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Flyers Win! Flyers Win!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Some news and notes from around the NHL.

 

The Detroit Red Wings dealt Scott Wilson to Buffalo for a fifth round pick in 2019. The Wings picked him up just over six weeks ago from Pittsburgh along with a third round pick this season for Riley Sheahan and a fifth rounder.

 

Blake Wheeler was the first star of the week with Carey Price the second star and the Stars Radek Faksa the third.

 

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WASHINGTON 4 SAN JOSE 1

 

Alex Ovechkin’s 20th goal of the season was the game winner as the Capitals defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1.

 

Ovechkin is leading the NHL in scoring as he broke a tie at 19 with Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning.

 

Devante Smith-Pelly gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead with a tip-in of a John Carlson shot. Ovechkin made it 2-0 at 7:11 of the second before Timo Meier beat Philipp Grubauer to cut the Capitals lead in half.

 

Brett Connolly restored the two goal lead with a power play goal as Ovechkin picked up his eighth assist of the season.

 

Jakub Vrana finished the scoring in the third with his eighth of the season and first power play goal of the year.

 

Grubauer turned aside 24 of 25 pucks for his second win of the season. He is 2-5-1 with a 3.21 GAA and a .893 save percentage. He will need more than a few games like tonight to get his peripherals to close to a league average.

 

Martin Jones made 25 saves in absorbing the loss. He is 10-7-1 with a 2.33 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

 

T.J. Oshie was forced to leave the game in the second period when the Sharks Joe Thornton knocked him into the boards and he hit his head. Consider him day-to-day for now. Tom Wilson took on Thornton and both received seven minutes in the sin bin.

 

It was another goalless night for Nicklas Backstrom who has failed to put the puck in the back of the net for the 21st straight game.

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS 5 FLORIDA 4 (Shootout)

 

Mathew Barzal scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Islanders a 5-4 win over Florida.

 

It was a high scoring affair especially in the second period as Nick Bjugstad and Anders Lee traded first period goals before both teams combined for five goals in the second.

 

Thomas Hickey got things started for the Islanders with his first of the season to give the New Yorkers a 2-1 lead but Aaron Ekblad evened the game at 2 with his fourth of the year. It was a power play effort.

 

Aleksander Barkov gave the Panthers the lead with his 10th of the season and it was a power play goal as well.

 

But the Islanders struck for two to end the period as Brock Nelson with his seventh and John Tavares with his 17th, gave the Islanders a 4-3 lead heading into the third.

 

It was Denis Malgin who tied the game up at 5:06 of the third with his second of the season, sending the game into overtime and eventually the shootout.

 

The Panthers managed 43 shots on Jaroslav Halak who made 39 saves to boost his record to 8-6 this season. He has a 2.93 GAA and a .905 save percentage as he continues to battle Thomas Greiss for the top job in goal for New York.

 

Roberto Luongo made 12 of 13 saves before he had to leave the game in the second period with a leg injury. James Reimer took the shootout loss and gave up three goals on 19 shots to the Islanders.

 

Cal Clutterbuck took 14 minutes in penalties.

 

Keith Yandle had three assists for the Panthers while Joshua Ho-Sang had a pair for the Islanders.

  

NASHVILLE 5 BOSTON 3

 

Craig Smith scored twice and added an assist as the Nashville Predators defeated the Boston Bruins 5-3.

 

Smith scored the only two goals of the first to give him 11 this season and the Predators stretched the lead to 4-0 in the second as Nick Bonino and Kevin Fiala found paydirt.

 

Charlie McAvoy scored on the power play to get the Bruins on the scoreboard before the end of the second and then Boston made things interesting in the third as Zdeno Chara and David Pastrnak made it a one goal game with over 14 minutes to go.

 

Filip Forsberg ended the scoring just 34 seconds after Pastrnak’s goal and that was the end of the scoring.

 

Pekka Rinne stopped 37 shots as he improved his record to 16-4-1 with a 2.38 GAA and a .926 save percentage.

 

Anton Khudobin entered the game with a 7-0-2 record but it was not his night as he gave up four goals on only 14 shots before being pulled in the second period. Tuukka Rask finished up with 10 saves on 11 shots.

 

Kyle Turris had a pair of assists and has five assists in his last five games with the Predators.

 

PHILADELPHIA 5 CALGARY 2

 

The streak is over!

 

The Philadelphia Flyers tasted victory for the first time in 11 games as they started their Western Canada road trip with a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames.

 

Brian Elliott, the Flames goaltender last season, returned to Calgary for the first time as a Flyer and was outstanding, stopping 43 shots for the win.

 

Scott Laughton led the way for the Flyers with a pair of goals.

 

Calgary opened the scoring when Troy Brouwer scored his first of the season but the Flyers reeled off four goals in a row to take command of the game. Valtteri Filppula tied things up at 1 to end the first while Laughton, Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds gave the Flyers the lead before Sean Monahan finished the scoring in the second for Calgary.

 

The 4-2 lead became 5-2 at the 1:51 mark of the third as Laughton picked up his fourth of the season and second of the game.

 

Mike Smith gave up five goals on only 21 shots for the loss.

 

Jakub Voracek had three assists to give him 26 this season.

 

The line of Travis Konecny, Nolan Patrick and Dale Weise were on the ice for both Calgary goals and all three were minus-two on the night.

 

Sam Bennett had an assist and had eight shots on goal. He should be worth looking at in most pools as he has come out of his season long funk and looks to be scoring again. 



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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