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Stars Win Wild game vs Rangers

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


The biggest news on Tuesday came from a team that wasn't even playing.  The New York Islanders fired head coach Jack Capuano, giving the interim job to assistant GM Doug Weight.

 

The Islanders saw some success under Capuano, with them making the playoffs in three of their last four campaigns and advancing to the second round in 2016.  Over his tenure he's also posted a respectable 227-192-64 record.  However, the Islanders have underperformed significantly this season and with a 17-17-8 record through 42 contests, the plug was finally pulled.  This news does come after the Islanders earned a 4-0 shutout victory over Boston, but firing Capuano now means that they allowed the team to come home from their road trip before delivering the news.

 

Either way, this might just be the first move of many for the Islanders.  They have new ownership in Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin and we might see them part ways with GM Garth Snow this summer unless the team makes a dramatic turnaround in the second half of the campaign.  The Islanders also have a big test coming up as John Tavares' contract expires in the summer of 2018, which means that he can be re-signed as early as July 1.  Locking up superstars is vital for any franchise in the salary cap era and demonstrating to Tavares that this is still a team moving in the right direction should be a significant part of that process.

 

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STARS 7 RANGERS 6

 

Antti Niemi allowed six goals on 28 shots, with three of those markers coming in the third period.  Those three goals closed the Stars' lead from 7-3 to 7-6, so Dallas decided to replace Niemi at that point.  Kari Lehtonen stepped in halfway through the third and turned aside 12 straight shots to preserve the lead.

 

Henrik Lundqvist couldn't last the full game either.  He stopped just 20 of 27 shots last night, making this the fourth start in a row where he's allowed at least four goals.  Magnus Hellberg was put in for the third period and only ended up facing four shots, though he stopped all of them.

 

Derek Stepan scored two goals and registered an assist for the Rangers.  He has 12 goals and 36 points in 45 contests in 2016-17.

 

Patrick Eaves scored Dallas' opening goal and registered two assists.  That gives him 16 goals and 27 points in 45 games.

 

Jamie Benn also had a goal and two assists for Dallas.  He's up to 11 goals and 38 points in 42 games.

 

Pavel Buchnevich extended his point streak to seven games with a goal and two assists.  The Rangers rookie has five goals and 13 points in just 13 games.

 

BLUE JACKETS 4 HURRICANES 1

Sebastian Aho scored Carolina's lone goal on Tuesday.  It was his 11th marker and 24th point in 44 contests in 2016-17.

 

Cam Ward got the start, but he allowed four goals on 19 shots through 29:16 minutes of play.  The silver lining for Carolina is that it allowed 21-year-old Alex Nedeljkovic to make his NHL debut.  He turned aside the 17 shots he faced.

 

Boone Jenner scored a goal and registered an assist Tuesday night.  He's on a four-game point streak with three goals and two assists over that span.

 

Brandon Dubinsky scored two goals, including the game winner.  He has five goals and 18 points in 41 contests.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 of 25 shots Tuesday night.  He has a 27-6-2 record, 1.97 GAA, and .932 save percentage in 35 starts.

 

MAPLE LEAFS 4 SABRES 3

 

Robin Lehner kicked out 13 of 16 shots in 29:45 minutes before being yanked.  Anders Nilsson took over and saved 15 of 16 shots.

 

Frederik Andersen stopped 24 of 27 Sabres shots.  He has a 19-5-7 record, 2.67 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 35 starts this season.

 

James van Riemsdyk netted a power-play goal that proved to be the game winner.  He has 16 goals and 37 points in 43 contests.

 

Auston Matthews also found the back of the net for the Maple Leafs.  That was his 22nd goal and 38th point in 42 contests.

 

Kyle Okposo netted a goal at 10:16 of the first period.  The Sabres forward has 13 goals and 29 points in 43 games.

 

SENATORS 6 BLUES 4

 

Mark Stone scored two of Ottawa's goals Tuesday night.  He's been on fire lately with four goals and six points in his last four games.

 

Mike Hoffman also scored twice and his second goal was the game winner.  Those were his 13th and 14th markers in 38 contests.

 

Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and an assist for St. Louis.  The 27-year-old blueliner now has nine goals and 30 points in 45 games.

 

Carter Hutton surrendered five goals on 23 shots.  That ended a two-game winning streak where he allowed just a single goal.

 

Mike Condon stopped 19 of 23 shots last night.  He's allowed three or more goals in three of his last four starts.

 

DEVILS 4 WILD 3

 

Kyle Palmieri scored a goal and registered an assist for the Devils.  He has 10 goals and 27 points in 44 contests in 2016-17.

 

Beau Bennett netted the game-winning goal last night.  That was his third goal and 10th point in 39 contests.

 

Devan Dubnyk stopped 22 of 26 shots on Tuesday.  That snapped his four-game winning streak, bringing his record to 23-8-3.

 

Mikko Koivu assisted on two of Minnesota's three goals.  He has 13 markers and 32 points in 43 contests.

 

Cory Schneider saved 32 of 35 Wild shots.  He has a 14-14-7 record, 2.69 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 35 starts.

 

BLACKHAWKS 6 AVALANCHE 4

 

Tanner Kero scored two goals and registered an assist last night.  That 24-year-old Blackhawks forward has three goals and five points in 12 contests.

 

Marian Hossa assisted on three of Chicago's six goals.  He now has 16 goals and 28 points in 41 games.

 

Semyon Varlamov stopped just 21 of 26 Blackhawks shots.  This was his fifth straight loss and he's allowed 18 goals over that span.

 

Corey Crawford stopped 19 of 23 shots on Tuesday.  He's now surrendered at least three goals in each of his last four games, but Chicago managed to win two of those contests.

 

Matt Duchene scored a pair of goals on Crawford.  Those were his 14th and 15th markers in 38 games this season.

 

FLAMES 5 PANTHERS 2

 

Mikael Backlund scored twice and registered an assist on Tuesday.  He has 14 goals and 32 points in 47 contests in 2016-17.

 

Mark Giordano also came up big for the Flames with a goal and two assists.  That gives him six markers and 22 points in 47 games.

 

Thanks to their efforts, Roberto Luongo stopped just 24 of 28 shots.  He has a 13-12-5 record, 2.45 GAA, and .920 save percentage in 30 starts.

 

Chad Johnson turned aside 20 of 22 Panthers shots.  He's allowed two goals or less in each of his last five games.

 

Jared McCann assisted on both of Florida's goals.  He has a goal and six points in 24 contests.

 

CANUCKS 1 PREDATORS 0

 

This game came close to going into overtime, but Henrik Sedin finally broke the scoreless tie at 12:28 of the third period.  That goal puts him just one point shy of 1,000.

 

Loui Eriksson and Luca Sbisa assisted on Sedin's marker.  For Sbisa it was his 10th point in 46 games.

 

Pekka Rinne stopped 25 of 26 shots last night.  December was a rough month for him, but Rinne has allowed just 10 goals in six January starts.

 

Ryan Miller posted the 30-save shutout for the Canucks.  It was his second shutout of the season and 38th perfect game of his career.  He's tied for 41st place in the NHL's all-time shutout list.

 

Filip Forsberg tied a team-high with four shots on goal.  The Predators forward had successfully found the back of the net in his previous two contests.

 

DUCKS 2 LIGHTNING 1 (Overtime)

 

Rickard Rakell scored the overtime winner for Anaheim.  It was his third goal in the span of four games.

 

Ryan Getzlaf accounted for the Ducks' other marker.  That extended his point streak to six contests.

 

John Gibson turned aside 27 of 28 Lightning shots.  He has a 2.29 GAA and .921 save percentage in 36 contests in 2016-17.

 

Ben Bishop stopped 19 of 21 shots, ending his modest two-game winning streak.  He has a 11-10-3 record, 2.64 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 25 contests.

 

Valtteri Filppula accounted for the Lightning's lone goal.  He's now recorded a point in each of his last five games.



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