Deja vu in Washington, party in Smashville, and a record night for Evander Kane.
Here’s what we learned on Friday night in the NHL.
Capitals-Islanders deja vu
Part one of the home-and-home was a dominant 7-3 Capitals victory, which led to this post-game recap from Washington winger André Burakovsky:
Those of us who thought Burakovsky’s words would set the stage for a little Islanders redemption (hello, bulletin-board material!) thought wrong. New York didn’t fare much better Friday night, losing to Washington again — this time, by a score of 6-3.
The high-scoring game only furthered a troubling trend for the Islanders, who continue to struggle in net.
Seguin’s hot, Stars get cold
Friday’s game between the Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators featured two teams battling with very different motives. The Senators are just playing for pride at this point, serving as spoilers to the Stars for the second time this month with another 3-2 overtime win. (This, after also defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers while riding a little hot streak.)
Tyler Seguin is certainly doing his part to try to propel Dallas back into the post-season. The 26-year-old achieved a new career high in goals on Friday night with his 38th of the season. He has hit 37 for a season twice before, in 2013-14 and 2014-15 — his first two seasons as a Star.
His team, meanwhile, is cooling off at the worst time as the Stars are in a tight wild-card race with Anaheim and Calgary hot on their tails. Friday’s loss was their fourth straight L — their longest such skid this season.
Kane finds chemistry with Sharks
Evander Kane is looking right at home with the San Jose Sharks, and proving his new club was right to acquire him at the NHL Trade Deadline. In eight games as a Shark, Kane already has five goals — and four of ’em came Friday night against the Calgary Flames.
It started with a knuckle puck that fooled Flames netminder Mike Smith six minutes into the game, and ended with a little tap-in early in the third to help San Jose win 7-3. In the process, he registered his first career NHL hat trick.
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) March 17, 2018
Watch all four of Kane’s goals vs. the Flames right here:
Predators win, and they’re in
The Nashville Predators‘ path back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs began pretty much right after their Game 6 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Cup Final last spring. They made their return official Friday night, becoming the first team to punch its ticket to the 2017-18 post-season with a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
It’s Nashville’s fourth consecutive playoff berth, and the 11th in franchise history.
Get ready for another party, Smashville!