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Shutouts Galore on Monday!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


Shutouts were the story of the night in the NHL (as was the lack of scoring) as Pekka Rinne, Devan Dubnyk and Jordan Binnington were all perfect on the night.

 

For Binnington, it was especially memorable as he made his first NHL start ever, giving the Blues some strong goaltending for what seems to be the first time in a while.

 

The Calgary game against Chicago produced seven goals, the most of the night, as there were only 19 goals scored all night, including two into the empty net.

 

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NASHVILLE 4 TORONTO 0

 

Pekka Rinne stopped all 18 shots directed his way as the Nashville Predators came into the Scotiabank Arena and beat the Maple Leafs 4-0.

 

The Predators received big efforts from blueliners Mattias Ekholm and P.K. Subban as the duo scored the first two goals of the game in the second period.

 

But the game seemed to change after the Ekholm goal as Auston Matthews scored but the goal was called back when it was deemed that the play was offside 26 seconds beforehand. I really could not believe the play was called back unless the NHL war room had a different angle as the only angle I could see was inconclusive as to whether or not the play was offside.

 

Back to the game and the Predators put it away late in the third when Colton Sissons and Kevin Fiala scored with less than three minutes to go in the third.

 

Ekholm, Sissons and Fiala also had assists for two-point nights.

 

Michael Hutchinson made 28 saves and gave up all four goals.

 

Roman Josi had six shots on net.

 

ST. LOUIS 3 PHILADELPHIA 0

 

Jordan Binnington made his first NHL start memorable as he turned aside all 25 shots as the Blues beat Philadelphia 3-0.

 

It was Binnington’s fourth game in the NHL as he has come on in relief in each of the other three games. He had a 3.53 GAA and a .840 save percentage this season heading into the game but came out with a 1.86 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

 

After a scoreless first period (something that was quite common on Monday night), Brayden Schenn opened the scoring with his ninth of the season. Jaden Schwartz and Carl Gunnarsson drew the assists and it was the first point of the season for Gunnarsson who has played in 10 games.

 

Vladimir Tarasenko with his 12th and David Perron with his 14th, into the empty net, scored in the third period to salt the game away.

 

Carter Hart made 34 saves in taking the loss. He is 2-4-1 and has lost his last five games after winning his first two.

 

Radko Gudas and Robert Hagg each had six hits for Philadelphia.

 

Ryan O'Reilly had two assists.

 

Alexander Steen suffered an upper-body injury in the first period and was unable to return.

 

MINNESOTA 1 MONTREAL 0

 

In the third shutout of the night, Devan Dubnyk stopped all 32 Montreal shots and Mikael Granlund scored the only goal of the game as the Wild defeated the Canadiens 1-0.

 

It was Dubnyk’s first shutout of the season and 30th of his career. He has a 2.56 GAA and a .915 save percentage and is 16-14-3.

 

The game got off to a rocky start when Kenny Agostino rocked Eric Fehr and got five minutes for interference. The Wild’s Nick Seeler came to Fehr’s defense and he and Agostino fought with both getting five for fighting. Seeler also picked up an instigator minor as well as a 10-minute misconduct while Agostino was kicked out of the game for his hit on Fehr.

 

Agostino ended up with 20 penalty minutes and Seeler picked up 17. Fehr did not return to the game.

 

Carey Price gave up the one goal on 25 shots in taking the loss. He is 16-12-4 this season with a 2.72 GAA and a .909 save percentage.

 

Shea Weber took a shot off his face early in the first period and while he finished the period, he did not return for the second or third period. He could play next game but will need a full face shield.

           

CALGARY 4 CHICAGO 3

 

Johnny Gaudreau scored twice, including his 26th goal of the season to lead the Flames to a 4-3 win over Chicago.

 

It was the fifth straight game that the diminutive forward has scored as he has eight goals and 14 points in that span.

 

Gaudreau has a career-high of 30 goals set in the 2015-16 season and has 38 games left to smash that mark.

 

Patrick Kane scored once and added an assist to lead Chicago and that gives him seven goals and 12 points in his last six games. He had only 76 points last season in 82 games but has returned to his own self with 24 goals and 56 points in 44 games.

 

Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist for Calgary and Garrett Hathaway scored the eventual game winner with an empty net shorthanded goal with 50 seconds left in the contest.

 

Brandon Saad made it close once more with a power play goal with 29 ticks on the clock left but Chicago could get no closer.

 

Alex DeBrincat with his 20th of the season, also scored for the Blackhawks.

 

Monahan had a whopping 10 shots on goal for Calgary.

 

Elias Lindholm had a pair of assists as did the Blackhawks’ duo of Artem Anisimov and Erik Gustafsson. Gustafsson has taken over as Chicago’s top offensive threat on the blueline and has eight goals and 26 points in 42 games.

 

David Rittich made 32 saves to improve to 15-4-3 with a 2.40 GAA and a .921 save percentage.

 

Collin Delia stopped 39 of 42 shots and is 3-1-1 this season.  He has been outstanding this season in limited action for Chicago and has given up only 11 goals on 208 shots in the five games as he has seen plenty of rubber for the lowly Blackhawks.

 

SAN JOSE 3 LOS ANGELES 1

 

Martin Jones stopped 22 shots for his 19th win of the season as the Sharks knocked off the Kings 3-1. The netminder also picked up his first assist of the season on the insurance goal.

 

Joonas Donskoi, Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton (with a power play and empty net goal) scored for the Sharks while Anze Kopitar replied for Los Angeles.

 

Jack Campbell turned aside 26 shots in taking the loss.

 

Erik Karlsson had three assists in the game, giving him 13 straight games with a helper. That ties him for fifth overall in games with at least one helper as Paul Coffey leads with 17, Brian Leetch has 15, the great Bobby Orr and Phil Housley had 14 while Karlsson is even with Denis Potvin. That’s quite a list of company that Karlsson is now keeping.

           

Nightly Leaders

 

GOALS

 

Johnny Gaudreau - 2

 

Assists

 

Erik Karlsson - 3

Ryan O'Reilly - 2

Elias Lindholm – 2

Artem Anisimov - 2

Erik Gustafsson – 2

 

Shots on Goal

 

Sean Monahan - 10

Roman Josi - 6

Evander Kane - 6

 

Hits

 

Radko Gudas – 6

Robert Hagg - 6

 

Penalty Minutes

 

Kenny Agostino – 20 

Nick Seeler - 17

Dylan Strome – 6



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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