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

Burns scored with 1:03 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

Antti Niemi blocked 18 of 20 shots in San Jose’s 3-2 victory against the Blues on Saturday night.

Niemi gave up both goals in the second period. He did just enough to escape with his seventh straight win. Niemi has a 2.42 goals-against average and .917 save percentage this season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Alex Stalock get the start against the Ducks on Sunday.
Dec 21 - 1:28 AM

Patrik Berglund netted a goal for the Blues in their 3-2 loss in overtime to the Sharks on Saturday night.

While the Blues have gotten contributions from many of their younger players, Berglund continues to be a pretty big disappointment. He has just four goals and 11 points on the season. Steve Ott scored his first of the season in the loss, and he also had seven hits.
Dec 21 - 1:28 AM

Jake Allen gave up three goals on 30 shots in the Blues’ 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose on Saturday night.

The overtime loss halts a mini three-game winning streak, though Allen has gotten the Blues at least a point in four straight games now. He was 21 seconds away from winning in regulation. Even with Martin Brodeur around, Jake Allen has firmly entrenched himself as the top netminder. He has a 2.49 goals-against average and .907 save percentage this season.
Dec 21 - 1:27 AM

Radim Vrbata potted a goal for the Canucks in their 3-2 overtime win over the Flames on Saturday night.

Vrbata’s 13th goal of the year came on the power play, his sixth power-play goal of the season. The 33-year-old now has 24 points in 30 games. Yannick Weber and Christopher Tanev, with the winner 18 seconds into overtime, picked up the other goals. Daniel Sedin recorded two helpers.
Dec 21 - 1:19 AM

Ryan Miller set aside 26 shots in the Canucks’ 3-2 overtime win against Calgary on Saturday night.

Miller needed a performance like this in a big way, as he had lost three straight and really hasn’t been all that great this season. Despite three shutouts, Miller has just a 2.65 goals-against average and .901 save percentage this season.
Dec 21 - 1:19 AM

Johnny Gaudreau got a goal for the Flames in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks on Saturday night.

Gaudreau’s goal at 7:05 tied the game up at 2 in the third period. The 21-year-old rookie now has seven goals and 24 points this year, certainly solid numbers from someone with such limited experience at the pro level. David Jones scored the other marker.
Dec 21 - 1:18 AM

Jonas Hiller made 30 saves as the Flames fell 3-2 in overtime to the Canucks on Saturday night.

This effort should be plenty good enough to get Hiller the majority of the starts in the near future. Even though he hasn’t won since Nov. 18, Hiller has given up two goals in each of his last three starts. He has a 2.38 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
Dec 21 - 1:18 AM

Jannik Hansen is staying at Rogers Arena after collapsing on the bench.

Hansen took a big hit from Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman and needed to be helped to the bench, where he appeared to collapse. The winger needed to be helped to the dressing room and was checked out by medical personnel. The Canucks released an update saying Hansen would be held out of the game as a "precautionary measure." Mike Johnson of Sportsnet says that Hansen is "moving around under his own power."
Dec 21 - 12:34 AM

Jannik Hansen appears to have momentarily collapsed at the Canucks bench after a big hit Saturday night.

Hansen needed to be helped to the bench, then when he was there he suddenly slumped over and the players frantically called the doctor over. Hansen was able to get to the dressing room with assistance. Hansen played 6:12 before departing early in the second period. According to the Canucks, he will not return as a "precautionary measure."
Dec 20 - 11:27 PM

Roman Josi was one of five Predators players to tally two points in the team’s 6-5 overtime win against the Wild on Saturday night.

Josi scored and assisted in the win. He’s becoming one of the better young defensemen in the game, and he now has four goals and 17 points this season. Other two-point efforts went to: Matt Cullen (goal, assist), Craig Smith (goal, assist), Shea Weber (two helpers) and Victor Bartley (two helpers). Calle Jarnkrok, Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm (winner) rounded out the scoring.
Dec 20 - 11:21 PM

Pekka Rinne was lucky to end up with a win after giving up five goals in the Predators’ 6-5 overtime victory against Minnesota on Saturday night.

Rinne made just 22 saves in the win. To put this in perspective, he had given up five goals, total, over his last five games. Thus, we’ll let this one slide. Rinne still has a 1.87 goals-against average and .933 save percentage this season.
Dec 20 - 11:20 PM

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

Darcy Kuemper lasted just one period in the Wild’s 6-5 loss to the Predators on Saturday night.

Not what the Wild were hoping for here. Kuemper, who was sick earlier in the week, gave up three goals on 14 shots in the first 20 minutes of the game. He now has a 2.56 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. Niklas Backstrom came in to play the rest of the game, making 27 of 30 saves. He has a 2.58 GAA and .901 SV%.
Dec 20 - 11:18 PM

Jack Skille notched a goal in the Blue Jackets’ 3-2 shootout victory against the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

With Kevin Connauton also scoring, the Blue Jackets received goals from two players who don’t normally chip in much on the offensive side. Still, that’s what it’ll take to crawl back into the playoff picture. Skille’s goal was his fifth on the season, to go with six points. Matt Calvert, Ryan Johansen, Fedor Tyutin and David Savard got the helpers.
Dec 20 - 11:09 PM


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