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The Vegas Golden Knights won’t compete in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Without getting too into depth on the injuries and cap shenanigans, it is incredibly surprising that Vegas failed to qualify.
The Dallas Stars ended up claiming the final spot of the playoffs in the Western Conference by picking up a point on Wednesday night in an overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Dallas defeated Vegas in a shootout decision on Tuesday.
16 teams have punched their tickets for the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the final seedings and most of the matchups still need to be decided in the coming days.
PHILADELPHIA 0 WINNIPEG 4
The Jets won for a second straight game, while handing the Flyers a second straight loss.
Felix Sandstrom stopped 23 of 26 shots in the loss. He is still looking for his first NHL win
MONTREAL 4 NY RANGERS 3
The Canadiens ended a nine-game losing skid, while extending the Rangers’ losing skid to three matches in a row
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VEGAS 3 CHICAGO 4 (SO)
The Blackhawks won for a second straight time, while giving the Golden Knights a third straight shootout defeat.
Tyler Johnson had the one goal in the shootout in the seventh round.
ARIZONA 4 DALLAS 3 (OT)
The Coyotes have a two-game win spree, while the Stars’ two-game win streak is over
Travis Boyd capped off Arizona’s comeback from a 3-0 deficit with the overtime winner just 1:43 into the extra period.
Barrett Hayton scored a power-play goal and added two assists to lead the team’s third-period rally
Anton Stralman and Shayne Gostisbehere, who posted an assist as well, scored for Arizona in the final frame of regulation.
Tyler Seguin registered one goal and one assist in the opening period
Miro Heiskanen’s power-play goal in the second gave the Stars a 3-0 lead just before the three-minute mark
Jani Hakanpaa opened the scoring just 4:42 into the contest.
Joe Pavelski earned two helpers, while Jason Robertson, John Klingberg, Esa Lindell, Kyle Capobianco, Phil Kessel and Nick Schmaltz got on the scoresheet with one apiece.
Harri Satri defended 26 shots for his first win as a member of the Coyotes and his first NHL victory since Feb. 6, 2018 against Vancouver when he played for Florida.
Scott Wedgewood got in front of 33 of 37 shots in the loss. He has gone winless in his past three starts.
LOS ANGELES 5 SEATTLE 3
The Kings have a five-game win streak, while the Kraken have lost four straight contests.
Gabriel Vilardi generated one goal and two assists to double his point total on the season. He had three goals in his first 23 NHL appearances this year.
Andreas Athanasiou accounted for one goal and one assist.
Phillip Danault and Trevor Moore scored for Los Angeles in the second period.
Jared McCann opened the scoring at the 18:59 mark of the first period.
Ryan Donato and Jordan Eberle found the back of the net in the second stanza for Seattle. They also both had one assist for multi-point efforts apiece.
Lias Andersson broke a 3-3 tie just 2:29 into the third period for his first goal 20 appearances this campaign.
Viktor Arvidsson, Blake Lizotte, Brendan Lemieux, Matt Roy Mikey Anderson, Jacob Moverare, Matthew Beniers, Yanni Gourde and Carson Soucy earned one assist each.
Jonathan Quick made 37 saves for his 23rd win of the season. He has won his past five starts.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 of 27 shots in the loss. He has the second-most regulation losses in the NHL with 31.