It was an exciting night in the NHL despite only five games being on the docket and only one Canadian team in action. The Vancouver Canucks ended their home-ice scoreless streak with a win, Jarome Iginla recorded his 1,200th point and the Penguins and Blues needed extra time to earn victories.
Here’s a look at the seven goals that tell the story from Friday night in the NHL.
Canucks finally score at home, Miller wins
The Vancouver Canucks broke their eight-period home-ice scoreless streak with a greasy goal from Bo Horvat against the Buffalo Sabres with only seconds remaining in the first period. The Canucks had not scored at home since Jan. 8 against the Florida Panthers.
Horvat’s goal opened the flood gates as the Canucks added two powerplay goals within the first five minutes of the second period. They added two more in the third to beat the Sabres 5-2. This was the first time Canucks’ goalie Ryan Miller faced his old team, earning his first win against the Sabres.
Iginla scores to record 1,200 point
Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla banged in his team’s second goal of the night against the Nashville Predators to earn his 1,200th NHL point.
Iginla skated in front of the net and grabbed a pass from Matt Duchene before slamming the puck past Preds’ goalie Marek Mazanec to earn the career milestone. He is the 47th NHL player to hit the mark.
Iginla’s night was made even better by the Avalanche going on to shutout the Predators 3-0 for the win.
Penguins’ Despres scores OT winner
Despres rifled a sharp wristshot from just inside the blue line off the goal post and past Devils goalie Cory Schneider
It was a late rally for the Penguins who were trailing 1-0 before a power-play goal from Chris Kunitz with just over three minutes left in the third forced the extra frame.
GOAL GIF (1): Chris Kunitz ties it up, 1-1. pic.twitter.com/aMn8XT8W5B
Blues’ Reaves breaks the ice
The game went to a shootout where the Blues’ Kevin Shattenkirk scored the winning goal to put St. Louis up 3-2. This was the second night in a row Shattenkirk scored a shootout winner, also getting one Thursday night against the Predators.
During the game, the Hurricanes honoured legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur, who was in attendance as part of his new role with the Blues’ front office.
Blackhawks’ Keith records 400th point
Iginla wasn’t the only player to hit a career milestone Friday with a nice goal. Like Iginla, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith also scored his team’s second goal of the night as he recorded his 400th NHL point.
The Blackhawks went on to defeat the Ducks 4-1.