The war for the Art-Ross trophy, awarded annually to the top scorer in the National League, is well and truly launched between Connor McDavid and Jonathan Huberdeau.
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Barely 24 hours after the Edmonton Oilers representative regained the lead in this category, the Florida Panthers joined him on Thursday by virtue of a two-point performance in a 5-2 victory. of his against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Quebecer first obtained an assist on the net of Aleksander Barkov, on the power play in the first period. He got his second assist of the game, again with the advantage of a man, this time on a completion of Sam Reinhart.
Huberdeau and McDavid are tied for first place with 113 points.
Besides those two men, Johnny Gaudreau had an assist in the Calgary Flames’ 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars. He thus brought his counter to 109, but he could run out of time to catch up with the leaders, just like Leon Draisaitl (106), of the Oilers.
The Panthers almost assured of the first tier in the East
With a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday at FLA Live Arena, the Florida Panthers have all but confirmed they will finish first in the Eastern Conference.
This top position gives them home ice advantage in the playoffs. However, they had to wait for the Tampa Bay Lightning to win 8-1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs to confirm everything. Steven Stamkos also took advantage of this duel to overtake a certain Martin St-Louis, now head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, at the top of the scorers in the history of the concession. With three points, he brought his total to 956, ahead of the Quebecer, who had 953.
In the duel of the day, the visitors were the first to score, just over four minutes after the opening face-off, but the crowd favorites responded with three goals before the end of the period. . Noel Acciari, Aleksander Barkov and Mason Marchment retreated to the locker room with a two-goal lead.
MacKenzie Weegar and Sam Reinhart also hit the target for the Panthers, while goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky saved 27 of 29 pucks, thwarted only by Sam Gagner and Tyler Bertuzzi.
It’s the Panthers’ 12th straight win.
The battle rages at the top of the Metropolitan
In an ongoing race for the top of the Metropolitan Division, the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes each won their game of the day.
In Raleigh, the “Canes” defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-2, thanks to a three-goal push in the third period.
Jaccob Slavin, Seth Jarvis and Jordan Staal then turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead. Teuvo Teravainen, on the power play in the second game, scored the first goal for his team.
On the side of the formation of Manitoba, Kyle Connor and Pierre-Luc Dubois made the red light sparkle.
At UBS Arena, the “Blueshirts” won the battle of the Big Apple, against the Islanders, by a score of 6 to 3.
Andrew Copp had a natural hat-trick, scoring the game’s first three goals, in just under 15 minutes.
However, it was Artemi Panarin who was the most productive skater, collecting four assists.
The Rangers and Hurricanes are therefore still tied, with 108 points in 78 games. However, Rod Brind’Amour’s men have the tiebreaker.
Also in the Metropolitan Division, the Penguins defeated the Boston Bruins 4-0 in Pittsburgh. The “Pens”, however, are not involved in the race for first place, but third, along with the Washington Capitals.