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Montreal's superstar goalie, Carey Price, made 33 saves Monday night but he didn't get any offensive support from the Canadiens and was on the losing end of a 4-0 score in San Jose.

The Sharks ended Montreal's four-game winning streak and Price's franchise record 10-game road winning streak. Montreal (41-17-5), which leads the Eastern Conference with 87 points, had 13 shots through two periods and was outshot 37-20 in the game. Price, who posted a 9-1-1 record with a 1.34 goals-against average in February, is now 36-12-3 on the season. His GAA is 1.92. And his save percentage is .935. And, yes, he remains a must-start goalie. Despite the loss and the four goals allowed Monday night, Price was his usual solid self in San Jose. The loss was simply the result of his teammates not playing their usual strong game.
Mar 3 - 1:03 AM

San Jose goalie Alex Stalock, who had been on a three-game losing streak, stopped 20 shots Monday night to record a 4-0 shutout over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

The Sharks' backup netminder allowed 13 goals in his previous three starting appearances but improved his record Monday to 6-7-1. He also improved his goals-against average to 2.61 and his save percentage to .904. So is Stalock worthy of being added now to your fantasy team? Well, no. But don't disregard what he accomplished Monday. A shutout against a very good Montreal team and all-star goalie Carey Price certainly deserves at least a little respect. The shutout was Stalock's second of the season and fourth of his career.
Mar 3 - 12:55 AM

Shortly after being acquired by the Sharks, Ben Smith contributed a goal and an assist in a 4-0 shutout of the visiting Montreal Canadiens in San Jose Monday night.

Smith was obtained on trade-deadline Monday by the Sharks from the Chicago Blackhawks for Andrew Desjardins. Then he went out and scored San Jose's first goal of the night at 6:51 of the first period and assisted on Matt Irwin's goal at 6:28 of the second period. Don't let Smith's San Jose debut fool you. As Rotoworld's Michael Finewax wrote on his trade deadline blog shortly after the Smith-Desjardins deal: "Smith will help out the Sharks' bottom-six forwards and is a good penalty killer who can score the occasional goal. Will help out but not much of a fantasy asset." Smith now has six goals and five assists on the season. Joe Pavelski also had a goal (32nd) and an assist (27th) for the Sharks. Patrick Marleau picked up his 15th goal of the season.
Mar 3 - 12:48 AM

Chicago goalie Corey Crawford made 27 saves in the Blackhawks' 5-2 triumph over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes Monday night.

Crawford is one of the top goalies in the NHL. His record is 25-14-4. His goals-against average is 2.29 and he has a .920 save percentage. Crawford has won two consecutive games after a rough stretch in which he lost three consecutive games.
Mar 2 - 11:38 PM

Carolina goaltender Cam Ward had a rough night Monday in Chicago, where he was yanked after the first two periods of a 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks.

Ward allowed four goals on 18 shots before he was replaced by Anton Khudobin. Ward's goals-against average increased to 2.43. His save percentage is .911. His record is 17-20-4. Ward's poor night differed drastically form his previous five starts against the Blackhawks, when he was 3-0-2 with a 1.17 GAA with a .965 save percentage and two shutouts. Khudobin stopped seven of the eight shots he faced from the Hawks.
Mar 2 - 11:34 PM

Alexander Semin scored one of the Carolina Hurricanes' goals in a 5-2 loss Monday night to the Blackhawks in Chicago.

Semin, having a disappointing season, posted his third goal of the season. He has played in 36 games. The Canes' other goal scorer was defenseman John-Michael Liles, his second of the season. It was Liles' first goal since Nov. 22, ending a 26-game drought. The Hurricanes lost for the first time in four games.
Mar 2 - 11:29 PM

Star center Jonathan Toews notched three points in the Blackhawks' 5-2 victory over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes Monday night.

The Chicago captain scored his team's first two goals -- his second on a shorthanded shift 44 seconds into the second period -- to give him 21 on the season. He also produced his 32nd assist of the campaign on Marian Hossa's 18th goal. Brandon Saad (20th) and Marcus Kruger (sixth) also picked up goals for the winners.
Mar 2 - 11:23 PM

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne turned aside 39 shots but took the loss in the Rangers' 4-1 triumph in New York Monday night.

Rinne hasn't lost very much this season. He's now 35-11-3, and has been neck-and-neck with Montreal's Carey Price as the NHL's top goalie. His goals-against average is 2.10 and his save percentage, .923. Needless to say, if you've had Rinne as your fantasy goalie this season, you're lucky.
Mar 2 - 11:16 PM

Goalie Cam Talbot made 25 saves to help the New York Rangers beat the visiting Nashville Predators 4-1 Monday night.

Talbot was making his fifth consecutive start for the Rangers. He also has started 13 of the past 14 New York games in the absence of star first-stringer Henrik Lundqvist, who's been out with a vascular injury to his neck. Talbot is now sporting a record of 13-6-3 with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. There's nothing wrong with having Talbot as your fantasy goalie, especially in one-day leagues. He'll help more often than hurt.
Mar 2 - 11:12 PM

Veteran forward Matt Cullen scored his seventh goal of the season in the Nashville Predators' 4-1 loss to the Rangers in New York Monday night.

The 38-year-old forward has been on something of a hot streak. He is on a four-game point streak and has registered nine points in his past nine games.
Mar 2 - 11:06 PM

Defenseman Keith Yandle turned in an effective debut with the New York Rangers Monday night as he and his new team defeated the visiting Nashville Predators 4-1.

Yandle, traded along with Chris Summers from Arizona Sunday for Anthony Duclair, John Moore, and two draft choices, logged 19:41 of ice time against the Preds and finished with a plus-three. Despite not having a chance to practice with the Rangers, Yandle made good decisions with the puck, got three shots on net and had one steal. He was given time alongside both Kevin Klein and Dan Boyle.
Mar 2 - 11:01 PM

Chris Kreider was one of four New York Rangers to score goals in the team's 4-1 win over the visiting Nashville Predators Monday night.

Kreider's goal was his 17th of the season. The left winger also fired three shots on net. Keith Yandle, Marc Staal and Dominic Moore also scored for New York, their sixth and seventh goals of the season, respectively. With 44 seconds remaining in the third period, Rick Nash notched his 38th goal of the season into an empty net. Mats Zuccarello, who earlier Monday signed a reported four-year contract extension with Zuccarello worth $18 million, picked up two assists for the Rangers. Ditto for Derick Brassard. Zuccarello now has 25 assists on the season; Brassard, 37.
Mar 2 - 10:56 PM

Mike Weaver is expected to be a healthy scratch for the seventh straight game Monday versus the Sharks.

Weaver has not been much of a factor for the Canadiens this year having skated in only 30 games this season and just four since the new year arrived. He has four assists and six penalty minutes over the year and has no fantasy value.
Mar 2 - 9:00 PM

Chris Tierney is expected to suit up Monday night against the Montreal Canadiens.

Tierney was just called up from the AHL earlier in the day and will be in the lineup Monday night. With all the trades the Sharks made Sunday and Monday, the 20-year-old rookie will get a chance to dress. He's played in 24 games this year while registering a goal and six assists with a plus one rating.
Mar 2 - 8:39 PM

Michal Rozsival will draw back into the lineup Monday night versus the Hurricanes.

Rozsival was scratched the previous two games but with Johnny Oduya not able to play, Rozsival will get back out there Monday night. However, with the Hawks acquisition of Kimmo Timonen, things don’t appear to be looking better for Rozsival to stay in the lineup once Oduya returns. He has a goal and seven assists in 49 games played in the 2014-2015 season.
Mar 2 - 8:15 PM

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