2018–19 NHL season
|2018–19 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 3, 2018 – June 2019|
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||31|
|Top draft pick||Rasmus Dahlin|
|Picked by||Buffalo Sabres|
The 2018–19 NHL season is the 102nd season of operation (101st season of play) of the National Hockey League. 31 teams are competing in an 82-game regular season. The regular season began on October 3, 2018, and will end on April 6, 2019. The 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs will begin a few days afterwards, with the Stanley Cup Finals held in late May to early June.
- 1 League business
- 2 Coaching changes
- 3 Front office changes
- 4 Arena changes
- 5 Regular season
- 6 Standings
- 7 Statistics
- 8 Milestones
- 9 Uniforms
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Collective Bargaining Agreement
The current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is in its seventh season. The NHL can choose to opt out of the CBA on September 1, 2019, or the NHLPA can choose to opt out of the CBA on September 19, 2019.
No major rule changes have been implemented this season.
On-ice ads in the rink corners
After a trial during the 2018 All-Star Game and China games, the NHL began to allow teams to sell on-ice advertising placements in the corners of the rink. NHL chief revenue officer Keith Wachtel estimated that these new placements could provide up to $10 million in additional revenue to teams per-season. During the playoffs, these advertising areas will be controlled by the league.
On October 29, 2018, it was announced that MGM Resorts International would become the NHL's "official sports wagering partner" in the United States. This deal includes direct access to new forms of internal statistics data, as well as brand licensing agreements in relation to its sportsbooks, and came in the wake of a court ruling earlier in the year which declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (a U.S. law that forbade the legalization of sports betting outside of Nevada and other exempted states) to be unconstitutional.
On December 20, 2017, CBC Television and Rogers Communications struck an agreement to renew its sublicensing agreement for Hockey Night in Canada through the end of Rogers's current broadcast contract. The two sides had previously reached an agreement to extend its original four-year agreement by an additional year. Rogers announced that long-time commentator Bob Cole will retire from Hockey Night after calling a limited schedule of 10 games.
Three teams have shifted their radio broadcast rights exclusively to internet radio, all of which are in heavily crowded large media markets with multiple sports teams seeking a limited number of radio outlets. The Los Angeles Kings "Audio Network" will now be exclusively carried on iHeartRadio. The New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders have a broadcast agreement with Entercom for the New York City market that will see only a limited number of games broadcast on their flagship sports station, WFAN, with the rest being carried on the company's Radio.com platform (the university radio station WRHU remains the Islanders' radio flagship). WFAN had already carried only a limited number of games from those teams in recent seasons, previously pawning off the remainder on other non-sports stations such as WNYM.
In an effort to expand the league's television audience in Europe, the NHL began to schedule a "European Game of the Week" broadcast during the season for its European rightsholders. The initiative launched with an NHL Global Series game in Gothenburg, Sweden on October 6, 2018. Fifty other weekend games were also scheduled within the afternoon window so they could air live during the primetime hours in Europe.
The 2018 NHL Entry Draft was held June 22 and 23, 2018. The Buffalo Sabres, by virtue of winning the draft lottery on April 28, held the first overall selection, using it to select defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.
Preseason games in China
Two preseason games were played in China. The Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins played one game (Calgary as home team) at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen on September 15, 2018, and played another (Boston as home team) at Cadillac Arena in Beijing on September 19, 2018.
Preseason games in Europe
Two preseason games were played in Europe. The New Jersey Devils played against SC Bern at PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland, on October 1, 2018. The Edmonton Oilers played against Kölner Haie at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, on October 3, 2018.
|Team||2017–18 coach||2018–19 coach||Story / Accomplishments|
|Calgary Flames||Glen Gulutzan||Bill Peters||Gulutzan was fired on April 17, following the Flames' failure to make the playoffs. In two seasons, the Flames went 82–68–14 under Gulutzan. The Flames made the playoffs in Gulutzan's first season with the team before missing out the following year. On April 23, Peters was named the Flames' new head coach. He had coached the Carolina Hurricanes the previous four seasons.|
|Carolina Hurricanes||Bill Peters||Rod Brind'Amour||Peters resigned on April 20, following the Hurricanes' failure to make the playoffs. Under Peters the Hurricanes went 137–138–53 and missed the playoffs in all four seasons. On May 8, Brind'Amour, who had spent the previous seven years as an assistant coach for the Hurricanes, was named the Hurricanes' new head coach.|
|Dallas Stars||Ken Hitchcock||Jim Montgomery||Hitchcock retired from coaching on April 13, following the Stars' failure to make the playoffs to become a consultant for the franchise. The Stars went 319–186–60–20 under Hitchcock, winning the Stanley Cup in 1999, going back the following season, and winning the Presidents' Trophy twice. On May 4, Montgomery was named the Stars' new head coach. He previously coached the Denver Pioneers with whom he won the 2017 NCAA championship.|
|New York Islanders||Doug Weight||Barry Trotz||Weight was relieved of his duties by the Islanders on June 5, a few weeks after the hiring of Lou Lamoriello as the president of hockey operations for the Islanders. The Islanders went 59–49–14 under Weight in his one-and-a-half seasons as head coach, never making the playoffs. Weight would remain with the Islanders. On June 21, Trotz was hired as head coach, and was previously the head coach of the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2018.|
|New York Rangers||Alain Vigneault||David Quinn||Vigneault was fired by the New York Rangers on April 7, hours after the team's last regular season game after failing to make the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade and the second time since the 2004–05 NHL lockout. The Rangers went 226–147–37 under Vigneault, going to the Finals in his first year as head coach and winning the Presidents' Trophy the following season. On May 23, Quinn was named the Rangers' new head coach. He previously served as the assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2012–13 season.|
|Washington Capitals||Barry Trotz||Todd Reirden||Trotz resigned on June 18 amid speculation of a contract dispute that neither he nor the Capitals confirmed. In four seasons under Trotz, the Capitals went 205–89–34, won two Presidents' Trophies and won the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals. On June 29, Reirden was named head coach by the Capitals. Reirden, in his first NHL head coach position, had been an assistant with the Capitals for all four seasons under Trotz.|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach||Story / Accomplishments|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Joel Quenneville||Jeremy Colliton||Quenneville was fired on November 6, 2018, after starting the season 6–6–3. Quenneville has been the head coach of the team since 2008 and guided them to three Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013 and 2015, while also accumulating an overall record of 797–452–249 with the team. Jeremy Colliton, the head coach for the Rockford IceHogs, succeeded Quenneville as head coach of the Blackhawks.|
|Los Angeles Kings||John Stevens||Willie Desjardins*||Stevens was fired on November 4, 2018, after starting the season 4–8–1. Under his only season as head coach of the Kings, Stevens led the team to a 45–29–8 record and a wild card playoff berth in 2017–18. Former Vancouver Canucks head coach Desjardins was named the interim head coach.|
(*) Indicates interim.
Front office changes
|Team||2017–18 GM||2018–19 GM||Story / Accomplishments|
|Minnesota Wild||Chuck Fletcher||Paul Fenton||Fletcher was relieved of his duties by the Wild on April 23, shortly after their defeat in the first round of the playoffs. He had been the Wild's general manager since the start of the 2009–10 season. Fenton was hired as his replacement on May 21; he had previously held the same position with the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.|
|New York Islanders||Garth Snow||Lou Lamoriello||Snow was relieved of his duties by the Islanders on June 5, a few weeks after the hiring of Lou Lamoriello as the president of hockey operations for the Islanders. He had been the Islanders' general manager since the start of the 2006–07 season. Lamoriello replaced Snow as the Islanders' general manager.|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Steve Yzerman||Julien BriseBois||Yzerman resigned on September 11, but remained with the Lightning in an advisory role for the last year of his contract. He was replaced by the Lightning's assistant general manager Julien BriseBois who had also served as the organization's AHL affiliate general manager since 2010. Under BriseBois, the Norfolk Admirals and Syracuse Crunch appeared in three Calder Cup finals and won one over his eight seasons.|
|Team||2017–18 President||2018–19 President||Story / Accomplishments|
|Buffalo Sabres||Russ Brandon||Kim Pegula||Brandon, who served as team president while concurrently serving a similar position with the Buffalo Bills, resigned from both positions on May 1, 2018. He had spent three years as the Sabres' president. Pegula, the wife of owner Terrence Pegula, replaced Brandon in both positions, and became the only current female team president in the NHL.|
- The New York Islanders will move half of their home schedule back to their previous home, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, after the Barclays Center proved to be unsuitable as a full-time NHL venue. The Islanders will continue to play the remaining half of their home schedule at the Barclays Center, an arrangement that will last until 2021, when Belmont Park Arena is scheduled to open.
- The St. Louis Blues' home arena was renamed from Scottrade Center to Enterprise Center on July 1, 2018.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs' home arena was renamed from the Air Canada Centre to Scotiabank Arena on July 1, 2018.
The regular season began on October 3, 2018, and will end on April 6, 2019. Each team will receive a five-day "bye week", all of which will take place in mid-January. The regular season schedule was released on June 21.
Three regular season games, branded as the NHL Global Series, will be played in Europe. The Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils played at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden, on October 6, 2018. The Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets played two games at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, on November 1 and 2, 2018.
- The Winter Classic will be held on January 1, 2019, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, and will feature the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins.
- The NHL Stadium Series will be held on February 23, 2019, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and will feature the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 2019 National Hockey League All-Star Game will be held in San Jose, California, at SAP Center, home of the San Jose Sharks, on January 26, 2019, the first time it will be held on a Saturday after many years of the All-Star game being played on a Sunday.
|1||Columbus Blue Jackets||20||12||6||2||12||69||63||+6||26|
|2||New York Islanders||18||10||6||2||9||61||49||+12||22|
|3||New York Rangers||20||10||8||2||6||61||64||−3||22|
|1||Tampa Bay Lightning||20||14||5||1||13||74||58||+16||29|
|2||Toronto Maple Leafs||20||14||6||0||14||70||51||+19||28|
|6||AT||Detroit Red Wings||20||9||9||2||7||57||65||−8||20|
|8||ME||New Jersey Devils||18||8||8||2||8||54||59||−5||18|
|1||San Jose Sharks||21||11||7||3||11||68||64||+4||25|
|7||CE||St. Louis Blues||18||7||8||3||7||56||57||−1||17|
|8||PA||Vegas Golden Knights||20||8||11||1||7||50||58||−8||17|
|9||PA||Los Angeles Kings||19||6||12||1||5||39||61||−22||13|
1. Fewer number of games played
2. Greater Regulation + OT Wins (ROW)
3. Greatest number of points earned in head-to-head play (If teams played an unequal # of head-to-head games, the result of the first game on the home ice of the team with the extra home game is discarded.)
4. Greater Goal differential
The following players led the league in regular season points at the conclusion of games played on November 17, 2018.
|Mikko Rantanen||Colorado Avalanche||19||7||22||29||+10||16|
|Connor McDavid||Edmonton Oilers||19||11||16||27||+2||4|
|Nathan MacKinnon||Colorado Avalanche||19||12||14||26||+6||12|
|Patrice Bergeron||Boston Bruins||19||9||17||26||+3||10|
|Mitch Marner||Toronto Maple Leafs||20||6||20||26||+7||8|
|David Pastrnak||Boston Bruins||20||17||8||25||+3||8|
|Morgan Rielly||Toronto Maple Leafs||20||9||16||25||+10||4|
|Evgeni Malkin||Pittsburgh Penguins||18||7||18||25||–1||32|
|Brayden Point||Tampa Bay Lightning||20||14||10||24||+5||12|
|Max Domi||Montreal Canadiens||20||10||14||24||+4||16|
|Pekka Rinne||Nashville Predators||11||648:19||7||2||1||18||2||.943||1.67|
|Jaroslav Halak||Boston Bruins||13||725:58||7||2||2||25||2||.935||2.07|
|Frederik Andersen||Toronto Maple Leafs||16||950:06||11||5||0||33||1||.934||2.08|
|Andrei Vasilevskiy||Tampa Bay Lightning||13||784:22||9||3||1||30||1||.927||2.29|
|Semyon Varlamov||Colorado Avalanche||13||776:01||6||5||2||30||0||.926||2.32|
|Jack Campbell||Los Angeles Kings||13||693:50||5||7||0||27||1||.923||2.33|
|Devan Dubnyk||Minnesota Wild||16||965:22||9||5||2||38||0||.925||2.36|
|Ben Bishop||Dallas Stars||13||774:42||7||5||1||31||2||.920||2.40|
|Carter Hutton||Buffalo Sabres||15||858:42||8||6||1||36||0||.919||2.52|
|John Gibson||Anaheim Ducks||17||988:07||6||7||4||42||1||.928||2.55|
The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game during the 2018–19 season, listed with their first team.
|Rasmus Dahlin||Buffalo Sabres||First overall pick in the 2018 Draft|
|Tomas Plekanec||Montreal Canadiens||Over 1,000 career games played|
|Paul Martin||San Jose Sharks|
Major milestones reached
- On October 3, 2018, Montreal Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi became the first player born in the 2000s to play in the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
- On October 3, 2018, Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom scored his 800th point.
- On October 6, 2018, Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn scored his 600th point.
- On October 10, 2018, Washington Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen scored his 300th point.
- On October 13, 2018, Boston Bruins forward David Krejci recorded his 400th assist.
- On October 13, 2018, Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 323rd player to reach the mark.
- On October 13, 2018, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews became the fifth player, joining Bobby Hull (1965–66), Mike Bossy (1984–85), Dino Ciccarelli (1986–87) and Mario Lemieux (1988–89), to score 10 goals in the first six games of the season.
- On October 14, 2018, San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski scored his 700th point.
- On October 15, 2018, Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 324th player to reach the mark.
- On October 16, 2018, Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid broke his first NHL record, by contributing to, either by scoring or assisting on all of the first nine goals scored by his team in the regular season. The record was previously held by Adam Oates, who contributed to the first seven goals scored by the Detroit Red Wings in 1986–87.
- On October 19, 2018, Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal played his 1,100th NHL game.
- On October 19, 2018, Minnesota Wild defenceman Ryan Suter scored his 500th point.
- On October 20, 2018, Buffalo Sabres forward Jason Pominville scored his 700th point.
- On October 21, 2018, Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau scored his 300th point.
- On October 22, 2018, Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 600th assist.
- On October 25, 2018, Minnesota Wild defenceman Ryan Suter played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 325th player to reach the mark.
- On October 26, 2018, Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien scored his 500th point.
- On October 27, 2018, St. Louis Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester scored his 400th point.
- On October 30, 2018, Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 326th player to reach the mark.
- On October 30, 2018, Tampa Bay Lightning forward J. T. Miller scored his 200th point.
- On November 1, 2018, Buffalo Sabres forward Jason Pominville played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 327th player to reach the mark.
- On November 1, 2018, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Ron Hainsey played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 328th player to reach the mark.
- On November 3, 2018, Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews scored his 300th goal.
- On November 3, 2018, Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal scored his 400th goal.
- On November 3, 2018, New York Islanders defenceman Johnny Boychuk played his 600th NHL game.
- On November 4, 2018, Anaheim Ducks forward Adam Henrique scored his 300th point.
- On November 4, 2018, Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Seth Jones played his 400th NHL game.
- On November 8, 2018, Arizona Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his 300th point.
- On November 8, 2018, Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise scored his 700th point.
- On November 8, 2018, San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton played his 1,500th NHL game, becoming the 19th player to reach that mark.
- On November 9, 2018, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau recorded his 600th assist.
- On November 9, 2018, Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler recorded his 400th assist.
- On November 10, 2018, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Alexander Wennberg played his 300th NHL game.
- On November 11, 2018, Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan scored his 300th point.
- On November 11, 2018, San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture played his 600th NHL game.
- On November 13, 2018, Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau played his 400th NHL game.
- On November 13, 2018, Nashville Predators defenceman P. K. Subban played his 600th NHL game.
- On November 13, 2018, New Jersey Devils forward Travis Zajac recored his 300th assist.
- On November 13, 2018, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin played his 800th NHL game.
- On November 13, 2018, San Jose Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson recorded his 400th assist.
- On November 13, 2018, San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton scored his 400th goal.
- On November 13, 2018, Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded his 200th assist.
- On November 15, 2018, New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider played his 400th NHL game.
- On November 16, 2018, Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner scored his 400th point.
- On November 17, 2018, Los Angeles Kings defenceman Dion Phaneuf played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 329th player to reach the mark.
- On November 17, 2018, Philadelphia Flyers forwards Claude Giroux scored his 700th point.
- On November 17, 2018, Ottawa Senators forward Matt Duchene scored his 500th point.
- On November 18, 2018, Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza scored his 900th point.
- On November 18, 2018, Dallas Stars forward Alexander Radulov scored his 100th NHL goal.
- The Anaheim Ducks will wear a new third jersey inspired by the uniforms from their years as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from 1993 to 2006.
- The Arizona Coyotes will wear the "Kachina" jersey as the team's new third uniform. They previously used this design for road games from 1996 to 2003.
- The Calgary Flames will wear their 2009–2013 and 2016–17 third jersey, which is a throwback to their red jersey used from 1980 to 1994.
- The Carolina Hurricanes will wear a new black third jersey, which was inspired by the third uniform used from 2008 to 2017. Additionally, the team announced that they will wear a heritage uniform on two occasions, which was inspired by the jerseys worn by their predecessor, the Hartford Whalers, from 1985 to 1989 and during the 1990–91 season.
- The Colorado Avalanche will wear a new third jersey, which was inspired by the third uniform used during the 2015–16 season.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets will wear a third jersey, which was worn from 2010 to 2017.
- The Edmonton Oilers will wear their 2010–2017 home jerseys as their alternate uniform this season dubbed the “retro jersey”. It will be used four times this season.
- The Los Angeles Kings will wear silver third jerseys, previously worn during the 2016–17 season for their 50th anniversary, with gold accents being changed to silver.
- The New Jersey Devils will wear third jerseys for the first time in franchise history with new white throwback uniforms similar to those worn from 1982 to 1992.
- The New York Islanders will wear new blue third jerseys, partially inspired by their third jersey from the 2014–15 season.
- The Ottawa Senators will wear red third jerseys, which were worn during the NHL 100 Classic.
- The Philadelphia Flyers will wear black third jerseys, which were worn in the 2017 Stadium Series.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins will wear third jerseys inspired by the uniforms worn by the team in the 1980s and during the 2017 Stadium Series.
- The San Jose Sharks will wear new black third jerseys, dubbed the "Stealth" jersey, during select home games.
- The St. Louis Blues will wear third jerseys, which are based on the uniforms worn during the 2017 Winter Classic.
- The Washington Capitals will wear third jerseys, which are based on the uniforms worn from 1974 to 1995.
- The Winnipeg Jets will wear a new third jersey inspired by the uniforms worn by the original Winnipeg Jets from 1990 to 1996.
- 2018–19 NHL transactions
- 2018–19 NHL suspensions and fines
- List of 2018–19 NHL Three Star Awards
- 2018 in sports
- 2019 in sports
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"It's disappointing because we go into the third with the lead," said Pavelski, who picked up his 700th NHL point.
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Suter became the 11th United States-born defensemen with 500 NHL points
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Pominville is the third member of the 2001 draft class to reach the 700-point mark, joining Ilya Kovalchuk and Jason Spezza.
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Flames captain Mark Giordano assisted on the score, which was Gaudreau’s 300th career point.
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Washington center Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 600th career assist.
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Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter had an assist in his 1,000th career game. He is the 325th player — and 109th defenseman — in league history to reach the milestone.
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The veteran defenseman got his 500th career point when he snapped a tie with 6:45 left, helping the Jets beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Friday night.
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D Jay Bouwmeester had an assist to give him 400 career points, and 100 with the Blues.
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Jason Spezza played in his 1,000th career NHL game.
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Toronto defenseman Ron Hainsey played his 1,000th game...
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Blue Jackets D Seth Jones played in his 400th NHL game and had two assists.
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Ekman-Larsson's assist on Grabner's goal was his 300th NHL point.
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Marleau was involved in Kadri's goal, becoming the 88th NHL player to reach the 600 assist milestone. The only other active player with 600 assists is San Jose's Joe Thornton with 1,032.
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But they did manage to cut the Sharks lead by one goal when Sean Monahan nabbed his 300th NHL point, going top shelf on Jones.
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Jonathan Huberdeau skated in his 400th NHL game on Tuesday night, becoming just the 15th player in franchise history to hit that mark.
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Skinner tied the game 1–1 with a power-play goal 53 seconds into the third period. It was his 400th NHL point.
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