyotes with the only goal of the first period.

 

Finally a shutout for Korpisalo

Joonas Korpisalo got his first shutout in his 10th start for the Los Angeles Kings, who defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-0.

Korpisalo fended off all 20 shots aimed at him. This is his fourth shutout in 200 NHL starts, his first in the regular season since December 16, 2019. He thus curbs a streak of 93 starts without a shutout.

Arthur Kaliyev, Vladislav Gavrikov and Drew Doughty (emptied net) were the scorers for the Kings, who ended their three-game losing streak and stayed ahead of the Kraken in third place in the Pacific Division.

Collin Delia made 25 saves in the loss.

 

Johansson takes charge of the Blackhawks in 3rd

Marcus Johansson scored twice in the third period as the Minnesota Wild came from behind to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2.

Johansson tied the shorthanded game with his 18th goal of the season with six minutes on the clock. The Swede came back to give the Wild the lead 2:47 later. He also set up Matt Boldy’s goal, which opened the scoring with his 31st of the season.

Johansson’s first goal, on the breakaway, was the 14th shorthanded goal this season, a team record.

Gustav Nyquist added an empty net insurance goal.

Joey Anderson and Anders Bjork hit the target late in the first period and early in the second respectively to give the Blackhawks a lead that lasted for more than a period and a half. For Bjork, it was his first goal of the season.

With the Wild looking set to finish third in the Central Division, Kirill Kaprizov, Mats Zuccarello, Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba have all had their day off.

The Wild host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday and head coach Dean Evason said those players could all be in uniform.

The Wild are two points behind the Colorado Avalanche and the Dallas Stars, who lead them in the Central Division standings.

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