PITTSBURGH vs. BOSTON:
Boston just squeaked out a win in a barn-burner if I've ever seen one, folks. Final score was 4-3 in OT in favor of the Bruins. Loui Eriksson continues to pay dividends for fantasy owners, especially last night when he tallied 1 goal, 2 assists, and firing 5 SOG. Impressive coverage across the board.
Carl Soderberg recording 2 apples, while Zdeno Chara seems to be finding his bearings, scoring another goal to help his team. The real story was, and continues to be about rookie, Torey Krug. The kid is on fire right now and was the OT hero as he absolutely ripped a clap bomb from the face-off circle last night and rang iron to end the game early. James Neal continues his torrid pace after missing time, he had another 2 goals and an assist on Sidney Crosby's late game tying goal with literally, 00.3 seconds left to play in regulation.
This isn't a typo, you're going to read this correctly. The Blue Jackets stormed into Air Canada Centre last night and beat the piss out of the Leafs by a score of 6-0. (*Blinking rapidly trying to fathom, how?)
Tyler Bozak made his debut back into the line-up after missing quite some time with an injury and it wasn't a great game to start. James Reimer was pulled with nine minutes left to play in the third period after giving up 6 goals on 21 shots. I don't see why you don't just let him battle through it at that point, you literally have nothing left to lose. Well, maybe some dignity, but that's overrated.
There were many unsung hero's for Columbus as they missed Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky. Ryan Johansen stepped up and managed to record 2 goals and an assist while firing 5 SOG. Ryan Murray also recorded a multi-point night with 1 goal and an assist, while Letestu, Foligno, and Wisnewski all managed to tally 2 assists a piece.
Sergei Bobrovsky managed his first SO of the season, stopping all 18 shots. It's good to see him get a game under his belt, seeing as he was the Vezina winner last season, he's had a rough go to start the season off. On the injury front, Joffrey Lupul left the game early with what is being called a "groin injury." Jesus, guy can't catch a break. Seems like it's every other day he's either hurt or someone's on Toronto's IR spot.
RANGERS vs. TAMPA BAY:
Tampa pummeled the Rangers at home, by a score of 5-0. Tampa is good and they have the offense to get the job done, but I think of them like I think of the Kings right now, because they lean on their goaltending pretty heavily at this point. Ben Bishop is now 14-3-1, and recorded his second SO of the season last night, making all 37 saves. I was reading an interesting article, but at this point with his numbers, how is he not being considered for team USA with Johnathan Quick on the shelf?
Lundqvist was yanked after giving up 4 goals on a mere 18 shots (insert fart noise). Something you don't see is him being pulled, but the fact that Cam Talbot was and has been playing great hockey for the club. Sucks he won't see anymore time with Henrik's contract. Captain Martin St.Louis finally catching a break, scoring 2 goals and an assist, the same for my boy, Teddy Purcell. Love the guy. Valtteri Filppula continues to earn his 5 million dollar contract, registering 2 points himself, both apples.
God, he's just so fast and I love his shot. Nothing like a little flip and he capitalizes almost every time.
Blues extend their winning ways, shutting out the Wild 3-0. Jaroslav Halak managed the SO, stopping 22 shots, even though the Wild scored a BLATANT goal early in the first period, but god forbid Toronto makes a call that makes any sense, or have any consistency. I smell collusion.
Zach Parise took a shot off his foot early in the first period, and seemed shaken up but finished the game. Later reports say that he's now DTD as he was seen limping a little bit after the game. Monitor your line-up. Alexander Steen ended a mini-drought, scoring 2 goals to give him 19 on the year and keep him in the hunt for the Rocket Richard.
Carlo Colaiacovo made his debut with the Blues last night, and managed to record a point, an assist on the first goal from Vladimir Sobotka.
CHICAGO vs. EDMONTON:
It happened folks, he's here. Ilya Bryzgalov saw his first NHL action this season, making his debut last night after Dubnyk "The Dirt" was pulled. Bryzgalov actually looked pretty sharp seeing as how he drew the Hawks to make his first start since being bought out by Philadelphia last year. He managed to stop 12 of 13 shots.
Andrew Shaw provided the most offense, recording 2 goals and an assist, while Kane and Toews both notched a goal a piece. Duncan Keith and Saad found their way onto the score-sheet tallying 2 assists a piece. Justin Schultz was the lone goal for the Oilers with the assists coming from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Taylor "I hurt myself during warm-ups" Hall.
LOS ANGELES vs. VANCOUVER:
L.A. held onto a win that was taken to OT, and ended by a score of 3-2. The Kings really need to send a fruit basket and a thank you card to Ben Scrivens though, the guy was a tank and as I mentioned earlier, they've depended on him a lot these past few games. Scrivens managed to get the win, stopping 37 of 39 shots.
Kyle Clifford started the scoring by potting his second goal of the year, with the feed coming from Tyler Toffoli, and Linden Vey. I'm interested to see what the club does with Toffoli now that Jeff Carter is back. He returned last night and managed to record a point (assist). I think Toffoli has earned a spot, he's registered a point in almost every game he's played since being called up, ridiculous.
Mike Richards scored his sixth goal of the year and has been hot as of late, with the assists coming from Jeff Carter and Dwight King. Anze Kopitar was clutch as he managed to end the game only 48 seconds into OT with the assists coming from Slava Voynov and Regehr.
Henrik Sedin had a PPG to give the Canucks the lead at one point, brother Daniel and Jason Garrison were accredited with the assists.