Leon Draisaitl, Sergei Bobrovsky, Top Highlights from Mar. 26

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 27, 2019

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, right, of Germany, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammate forward Connor McDavid during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Paul Vernon/Associated Press

Most of the talk surrounding Tuesday's NHL games was about the tight playoff races in each conference. 

However, it was the sixth-place team in the Western Conference wild-card race who stole all the headlines, as Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recorded hat tricks in Edmonton's eight-goal outburst. 

Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets also turned in an impressive performance, as they earned a valuable win over the New York Islanders to keep the Eastern Conference wild-card race interesting. 

Tuesday's final game provided some drama in the Western Conference wild-card race, as Arizona remained level on points with Colorado while knocking Chicago further away from a playoff position. 


Tuesday's NHL Scores

Washington 4, Carolina 1

Columbus 4, New York Islanders 0

Montreal 6, Florida 1

Ottawa 4, Buffalo 0

Edmonton 8, Los Angeles 4

Anaheim 5, Vancouver 4

Arizona 1, Chicago 0


Draisaitl's Hat Trick For Oilers


Goals 44-46 for Leon Draisaitl, otherwise known as an @Enterprise hatty. https://t.co/h3UbeQtmlX


Nugent-Hopkins' 1st-Period Hat Trick


One. Two. Three. That's an @Enterprise hat trick for @RNH_93. https://t.co/tEeiDEplEM


Steel Leads Ducks To Win With Hat Trick


First career @Enterprise hatty for @ssteel23. Oh, and make sure you see his third of the night. 😉 https://t.co/33HGZS1LCx


Ottawa's Perfect Passing


This. Passing. Is. Absolutely. Perfect. https://t.co/jzPwHMn3ux


Panarin Goes Between Goalie's Legs For Goal


Just another day for @9Artemi. https://t.co/AI6Mtu95US


Ovechkin Earns His 49th Goal 


Goal No. 49 for @ovi8. 🚨 https://t.co/6XnkzVoGO6


Hamilton's Laser From The Point


What a shot from Dougie. 😳 https://t.co/FwgRN7ri2m


Tatar Notches 25th Goal 

Canadiens Montréal @CanadiensMTL

2️⃣5️⃣🚨🐟 #GoHabsGo https://t.co/dqRWMckGQx



Cousins Nets Lone Goal In Arizona Victory

Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes

The setup. The shot. The rebound. The celly. https://t.co/nyMorNinyS


Edmonton Explodes For 8 Goals

Draisaitl and Nugent-Hopkins became the first pair of Oilers teammates to record hat tricks in the same game since Jari Kurri and Paul Coffey achieved the feat in 1985, per NHL Public Relations: 

NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl are the first set of @EdmontonOilers teammates to each score a hat trick in a regular-season game since Jari Kurri and Paul Coffey on Dec. 20, 1985 (9-4 W vs. LAK). #NHLStats #LAKvsEDM https://t.co/MutGeY6n1x

Nugent-Hopkins started the scoring outburst by finding the back of the net on three occasions in the first period.

With his first-period hat trick, Nugent-Hopkins became the seventh Edmonton player to record three goals in a period, per NHL PR: 

NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is the seventh different @EdmontonOilers player to score a hat trick in the first period of a regular-season game and first since Taylor Hall on March 30, 2013 (4-0 W vs. VAN). #NHLStats #LAKvsEDM https://t.co/gc0vaeujPk

Draisaitl scored once in each period to move his season goal total up to 46 and help the Oilers stay alive for now in the Western Conference wild-card race. 

As one would expect, the Oilers were pleased with their performance, as Nugent-Hopkins said after the game, per the team's official Twitter account

"We just kept pushing and pushing and put a lot of pucks on net and didn't let them breathe at all so it was a good way to start," Nugent-Hopkins said. 

Edmonton is still alive in the hunt for the wild-card spots in the West, but it will need everything to go right down the stretch, as it sits five points back of Colorado and Arizona with six games left. 


Bobrovsky's Shutout Boosts Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets got the result they needed to stay afloat in the East wild-card race Tuesday, as they shutout the third-place team in the Metropolitan Division.

Bobrovsky allowed Columbus to remain two points back of Montreal for the final wild-card spot by making 26 saves against the New York Islanders. 

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press

The shutout was the second in a row for Bobrovsky, who noted the importance of the win after a four-game road swing to Fox Sports Ohio.

"It feels great," Bobrovsky said. "We had a long trip. It's nice to be back and it's nice to have a win." 

Tuesday's victory allowed the Blue Jackets to go into Thursday's clash with Montreal with a chance to jump back into second place in the wild-card race. 

Columbus is two points back of the Canadiens, and a win at home Thursday would put it level on points with Montreal with a game in hand. 

With a fairly easy schedule to close the regular season, the Blue Jackets could take control of the second wild-card spot Thursday and never let go.


Wednesday's NHL Schedule

Toronto at Philadelphia (7 p.m. ET)

New York Rangers at Boston (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

Dallas at Calgary (9:30 p.m. ET) 

Vegas at Colorado (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN) 


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