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Talbot, Kuemper get shutouts

Monday, January 7, 2019

There were seven games in the NHL on Sunday with plenty of afternoon action as well as a couple of 8pm ET games. 


There were a couple of shutouts from some unlikely sources as Darcy Kuemper and Cam Talbot were perfect on the night.


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Justin Williams scored the only goal of the third period and it was the game winner as the Hurricanes handed Ottawa their eighth straight loss in a 5-4 victory Sunday.


Petr Mrazek picked up the win, stopping 27 shots as he evened his record at 8-8-2 with a 2.69 GAA and a .900 save percentage.


The Hurricanes have been having trouble finding the back of the net as they were 28th overall heading into action on Sunday but playing the lowly Senators certainly helps.


Marcus Hogberg got the start in net for Ottawa but was pulled after giving up three goals on 16 shots.  The newly-acquired Anders Nilsson took over and took the loss by giving up two goals on 13 shots.


Brock McGinn had a goal and an assist for Carolina who had their blueline find the back of the net. Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk and Jaccob Slavin scored.


Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen each had a pair of assists for Carolina.


Ryan Dzingel and Matt Duchene scored for Ottawa as did Rudolfs Balcer and Jean-Gabriel Pageau as the latter duo scored eight seconds apart in the last minute of the second period to tie the game at 4.


It was Balcer's first career goal in his second NHL game as he was part of the return that sent Erik Karlsson to San Jose.


It was Pageau’s first game of the season as he returned from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in testing at the start of training camp. He was expected to be out a minimum of six months when the injury was announced in September but he returned less than four months later. That’s amazing!




Darcy Kuemper picked up his first shutout of the season as he turned aside all 23 New York Rangers shots in a 5-0 Arizona win.


Conor Garland led the way offensively with a pair of goals on seven shots. He has five goals and seven points in eight games after picking up nothing in his first seven games this season.


Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and two assists while Mario Kempe and Clayton Keller also scored for the Coyotes.


Henrik Lundqvist picked up the start for the Rangers and gave up all five goals 32 shots before he was replaced with 3:22 left in the second. Alexandar Georgiev finished up and made all seven saves on shots sent his way.


Jesper Fast, Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Shattenkirk were all minus-three while only four Coyotes (Ilya Lyubushkin, Vinnie Hinostroza, Richard Panik and Brad Richardson) were even.


Cody McLeod had seven hits while Neal Pionk and Josh Archibald got into a fight in the second period.




Vegas spotted the Devils a 2-0 lead in the first period and fought back to beat New Jersey 3-2 in the desert.


Surprisingly, New Jersey outshot Vegas 38-28 but Malcolm Subban, who was making a rare start, was outstanding stopping 36 shots for his second straight win. He is only 2-5 but lowered his GAA to 2.95 and has a .904 save percentage.


Nico Hischier and Ben Lovejoy with his first of the season, gave the Devils a 2-0 lead before the halfway mark of the first period but that was the last time they beat Subban.


Ryan Reaves cut the lead in half with 7:30 left in the first and that was the score heading into the second.


The Golden Knights scored the final two goals of the game in the second period as Brayden McNabb with his first of the campaign, and Max Pacioretty with the game-winner found pay dirt.


Keith Kinkaid stopped 25 shots in taking the loss for the Devils who are great at home at 11-4-4 but bad away from Newark at 5-14-3.


Kyle Palmieri had seven shots on goal while Blake Coleman led both sides with six hits.




The Dallas Stars scored the first goal of the game but then gave up five in a row as they dropped a 5-1 decision to the Winnipeg Jets.


Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 26 shots for his 18th win of the season. Hellebuyck tied for the league-lead last season in wins with 44 but has a strong backup this season in Laurent Brossoit who has gone 8-1-1 this season.


Ben Bishop made 25 saves in the Dallas cage. Bryan Little and Josh Morrissey each had a goal and an assist as Little scored on the power play while Morrissey scored shorthanded into the empty net.


Tyler Myers, Kyle Connor and Adam Lowry also scored for Winnipeg. Connor snapped a 10-game pointless streak with the goal, his 14th of the season.


Alexander Radulov opened the scoring for Dallas. Tyler Seguin picked up an assist and it was his 300th helper of his career.


Jacob Trouba had a pair of assists.


Trouba and Morrissey were each a plus-three.




Michal Kempny scored the game winner as Washington defeated Detroit 3-2.


Kempny scored his fifth of the season and has two goals and four points in his last four games. To think, last season, he was a healthy scratch on many occasions with Chicago before they dealt him to Washington at the deadline. A Stanley Cup ring later, Kempny is a vital member of the Capitals defensive corps, has 15 points this season and is a plus-24.


Tom Wilson with his 12th and Travis Boyd with his fourth, completed the scoring for Washington while Anthony Mantha and Filip Hronek scored for the Red Wings who had a 2-1 lead after two periods of play.


Braden Holtby made 23 saves for his 16th win of the season.


Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots but it wasn’t enough.


T.J. Oshie had a trio of penalties on Sunday.




Cam Talbot finally returned to form as he stopped all 39 shots in leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-0 win over Anaheim. The loss was the Ducks eighth straight (0-6-2) and set a team record for futility.


Talbot has lost his starting job in net to Mikko Koskinen but replaced the Finnish netminder on Saturday as he stopped 14-of-15 shots after Koskinen gave up three goals on eight shots to the Kings. Perhaps this will be the impetus that Talbot needs to regain the net. He won his eighth of the season.


It’s not as if the Oilers have been riding high of late as it was only their second win in their last nine games.


Connor McDavid (of course), Jesse Puljujarvi (that’s a surprise), Kyle Brodziak and Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers.


Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and rookie Caleb Jones each had two assists for Edmonton.


John Gibson made 20 saves in taking the loss.


Ondrej Kase had six shots on goal as did McDavid.


Kase, Ryan Getzlaf and Pontus Aberg each were a minus-three.


Cam Fowler returned to action after missing 23 games with facial fractures. He was a minus-two in 22:01 of action.


Kris Russell also returned to action as he had been out since December 11 with a groin injury. He was a plus-one in 22:39.


Adam Larsson was a plus-three.




It has been a tough season for Duncan Keith as the former star has seen his power play time has gone south as he is no longer considered a first team player. He used to be a star in the NHL but at the age of 35.


But Keith turned back the clock on Sunday as he scored his first of the season and it was the game-winner as the Blackhawks ended the Penguins eight-game winning streak by knocking them off 5-3.


He is back on the second power play but the unit usually doesn’t see a lot of action as he has been replaced by Erik Gustafsson.


Chris Kunitz, also with his first of the season, Dylan Strome, Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat also scored for Chicago.


Patrick Kane had three assists for Chicago.


Cam Ward stopped 31 shots for the victory. It was his seventh win of the season as he has taken over the net from the injured Cam Crawford.


Patric Hornqvist, Derick Brassard and Jake Guentzel scored for Pittsburgh.


Casey DeSmith made 26 saves in taking the loss. He is 12-7-4 this season.


Sidney Crosby saw his six-game points streak end. He had three goals and 13 points in the streak.


Toews led the way with seven shots on goal.


Nightly Leaders




Conor Garland - 2




Patrick Kane - 3

Chris Tierney – 2

Sebastian Aho – 2

Alex Galchenyuk – 2

Jacob Trouba -2

Teuvo Teravainen – 2

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - 2

Evgeny Kuznetsov -2

Caleb Jones – 2


Shots on Goal


Kyle Palmieri – 7

Garland – 7

Jonathan Toews - 7




Cody McLeod - 7

Mark Borowiecki – 6

Blake Coleman - 6


Penalty Minutes


Neal Pionk – 7

T.J. Oshie - 6

Josh Archibald - 5

Michael Finewax is entering his 14th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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