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MacKinnon the hero for Avs

Thursday, November 30, 2017


The Vegas Golden Knights extended the contract of defenseman Brayden McNabb by four years on Wednesday as the potential UFA will get a total of $10 million.

 

Zach Parise skated for the first time since October 24th when he underwent back surgery. There is no timetable for his return but Wednesday’s skate made it one day closer.  

 

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BOSTON 3 TAMPA BAY 2

 

The Bruins went back to Tuukka Rask on Wednesday when conventional thinking would have put Anton Khudobin between the pipes and it paid off as Rask snapped a four game losing streak as Boston upended the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.

 

The Bruins are 4-8-2 with Rask in goal but a strong 7-0-2 with Khudobin in net. Nevertheless, the Bruins were victorious.

 

It helped that Boston outplayed Tampa Bay who used Andrei Vasilevskiy in back-to-back games. They outshot the Lightning 36-21.

 

Boston took a 2-0 first period lead on goals by rookie blueliner Charlie McAvoy and well as Riley Nash. They extended their lead in the second stanza as Torey Krug scored and then withstood a Lightning comeback that had Andrej Sustr and Steven Stamkos score in the second and third periods respectively.

 

Brad Marchand had a pair of assists as he returned to action after missing six games with an undisclosed injury.

 

David Backes also returned to action after missing over a month with diverticulitis. The forward had five hits on Wednesday but did not get a point.

 

Krug led all skaters with seven shots on goal.

 

MONTREAL 2 OTTAWA 1

 

Carey Price had another solid outing, his third since his return on Saturday as the Montreal Canadiens prevailed with a 3-2 win over Ottawa.

 

The two teams will meet again on December 16 in Ottawa as the NHL will celebrate their 100th season. The league began play on December 17, 1917 with a pair of games.

 

Getting back to Price, the netminder was a pillar of strength as Montreal has now won three in a row, all with Price in goal. He has given up only two goals in 102 shots in the three contests.

 

That Price is 6-7-1 with a 3.08 GAA and a .902 save percentage, tells you how bad he was to start the season.

 

The Senators jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Mark Stone scored unassisted in the first period.

 

But Jonathan Drouin (with skate blades on) and Phillip Danault replied in the second and that was it as far as scoring was concerned.

 

Mike Condon was in goal for the Senators and turned aside 29 shots in the loss. It was only his sixth start of the season as he lost in regulation for the first time this season. He is 1-1-3 this season as Craig Anderson has been getting most of the starts for the Senators.

 

Both teams were scoreless with the man-advantage and Mike Hoffman led both teams with five shots on goal.

 

ANAHEIM 3 ST. LOUIS 2

 

Too little too late.

 

Kyle Brodziak scored twice in the last 3:48 of the third to bring the Blues close but they could not get any closer as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the injury-riddled ( at least at center) Anaheim Ducks.

 

John Gibson got the start for the Ducks and turned aside 37 shots in the victory.

 

Antoine Vermette had a big game for the Ducks with two goals including one on the power play.  Kevin Roy with his second of the season, also scored with the man-advantage as the Ducks led 3-0 late in the third before holding off the Blues late comeback.

 

Jake Allen made 27 saves in absorbing the loss. The 27-year-old is now 13-6-1 with a 2.77 GAA and a .907 save percentage.

 

Jaden Schwartz had no points but led both teams with six shots on goal. Robert Bortuzzo had six hits one better than teammate Joel Edmundson.  

 

COLORADO 3 WINNIPEG 2 (Overtime)

 

Nathan MacKinnon’s overtime goal on the power play gave the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win over Winnipeg.

 

MacKinnon has been brilliant this season as he potted his eighth of the season and has 28 points thus far in 23 games as he also drew an assist. After a tough few seasons, the first overall pick in the 2013 Draft is tied for 10th in NHL scoring.

 

Josh Morrissey got things started with his third of the campaign but Alexander Kerfoot with his eighth, tied it up for Colorado before the end of the first. It was a power play effort.

 

There was no scoring in the second period but Bryan Little scored in the third to give the Jets their one goal lead back.

 

But Nikita Zadorov with his third of the season tied the game at 2 and sent it into overtime.

 

Semyon Varlamov stopped 31 shots for his eighth win of the season in 13 games, two more than he won last season in 24 contests.

 

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 23 shots in the overtime loss as his record is a gaudy 13-2-3.



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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