Rangers Win Presidents’ Trophy, Golden Knights Beat Avalanche in OT – NHL Highlights

The final days of the 2023-24 NHL season are highlighted by the New York Rangers winning the Presidents’ Trophy, the Vegas Golden Knights clinching a playoff spot and fighting for the No. 3 seed in the Pacific Division, and intense races for playoff positions, including a tight Eastern Conference Wild Card race.

The final days of the 2023-24 NHL season are upon us, bringing their fair share of drama. It’s the home stretch of the playoff race, but no worries—we’ve got the weekly NHL Rewind to keep you updated.

The New York Rangers just snagged the Presidents’ Trophy with a solid 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday. This achievement marks only the third time the Rangers have clinched this honor.

Over in the Pacific Division, the Vegas Golden Knights have secured their playoff spot. Yet, they’re still in the thick of the battle for the No. 3 seed. Their recent victory over the Colorado Avalanche was a nail-biter, ending 4-3 in overtime after overcoming a 3-0 deficit in the third period.

Let’s dive into some of the week’s biggest stories and highlights from around the league.

This week’s goal highlight? Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators. He weaved through Blue Jackets’ defense like it was nothing. Receiving a pass from Luke Evangelista late in the second period, Josi made his move. He stick-handled his way to the front of the net and slid the puck past goaltender Jet Greaves. Josi’s performance was nothing short of stellar, racking up two goals and two assists in Saturday’s 6-4 victory over Columbus.

Then there’s the robbery of the week. Frederik Andersen, the Hurricanes’ goalie, made a spectacular glove save denying Zach Dean of the Blues. Since coming back from a four-month hiatus due to a blood clot, Andersen has been on fire. His save against Dean was a highlight in his sensational return, contributing to a 5-2 win over the Blues on Friday.

The Golden Knights’ recent game was a rollercoaster. They managed to erase a 3-0 third-period deficit to snatch a victory from the Avalanche, 4-3 in overtime. William Karlsson and Tomas Hertl were instrumental in this comeback, with Hertl scoring the game-winner. This marked the team’s third significant comeback win.

Ivan Barbashev kicked off the comeback, scoring early in the third period. Karlsson then took over, scoring twice, including the game-tying goal. The game went into overtime, where Hertl completed the comeback, keeping the Golden Knights in the race for the Pacific Division’s No. 3 seed.

The Rangers’ win over the Senators was a milestone, securing the Presidents’ Trophy. They finished the season with an impressive 114 points, setting a new franchise record. Artemi Panarin played a key role, joining Jaromir Jagr as one of the Rangers to hit 120 points in a season.

The Eastern Conference Wild Card race is heating up, with several teams within striking distance of the playoffs. The Red Wings, Flyers, Penguins, and Capitals are all vying for a spot, making every game crucial.

Looking ahead, several matchups stand out as must-watch. The Maple Leafs vs. Panthers and Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights games could significantly impact playoff positions. The Penguins face the Islanders, and the Jets take on the Canucks, with each game carrying heavy playoff implications.

As the regular season winds down, the excitement only intensifies. Every point matters, and the battles for playoff spots are as fierce as ever.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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