I feel like I’ve made Vegas the headline of the Daily Dose too many times this season, but it’s hard to avoid when they’re having a season that otherwise would only exist in the confines of a Disney movie. At the very least they deserve special recognition today given that their win Thursday night set a new record for the most victories by a first-year expansion franchise. Of course, we’re just in the beginning of February.
The Golden Knights, who defeated the Jets 3-2 in overtime, are now 34-12-4 this season, which is good for first place in the Western Conference, ahead of the aforementioned Jets.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 of 28 shots, giving him a 1.79 GAA and .942 save percentage through 20 starts. You have to wonder if he managed to stay healthy all season if he would have been able to maintain those kinds of numbers and thus be on a path to potentially winning the Vezina Trophy. As it is, Tuukka Rask, Andrei Vasilevskiy, Pekka Rinne, and Connor Hellebuyck are looking like the top contenders for that honor. Incidentally, all four of those goaltenders also started tonight with Hellebuyck of course losing to Vegas, while Vasilevskiy, Rinne, and Rask won.
Rinne deserves a special acknowledgment given that he earned his second straight shutout, even if he only needed to make 17 saves last night.
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BOSTON 3 ST. LOUIS 1
Jake Allen might not have gotten the win, but he did stop 43 of 45 shots. It was the kind of solid start he needed with Carter Hutton threatening to wrestle the starting gig away from him. As it is, this was Allen’s first start since Jan. 9.
Jaden Schwartz scored the Blues’ lone goal. It was his 15th marker and 36th point in 33 games this season.
Patrice Bergeron netted the game-winning goal. That gives him 21 goals and 43 points in 44 games.
Ryan Spooner assisted on two of Boston’s three goals. He has eight markers and 21 points in 29 contests.
Tuukka Rask kicked out 32 of 33 shots last night. He’s won his last six starts and has allowed just two or fewer goals in each of his last five games.
FLORIDA 4 BUFFALO 2
Keith Yandle led the charge for Florida with a goal and two assists. The blueliner is up to six goals and 29 points in 49 contests this season.
It was Denis Malgin who scored the game-winning goal though. That gives him eight goals and 12 points in 29 games.
Ryan O'Reilly found the back of the net for Buffalo. He has 14 markers and 35 points in 50 contests.
Chad Johnson surrendered four goals on 32 shots last night. He has a 2-9-3 record, 3.67 GAA, and .884 save percentage in 19 games.
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NEW JERSEY 4 PHILADELPHIA 3
Alex Lyon made his first career start at the age of 25 and unfortunately it was not a memorable night. He allowed four goals on 22 shots in the losing effort.
Nico Hischier netted the game-winning goal with just 1:27 minutes left in the contest. He’s up to nine goals and 31 points in 50 games.
Kyle Palmieri scored a goal and registered an assist last night. The Devils forward has 10 goals and 20 points in 31 games.
Jakub Voracek assisted on both of the Flyers’ goals to extend his point streak to four games. He has 10 goals and 60 points in 51 contests this season.
Keith Kinkaid saved 22 of 25 shots to pick up his second straight win. He has a 9-4-2 record, 3.10 GAA, and .896 save percentage in 16 contests.
TORONTO 4 NY RANGERS 0
Toronto has now earned back-to-back shutouts with two different goaltenders. This time it was Curtis McElhinney that earned the perfect game with his 25 saves.
Rick Nash tied for the team-high with four shots on McElhinney. Nash has 15 goals on 161 shots this season, which translates to a 9.3 shooting percentage.
Justin Holl is two games into his NHL career and he already has two goals. The 26-year-old defenseman’s goal on Thursday was also the game-winner.
James van Riemsdyk also found the back of the net for Toronto. It was his 20th goal and 31st point in 52 games.
CAROLINA 2 MONTREAL 0
Cam Ward turned aside 27 shots to earn his second shutout of the season. He improved to 15-6-2 with a 2.67 GAA and .910 save percentage in 25 contests.
Max Pacioretty tied for the team-high with four shots on Ward. Pacioretty has 15 goals on 189 shots for an 8.5 shooting percentage.
Brett Pesce netted the game-winning goal. It was his first marker and 10th point in 43 games this season.
Brock McGinn scored a goal late in the third period. He has eight goals and 19 points in 50 contests.
Carey Price stopped 28 of 30 shots last night. He’s lost three straight starts, but only allowed two goals in each of his last two contests.
OTTAWA 2 ANAHEIM 1 (OT)
Erik Karlsson netted the overtime winner and registered an assist. He’s up to five goals and 34 points in 44 games.
Ryan Kesler scored Anaheim’s lone goal. It was his fifth marker and seventh point in 15 games.
Mike Hoffman assisted on both of Ottawa’s goals. He has 12 markers and 32 points in 49 games in 2017-18.
Mike Condon turned aside 30 of 31 shots Thursday night. He’s 4-7-4 with a 3.27 GAA and .903 save percentage in 18 games.
Ryan Miller stopped 30 of 32 Senators shots. He has a 6-2-5 record, 2.19 GAA, and .929 save percentage in 16 games.
VEGAS 3 WINNIPEG 2 (OT)
Kyle Connor helped the Jets get a consolation point as he registered an assist in the first period and then scored the tying goal with 2:36 minutes remaining in the third frame. He has 17 goals and 32 points in 46 contests this season.
David Perron scored the overtime winner and registered an assist. That gives him 13 goals and 44 points in 44 games.
Erik Haula also found the back of the net for Vegas. He has 19 goals and 37 points in 46 games.
Connor Hellebuyck allowed three goals on 31 Golden Knights shots. He’s having a great season, but he has surrendered 10 goals over his last three starts.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 of 28 shots Thursday night. He has a 14-4-2 record, 1.79 GAA, and .942 save percentage in 20 starts.
NASHVILLE 5 LOS ANGELES 0
Pekka Rinne only had to make 19 saves to earn his second consecutive shutout. He improved to 25-8-3 with a 2.29 GAA and .928 save percentage in 36 starts.
Trevor Lewis tied for a team-high three shots against Rinne. Lewis has a 11.5 shooting percentage this season with his 12 goals on 104 shots.
Jonathan Quick stopped 31 of 36 Predators shots. He was making his return from an undisclosed injury.
Filip Forsberg, who also returned from an injury, scored a goal and registered an assist for Nashville. He has 16 markers and 36 points in 38 games.
Ryan Johansen assisted on three of Nashville’s five goals. That gives him five markers and 31 points in 46 contests.
TAMPA BAY 7 CALGARY 4
Alex Killorn led the charge for Tampa Bay with two goals and two assists. This was his second four-point game of the campaign, but his first multi-goal game.
Matthew Peca scored a goal and registered two assists. The 24-year-old Lightning rookie has two goals and five points in five games.
Cory Conacher scored a pair of goals for Tampa Bay. He’s up to five goals and eight points in 19 contests.
Dougie Hamilton assisted on two of Calgary’s four goals. The defenseman is up to eight goals and 26 points in 51 games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 42 of a staggering 46 shots. He faced at least 13 shots in each period.
COLORADO 4 EDMONTON 3 (OT)
Connor McDavid scored two goals, including one with just 28 seconds left in the third period to force the game to overtime. He’s up to 17 goals and 56 points in 50 games this season.
His efforts ultimately didn’t result in Edmonton winning, in part because of J.T. Compher, who scored in overtime. Compher has 10 goals and 17 points in 37 contests.
Gabriel Landeskog assisted on two of the Avalanche’s four goals. He has 19 markers and 40 points in 46 games.
Jonathan Bernier turned aside 29 of 32 Oilers shots. He allowed at least three goals in each of his last four starts, but this one ended his three-game losing streak.
Al Montoya stopped 27 of 31 shots on Thursday. He fell to 3-1-1 with a 2.96 GAA and .888 save percentage in eight contests.
DALLAS 4 ARIZONA 1
Kevin Connauton netted Arizona’s only goal. It was his second marker and seventh point in 43 games this season.
Scott Wedgewood stopped 21 of 24 Stars shots. He’s surrendered 15 goals over his last three starts.
At the other end of the ice, Kari Lehtonen only needed to save 17 of 18 shots to earn the win. He has an 8-5-1 record, 2.331 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 16 games.
Devin Shore scored a goal and registered an assist. That gives him seven goals and 23 points in 52 games.
Tyler Seguin netted the game-winning goal. He’s up to 24 markers and 44 points in 52 games.
VANCOUVER 4 CHICAGO 2
Anton Forsberg stopped just 17 of 21 Canucks shots. He was coming off a pair of strong starts where he saved a combined 65 of 67 shots.
Jacob Markstrom earned the victory by saving 26 of 28 shots. He’s 15-16-5 with a 2.73 GAA and .908 save percentage in 38 games.
Brendan Gaunce scored a pair of goals for Vancouver. He’s up to four goals and five points in 32 games.
Daniel Sedin netted the game-winning goal. It was his 13th marker and 32nd goal in 50 contests.
Duncan Keith assisted on both of Chicago’s goals. He hasn’t found the back of the net in 2017-18, but he does have 25 helpers in 51 games.