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Dose: 8th Straight For Vegas

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Turning the page to 2018 hasn’t slowed Vegas down.  The Golden Knights extended their winning streak to eight games by shutting out Nashville on Tuesday.  They also have gotten at least a point in 13 consecutive contests.

 

That eight-game winning streak is tied with the Denver Nuggets for the longest of a first-year team in any sport, per the Golden Knights.  The Nuggets had previously been with the ABA prior to the merger.

 

Vegas holds the best record in the Western Conference.  They have a three-point lead over Los Angeles and Winnipeg despite having played in two fewer contests than the Kings and three less than the Jets.

 

The expansion draft was designed to give Vegas a respectable team by expansion standards, but people didn’t expect the Golden Knights to be a serious contender right off the bat.  Meanwhile, the Lightning shutout Toronto to maintain their hold on the Eastern Conference lead with a 29-8-2 record.

 

It’s funny that the two leading teams in the NHL weren’t in the 2017 playoffs with one of them not even existing at the time.

 

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TAMPA BAY 2 TORONTO 0

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy earned his second straight shutout by turning aside 29 Maple Leafs shots.  That’s his sixth shutout of the campaign in just 32 starts.  To give that some perspective, Braden Holtby led the NHL with nine shutouts last season and Vasilevskiy still has half a season left to beat that mark.

 

Morgan Rielly had a team-high six shots against Vasilevskiy.  That’s tied for the most shots Rielly has recorded in a single game this season.

 

Cedric Paquette scored the first and therefore game-winning goal.  It was his first marker and third point in 24 contests.

 

Alex Killorn also found the back of the net for Tampa Bay.  He has five goals and 22 points in 39 games.

 

Frederik Andersen was otherwise great, turning aside 34 of 36 shots last night.  Unfortunately this was nevertheless his second straight loss.

 

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BOSTON 5 NY ISLANDERS 1

 

Tuukka Rask stayed red hot by saving 25 of 26 shots.  Over his last 12 starts, he’s only surrendered more than two goals on one occasion.

 

Danton Heinen scored a goal and registered an assist on Tuesday.  He’s up to 10 goals and 28 points in 34 contests.

 

Brad Marchand also had a goal and an assist for the Bruins.  That gives him 16 goals and 34 points in 30 games.

 

Jordan Eberle netted the Islanders’ lone goal.  It was his 14th marker and 29th point in 40 games.

 

Jaroslav Halak turned aside 33 of 37 Bruins shots.  He’s lost three straight starts and has allowed 13 goals over that span.

 

PITTSBURGH 5 PHILADELPHIA 1

 

Tristan Jarry saved 16 of 17 shots through 34:34 minutes, but he had to leave the game due to an injury.  Matt Murray stepped in and kicked out all 11 shots he faced to complete the win.

 

Brian Elliott didn’t last the full game either, but for a much different reason.  He was yanked after allowing four goals on 14 shots through two periods.  Michal Neuvirth came out for the final frame and saved 10 of 11 shots.

 

Jordan Weal found the back of the net for Philadelphia.  He has four markers and 10 points in 33 contests.

 

Ryan Reaves scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  That gives him two goals and five points in 41 games.

 

Evgeni Malkin assisted on two of the Penguins’ five goals.  He’s up to 14 goals and 38 points in 37 games.

 

WASHINGTON 5 CAROLINA 4 (OT)

 

Alex Ovechkin was the hero in this one as he scored at 12:45 of the third period to tie the contest at 4-4 and then scored the overtime winner.  He’s up to 26 markers and 43 points in 41 contests.

 

Nicklas Backstrom assisted on both of Ovechkin’s goals.  Backstrom has eight goals and 33 points in 40 games this season.

 

Victor Rask scored twice for the Hurricanes to help them at least get a point.  He has 10 goals and 13 points in 37 contests.

 

Braden Holtby kicked out 34 of 38 Hurricanes shots last night.  He’s now won seven of his last eight starts.

 

Cam Ward surrendered five goals on 26 shots.  That brought an end to his six-game winning streak, reducing his record to 10-2-2 this season.

 

SAN JOSE 4 MONTREAL 1

 

Timo Meier scored twice for the Sharks.  That gives him eight goals and 12 points in 36 contests.

 

Marc-Edouard Vlasic netted the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  The 30-year-old defenseman has four goals and 11 points in 36 games.

 

Andrew Shaw accounted for the Canadiens’ goal.  It was his 10th marker and 19th point in 40 games.

 

Carey Price surrendered four goals on 33 shots for his fourth consecutive loss.  He’s 11-14-2 with a 3.01 GAA and .906 save percentage in 27 starts.

 

Aaron Dell stopped 30 of 31 Montreal shots.  He has a 8-3-1 record, 1.98 GAA, and .934 save percentage in 15 games.

 

ST. LOUIS 3 NEW JERSEY 2 (SO)

 

Keith Kinkaid turned aside 27 of 29 shots prior to the skills competition.  Unfortunately for the Devils, he was beaten in both shootout rounds so he didn’t get the extra point.

 

Carter Hutton saved 24 of 26 New Jersey shots before the shootout.  He was perfect against the extra shooters to pick up the win.

 

Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal in the first period and chipped in again during the shootout.  He’s only been held off the scoresheet once in his last five games.

 

Vladimir Sobotka accounted for the Blues’ other regulation goal.  He has eight goals and 20 points in 42 games this season.

 

Nico Hischier found the back of the net for New Jersey.  It was the rookie’s eighth goal and 25th point in 39 contests.

 

MINNESOTA 5 FLORIDA 1

 

Jonathan Huberdeau scored the Panthers’ only goal.  He has 14 goals and 37 points in 39 contests.

 

James Reimer stopped 23 of 26 shots in 36:34 minutes of ice time and couldn’t complete the game due to a neck injury.  Harri Sateri stepped in and saved 13 of 14 shots in the losing effort.  Fortunately for the Panthers, who are already missing Roberto Luongo, Reimer thinks he’ll still be fine for Thursday’s game.

 

Matt Cullen scored a pair of goals for the Wild.  He’s up to four goals and 10 points in 39 games.

 

Jared Spurgeon assisted on three of Minnesota’s five goals.  That gives him four goals and 20 points in 31 games.

 

Devan Dubnyk saved 25 of 26 shots last night.  He has a 14-8-2 record, 2.59 GAA, and .919 save percentage in 25 starts.

 

COLUMBUS 2 DALLAS 1

 

Oliver Bjorkstrand led the charge with a pair of third period goals.  He’s up to eight goals and 26 points in 41 contests.

 

Lukas Sedlak assisted on both of Columbus’ goals.  He has four goals and seven points in 28 contests.

 

Devin Shore found the back of the net for Dallas.  It was his fifth goal and 18th point in 41 games.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 21 of 22 shots last night.  He improved to 19-11-3 with a 2.44 GAA and .919 save percentage in 33 starts.

 

Ben Bishop turned aside 24 of 26 Blue Jackets shots.  He has a 17-11-2 record, 2.54 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 32 contests.

 

COLORADO 3 WINNIPEG 2 (OT)

 

Semyon Varlamov saved 21 shots in 34:15 minutes of ice time before being forced out due to a lower-body injury.  Jonathan Bernier stepped in and saved 21 of 23 shots.

 

The Avalanche were up 2-0 going into the third period, but Blake Wheeler scored a pair of goals, including one with 33 seconds remaining in the third frame, to at least earn the Jets a point.  Wheeler has 13 goals and 47 points in 41 contests.

 

Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and registered an assist for Colorado.  He has 17 goals and 48 points in 39 games.

 

Mikko Rantanen found the back of the net and contributed two assists.  That gives him 13 goals and 36 points in 39 contests.

 

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 23 of 26 shots last night.  He has a 21-4-6 record, 2.38 GAA, and .922 save percentage in 33 games.

 

LOS ANGELES 5 EDMONTON 0

 

Jonathan Quick earned a 32-save shutout last night.  He improved to 19-11-2 with a 2.20 GAA and .929 save percentage in 32 starts.

 

Leon Draisaitl fired a team-high four shots on Quick.  He has 10 goals on 92 shots (10.9%) this season.

 

Dustin Brown scored a pair of goals.  He’s up to 15 goals and 31 points in 40 contests.  That’s the most goals he’s scored since 2013-14 and we still have half a season left.

 

Marian Gaborik assisted on two of the Kings’ five goals.  He has seven goals and 13 points in 18 contests this season.

 

Cam Talbot surrendered five goals on 33 shots last night.  He’s allowed at least four goals in each of his last four starts.

 

ANAHEIM 5 VANCOUVER 0

 

Ryan Miller came back to haunt his former team.  He turned aside all 31 Canucks shots to pick up his second shutout in nine starts this season.

 

Defenseman Alexander Edler had an incredible eight shots against Miller, even if his efforts were in vain.  He has a goal on 58 shots (1.7%) in 28 contests.

 

Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and registered two assists.  He’s up to three goals and 23 points in 17 games.

 

Josh Manson assisted on three of the Ducks’ five goals.  He has three goals and 20 points in 41 contests.

 

Anders Nilsson stopped 15 of 19 shots before being yanked 20 seconds into the third period.  Jacob Markstrom stepped in and allowed another goal on eight shots.

 

VEGAS 3 NASHVILLE 0

 

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 29 shots to earn his second shutout in the span of three starts.  He has a 8-1-1 record, 1.77 GAA, and .943 save percentage in 10 starts.

 

Viktor Arvidsson tied for the team-high with four shots against Fleury.  He has 12 goals on 127 shots (9.4%) in 39 contests this season.

 

Reilly Smith scored the game’s first and therefore deciding goal.  He’s up to 10 goals and 31 points in 38 contests.

 

Alex Tuch assisted on two of the Golden Knights’ three goals.  He has eight markers and 20 points in 34 contests.

 

Pekka Rinne kicked out 28 of 30 Vegas shots.  He’s 19-8-3 with a 2.45 GAA and .924 save percentage in 30 starts.



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