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Chicago can't solve Holtby

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Braden Holtby won the Vezina Trophy last season, but he might be a better goaltender in 2016-17.  He probably won't match his 48-win showing this time around, but he's doing better in terms of GAA (1.85 to last season's 2.20) and save percentage (.933 to last season's .922).  Of course, part of the reason his numbers look so good right now is because he's been on fire.

 

Holtby earned a 24-save shutout in Washington's crushing 6-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks last night, making it the third time in the span of five starts Holtby has silenced the competition.  As TSN's StatsCentre noted on Twitter, Holtby has posted a 9-2-2 record, 1.34 GAA, and .950 save percentage along with five shutouts in his last 13 starts.

 

Of course, Washington's dominance lately has extended beyond Holtby.  The Capitals have won eight straight games and have outscored the competition 35-11 over that span.  Not that Washington being dominant in the regular season is anything new.  After all, the Capitals finished with 120 points last season.  The issue with them has always been translating that regular season dominance into playoff success, but that's an issue for another day.

 

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MAPLE LEAFS 4 RANGERS 2

 

Connor Brown scored the game-winning goal on Friday.  He's been hot lately with four goals in his last five games, bringing the rookie up to 10 markers in 40 contests this season.

 

Another Leafs rookie, Mitchell Marner, assisted on two of the team's four goals.  He's up to 10 goals and 34 points in 40 games.

 

Their efforts contributed to Henrik Lundqvist stopping just 23 of 27 shots.  This is the third time in four games that Lundqvist has surrendered four goals.

 

Frederik Andersen saved 34 of 36 shots last night.  The Rangers outshot Toronto 14-7 in the third period, but Andersen held New York to just one goal in that frame.

 

J.T. Miller found the back of the net for the Rangers.  He's on a six-game point streak where he's recorded four goals and nine points.

 

CAPITALS 6 BLACKHAWKS 0

 

Braden Holtby needed to make 24 saves to earn the shutout.  That was his third shutout in his last five games, giving him six in total this season.  That's twice as many total shutouts as he had in 2015-16 when he won the Vezina Trophy.

 

Patrick Kane fired a team-high five shots at Holtby without success.  That ended Kane's point streak at four games.

 

Corey Crawford surrendered five goals on 30 shots through 48:11 minutes of play.  Scott Darling stepped in and allowed another goal on four shots.

 

Tom Wilson scored a goal and registered two assists.  He had just four points in 41 games prior to Friday's contest.

 

Jay Beagle netted two goals, including the game winner.  That gives him eight markers and 17 points in 42 games.

 

ISLANDERS 5 PANTHERS 2

 

This was a huge night for John Tavares.  He led the Islanders to victory with a hat trick, but those goals also represented his 499th, 500th, and 501st career points in 550 games.  For the 2016-17 campaign he now has 14 goals and 30 points in 40 contests.

 

Nick Leddy found the back of the net and registered two assists.  The Islanders defenseman is up to seven goals and 20 points in 39 games.

 

Roberto Luongo stopped 37 of 41 shots Friday night.  He was bombarded by a staggering 20 shots in the second frame.

 

Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist for Florida.  He has 13 goals and 27 points in 44 games.

 

Thomas Greiss saved 27 of 29 Panthers shots.  He has a 10-6-2 record, 2.28 GAA, and .927 save percentage in 19 contests this season.

 

HURRICANES 5 SABRES 2

 

Anders Nilsson stopped 33 of 38 Hurricanes shots.  This was his third start in four days and over that stretch he had been asked to face a total of 106 shots.

 

Jeff Skinner scored two goals and registered an assist, making this his second straight three-point game.  He has 17 goals and 35 points in 41 contests.

 

Brock McGinn scored two goals, including the game winner.  That gives him four markers and eight points in 26 games.

 

Cam Ward kicked out 36 of 38 shots for his third straight win.  He has a 17-12-6 record, 2.30 GAA, and .916 save percentage in 36 starts.

 

Brian Gionta netted a shorthanded goal midway through the second period.  He has nine goals and 19 points in 42 contests in 2016-17.

 

BLUE JACKETS 3 LIGHTNING 1

 

Joonas Korpisalo made his first start of the 2016-17 campaign, turning aside 31 of 32 shots.  He's competing with Anton Forsberg for the backup role in Columbus.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 of 30 Blue Jackets shots.  It's a shame the Lightning couldn't back him up more because this was his first solid start in a little while, but Vasilevskiy's losing streak was still extended to five games.

 

Jonathan Drouin scored Tampa Bay's lone goal, extending his point streak to four games.  He has 13 goals and 15 assists in 36 contests.

 

Nick Foligno netted the game-winning goal.  That gives him 15 goals and 36 points in 39 games.

 

Boone Jenner netted a shorthanded marker.  It was his seventh goal and 13th point in 41 games this season.

 

DEVILS 2 FLAMES 1

 

Taylor Hall scored the game-winning goal late in the first period.  He has 10 markers and 27 points in 34 games.

 

Sean Monahan was the only Flames player to find the back of the net.  He's up to 11 goals and 24 points in 45 contests.

 

Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an assist on Friday.  He has nine goals and 25 points in 42 games.

 

Backup goalie Keith Kinkaid came up big for the Devils with 31 saves on 32 shots.  He has a 5-4-2 record, 2.59 GAA, and .921 save percentage in 12 contests.

 

Chad Johnson kicked out 34 of 36 New Jersey shots.  He's surrendered just seven goals in his last four starts, but has been left with a mediocre 2-2-0 record in that span.

 

COYOTES 4 JETS 3

 

Arizona won this one on the strength of its four-goal first period.  Brendan Perlini accounted for two of those goals, including the game winner.

 

Radim Vrbata assisted on three of the Coyotes' four goals.  That gives him nine markers and 27 points in 41 games.

 

Connor Hellebuyck got the start, but he was yanked after allowing three goals on just six shots.  Michael Hutchinson turned over and saved 22 of 23 shots in 47:03 minutes of ice time.

 

Mike Smith turned aside 34 of 37 shots last night.  This was his first win since Dec. 15.

 

Blake Wheeler found the back of the net for the Jets.  It was his 13th goal and 35th point in 45 games this season.



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