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Spencer Knight has had a tough year and he has been one of the bigger fantasy disappointments this season. He has a 12-7-3 recored with a 2.88 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. Just 15 goaltenders averaged as higher picks than him on Yahoo prior to the season.
However, Knight has been much better this month in five starts, while posting a 3-1-1 record with a 1.77 GAA and .937 SV% The 20-year-old netminder posted his first NHL shutout on Friday in a 3-0 victory over Anaheim.
Knight has made four straight starts because Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t felt quite right. Bobrovsky has been in the lineup as the backup and the team doesn’t play again until Thursday at Montreal. Knight’s run will probably come to an end once Florida’s five-day break ends, but his improved play should get him more action down the road.
The dealing continued on Friday, as Monday’s trade deadline draws closer. The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Brandon Hagel from Chicago along with two fourth-round picks (2022 and 2024) in exchange for Boris Katchouk, Taylor Raddysh and two first-round picks (2023 and 2024, which are both top-10 protected. The Bolts paid a premium for Hagel, who should provide some additional scoring as a middle-six forward.
PHILADELPHIA 1 OTTAWA 3
The Senators ended a three-game losing skid and stretched the Flyers’s winless slump on the road to 12 straight matches.
Alex Formenton produced one goal and one assist. His shorthanded empty-netter sealed the win for Ottawa. He concluded the contest with five shots.
Josh Norris broke a 1-1 tie at the 9:16 mark of the third period with a power-play tally.
Tim Stutzle opened the scoring just past the midway point of the first frame.
Cam Atkinson had the lone goal for Philadelphia.
Braun and Rasmus Ristolainen registered seven blocks apiece.
Anton Forsberg turned aside 28 shots for his 14th win of the season.
Martin Jones stopped 33 of 35 shots in the loss.
WASHINGTON 4 CAROLINA 3 (SO)
The Capitals have a four-game win streak, including three beyond regulation time, while the Hurricanes have a three-game winless slide.
Alex Ovechkin’s 39th goal of the season tied the game at the 14:56 mark of the third period during a Washington power play. He also scored the only goal in the shootout.
Seth Jarvis potted a pair of goals for Carolina to give him double digits in that category on the season.
Vincent Trocheck had the other goal for the Hurricanes.
Ilya Samsonov made 17 saves on 20 shots for his 18th win of the year. He wasn’t able to post a victory in four starts prior to Friday.
Antti Raanta shielded 37 of 40 shots in the defeat.
BOSTON 4 WINNIPEG 2
The Bruins bounced back from Wednesday’s loss to Minnesota, while ending a two-game win streak of the Jets.
Charlie Coyle assisted on three of Boston’s goals, including one shorthanded and one on the power play.
Taylor Hall snapped a 2-2 tie at the 15:13 mark of the third period when the Bruins had the man advantage.
Charlie McAvoy rounded out the scoring with a shorthanded empty-netter. He also assisted on Hall’s goal, while adding four shots.
Brenden Dillon was credited with a game-high six hits.
Linus Ullmark blocked 27 shots for his 19th win of 2021-22.
Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves on 43 shots in the defeat. He faced 22 shots during the second period.
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BUFFALO 1 CALGARY 0 (OT)
The Sabres rebounded from Wednesday’s blowout loss to Edmonton with a strong game versus the Flames.
Dustin Tokarski turned aside all 24 shots he faced for his sixth win of the season and his first shutout of 2021-22.
Markstrom defended 33 shots in the defeat. The loss ended his four-game win spree.
Thompson and Alex Tuch earned five shots on goal each.
FLORIDA 3 ANAHEIM 0
The Panthers bounced back from Thursday’s loss to Vegas, while extending the Ducks’ winless slump to six contests.
Spencer Knight made 17 saves for his first NHL shutout. He has 12 victories on the campaign.
Jonathan Huberdeau netted two goals for Florida to give him a total of 21 on the year.
Joe Thornton rounded out the scoring at the 3:44 mark of the second period.
Radko Gudas racked up a game-high nine hits.
John Gibson stopped 39 of 42 shots in the loss. He has gone winless in his past six outings.
COLORADO 5 SAN JOSE 3
The Avalanche extended their win streak to three games, while stretching the Sharks’ winless slide to three matches.
Cale Makar accounted for one goal and two assists. He is up to 22 goals and 69 points in 58 appearances this season.
Valeri Nichushkin scored twice, including an empty-netter in the final seconds of the third period.
Nathan MacKinnon collected three assists to bring his season total up to 45.
Meloche also had a game-high six hits.
Pavel Francouz stopped 25 of 28 shots for his 11th victory of the year.
Zach Sawchenko blocked 24 of 28 shots in the loss.