Zach Parise was a healthy scratch for just the second time in his career and for the first time in nine seasons as a member of the Minnesota Wild. It’s been a tough season for Parise, who has three goals and nine points in 19 games. However, he wasn’t scratched for his lack of production.
Coach Dean Evason decided to put Parise in the press box because the veteran forward stayed out for a shift that lasted 1:33 late in Monday’s overtime loss to Vegas. The Golden Knights scored the game-tying goal with 42 seconds left in the third period when Parise was still on the ice.
Parise did not agree with the decision. He explained that he was trying to help Marcus Foligno complete a hat trick and didn’t think changing was the right call at that moment after Vegas got the puck back. Obviously. it didn’t turn out the way he hoped it would. In the end, Parise mentioned he would try to use the rest to his advantage.
WASHINGTON 2 BOSTON 1 (SO)
The Capitals extended their win streak to four games with a shootout win on the road versus Boston. The two teams will meet again on Friday.
David Pastrnak opened the scoring 1:19 into the third period with his 10th goal in 13 games. He has one goal and four assists during a three-game point streak.
Lars Eller tied the game nearly five minutes later with his fifth goal of 2020-21. He has three markers and two assists during a four-game point spree.
Jakub Vrana scored the only goal in the shootout among five shooters.
TORONTO 6 EDMONTON 1
The Maple Leafs stretched their win streak to four games with a third consecutive victory over the Oilers on Wednesday. Toronto outscored Edmonton 13-1 during that stretch,
Jimmy Vesey scored the first two goals of the match to double his total to four on the year.
Jason Spezza contributed three assists, while Travis Boyd picked up two helpers. Mitch Marner, Pierre Engvall, Joe Thornton, Morgan Rielly, T.J. Brodie, Leon Draisaitl and Kris Russell had one assist each on Wednesday night.
Auston Matthews had a game-high seven shots on target in his return from a hand/wrist injury.
Jujhar Khaira was credited with a whopping 12 hits.
Mike Smith surrendered six goals on 32 shots in the defeat.
Frederik Andersen blocked 26 shots to earn his 12th win in his 17th start during his return to the lineup from a lower-body injury.
ST. LOUIS 3 ANAHEIM 2
The Blues won for a third straight time on Wednesday night. The team’s six-game road trip continues on Friday in the first half of a back-to-back set versus Los Angeles.
St. Louis went 3-for-3 on the power play in the contest.
Oskar Sundqvist opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season. He also picked up an assist in the match.
Brayden Schenn got his 11th marker of the year during the second period.
Max Comtois got the Ducks on the board shortly afterward with his team-leading nine goal of the campaign.
Zach Sanford provided the Blues with some insurance at the 13:08 mark of the third period.
Rickard Rakell got one back for the Ducks in the final 10 seconds, but it was too little too late.
It was the first NHL point for Zegras in his fifth game.
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MINNESOTA 1 VEGAS 5
The Golden Knights won a fourth straight game on Wednesday night, which includes two straight against the Wild.
Stone, Stephenson and Karlsson (empty netter) scored three unanswered goals in the third period to pull Vegas ahead.
Cam Talbot stopped 23 of 27 shots in the loss.
Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 36 shots in the win. He has won his past three outings and made his 10th straight start on Wednesday.
ARIZONA 3 LOS ANGELES 2
The Coyotes halted a two-game winless slide with Wednesday’s victory, while simultaneously handing the Kings a third straight defeat.
Following a scoreless first period, there were four goals in the second, including three on the power play.
Johan Larsson gave the Coyotes a 3-1 lead going into the third period and it held up as the game winner.
Gabriel Vilardi cut the Kings’ deficit to 3-2 at the 13:47 mark of the final frame.
COLORADO 4 SAN JOSE 0
The Avalanche bounced back from Monday’s 6-2 loss to the Sharks with a much better showing on Wednesday,
Philipp Grubauer stopped all 26 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season. That ties him for the league lead.
Samuel Girard had the other goal in the match. He is already up to four goals this season, which ties his previous personal best.
Joachim Blichfeld was assessed a match penalty for a hit to the head on MacKinnon, who left the game just before the midway point of the third period.
The Avalanche stated afterward that MacKinnon appears to be fine and he will be checked out Thursday to see if that continues to be the case.
Martin Jones blocked 34 shots in the defeat.