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  1. Games Played on 1/15/19 Tom Wilson vs Austin Watson Winner ?
  2. Game # 49 1 4Jets extend unbeaten streak to 6 games, top Vegas 4-1The Jets score while playing a man down, as Bryan Little pokes the puck ahead to Kyle Connor for the goal in Winnipeg's win.WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Laurent Brossoit faced a barrage of pucks against Vegas, and liked it.Brossoit, Winnipeg's backup goalie, stopped a franchise-record 26 shots in the second period and made a season-high 43 saves in Jets' 4-1 victory over the Golden Knights on Tuesday."You know what, I like periods like that," said Brossoit, who's started 11 games this season (10-0-1) and has seven consecutive wins."I like games like that where I'm tested early and often. The second period was definitely one of those and it got me into the game. There's not a lot of rest in between. I like that."Vegas outshot the Jets 10-9 in the first period and 26-7 in the second. The previous franchise record for saves in a period was 25 by former goalie Ondrej Pavelec in January 2017.Kyle Connor scored a short-handed goal and added an empty-net goal for Winnipeg, which swept a three-game homestand and improved to 5-0-1 in its past six. Connor also added an assist.Mathieu Perreault scored and Mark Scheifele had an empty-net goal for Winnipeg. Scheifele added an assist and Blake Wheeler contributed a pair.Brandon Pirri scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for Vegas, which is 8-2 in its last 10 games.Fleury acknowledged Brossoit's solid performance."He played good. He had a lot of shots," Fleury said. "It happens, I think, at this level. The goalie's good and they all can give a chance to their team to win games and that's what he did tonight."Wheeler said Brossoit has been "outstanding" ever since the former Edmonton Oilers netminder signed with the Jets in the summer."You can tell he came into camp with a chip on his shoulder. Something to prove," Wheeler said. "Got an opportunity here and boy has he been a difference-maker for our team."He's one of those guys that's a driver every day. In practice, and in games. You can tell. His performance, when he's in the net, he's been great this year."Winnipeg led 2-0 after the second period and Pirri cut the lead 63 seconds into the third.It was the first meeting between the teams since Vegas beat the Jets in five games in last season's Western Conference final.After a scoreless first period, Winnipeg got goals from Connor and Perreault in the middle period."We kept playing, we had lots of shots and lots of chances and their goalie was outstanding. That was the difference," Vegas head coach Gerard Gallant said.At one point in the second period, Vegas was outshooting Winnipeg 17-2, but Connor scored his 17th goal of the season on a breakaway while the Jets were short-handed at 5:45.Jets center Bryan Little, playing in his 800th NHL career game, assisted to extend his point streak to six games with four goals and four assists.Perreault scored an unassisted goal at 16:23 after he got a loose puck and skated across in front of Fleury, sending a backhand shot over his glove. The goal drew jeering chants from the crowd of "Fleury, Fleury.""We had some power plays, some chances but just wish I could have made one of those breakaway saves to keep us in there," Fleury said.Connor scored into the empty net at 18:47 and Scheifele added his with six seconds remaining. Scheifele has three goals and six assists in a six-game point streak.
  3. I will post recaps and discuss the VGK (2nd) Season.
  4. Games Played on 1/14/19 Ben Lovejoy vs Drake Caggiula Winner ? Kevan Miller vs Nicolas Deslauriers Winner ?
  5. I will post game recaps after each game, and talk about the season as it goes, just getting the thread started in advance.
  6. Game # 46 2 3 OTPetry swats in OT winner to lead Montreal past Boston 3-2BOSTON -- Somewhere along the way, Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry must have learned a little baseball, too.The son of major league pitcher Dan Petry scored the game-winner just 15 seconds into overtime on Monday night, batting the puck out of the air and past Tuukka Rask to give Montreal a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins."That bloodline of Jeff Petry in the baseball world," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said with a smile, "he showed his talent on that goal."Carey Price stopped 41 shots for the Canadiens, but he allowed David Krejci's 6-on-4 goal with 38 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Once there, Montreal didn't need a lot of time to regain the lead.After winning the opening faceoff, the Canadiens gathered in their own zone before Max Domi carried the puck over the blue line and then waited for Petry to get into position in front of the Boston net. Domi's shot went off Rask's glove and into the air, where Petry swatted it into the net with his backhand."We lost the draw and then all of a sudden, we never touch it," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said.Paul Byron scored a short-handed goal, and Brendan Gallagher also scored to help Montreal earn its third victory in four tries.Rask made 19 saves but lost for the first time in his last six starts. A year after the Bruins swept their Original Six rivals in the season series -- winning six matchups in a row in all -- the Canadiens managed to split their four meetings this season."It's our No. 1 rival, lot of history here," Byron said. "And every time you come in this building and win, it's huge."Brad Marchand scored for Boston, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead about six minutes into the game. Julien said the turning point was when Nicolas Deslauriers and Boston's Kevan Miller dropped their gloves late in the first period.Although it was the Canadiens defenseman who lost his helmet and wound up on the bottom when the two went to the ice, Julien said it gave his team a boost."I think it helped," Julien said. "We scored afterward, and I think when you look at the kind of fight it was, there's no doubt it gave us a spark. ... It's the kind of thing we don't see much anymore, but I think the players and the coaches appreciated what he did."Gallagher tied it about two minutes later. Late in the second, with Victor Mete off for hooking, Byron outskated Boston's Patrice Bergeron to a loose puck at the blue line and went in on the net, switching to his backhand before flipping it past Rask's glove for the go-ahead goal.It stayed that way until Montreal's Michael Chaput was called for delay of game for shooting the puck over the glass with 2:05 left. Rask came off 30 seconds later, and the Bruins worked their two-man advantage and got the puck to Krejci, who wristed it into the net to assure Boston one point."We got one. Krejci got a big goal there late to get us that point," Marchand said. "Would have been nice to get the second with Toronto losing tonight."
  7. Haley/Gudbranson...good one [Hidden Content]
  8. Games Played on 1/13/19 Micheal Ferland vs Austin Watson Winner ? Micheal Haley vs Erik Gudbranson Winner ?
  9. Games Played on 1/12/19 Matt Luff vs Marcus Pettersson Winner ?
  10. I will post game recaps after each game and discuss the flames season.
  11. Game # 47 7 1Giordano scores a pair, Flames rout Coyotes 7-1Matthew Tkachuk scores a pair of goals as the Flames blow out the Coyotes 7-1.CALGARY, Alberta -- Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano celebrated his 800th NHL game in style.Giordano had two goals and an assist and the Flames defeated the Arizona Coyotes 7-1 Sunday night."Whenever you're playing in a milestone game, you want to win it, first and foremost," Flames coach Bill Peters said. "When you win it and you're plus-five with three points, that's something you can tell your kids and they're going to look it up and hey, it wasn't a lie. Good for him."Giordano, the Flames' captain, has 47 points (nine goals, 38 assists) in 45 games this season, second among NHL defensemen and five points behind San Jose's Brent Burns."It felt good," Giordano said. "Big win for the team. It felt like we had good puck control, good movement, especially in the first and third."Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals, and Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett also scored for Calgary, which has won five straight and improved to 8-1-1 in its last 10. The Flames lead the Pacific Division by three points over the Sharks.Gaudreau also had an assist, extending his point streak to eight games (eight goals, 10 assists). With 69 points, he ranks second in the league in scoring, six points back of Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov.Jordan Oesterle scored for Arizona, which had its three-game winning streak halted.Mike Smith got the start in the nets for Calgary in place of red-hot David Rittich. He made 22 saves and improved to 13-9-1.Adin Hill had 19 saves for the Coyotes and fell to 7-5.Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet was not happy with his club's performance."We're playing a first-place team and we can't have four or five guys on the outside, looking in," Tocchet said. "We had four guys that weren't good tonight and Calgary smelt it after the first period."Calgary surged in front on two goals 68 seconds apart late in the first period.At 16:51, Giordano got the puck in the corner and fired a shot into the top corner from a sharp angle."Just a real smart, cagey guy, he shows some patience, letting the screen develop and then all of a sudden, it's on and off his stick at the right time," Peters said.Then Monahan was left alone in the slot and he converted Gaudreau's pass from behind the net.After Tkachuk's goal 1:36 into the second period, Gaudreau scored at 17:20 to make it 4-0. Michael Frolik's shot was stopped, but Monahan slid the rebound over to Gaudreau and he was left with an empty net.Oesterle scored a power-play goal for Arizona, but that was erased when Tkachuk scored his second at 4:20. Less than two minutes later, Giordano added his second."One of the best captains I've played for, for sure, over my career," Smith said. "The way he competes on the ice, the way he practices, is just the epitome of being a true professional."Unbelievable guy off the ice to be around, too. I've been here a short time, but it doesn't take you long to figure out what kind of person he is and what kind of leader he is. Eight hundred games in this league playing the way he does says a lot about the person he is and the player he is. He deserves it."
  12. Game # 48 4 3 OTTuch sets Golden Knights record in victory against Blackhawksby Scott King / NHL.com CorrespondentJanuary 12th, 2019CHICAGO -- Alex Tuch set a Vegas Golden Knights record, extending his point streak to nine games in a 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Saturday.Shea Theodore won it 1:19 into overtime, scoring between Collin Delia's pads. It was his first goal since Nov. 27. "Pierre[-Edouard Bellemare] made a good play cutting back," Theodore said. "Sometimes you can catch them trying to gap-up too much and I kind of just used my speed."Vegas has won all six games against Chicago since entering the NHL in 2017-18.Ryan Carpenter and Paul Stastny also scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves for the Golden Knights (28-16-4).Alex DeBrincat scored twice and has at least one goal in four straight games for Chicago (16-22-9). Patrick Kane scored, and Erik Gustafsson had two assists to extend his point streak to eight games. Delia made 29 saves."I thought we played a pretty good game," DeBrincat said. "Maybe in the third period we kind of sat back a little bit and tried to protect the lead, but the best way to protect is going on offense and generating more chances. I thought we played an overall alright game. We definitely could've won that one."Stastny tied the game 3-3 at 15:56 of the third period, 2:54 after Bellemare appeared to tie it when he scored on a rebound from a Stastny wraparound attempt, but a video review determined Bellemare kicked the puck in.DeBrincat gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at 4:36 of the first period off a backhand mid-air swat.Kane appeared to make it 2-0 at 11:44 when he backhanded a rebound off Fleury's pad, but it was determined Brandon Saad was offside following a Vegas challenge.Kane made it 2-0 at 15:20 with a power-play goal from the right face-off circle with Dylan Strome screening in front. "I think the guys did a really good job of moving the puck around quick tonight," Kane said. "Break-ins are solid and you end up going 2-for-4 [on the power play]. It's been a confident part of our game lately."Tuch cut it to 2-1 at 1:34 of the second period, poking in a rebound after Delia was unable to cover it. Tuch has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the streak."It's good to see myself have a little consistency, more than last year, that's for sure," Tuch said. "I would have a point or two points in a game and then not have a point for three, four games last year, and that's not what I wanted to do."DeBrincat extended the lead to 3-1 on the power play at 7:22 on a one-timer off a pass from Kane. Carpenter made it 3-2 at 19:06, skating into the offensive zone and scoring glove side from the left face-off circle.They said it "We weren't too happy with our first period. Chicago came out and played a real good first period and we get down 2-0. Definitely played a lot better in the second and third period. It was a big two points obviously for us so real happy with them." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant "We got a little passive and let them come at us. They raised the tempo a bit there because they were pushing for a goal, and that's what you have to expect. We were on our heels, we had a chance to go to people and create a battle and win a puck a few times or win a race and get out of the D zone." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton
  13. Game # 45Pastrnak's goal sends Bruins past Maple Leafs 3-2 3 2David Pastrnak scores in the 2nd period as Boston beats Toronto 3-2.TORONTO -- A pair of miscues proved costly for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Boston Bruins.Sean Kuraly and David Pastrnak pounced on mistakes by Toronto defensemen Jake Gardiner and Nikita Zaitsev late in the second period and turned a deficit into a lead as Boston grabbed a 3-2 victory Saturday."We came out and played the game we wanted to," said Toronto winger Mitch Marner, who scored his 17th goal of the season. "Just made a couple of mistakes and they didn't miss."Kuraly set up both Pastrnak and David Krejci for the first three-point game of his career for Boston.Tuukka Rask made 30 saves as the Bruins won the season series 3-1 and moved two points back of the Leafs for second in the Atlantic Division."Two big points," Kuraly said. "There was no other way to look at it."Andreas Johnsson also scored for Toronto. Michael Hutchinson stopped 26 shots.The Bruins beat the Leafs 5-1 at home on Nov. 10. Toronto countered 16 days later with a 4-2 victory at Scotiabank Arena. Boston won the third matchup 6-3 on Dec. 8 in a game that had 98 minutes in penalties.It's only January, but it's there's a good chance the clubs could meet in a rematch of last spring's playoff series that went the distance -- a task Nazem Kadri said the Leafs would gladly welcome."We're always looking forward to playing these guys," the center said. "They're a great hockey team, they're well-coached."Tons of credit goes to them, but we're a good team, too."Down 2-1 in the second, Boston got even at 14:47 when Gardiner fanned on a breakout attempt before having the puck stolen by Chris Wagner, who fed Kuraly, who scored his fifth.Kuraly then intercepted Zaitsev's soft pass behind the net before feeding Pastrnak, who buried his 26th past a surprised Hutchinson with 13.7 seconds left.Pastrnak, who took a puck off the cheek in warmup, now has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 15 career regular-season games against Toronto -- including six goals and three assists in four outings this season -- after scoring five times and setting up eight against the Leafs in the 2018 playoffs.Boston's top line of Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand entered Saturday with a combined 117 points in 122 regular-season contests against Toronto.Hutchinson scrambled to stop a chance by Pastrnak early in the third to keep his team in it before Kadri missed the net from a difficult angle at the other end midway through the period.Auston Matthews, who has just one goal in his last nine games, had Rask down with four minutes to go, but the puck rolled off his stick on what would be Toronto's best opportunity to tie."You've got to push through it," Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said. "A little struggle in your life never hurt anybody. Just dig in."Boston led 1-0 after the first, but the Leafs got even at 7:37 of the second on a strange play. Johnsson's quick shot went off Rask, off Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller and dribbled into the net for the winger's 10th.Toronto's dormant power play -- 1 for 36 over its last 13 games when removing a 3-for-3 effort against Florida on Dec. 20 -- came to life 1:53 later to give the Leafs their first lead when Marner blasted a slap shot past Rask on the short side.Hutchinson, who spent three seasons in the minors with the Bruins after getting drafted 77th overall by Boston in 2008, got his fifth straight start for Toronto with No. 1 netminder Frederik Andersen -- sidelined since Dec. 28 with a groin injury -- out with the flu and backup Garret Sparks still recovering from a concussion."We knew it was going to be a close, hard-fought game right," Hutchinson said. "It was just that."Krejci opened the scoring with 1:39 left in a first period where Toronto carried the balance of play after an early Boston surge.Kuraly turned back in the offensive zone and fed Krejci, who scored his ninth.The Bruins had two golden opportunities to take the lead early, but Marchand missed a wide-open net and Bergeron fired wide on a 2-on-1 break.Rask, who improved to 5-0-0 with a .955 save percentage and a 1.28 goals-against average in his past five starts, then stopped Kadri on a wraparound before Zach Hyman's deflection went just wide.Kasperi Kapanen had another great chance for Toronto prior to Krejci's opener, but Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk blocked his effort."For the most part we were pretty dominant," Kadri said. "A couple costly mistakes that we just need to shake off."
  14. Games Played on 1/10/19 Matt Martin vs Cody McLeod Winner ?
  15. Game # 46 4 3Frolik rallies streaking Flames to 4-3 win over PanthersMatthew Tkachuk scores the go-ahead goal in the 3rd period to lead the Flames to a 4-3 victory over the Panthers.CALGARY, Alberta -- Stuck on the bench for most of the first period, Michael Frolik got promoted and made the most of it.After rejoining the second line with Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk, Frolik had a goal and two assists to lead the streaking Calgary Flames to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night."It wasn't the start I was looking for," said Frolik, who had his first three-point game in three seasons. "It's not easy -- you're cold, you're not in the game. When you get out there, you get a 10-second shift and then they switch the line."Down 2-0 in the second, Calgary got the comeback started at 10:14 when Frolik deflected in Backlund's shot for his 11th goal.The Flames tied it five minutes later on a terrific setup by Frolik. Darting down the wing, he stopped sharply after gaining the zone, then patiently waited for Mark Giordano to jump up into the rush before sliding a perfect cross-ice pass that the captain fired past goalie Roberto Luongo.Florida coach Bob Boughner challenged the goal, citing goaltender interference on Tkachuk, who slightly bumped Luongo seconds before the puck went in, but the call on the ice stood.Another primary assist from Frolik gave Calgary the lead 8:29 into the third. Pouncing on Jonathan Huberdeau's turnover inside the blue line, Frolik fed Tkachuk all alone in front for his 21st goal."I don't know how he saw me. I was just hiding in the weeds back there and he made a great play," Tkachuk said.Frolik has eight points (four goals, four assists) in seven games since coach Bill Peters made him a healthy scratch on Dec. 29. It's been a bumpy season for the veteran, who has bounced between lines and missed four weeks due to injury."He's been awesome," coach Bill Peters said when asked how Frolik has handled it. "He's been great. A good pro, veteran guy. He's been in the league a long time."Peters wanted to roll four lines, but that didn't materialize due to the early deficit, so he juggled his personnel and went down to three."We fell behind early and didn't have any jump, so then we had to get going with nine guys and try to get nine guys more ice time and a little bit more of an emotional attachment to the game," he said.Sean Monahan scored into an empty net for the Flames (29-13-4). The Western Conference leaders have won four games in a row to improve to 7-1-1 in their last nine.Still, Peters isn't happy with his team's play of late."We haven't played well here for a while and it's been masked by the fact we've got wins," the coach said.Johnny Gaudreau had an assist to extend his point streak to seven games (seven goals, nine assists).Mike Hoffman, Huberdeau and Evgenii Dadonov scored for Florida (17-18-8). The struggling Panthers have lost their last five."It seemed like we started to panic a little bit and get away from having some poise and making plays that are needed with the puck," Hoffman said. "We kept chipping it back to them and then we weren't able to change. Long change in the second period and they kept coming."Florida is 0-2-1 on its five-game road trip."At the end of the day, we had four or five glorious opportunities to go ahead in this game and get the next goal and we never did. Give their goalie some credit. He made some big saves," Boughner said.Monahan's 24th goal ended up the game-winner after Dadanov scored with 20 seconds remaining.David Rittich made 24 saves to improve to 17-4-3 for the Flames. Luongo, tested 23 times, dropped to 8-10-1.Building on a solid opening 20 minutes, the Panthers surged in front by two on Huberdeau's breakaway goal 20 seconds into the second. Sprung in alone on a terrific pass by Keith Yandle, Huberdeau slipped a shot through Rittich's pads.Taking advantage of a sleepy start by the Flames, who were outshot 10-4 in the first, Florida scored the only goal of the period when Hoffman got his 21st after a turnover by Noah Hanifin.
  16. Game # 44 2 4Backstrom helps Caps win 14th straight over Bruins, 4-2Ovechkin finds the back of the net twice in the Capitals' 4-2 road win in Boston.January 10, 2019BOSTON -- Nicklas Backstrom is a believer in puck luck, something the Capitals have had plenty of against the Bruins in recent years.Backstrom and his teammates had luck on their side again Thursday night as he scored the third-period winner to help Washington win its 14th straight over the Boston Bruins with a 4-2 victory."Sometimes hockey isn't fair," Backstrom said after the Capitals won despite being outshot 41-22. "Even if they win the shots, we got the win. It's weird sometimes."Backstrom, who sat out Wednesday's game against Philadelphia with an illness, glided in to the Bruins' zone and ripped a left-circle wrister past Jaroslav Halak for the go-ahead goal with 14:14 remaining.Alexander Ovechkin netted his NHL-leading 31st and 32nd goals of the season, and also had the highlight hit of the game when he sent Zdeno Chara -- the NHL's tallest player ever at 6-foot-9 -- flipping head over heels into the Capitals' bench on a shove late in the first period.The TD Garden crowd gasped, but play continued and there was no immediate on-ice retaliation. The Bruins captain tumbled back onto the ice quickly and rejoined the play.Ovechkin declined to speak with reporters after the game about the hit.Jakub Vrana also had a goal for the Capitals, whose streak against the Bruins dates to March 29, 2014."Didn't happen again against this team. Have to get over that hurdle," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "A lot of nights that would be good enough for points, if not two points, but not tonight."Ryan Donato and David Krejci each had goals for Boston. The Bruins suffered a season-opening 7-0 blowout loss at Washington on Oct. 3 when the Capitals celebrated last season's Stanley Cup title."That was a different night, but at the same time you know they're always coming out hard at home," Backstrom said. "I feel like they're way more physical at home than maybe on the road."Halak had 18 saves for Boston, which had its five-game win streak snapped."I didn't make a save on the third goal. That's the bottom line," Halak said. "I got outplayed by their goalie, and you know, they got a win, so we just need to be better."Washington led 1-0 after the first period despite being outshot 17-5. T.J. Oshie grabbed a giveaway by the Bruins and flipped the puck from the Capitals' end to a wide-open Vrana, who beat Halak with 13:22 to play.Tensions boiled over in the second when Washington's Lars Eller and Boston's Brad Marchand got tangled up during a play. Eller, whose celebration in front of the Boston bench after scoring the Capitals' seventh goal in the opener drew postgame criticism from Marchand, was sent to the penalty box for unsportsmanlike conduct.Donato tied it at 1 with 5:49 to play in the second. But, Ovechkin quieted the TD Garden crowd 39 seconds later when he converted after a feed from behind the net to make it 2-1.Krejci ripped the tying power-play goal past Holtby from the right circle with 15:23 remaining in the third.Ovechkin scored into an empty net with 1:35 left to seal the victory.
  17. Game # 47 2 3Sharks get late goals to rally past Golden Knights 3-2Joonas Donskoi, Tomas Hertl and Melker Karlsson all score in the second and third periods as the Sharks top the Golden Knights' 3-2.January 11, 2019LAS VEGAS -- The San Jose Sharks rallied late to give their dads a memorable night just off the Las Vegas strip.Melker Karlsson and Joonas Donskoi scored third-period goals 39 seconds apart, Martin Jones made 36 saves on his birthday, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Thursday night.San Jose, which earned its 1,000th victory, won its fifth straight and ended the Golden Knights' seven-game winning streak. The Sharks (59 points) leapfrogged Vegas in the Pacific Division standings and are one point behind Calgary for the top spot.It happened with the players' dads traveling with the club. The fathers crashed the locker room after the game to serenade Jones with birthday wishes."Honestly we're just trying to focus on the game, it's not something you're really thinking about out there," Jones said, downplaying his birthday, the dads trip and the team's milestone win. "That's the team that always seems to jump out, use the crowd to their advantage, they always come out to good starts. We just stuck with it, we didn't panic. We just kept getting pucks out, getting pucks in. It was a good gutsy road win."Brent Burns' shot from the point rebounded perfectly to Karlsson, who found a wide open net to tie it 2-2. Donskoi then had the puck bounce off him amid heavy traffic in front of Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for a 3-2 lead with 11:57 left."That was the game; they're both dirty goals where you're going to the net and there are bodies there and there's lots of traffic," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "They're not pretty goals and we knew that we were gonna have to score that way on him, (Fleury's) always played well against us. We did what we had to do to get two big points."Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks, who avenged a 6-0 defeat in their last trip to Las Vegas in November and got over a hurdle in beating a team that has given them fits since its inaugural season.Vegas won the regular-season series 3-1 last season, then eliminated the Sharks in six games in the Western Conference semifinals."It's a special one to be a part of," Burns said. "It's nice to do it in a building that's been giving us some tough games and do it with the dads here, it's just fun."Tomas Nosek and Jon Merril scored for Vegas, while Fleury made 24 saves.Vegas had the NHL's longest active home point streak of 12 games (10-0-2) snapped."Everyone's been in this position before," Vegas forward Max Pacioretty said. "The important thing is to move on to the next one now."Since opening the season 9-12-1, the Golden Knights are 18-4-3 and hadn't lost a game in regulation at home since a 4-1 loss to St. Louis on Nov. 16.Alex Tuch had an assist for Vegas and extended his point streak to eight games (two goals, seven assists). Tuch is the team leader with 35 points.
  18. Game # 45 5 3Giordano has 3 assists, Flames down Avalanche 5-3Elias Lindholm and Michael Frolik each light the lamp in Calgary's 5-3 win against Colorado.CALGARY, Alberta -- Mark Giordano has been defying his age all season.The 35-year-old defenseman had three more assists Wednesday night and the Calgary Flames kept right on rolling with a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche."Just trying to put pucks on net, jump in when I can," Giordano said. "Playing on a pretty good power play with pretty good players, trying to move the puck around to those guys and get it in their hands and when you do that with those types of players, they reward you."Mikael Backlund, Mark Jankowski, Elias Lindholm and Michael Frolik scored for Calgary (28-13-4), which is 6-1-1 in its last eight games. Matthew Tkachuk added an empty-net goal for the Flames, who have a two-point lead over Vegas atop the Pacific Division.Giordano had the primary assist on Lindholm's power-play goal that broke a 2-all tie at 12:57 of the second period and Frolik's deflection that made it 4-2 halfway through the third."He's one of the best I've ever met. I couldn't be happier that I have a chance to play with him," Frolik said. "He's been unbelievable, especially this year. He's really driving the bus on the back end now."Johnny Gaudreau added two assists for the Flames to extend his point streak to six games.Giordano has 303 career assists, moving him past Joe Nieuwendyk into fifth on the franchise list.Nathan MacKinnon ran his point streak to eight games with a goal for Colorado (20-16-8). Erik Johnson and Mikko Rantanen also scored as the slumping Avalanche dropped to 1-6-2 in their last nine games."We're not finding ways to win right now, whether it's a save at a key time or a goal at a key time," said Gabriel Landeskog, who fired 12 shots on David Rittich -- the most by an NHL player in a game this season. "We're generating plenty of chances and we allowed only 16 shots. When you do that you've got to be able to win."Rittich, sharp all night, made 32 saves to improve to 16-4-3."He was awesome, again," Giordano said. "It's the timely saves that are huge, to be honest. When you're tied or you're up one and he's keeping that same score line. He's been doing it all year and again, another big night by him."Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, tested only 15 times, fell to 11-9-5."We have to help them more," Rantanen said, defending Colorado's goaltending. "It's been our problem lately. Not just the last two games, even before that. We score enough goals to win, but we can't give up seven or five goals every night."Colorado has been struggling to kill off penalties. Meanwhile, the Flames' penalty kill had a big night, going 4 for 4 against an Avalanche team that came into the game ranked fifth with the man advantage."Our PK, the role is to shut it down so I think we did a pretty good job of that and trying to halt their momentum," said Jankowski, who scored his seventh goal.Frolik's goal at 9:14 of the third, when he deflected in Giordano's point shot, ended up the game-winner after Rantanen scored with 38 seconds remaining and the goalie pulled.Calgary got off to a fast start when Backlund buried James Neal's rebound at 5:34. The Flames doubled their lead five minutes later on Jankowski's seventh.But the Avalanche got back to even before the period ended.Consecutive giveaways by Rittich and Monahan resulted in the Avs getting a tic-tac-toe goal from their top line with MacKinnon completing the passing sequence with Landeskog and Rantanen.Johnson's shot just inside the post tied it with 19 seconds left in the period, but the Avalanche came up short again."A little bit disheartening, playing two games like that on the road back-to-back against two really good teams and coming out with nothing. Because I thought for the most part that we were really good tonight," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. "It feels like defensively we have to play a perfect game right now because we just aren't getting any puck luck at the other end."
  19. Games Played on 1/8/19 MacKenzie Weegar vs Marcus Pettersson Winner ? Colton Sceviour vs Zach Aston-Resse Winner ? Radko Gudas vs Devante Smith-Pelley Winner ? Ryan Reaves vs Adam McQuaid Winner ?
  20. Games Played on 1/7/19 Kenny Agostino vs Nick Seeler Winner ?
  21. Game # 43 4 0Rask stops 24 shots, Bruins shut out Wild 4-0Patrice Bergeron shoots the puck from the point and it deflects off Jake DeBrusk's chest and into the net.BOSTON -- Tuukka Rask was happy to share the credit after his first shutout of the season.The veteran goalie stopped 24 shots for his 250th career win as the Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Tuesday night."Our team defense the past few games has been very good and I think it shows on the scoreboard and in the points," Rask said. "We're eliminating the offense of the opposing team very well and then getting rewarded at the other end. That's a great sign."Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal and two assists. Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk also scored as Boston won its season-high fifth straight game. John Moore and Torey Krug had two assists apiece.Alex Stalock finished with 23 saves for Minnesota.The Wild, who played Monday night in Montreal, managed just six shots in the first period and never recovered after Boston took a 2-0 lead on goals by Heinen and Marchand."You could tell that there was a little bit of fatigue," Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They had a good game plan. They came out right after us."Rask earned his first shutout since blanking Tampa Bay on the road last March 17. He wasn't tested often, but did come up with a big glove save on Eric Staal with 5:42 left in the first. After stopping 12 more shots in the second period, Rask faced only seven from the weary Wild in the third and completed his 42nd career shutout.Rask needs three wins to break Cecil "Tiny" Thompson's club record of 252."I've been lucky enough to be part of good teams," Rask said. "That's pretty much what it comes down to, I think. I've been fortunate to play here."Boston jumped on Minnesota early and never let the Wild get much going offensively.Heinen tipped in Moore's shot from the point 5:23 into the game and Marchand scored from nearly the same spot on a rebound off the end boards after a shot by Bergeron with 8:31 left in the period.DeBrusk added a power-play goal with 45 seconds left in the first when the puck bounced off his chest. The assists went to Bergeron and Marchand, who combined again for Boston's next goal.Minnesota's Zach Parise was called for tripping 6:05 into the second and the Bruins scored just 19 seconds into the power play when a shot by Marchand glanced off Bergeron's skate into the net.Bergeron was credited with the goal, while Marchand and Krug both picked up their second assist of the night."Sometimes the puck luck comes in cycles and we'll take it," Bergeron said. "We got the bounces, but I thought we played really strong -- especially early in the game. We were on the puck and creating our chances."The Wild, playing the second night of back-to-back games, wrapped up a 3-1 road trip."We're not going to make excuses. We've played some good teams," Staal said. "When you get behind against a solid team like the Bruins, it's going to be a tough night. We just didn't have enough momentum to carry us through."
  22. Game # 46 4 2Golden Knights beat Rangers 4-2 for 7th straight victoryCody Eakin and Brandon Pirri net goals vs. the Rangers at home to charge the Knights to a 4-2 victory at home.LAS VEGAS -- It would have been easy for the streaking Vegas Golden Knights to look past the struggling New York Rangers on Tuesday night.The Rangers had lost three straight games in which they were outscored 18-3, while Vegas had won six in a row and has a Pacific Division showdown coming up Thursday against San Jose.But veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and forward Jonathan Marchessault made sure the Golden Knights were properly focused.Fleury made 27 saves, Marchessault scored his third game-winning goal and Vegas beat New York 4-2 for its seventh consecutive victory."We knew this team had a few rough nights before coming here. Usually when that happens, teams rise up to the challenge and play hard and play a good game," said Fleury, who leads the NHL with 25 wins and 39 starts this season. "We had to respect them. Every team is good in the league, every team has speed and can play hard, so you've got to respect everybody and I thought we did tonight."Fleury earned his 429th career win, eight shy of tying Jacques Plante for eighth place.Cody Eakin, Brandon Pirri and Ryan Carpenter also scored for the Golden Knights, who once again moved into a first-place tie with Calgary in the Western Conference. Both teams have 58 points.Marchessault picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated in on a breakaway to beat Alexandar Georgiev top shelf and give the Golden Knights a 3-0 lead late in the second period."We definitely need good habits all the time during the game," Marchessault said. "That last (Rangers) goal was unfortunate. We let them back in the game at 3-1 there, and there's definitely those two goals we could have taken back and played better defensively. We need to learn from that. Whatever the score is, we need to keep going."The Golden Knights, who improved to 15-3-3 at home, are 19-4-3 overall since Nov. 18, when Nate Schmidt returned from a 20-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.Vegas coach Gerard Gallant once again found himself shuffling lines, as top-line forward Reilly Smith was placed on injured reserve before the game. That pushed second-line wing Max Pacioretty into Smith's slot and made room on the second line for Pirri, who was recalled from the AHL's Chicago Wolves on Monday when fourth-line wing William Carrier went on injured reserve with an illness."Whoever is playing, we try to play the same team game every night, and that's what's really important for our group; when we play that game, we're a pretty good team," Gallant said. "There's a lot of guys who have been in and out of our lineup, and I think we're getting some chemistry. But the guys are competing hard and playing hard. ... It usually takes 30 guys on your roster to make you a good hockey club. And that's what we've been using. We've been using a lot of different guys."Vegas owns the NHL's longest active home point streak (10-0-2) since Nov. 23, matching its 12-game home point streak last season.Mika Zibanejad and Jesper Fast scored for the Rangers. Georgiev made 27 saves but has allowed nine goals in his last two starts.New York has been outscored 22-5 during its four-game losing streak."We definitely played the style we want to play. I thought there was a lot more pace to our game. I thought we were more competitive," coach David Quinn said. "One of the things we've got to do more of is shoot pucks."Though the Rangers have earned at least one point in 10 of their past 13 games against Western Conference opponents, the last three games of their four-game skid have come at Colorado, Arizona and Vegas."I thought we played for 60 minutes," Quinn said. "We didn't quit. But if we want to win hockey games, then there's no silver lining."
  23. Game # 44 4 3Gaudreau scores twice as Flames beat Blackhawks 4-3CHICAGO (AP) Johnny Gaudreau had a blast during Calgary's short stay in Chicago.Gaudreau scored two more goals, David Rittich made 32 saves and the Flames beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on Monday.The 25-year-old Gaudreau extended his goal-scoring streak to five games one night after the New Jersey native watched his beloved Philadelphia Eagles beat the Chicago Bears 16-15 in the first round of the NFL playoffs."It was a good 24 hours, to watch the Eagles win and then get a big win here in Chicago, too," he said. "It was a nice 24 hours."Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist as Western Conference-leading Calgary closed out a 3-1 trip with its second straight win. Garnet Hathaway scored an empty-net goal with 50 seconds left, and Elias Lindholm finished with two assists.It was the 15th road win for the Flames, matching Tampa Bay for most in the NHL."Just a resilient group," Calgary coach Bill Peters said.Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks in the opener of a three-game homestand. Alex DeBrincat and Brandon Saad also scored, and Collin Delia made 39 stops."They took it to us in the third period," Kane said. "We were in a good spot after two, tied up. We should be confident in that position. It was unfortunate they got an early goal and we got away from our game plan after that."Kane picked up right where he left off after he collected three assists in Sunday night's 5-3 victory at Pittsburgh. The dynamic forward scored his 24th goal in the first period on a backhand from an impossible angle on the right side of the net, and then set up DeBrincat's 20th goal with a well-placed pass in the second.But Chicago (16-22-7) was unable to hold off high-scoring Calgary. The Flames (27-13-4) are the first team since the 1995-96 Penguins to have four players collect 50-plus points within the first 45 games of a season.Monahan tied it at 2 with a power-play goal with 1:18 left in the second, finishing a pretty passing sequence. The Flames then caught the Blackhawks in a bad line change early in the third, and Gaudreau squeezed one between Delia's pads for his 26th of the season."I was trying to get a quick shot through the five-hole there and it kind of squeaked in there," Gaudreau said. "Guys gave me a hard time on the bench when I got back there saying "about time." But it was a big goal."Gaudreau, who also scored in the first, has 14 goals and 11 assists in his last 13 games.After Hathaway made it 4-2 with his fifth of the season, Saad got one back for Chicago with 29 seconds remaining. But Calgary held on from there."If we play close to three periods like the way we play the second, then we win the game," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. "And we didn't do it."

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