Edmonton and Boston aren't in direct competition in the playoff race, but Connor McDavid and Brad Marchand certainly are. The two are chief competitors in the battle for the Art Ross Trophy and both managed to record three points in the Oilers' 7-4 victory over the Bruins last night.
With that Edmonton's McDavid and Boston's Marchand remained tied for the scoring lead with 79 points, though both pulled ahead of Patrick Kane, who also entered the night as part of a three-way tie with those two, but added just one point Thursday night. Sidney Crosby isn't out of the running either, though he's now five points behind in the race.
This has the makings of a race that could go down to the wire, though Boston has an additional consideration given that its playoff spot is far from secure. The Bruins have given themselves some breathing room with their hot run lately, but after last night's loss they're in a far more vulnerable position going into Monday's game against Toronto.
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DEVILS 6 FLYERS 2
Steve Mason turned aside 19 of 23 shots before leaving early in the third period because he was experiencing "cramping," as Flyers GM Ron Hextall put it. Michal Neuvirth stepped in and stopped four of five shots.
Keith Kinkaid saved 17 of 19 Flyers shots. He only had to face four shots in the third period.
Taylor Hall netted a pair of goals. He's up to 17 markers and 46 points in 59 games.
Adam Henrique also scored two goals for the Devils. He has 18 goals and 36 points in 69 contests in 2016-17.
Michael Del Zotto scored a goal and registered an assist. The Flyers defenseman has five goals and 14 points in 41 contests.
JETS 4 ISLANDERS 2
Bryan Little scored twice for Winnipeg. He's up to 20 goals and 38 points in 48 contests this season.
Nikolaj Ehlers assisted on two of the Jets' four markers. He has 22 goals and 58 points in 71 games.
Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 27 of 29 shots last night. He has a 23-18-4 record, 2.86 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 51 games.
Thomas Greiss surrendered four goals on 28 shots. That's his third loss in the span of four starts, bringing him down to a 24-16-4 record.
Anders Lee found the back of the net for the Islanders. He has 26 goals and 42 points in 69 contests.
PREDATORS 2 CAPITALS 1 (Overtime)
Viktor Arvidsson scored the overtime winner. It was his 25th goal and 51st point in 68 games.
James Neal also found the back of the net for Nashville. He has 21 goals and 38 points in 61 contests.
Pekka Rinne stopped 22 of 23 shots in his second straight win. He has a 27-16-8 record, 2.54 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 53 starts.
Brett Connolly scored Washington's lone goal. He's up to 15 goals and 21 points in 56 games.
Braden Holtby kicked out 22 of 24 Nashville shots. He's dropped four of his last five starts.
HURRICANES 3 WILD 1
Mikael Granlund found the back of the net for Minnesota. He has 24 goals and 65 points in 69 games.
Derek Ryan found the back of the net in the first period. That gives him 11 goals and 22 points in 53 contests.
Victor Rask scored the game-winning goal. He has 16 goals and 41 points in 68 games this season.
Eddie Lack turned aside 30 of 31 shots on Thursday. He's up to a 4-5-2 record, 2.79 GAA, and .895 save percentage in 13 contests.
Devan Dubnyk saved 21 of 23 Hurricanes shots. He has a 36-16-3 record, 2.11 GAA, and .930 save percentage in 56 games.
BLUE JACKETS 2 PANTHERS 1
Jonathan Marchessault scored Florida's only goal. It was his 23rd goal and 43rd point in 62 games.
James Reimer saved 32 of 34 shots last night. That gives him a 13-13-5 record, 2.58 GAA, and .919 save percentage in 34 contests.
Josh Anderson scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has 15 goals and 26 points in 65 games.
Zach Werenski accounted for Columbus' other goal. He's up to 11 goals and 44 points in 69 contests.
Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 33 of 34 shots for his sixth straight win. He has a 38-13-4 record, 2.06 GAA, and .930 save percentage in 55 starts.
BLACKHAWKS 2 SENATORS 1
Richard Panik scored the game-winning goal with 3:01 minutes left in the contest. That gives him 18 goals and 37 points in 70 contests.
Duncan Keith accounted for Chicago's other game. He has six goals and 48 points in 70 games.
Kyle Turris scored Ottawa's other goal. He's up to 23 goals and 45 points in 66 contests.
Scott Darling stopped 33 of 34 shots last night. That was his fifth consecutive victory and the last time the backup goaltender lost a game was all the way back on Jan. 26.
Mike Condon turned aside 26 of 28 Capitals shots. He's allowed just two goals in each of his last three starts, but has a mediocre 1-1-1 record over that span.
MAPLE LEAFS 5 LIGHTNING 0
Frederik Andersen stopped 33 shots to earn his fourth shutout of the season. He has a 28-15-13 record, 2.68 GAA, and .917 save percentage in 57 starts.
Roman Polak netted the game-winning goal. It was his fourth marker and seventh point in 64 games this season.
Morgan Rielly scored a goal and registered an assist. He has five goals and 26 points in 63 games this season.
Jonathan Drouin fired a team-high five shots against Andersen. He has 17 goals on 161 shots this season, giving him a 10.6 shooting percentage.
Andrei Vasilevskiy was yanked halfway through the game after allowing four goals on 15 shots. Peter Budaj stepped in and turned aside five of six shots.
OILERS 7 BRUINS 4
Tuukka Rask surrendered five goals on 17 shots before being pulled 22:06 minutes into the game. Anton Khudobin saved 17 of 19 shots for the remainder of the contest.
Cam Talbot stopped 32 of 36 Bruins shots. This is the first time since Oct. 12 that he's won a game where he allowed four or more goals.
Connor McDavid assisted on three of Edmonton's seven goals. That gives him 24 goals and 79 points in 70 games this season.
Boston's Brad Marchand matched McDavid's pace by scoring a goal and registering two assists. Marchand has 37 goals and 79 points in 71 contests.
Leon Draisaitl scored a goal and registered two assists for Edmonton. He has 24 goals and 61 points in 70 games this season.
STARS 4 CANUCKS 2
Jason Spezza assisted on two of Dallas' four goals. He has 12 goals and 42 points in 58 contests this season.
Tyler Seguin netted the game-winning marker. It was his 24th goal and 68th point in 70 games.
Kari Lehtonen turned aside 26 of 28 Vancouver shots. He had been yanked from his previous two starts.
Ryan Miller surrendered four goals on 36 shots. That's his fifth straight loss.
Sven Baertschi found the back of the net for Vancouver. He has 17 goals and 32 points in 58 games.
RED WINGS 5 COYOTES 4 (Shootout)
Petr Mrazek stopped 22 of 26 shots in regulation time. He was also undefeated for three shootout rounds to pick up the win.
Mike Smith saved 29 of 33 shots prior to the shootout. Gustav Nyquist bested him during the skills competition.
Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal and registered an assist. The Red Wings forward has 15 goals and 57 points in 69 games.
Andreas Athanasiou assisted on two of Detroit's four goals prior to the shootout. He has 16 markers and 25 points in 54 games.
Alex Goligoski scored a goal and recorded an assist for Arizona. He has five goals and 29 points in 70 games.
KINGS 2 SABRES 0
Jonathan Quick picked up his first shutout of the season by turning aside 26 shots. He has a 5-1-1 record, 2.02 GAA, and .928 save percentage in eight starts.
Evan Rodrigues fired a team-high five shots against Quick. That matched his career-high, which was set in his NHL debut on April 8, 2016.
Dustin Brown assisted on both of Los Angeles' goals. He has 11 markers and 31 points in 68 contests.
Jarome Iginla netted the game-winning goal. It was his 11th goal and 21st point in 68 games.
Robin Lehner stopped 34 of 36 Kings shots. Not counting his relief appearance on March 11, Lehner has now lost five consecutive starts.
BLUES 4 SHARKS 1
Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice last night. He has 34 goals and 63 points in 70 games.
Zach Sanford accounted for the game-winning goal. It was the 22-year-old rookie's third goal and fourth point in 28 games.
Carter Hutton stopped 19 of 20 shots for his second win in a row. The Blues backup has a 11-6-2 record, 2.40 GAA, and .911 save percentage in 27 games.
Aaron Dell surrendered three goals on 35 shots. He had won his last four starts, making this his first loss since Feb. 11.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored San Jose's only goal. He has five markers and 22 points in 65 games.