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Anderson outduels Andersen

Thursday, January 11, 2018


The NHL announced their All-Star teams for all four divisions today and the Tampa Bay Lightning lead the way with four players including Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.

 

The Atlantic Division will have those four and joining them are Aleksander Barkov, Jack Eichel, Brad Marchand, Auston Matthews, Mike Green, Erik Karlsson and Carey Price.

 

The Metropolitan Division will have Josh Bailey, Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux, Taylor Hall, Alex Ovechkin, John Tavares, Noah Hanifin, Seth Jones, Kris Letang, Braden Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist.

 

The Central will consist of Patrick Kane, Nathan MacKinnon, Brayden Schenn, Tyler Seguin, Eric Staal, Blake Wheeler, John Klingberg, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Connor Hellebuyck and Pekka Rinne.

 

Finally, the Pacific will be led by rookie Brock Boeser, Johnny Gaudreau, Anze Kopitar, Connor McDavid, James Neal, Rickard Rakell, Brent Burns, Drew Doughty, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Marc-Andre Fleury and Jonathan Quick.

 

It should be some wild three-on-three games!

 

There was one trade in the NHL on Wednesday as the Chicago Blackhawks picked up Anthony Duclair with Luke Clendening in exchange for Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin.

 

The big name in the deal is Anthony Duclair who had 20 goals as a rookie a couple of years ago but regressed last season. This year he has nine goals and 15 points in 33 games with goals in each of his last two contests.

 

Richard Panik is a journeyman forward who will see time on the second or more likely, third line for Arizona.

 

Clendening should be up and down from the minors but more likely down while Laurent Dauphin, who was a second round pick in 2013 by Arizona will head back to the Coyotes after spending all season thus far in the AHL. He was part of the Niklas Hjalmarsson deal in the off-season that sent him to the Blackhawks.

 

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OTTAWA 4 TORONTO 3

 

The one obvious thing heading into action on Wednesday was that Andersen was going to win. Or would it be Anderson?

 

Well it was Craig Anderson over Frederik Andersen as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3.

 

Anderson made 45 saves on the night as the Maple Leafs outplayed Ottawa but Anderson stymied the Maple Leafs time-and-time again to steal the win for the Senators.

 

He is 12-13-5 with a 3.21 GAA and a .899 save percentage. It has not been a good season for the Ottawa goalie but he was on his game Wednesday.

 

Frederik saw his record fall to 22-13-2 with a 2.69 GAA and a .921 save percentage.

 

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Thomas Chabot got things started in the first period as his shot from the bottom of the face off circle went in off Leafs defenseman Roman Polak, leaving Andersen with no chance.

 

The first period ended 1-0 but the Senators quickly grabbed a 2-0 lead as Mike Hoffman scored on a beautiful setup from Matt Duchene as the former Avalanche center made some nice moves in the Maple Leafs end before depositing the puck on Hoffman’s stick

 

Andreas Borgmann put Toronto to within one goal as he shot from the point hit an Ottawa skate and went past a screened Anderson.

 

James van Riemsdyk tied the game up at 2 only 54 seconds into the third as he sublimely stickhandled around Anderson after receiving a Tyler Bozak pass in front of the net. See it here.

 

Gabriel Dumont scored his first of the season just 1:21 later as the Maple Leafs gave up the puck in the own zone and after an Andersen save, Dumont outmuscled three Toronto players and scored.

 

Morgan Rielly tied it up at 3 as his point shot eluded a screened Anderson. It was Rielly’s fifth goal of the season.

 

Tom Pyatt scored with 3:05 left in the third as Matt Duchene (who may have had his best game in an Ottawa uniform) outfought the Leafs in his own end and chipped the puck past the Leafs defenseman and made it a 3-on-1 break. He and Pyatt had a give-and-go and when Ron Hainsey committed to checking Duchene, a little pass to Pyatt sent him in alone and he made no mistake for the winner.

 

Van Riemsdyk had 11 shots on goal to lead both teams. Only Matt Martin and Connor Carrick failed to have a shot on goal for Toronto.             

 

MINNESOTA 2 CHICAGO 1

 

Defensemen were the story of the night as they scored all three goals in a 2-1 Minnesota win over Chicago.

 

Jonas Brodin with his fourth of the season and Ryan Suter with the winner scored for the Wild.

 

Brent Seabrook returned to the Chicago lineup after being a healthy scratch on Tuesday night.  It must have been quite the shock to his system as he scored only his second of the season to open the scoring.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 34 shots for the win as he saw his record improve to 16-9-2 with a 2.66 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

 

Anton Forsberg took the loss as he is 3-6-3 with a 2.92 GAA and a .911 save percentage.

 

Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund were each a plus-two.

 

Brandon Saad had six shots on net while Suter had five hits.

 

Chicago went with seven defensemen and 11 forwards after the Panik trade.



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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