The Battle of Alberta

A Fantastic Battle Of Alberta: Saturday, March 6th In The NHL

The Battle of Alberta headlined a full slate of games Saturday, March 6th in the NHL. The Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs would play a second of 2 games while the Montreal Canadiens were looking to get back to winning ways against the Winnipeg Jets.

We also had 9 other games around the NHL and a couple of absolutely beautiful goals. Before we get to everything else, let’s start with the Battle of Alberta. The Edmonton Oilers were coming in after 3 straight losses, all at the hands of the Maple Leafs. The Flames had just fired their coach Geoff Ward while their new coach Darryl Sutter was doing Zoom interviews from a farm with an Ipad. We had some storylines for the evening.

McDavid Breaks Out In The Battle Of Alberta

Two teams that needed wins, Calgary came out hungry outshooting the Oilers 13-3 to start things. A slew foot by Kailer Yamamoto would send the Flames to the Powerplay where they would capitalize. Some nice work to enter the zone and Sean Monahan found Elias Lindholm, he was able to pass it across to Johnny Gaudreau for the 1-0 lead at the 14:49 mark. Cue the rough stuff that everyone expected from this game.

Gaudreau Opens The Scoring In The Battle of Alberta

First, it was Darnell Nurse and Milan Lucic dropping the gloves (Ding Ding). After the heave weights would settle things we had ourselves another tussle. Matthew Tkachuk and James Neal would square off ( Round 2 Ding-Ding). The Flames would come out like a team that just changed coaches with 21 shots and 19 hits and were up 1-0 after 1.

The Battle of Alberta was as advertised as the physicality would continue on in the 2nd frame. Not much for scoring as both Jacob Markstrom and Mike Smith were sharp. Chris Tanev crunched Kyle Turris, ouch! It was a slower 2nd period than the first but after some unsuccessful powerplays for both teams, things would open up to end the period.

Edmonton would take advantage as Connor McDavid would do some great work behind the net to find Kris Russell at the point. His shot was feathered through. Smith was going the wrong way but was able to make the save, unfortunately for him the puck would drop rick to Jesse Puljujarvi who tied things up with his 7th of the season with 3 minutes to go.

The Battle Of Alberta Intensified

With things tied up at one going into the 3rd period, it was anyone’s game. Calgary would get an early goal after some pesky forechecking by Tkachuk and Dillon Dube who was able to find Noah Hanafin to take the 2-1 lead. The Oilers were starting to skate and McDavid was able to rush in and his pass tipped off a stick but still found Leon Draisaitl. He was able to get it across to a wide-open Yamamoto who beat a sprawling Markstrom to tie it up once again.

After Calgary would get chances to break the tie it was Connor Mcdavid, with his 3rd point of the evening on a seeing-eye goal off the far post and Edmonton had the 3-2 lead. Calgary ran out of gas and couldn’t manage anything of real danger in the last 4 minutes. Mike Smith made 34 saves and McDavid ended his 3 game scoring slump in a big way with 3 points. Calgary is back at it tomorrow night against the Senators as they lose this round of the Battle of Alberta.

McDavid Gets The Winner In The Battle Of Alberta

Demko’s Canucks Defeat The Leaf’s 4-2

Vancouver would come out and open the scoring on the powerplay thanks to Brock Boeser. It was imperative they scored first well because you know. Demko would keep things 1-0 for most of the 1st period until he was finally beat by John Tavares at 15:56. Demko made 14 saves on 15 shots in the period as the ice was heavily tilted for the Leafs.

Brock Boeser Would Open The Scoring For The Canucks

Despite a much better second period by the Canucks they were on the wrong side of the only goal. T.J. Brodie and Jimmy Vesey would make Tyler Myers look comical as they would convert on the two on one. Just pick one of the guys to go after! Anyone of them!

Vancouver would trail heading into the 3rd period but for the first time, this season would be able to come back from the deficit. Bo Horvat would tie things up for Vancouver on the powerplay thanks to a tip past Andersen on the Boeser point shot. Miller got the second assist, and he would be sent right back out. After forcing a turnover Boeser would get his 3rd point of the night and Miller would get his 7th goal. In just 42 seconds Vancouver was in front and would not look back.

The Short King, Wonder Rookie, Hog Badger whatever you want to call him would rip his 5th of the season. The refs might not have realized but Hoglander sure did as he instantly started to celebrate and the refs blew things dead and had a look.

Canucks Take A 4-2 Lead

The Canucks would hold on for the 4-2-win thanks in part to a solid night on the powerplay and 37/39 for Thatcher Demko who is back looking “Bubble Form” despite the bad goal to Tavares. We shall get to the standings in a bit where the Leafs are comfortably ahead. But the Canucks if they make a strong run and get some help could get right back into things.

Canadiens Thump The Jets 7-1

We had more action from the North Division as the Montreal Canadiens throttled the Jets 7-1. It should have been a warning when a first period bounces off the Stanchion, and I do not mean Wyatt and would bounce right to Josh Anderson, he would bury his 10th of the year and the Canadiens under the new head coach Dominque Ducharme, would not look back.

Tyler Toffoli would score his 15th of the year in the 2nd before a pair by Brenden Gallagher as he would also reach the double-digit goal mark. Thomas Tatar would add 3 assists as Montreal would cruise at home to the win.

The Battle of Alberta
Tyler Toffoli Scored His 15th Goal Of The Year

Let’s take a look at the updated North Division standings, The Leafs comfortably at the top with 38 points 7 up on the Jets. Edmonton climbs to just one point back of 2nd place while the Canadiens sit in the final playoff spot with 28 points. Calgary and Vancouver sit at 24 points but the Flames hold 3 games in hand. The Senators bring up the rear with 17 points. Lots of other action from the NHL as things got underway early.

The Rest Of The Action Saturday, March 6th In The NHL

Florida Panthers 6 at Nashville Predators 2

The Battle of Alberta
Noel Acciari With The Hat-Trick For The Panthers

Noel Acciari scored the hat trick as the Panthers took care of the Predators 6-2. Florida is 15-4-4 keeping pace with the Lightning in the Central with 34 points.

Pittsburg Penguins 4 vs Philadelphia Flyers 3

Jared McCann scored the game-winner in the 3rd period to lift Pittsburgh past their rival Flyers 4-3. Malkin had a goal and an assist while Crosby added in 2 helpers.

New York Islanders 5 vs Buffalo Sabers 2

Matthew Barzal Beat the Sabres with this crazy between the legs goal to tie it at one before New York would go on to win 5-2. By Canada hockey rules, Barzal now owns the Sabres.

Goal Of The Year?

New York Rangers 6 at New Jersey Devils 3

Ryan Strome would score 2 for the Rangers and Adam Fox would take one end to end as the Rangers were able to double up the Devils. Rangers have won 3 straight while New Jersey is going the opposite direction with 5 losses.

Arizona Coyotes 6 vs Minnesota Wild 2

Battle of Alberta

The Minnesota Wild and Arizona Coyotes faced off in their retro jersey, is there any way we can just show pictures of the jerseys?

Battle of Alberta

They are magnificent! … Right the score, Coyotes won 6-2 as Darcy Kuemper made 32 saves.

Anaheim Ducks 5 at Colorado Avalanche 4 (OT)

The Ducks would jump out to the 1-0 lead and double it in the second before the Avalanche, who were without both Cale Makar and Nathan Mackinnon, would make it a game. Mikko Rantanen would score to end the 2nd and to start the 3rd both assisted by another amazing young defenceman, Samuel Girard. How does Joe Sakic even do this! The teams would head even 4-4 after 3 and go to overtime where Ryan Getzlaf would end a long losing streak for Anaheim.

Dallas Stars 5 vs Columbus Blue Jackets 0

Jake Oettinger With Had A 21 Save Shutout For The Stars

The Dallas Stars blanked the Blue Jackets thanks to a 21 save shutout from Jake Oettinger. Dallas got an early garbage goal before Joe Pavelski would make it 2-0 on the powerplay. It was a solid overall performance as they would end the game 5-0.

Los Angeles Kings 4 vs St. Louis Blues 3 (OT)

Vladimir Tarasenko made his season debut for the Blues but wasn’t able to hold onto an early 3-0 lead. The L.A kings would score once in the 1st and 2 in the 2nd before Adrian Kempe would win it with his 6th of the year in Overtime.

Vegas Golden Knights 4 at San Jose Sharks 0

The last game of the evening saw the Golden Knights handle the Sharks 4-0. After Mark Stone would open things Alex Touch would score 2 straight goals, for 12 really? 12 goals. Flowers, Marc-Andre Fleury would get the shutout his 4th of the season.

Sports Talk Lines NHL Coverage

Was a busy day in the NHL but Sports Talk Line had you covered. Make sure to check out the YouTube Recap for The Unnamed Sports Show of all of tonight’s action.

The Battle Of Alberta And All Of Saturdays NHL Action

Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest NHL news and updates. The Canucks get back in action on Monday, March 8th against Tyler Toffoli and the Montreal Canadiens. Vancouver will look to build on their 2 game win streak.

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