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Dose: Capital Punishment

Monday, January 16, 2017


It was a fairly light night in the NHL as there were only four games as the NFL got down to four teams on Sunday.

 

Ryan Callahan is going to miss the next four-five weeks with a lower-body injury. He has already been out of action for 15 games with a lower body injury.

 

 

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WASHINGTON 5 PHILADELPHIA 0

 


It doesn’t matter who the Washington Capitals play in goal these days, they are hard to put one past.

 

The Capitals have allowed three goals in six games since January 3 with Braden Holtby picking up three shutouts in five games.

 

On Sunday it was Philipp Grubauer’s turn as he stopped all 24 shots in shutting out the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0. Grubauer is 8-1-1 with a 1.74 GAA and a .935 save percentage, stats that every team would love from their starter, never mind the backup.

 

Andre Burakovsky scored unassisted on the power play 9:08 into the second period and that would be the only goal the Capitals would need.

 

But they exploded for four goals in five minutes, early in the third as Justin Williams and Matt Niskanen each scored a pair as Washington chased Steve Mason who made only 12 saves on 17 shots. He is 14-15-6 with a 2.95 GAA and a .897. Do not be surprised if Michal Neuvirth gets an extended opportunity in the net for the Flyers based on Mason’s poor stats.

 

John Carlson suffered a lower body injury in the second period and did not return.

 

Nicklas Backstrom had a pair of assists while Niskanen was a plus-four. Claude Giroux was a minus-three.

 

MINNESOTA 3 CHICAGO 2

 

The Wild spotted the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-0 lead and roared back to upend Chicago 3-2.

 

Patrick Kane scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season to give Chicago a 2-0 lead by the 4:16 mark of the second but goals by Nino Niederreiter on the power play, and Chris Stewart at the 11 minute mark of the second tied the game at 2.

 

Jason Pominville scored the only goal of the third and it was his first goal in 20 games. He has six goals and 18 points thus far and it has not been a good start to the season from the veteran.

 

Devan Dubnyk turned aside 33 shots for the win as he is 23-7-3 with a 1.78 GAA and a .940 save percentage.  He is definitely in the mix for the Vezina and Hart trophies.

 

Corey Crawford was in the Chicago cage and made 29 saves. Crawford is 16-`0-3 with a 2.49 GAA and a .921 save percentage.

 

Kane had 12 shots on goal, by far the most of any individual on Sunday.

 

NEW JERSEY 2 VANCOUVER 1 (Overtime)

 

Taylor Hall scored the overtime winner and gave the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 win over Vancouver.

 

It was Hall’s 11th goal of the season as Travis Zajac drew the lone assist.

 

Loui Eriksson, who was recently reunited with the Sedin twins, scored his 10th of the season to open the scoring in the second period. Henrik and Daniel both assisted. Henrik Sedin inched a bit closer to the 1,000 point mark in his career as he is now at 998. He will be the 85th player to hit the plateau when he does it in the next week or two.

 

Kyle Quincey with his third of the season evened the score at 1 and a scoreless third period sent the game into overtime.

 

After a horrible December, Cory Schneider has turned it around in January as he is 3-2-2 and has given up only 11 goals in seven games and that includes giving up three on only five shots to Toronto. Schneider is 13-14-7 with a 2.68 GAA and a .910 save percentage after stopping 21 of 22 shots.

 

Jacob Markstrom made 20 saves in the overtime loss as he is 8-9-3 with a 2.59 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

 

ST. LOUIS 2 ANAHEIM 1 (Overtime)

 

Patrik Berglund scored twice including the overtime game winner to lead the Blues to a 2-1 win over Anaheim.

 

Rickard Rakell scored the lone goal for Anaheim as they did not take advantage of Rakell’s offensive flair.

 

Berglund is up to 10 goals thus far and he has 17 points in 42 games this campaign.

 

With the poor play of Jake Allen of late (he has been pulled in three of his last five contests) Carter Hutton is getting his chance to show he belongs in the NHL. He is 5-5-2 with a 2.65 GAA and a save percentage of .901.

 

John Gibson picked up the overtime loss but there was no shame about his play. Hutton is 17-10-7 with a 2.34 save percentage and a .920 save percentage.  

 

Josh Manson had 10 hits for the Ducks.



Michael Finewax is entering his 13th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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