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  1. Just throwing it out there.... All the "all time great" goal scorers in the NHL have also played in a time when offense was at a premium, and netminders were smaller, with smaller pads....And while it does not diminish in any way when the have done, ovi is doing it in an era where it is much harder to score, netminders are bigger with my pillows for pads... Me thinks he's got at least 6-8 more years in him with 35/40 plus... He's got a better shot at passing the great one's mark than most people think.
  2. Games Played on 1/18/20 Vincent Trocheck vs Filip Hronek Winner ?
  3. Tatar scores in shootout, Canadiens beat Vegas 5-4 Game # 51 4 5 By Associated Press Updated: 15 hours ago MONTREAL -- Carey Price went from dejection to jubilation in a matter of minutes. Price and the Montreal Canadiens squandered a two-goal lead late in the third period, but Tomas Tatar scored in the fourth round of a shootout for a 5-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night. Vegas scored twice in the final two minutes to force overtime with Marc-Andre Fleury on the bench for the extra skater. When Price conceded the equalizer to Reilly Smith with 8 seconds left in regulation, he smashed his stick in anger. After an end-to-end overtime, Price stopped Smith with his pad in the fourth round of the shootout for the victory. The Canadiens goaltender jumped, raised his arms and swarmed his teammates in celebration. "It was important for (Price) to win that game," coach Claude Julien said. "That was all that mattered to him. It's frustrating that they scored twice in the final two minutes. It wasn't pretty, but it was exciting. We got two points and we'll take it." Max Pacioretty scored against his former team with a shot from the blue line through traffic with 1:57 left in regulation before Smith tipped Paul Stastny's shot past Price. "(Vegas) was carrying a lot of momentum at the end of that game," said Price, who made 31 stops for his fourth consecutive victory. "They were making a push. We pushed back well in the overtime and found a way to do it in the shootout." Nick Cousins scored twice, and Ilya Kovalchuk and Joel Armia each scored once for the Canadiens (22-21-7), who have won four of their last five games. Jonathan Marchessault, Paul Stastny, Max Pacioretty and Smith each scored for the Golden Knights (25-20-6) in their second game under new coach Peter DeBoer. Fleury stopped 28 shots. "We're getting off to slow starts and teams are capitalizing," said Smith, who has 20 goals this season. "We have to find a away to turn that around. It's too hard to come back in every game." Down 4-2, Vegas scored twice in the game's final two minutes to force overtime with Fleury on the bench for an extra skater. Fleury made highlight-reel saves on Phillip Danault and Kovalchuk on odd-man rushes in overtime to force the shootout, where Kovalchuk and Tatar scored. Montreal took a commanding 3-0 lead on nine shots after the first 20 minutes. The Canadiens went ahead at 5:51 on Cousins' sixth of the year. Weise sent a backhand pass from behind the net to Cousins, who slid the puck under Fleury's outstretched pad. Kovalchuk was coming off a two-goal performance in Montreal's 4-1 victory in Philadelphia on Thursday, and the 36-year-old scored his fourth in a Canadiens uniform at 12:33. Fleury denied Kovalchuk's initial shot in close but he couldn't stop the Russian's second effort. The goal was Kovalchuk's first at the Bell Centre since 2011. His first three goals since joining Montreal came on the road. The Canadiens went up 3-0 when Armia deflected Brett Kulak's shot and beat Fleury between the pads for his career-high 13th of the season. The Golden Knights scored twice in the second period. Unguarded, Marchessault tallied from the slot on a pass from Smith from behind the net at 9:08. Ben Chiarot and Armia were unable to clear their crease and the veteran Stastny jammed a loose puck past Price to make it 3-2 at 14:47. Cousins scored his second of the game on a 2-on-1 with Weise at 9:40 of the third to give Montreal a 4-2 advantage. Fleury overcommitted to the shot, and Weise passed to Cousins for his seventh of the season. "We've been playing some pretty good hockey," Price said. "If we can continue to do that and understand what's making us successful, we have to carry that momentum after the break."
  4. Hogberg makes 40 saves, Senators beat Flames 5-2 Game # 50 2 5 By Associated Press Updated: 19 hours ago OTTAWA -- Marcus Hogberg isn’t sure he belongs in the NHL. He might be the only one with that thought. Hogberg was at his finest Saturday, making 40 saves to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames. The Senators (17-23-8) were outshot 42-21 and, if not for Hogberg’s performance, the result could very well have been different for a team that was winless in nine games. It marked the 25-year-old’s second NHL win in 13 career starts. “He’s got points in four straight (games),” said Senators coach D.J. Smith. “He gave us every chance to win those other three games and he was really good again. It’s good for our team and our organization to have a young guy that’s playing at this level.” Brady Tkachuk, Chris Tierney, Connor Brown, Colin White and Vladislav Namestnikov had the Ottawa goals. Mark Jankowski snapped Hogberg’s shutout bid with just under six minutes remaining with his first of the season and Noah Hanifin scored with just over two minutes left. Hogberg has a 1-2-5 record this season, but his record is hardly indicative of his play. He has seen substantial playing time as Anders Nilsson remains sidelined with a concussion. The Senators have played the 25-year-old instead of veteran Craig Anderson, who could be moved at the trade deadline. “I just try to work hard and show my best for the guys and the coaches, and we will see what happens,” Hogberg said. The victory comes at a good time as the Senators are headed into an eight-day break. “We’ve played for stretches the way we want to play, but tonight without Hogberg we’re not winning that game, it’s that simple, he was excellent,” Dylan DeMelo said. “We got some timely goals, the power play scored, which was huge for us, and it kind of seemed like we didn’t have many shots, but when we did they went in.” Calgary (26-19-5) saw its six-game winning streak come to an end heading into a nine-day break for the All-Star Game. “If we get this one ... we go into the break feeling really good about ourselves and try to gather some momentum for the last 32 games," Matthew Tkachuk said. "But this didn’t allow us to feel that way." David Rittich turned aside 16 of 20 shots for Calgary. Despite outshooting the Senators by a wide margin, the Flames felt they made far too many mistakes that cost them in the end. “We had a few breakdowns and they took advantage of it,” said Flames coach Geoff Ward. “At the end of the day it’s not enough when you need to catch up.” White gave Ottawa a 4-0 lead, scoring on a Mikkel Boedker rebound early in the third and Namestnikov added an empty-net goal. With nearly 40 family members on hand for the fourth installment of the clash between the Tkachuk brothers, it was Brady who finally prevailed, also picking up an assist. It marked the first time he was on the winning side. The game started with referee Wes McCauley throwing out Artem Anisimov and Elias Lindholm out of the faceoff circle to allow the brothers to take the opening draw. “We got that out of the way last year and we had talked about it,” Matthew Tkachuk said. “This year we didn’t talk about it and weren’t going to do it. Wes was great. He said, ‘If I’m reffing, you guys have got to do the opening draw -- your mom will love it.’ " Brady admitted getting the win was a little more special considering who it was against, but in the end the two points were the most important. “It’s two teams who need those points and definitely happy we got those two points,” he said. “It was all because of (Hogberg). He stood in there and had a phenomenal performance. Wish we could have lessened the load in the first period, but it showed everybody how good of a goalie he is.” The Senators took a 2-0 lead in the second as Tierney picked up a loose puck in front and backhanded it past Rittich. Brown then scored on a power play as he dug at a puck under Rittich and was able to push it over the goal line. Hogberg made a huge stick save on Sam Bennett midway through the second to keep the Flames off the board. Brady Tkachuk scored his 15th of the season when he looked to pass to Anthony Duclair but instead saw the puck deflect off Travis Harmonic’s stick and into the net at 7:15 of the first.
  5. Games Played on 1/17/20 Patrick Hornqvist vs Torey Krug Winner ? Robert Hagg vs Jesperi Kotkaniemi Winner ?
  6. Tkachuk's SO goal lifts Flames past Maple Leafs 2-1 Game # 49 2 1 SO By Associated Press 18 hours ago TORONTO -- Matthew Tkachuk scored the only goal of the shootout, leading the Calgary Flames past the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Thursday night. Derek Ryan scored in regulation for Calgary, which got 35 saves from David Rittich through 65 minutes. Rittich stopped Jason Spezza, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner in the shootout. William Nylander tied it in the third period for Toronto. Frederik Andersen, who had given up 14 goals over his last four starts, stopped 31 shots. But, Tkachuk beat Andersen between the pads on Calgary's second attempt of the shootout to win it. Andersen made key saves on Elias Lindholm and T.J. Brodie in overtime, while Rittich stopped Kasperi Kapanen twice. Down 1-0 through two periods, the Leafs tied it on their fourth power play of the night when John Tavares found Nylander, who had gained position at the lip of Rittich's crease on Noah Hanifin, to tip home his 21st at 8:35. After Calgary couldn't connect with the man advantage with under eight minutes to go, Rittich robbed Auston Matthews -- the Flames are the only NHL team the center has failed to register a goal against in his career -- on a 2-on-1 to keep things even. Ryan opened the scoring at 7:34 of the second when he redirected Travis Hamonic's point shot for his ninth. Toronto came close later in the period when Rittich made a nice save on Nylander's tip of Travis Dermott's drive. The Calgary goaltender, named to his first NHL All-Star game Tuesday as an injury replacement for Arizona's Darcy Kuemper, was at it again with a pad stop on Kapanen off the rush before stretching to deny Andreas Johnsson on the rebound. Andersen, who's also going to the all-star game in St. Louis, denied Mikael Backlund with the glove at the other end to keep his team within one through 40 minutes.
  7. Bergeron scores 20th, Bruins beat Penguins 4-1 Game # 48 4 1 By Associated Press Updated: 17 hours ago BOSTON -- The Bruins turned an ominous start into a decisive victory against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. Crosby scored 24 seconds into the game, but Jaroslav Halak didn't allow anything else to get past him as Boston beat Pittsburgh 4-1 on Thursday night. "We just kind of responded the right way," said Halak, who made 29 saves. "We started skating. We put the pucks deep and we got a lot of those pucks back. That was a big thing tonight." Par Lindholm, Sean Kuraly and Patrice Bergeron all scored for Boston before Brad Marchand capped the victory with an empty-net goal. The Bruins played a solid defensive game after Crosby's fast start, stifling the Penguins through long stretches and keeping Pittsburgh from sustaining the early momentum Crosby generated in his second game back after a two-month layoff. "I think we're going to see that a lot. I don't think that's the first team or the last that's going to try to be physical," Crosby said. "We had times where we were able to get some good hits in, too." Crosby returned Tuesday after missing 28 games following abdominal surgery. He fired off a slap shot from the top of the left circle and beat Halak, giving the Penguins a 1-0 lead and setting up Boston for another setback in a week that's been full of them. The Bruins lost 3-0 at Columbus on Tuesday, the first time they've been shut out this season, and blew a 5-2 lead Monday at Philadelphia as the Flyers rallied to a 6-5 win in a shootout -- a game that ended when Marchand overskated a puck at center ice to spoil his shootout try. "We weren't really happy with our last two efforts," Bergeron said. "And you're facing a team that's playing good hockey, it's a big challenge. I thought we responded well." Tristan Jarry had 26 saves for Pittsburgh, which hosts Boston in the third meeting of the Eastern Conference contenders on Sunday. After Crosby scored his seventh goal, Kuraly tied it at 10:03 on a shot that deflected off a Penguins' defenseman and Lindholm put Boston up 2-1 just 2:13 later when he redirected a shot by Karson Kuhlman after the Bruins forced a turnover in Pittsburgh's zone. After outshooting Boston 12-10 in the first period, the Penguins didn't record a shot on goal in the second until Halak stopped a tip by Teddy Blueger with 6:50 left in the period. Although he wasn't tested much in the period, Halak made four huge saves in the final seconds when he stopped Bryan Rust on a 2-on-1, then three rebound attempts by Zach Aston-Reese. Halak came up big again late in the third as he kept a flurry of shots from crossing the goal line. Boston led 2-1 after two and extended the lead 3:19 into the third when Bergeron beat Jarry on a long wrist shot. David Pastrnak got an assist on the play and added another when Marchand scored on an empty net with 53 seconds left to play. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said the Penguins responded well to some heavy hits by Boston, but the Bruins were still able to control the play much of the night. When the Penguins got their best chances, Halak was there to stop them. "You can define physicality different ways. You can define toughness different ways," Sullivan said. "For me, the biggest thing is getting your nose over pucks and winning puck battles. That's when I know that we're at our best -- when your compete level is high and we're winning the puck battles all over the rink. I just didn't think we won enough tonight."
  8. Golden Knights beat Senators in DeBoer's debut with Vegas Game # 50 4 2 By Associated Press 17 hours ago OTTAWA, Ontario -- Mark Stone scored a goal and picked up an assist in his return to Ottawa, leading Vegas to a 4-2 victory over the Senators on Thursday night in Peter DeBoer's debut as the Golden Knights' coach. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Knights, who fired Gerard Gallant on Wednesday. Peter Stastny, Chandler Stephenson and Ryan Reaves also scored for Vegas. Stone, playing his first game in the city where he spent most of his first eight NHL seasons, was traded to Vegas last February. Stone received a video tribute during the first TV timeout, with Senators fans giving him a standing ovation. Stone took to the ice to thank the fans and gave them a thumbs up. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots for Vegas, tying the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist for fifth place on the NHL's career list with 458 wins. Craig Anderson made 39 saves in his first game since Jan. 7, but the Senators extended their losing streak to nine games (0-5-4). Ottawa has scored just 19 goals through the winless drought. Vladislav Namestnikov and Connor Brown scored for the Senators. Vegas led 1-0 before Stone scored late in the second period on a wraparound effort. Vegas made it 3-0 early in the third as Stephenson scored a short-handed after Thomas Chabot had a giveaway. Ottawa got on the board one minute later when Chris Tierney found Namestnikov down low for a one-timer. Vegas made it 4-1 after Anderson was caught behind the net and couldn't get back in time to stop Reaves from picking up his sixth of the season. The Senators cut the lead in half as Brown scored on the power play. Vegas opened the scoring just 36 seconds into the game when Stastny and Stone had a little give-and-go with Stastny beating Anderson for his 13th of the season.
  9. This came as a shock to me... #1 That Gallant was fired #2 His replacement is...wtf. #3 Why not go get Lavi, unless they tried and were rejected... #4 If I am the Red Wings, Stevie Y must be creaming himself with Gallant, and Lavi, even dare I say Babcock out there unemployed while Blashill is coaching them into the ground.
  10. Games Played on 1/14/20 Matt Calvert vs Jamie Benn Winner ?
  11. Eichel's end-to-end rush sparks Buffalo's 4-2 win over Vegas Game # 49 2 4 By Associated Press Updated: 7 hours ago BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jack Eichel shrugged off a sloppy, turnover-filled second period to deliver a breathtaking goal in showing continued signs of how much he's maturing into the Sabres leader in his fifth NHL season. Rather than displaying tell-tale signs of frustration as he's done in the past, Buffalo's captain responded by scoring the go-ahead goal on an end-to-end rush 7:57 into the third period in a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night. "I definitely made some bad turnovers," said Eichel, including one that led to goalie Linus Ullmark making an acrobatic save to stop Paul Stastny set up in the slot. "Give Linus credit. He made some huge saves for us," Eichel added. "But we just stuck with it. It's a gutsy win. We needed that win." Eichel put the game in his hands with Vegas caught in the Buffalo end. Building a head of steam, Eichel drove through the neutral zone to create a two-on-one break. Cutting to the left wing, Eichel burst past defenseman Shea Theodore, cut to the net and shifted from his backhand to forehand to flip the puck over Marc-Andre Fleury's glove. The goal was Eichel's career-high-matching 28th of the season and sixth game-winner. And it came in a game in which he added an assist to become Buffalo's first player in 27 years to reach the 60-point mark in 46 or fewer games. The last Buffalo players to have 60 points in fewer games were Alex Mogilny, who did it in 33 games in 1992-93, and Pat LaFontaine, in 34 the same season. Teammate Kyle Okposo could only marvel at how Eichel regained his focus. "I thought the way he came back in the third showed a lot of leadership on his part," Okposo said. "It showed a lot of character. When the game was on the line, he took it over, and that was great to see, special to see." Sam Reinhart had a goal and two assists, and Okposo and Curtis Lazar, with an empty-netter, also scored. Ullmark finished with 24 saves, and the Sabres won for the fourth time in six games. The loss didn't sit well with the Golden Knights, who have dropped four straight. "It's tougher, especially when you're losing to teams you know that you're better than," forward Mark Stone said, referring to Vegas entering the game with four more wins and seven more points than Buffalo. "We're a better hockey team. We just have to find ways to put the puck in the net. We've kind of gotten stale the last bunch of games." Reilly Smith and Tomas Nosek scored for the Golden Knights, whose skid matches their longest streak without a point in the franchise's three-year history. Vegas lost four in a row during an 0-4-1 skid from Nov. 7-16. Fleury stopped 22 shots, while missing a chance to earn his 458th career win and move into a tie for fifth on the NHL list with New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist. Fleury blamed himself for giving up the short side by anticipating Eichel to pass rather than shoot on the decisive goal. "You always think you can do much more," Fleury said. "I feel I opened up too much for him to get the goal there." In reality, the Golden Knights squandered too many scoring opportunities and were undone by a penalty-killing unit that allowed two goals on three opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault missed scoring into a wide-open net midway through the second period, while Chandler Stephenson had a shot beat Ullmark, only to have the puck slide through the crease and wide with under three minutes left. The teams traded one-goal leads in the second period, and Eichel's goal regained Buffalo's momentum after Smith tied the game at 2 with a power-play goal 1:43 into the third period.
  12. Merzlikins records 2nd shutout; Columbus beats Boston 3-0 Game # 47 0 3 By Associated Press 8 hours ago COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Elvis the King, make way for Elvis the Wall. Elvis Merzlikins recorded his second consecutive shutout and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins 3-0 Tuesday night for their fourth win in five games. Alexander Wennberg, Kevin Stenlund and Riley Nash scored for Columbus. Merzlikins won for the sixth time in his eight starts and turned aside all 34 shots he faced. His five wins since Dec. 31 tie him for the NHL lead with Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy. "Tonight the team worked really hard," Merzlikins said. "They tried to cut the chances for Boston. I think the team did a bigger part than me tonight. It's a team shutout. They did a big job blocking the shots, so thank you to them." Boston goaltender Jaroslav Halak entered the game at 1:12 of the first period after Tukka Rask was inadvertently struck in the head by an elbow in the crease. Halak stopped 24 shots in relief as the Bruins lost their second straight and were shut out for the first time this season. Wennberg got the Blue Jackets offense going, taking a feed from Vladislav Gabrikov off a pass from Nathan Gerbe at 13:27 of the first period and beat Halak through the pads. The goal was the fourth of the season for Wennberg and his second in two games after a 35-game scoring drought. The assist was the fourth point in five games for Gerbe, who three weeks ago was playing for the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League. "I didn't like the way we defended," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Two defensemen got beat one-on-one. Something you've got to be able to do is play your one-on-ones. The puck then beat (Halak) on the ice through the legs. He'll tell you right now that was not a good goal." Stenlund gave the Jackets breathing room with a power-play goal at 5:46 of the third, blasting a one-timer off a behind-the-net pass from Nick Foligno. "That was a big goal, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "It's all about momentum. ... To go up 2-0 in that type of game, it's a fairly big goal." Nash sealed the win at 13:05 with an unassisted shot from the left circle. "Our team is playing like a team and that's why we are winning," Foligno said.
  13. Kind of feel the same about boston, as you stated the bruins core is getting old, so is rask, and the pipeline depth is worrysome. A few studs perhaps, but sweeney has whiffed when it matters.
  14. Games Played on 1/13/20 Michael Haley vs Ross Johnston Winner ? Brendan Smith vs Matt Martin Winner ?
  15. My thoughts... I'll admit, my bias may show, but i thought the first hit was questionable, but i guess the zebra's were willing to let it go. No problems at all with the second hit. He had the puck (both times) and MT lined him up perfectly.... I also have NO issues with Kassian getting up and pummeling him. That said, agitate, and draw a penalty, calgary scores, wins the game. Call it what you want, that's the way he plays and he does it with great results, granted (just like with marchand) he'll get his someday.

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