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He was supposed to be the Vancouver Canucks' backup goaltender to Cory Schneider this season -- that is, if he didn't get his wish to be traded -- but there's little doubt now that Roberto Luongo has resurfaced as the team's Numero Uno in net.

Luongo turned aside 27 of 28 shots in regulation and then all four Blackhawks he faced in the shootout en route to the Canucks' 2-1 victory over Chicago in Vancouver Friday night. He is undefeated in regulation with a 2-0-2 record and has a .944 save percentage as well as a 1.46 goals-against average. "He had a tough summer and a tough lockout with a lot of uncertainty," Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa said of Luongo. "But he’s handled it the right way and it doesn’t seem to be affecting his game too much. He’s been playing some of his best hockey. We’re a better team when he’s playing like that."
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 11:28:00 AM

Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said that Jannik Hansen is OK after collapsing on the bench.

Hansen needed to be helped to the bench after a hit in the second period, then collapsed briefly on the bench. He didn’t return to the game as a precaution, but passed the tests at the hospital. "Everything looks good. Real good," Desjardins said.
Source: Canucks
Dec 21 - 2:17 AM

Brent Burns scored the game-winning goal in overtime to help the Sharks defeat the Blues on Saturday night 3-2.

Burns scored with 37.5 seconds left in the frame, a power play tally with assists from Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture. The goal was Burns’ 10th of the season, to go with 26 points, so he’s clearly been one of the more valuable defensemen from a fantasy perspective. Andrew Desjardins and Marc-Edouard Vlasic picked up the other markers.
Dec 21 - 1:31 AM

Zach Parise’s three-point night wasn’t enough to lead the Wild to a win in their 6-5 overtime setback against the Predators on Saturday night.

Parise, who scored twice and added an assist, has been a very effective player this season, now with 13 goals and 26 points in 26 games. The Wild captain should easily eclipse the 70-point mark for the first time since 2009-10. Thomas Vanek and Marco Scandella each scored and assisted. Jason Zucker potted the other goal. Charlie Coyle and Jason Pominville each tallied two helpers apiece.
Dec 20 - 11:19 PM

Sergei Bobrovsky was huge for the Blue Jackets, making 39 saves in a 3-2 shootout win against Chicago on Saturday night.

The Blue Jackets were outshot 41-19. Just another game in which the Blue Jackets needed their netminder to steal a win for them. Bobrovsky gave up a goal in the second and the other in the third. As long as he continues to do this, Columbus will have a chance. He has helped his team earn a point in nine straight contests. Overall, Bobrovsky has a 2.61 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.
Dec 20 - 11:08 PM

Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins as they tripped up the Panthers on Saturday night 3-1.

Crosby’s goal was his first since Nov. 24, a span of nine games. The Penguins captain also fired seven shots on goal, which comprised about 21 percent of his team’s shots. He has 10 goals and 36 points — which ranks seventh in the NHL — on the season. Nick Spaling had a goal and an assist, while Derrick Pouliot potted his first career NHL goal in his first career game. Steve Downie had 17 penalty minutes and two assists.
Dec 20 - 10:46 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury stood on his head for the Penguins with 45 saves in their 3-1 win over the Panthers on Saturday night.

Because the Penguins typically dominate possession, there aren't many times Fleury needs to basically win a game by himself. In this one, he did, and it’s a great sign because he’s winning games — 19 on the year — in all different fashions this year. Fleury has helped the Penguins earn at least a point in seven straight tilts. He has a 1.97 goals-against average and .933 save percentage this season.
Dec 20 - 10:45 PM

Nicklas Backstrom’s three points carried the Capitals to a 4-0 win over the Devils on Saturday night.

Backstrom potted two goals, and added a helper. The talented Swedish center appears to really enjoy playing on Saturdays as he now has seven goals and 14 points in 11 Saturday games. On the season, he has 10 goals and 34 points, which ranks 10th in the league as of this writing. Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green got the other goals. John Carlson and Jay Beagle recorded two assists.
Dec 20 - 10:35 PM

Claude Giroux fueled the Flyers’ 7-4 rout of the Leafs with two goals and two assists Saturday night.

His 10 goals might not wow anyone just yet, but Giroux is having a fantastic season and it’s bound to get better. He has 10 goals on 126 shots, which is well below his career 11.5 percent scoring rate, and also has 29 assists, which leads the league. Other goal scorers in this one included: Michael Raffl (goal, assist), Sean Couturier (goal, assist), and Scott Laughton. Jakub Voracek had four assists, while Matt Read chipped in with two.
Dec 20 - 10:12 PM

Jonathan Bernier was blasted for a touchdown on 41 shots in the Leafs’ 7-4 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday night.

This is the type of performance that can sink a fantasy week, for those who play in head-to-head leagues. The Leafs jumped out to a 2-0 lead, and it was pretty much all downhill from there. Bernier gave up three in the first, two in the second and two more in the third. He has a 2.76 goals-against average and .917 save percentage this season. James Reimer came on for 10:28 and made a save on the only shot he faced.
Dec 20 - 10:09 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy did his best to singlehandedly backstop the Lightning to at least a point, but his 45 saves weren’t enough in the 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night.

The Lightning were lucky this was even a game in the third period as the Islanders thoroughly dominated them, finishing with 47 shots, compared to 21 for the Lightning. Vasilevskiy was perfect until 16:51 of the third period, and he ended up giving two goals in 12 seconds. It appears that Ben Bishop is close to returning to the lineup, but Vasilevskiy has certainly made a case to be used as a backup if Evgeni Nabokov continues to struggle. He has a 1.51 goals-against average and .958 save percentage in two games this season.
Dec 20 - 9:53 PM

Alex Tanguay recorded three points to lead the Avalanche to a 5-1 win over the Sabres on Saturday night.

Tanguay scored twice -- once via the empty net -- and assisted once. While many of the Avalanche are performing under expectations, the 35-year-old has turned back the clock with a great start to the season. Tanguay has 11 goals and 22 points in 30 games this season. Erik Johnson and John Mitchell each notched a goal and an assist, while Cody McLeod picked up the other goal. Jarome Iginla tallied three helpers in the win.
Dec 20 - 9:51 PM




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