A Day in the NHL: Friday January 14

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The New York Rangers became the first team in a long time to stand up to the Vancouver Canucks, while the Toronto Maple Leafs got their man…just a few years too late. Unlike the last two nights there were no hat-tricks, but Taylor Hall came close.


The Night that Was:

The last time the Vancouver Canucks lost in regulation, it was 2010, it was 11 days before my birthday, and Santa was still a couple of weeks away from taking off.  It was December 5th. On Thursday night, in a shocking low-scoring affair, the New York Rangers won 1-0. The last time the Canucks were shutout was November 9th against Montreal, as Henrik Lundqvist foiled them Thursday. Lundqvist made 31 saves and Wojtek Wolski’s first point as a Ranger was the game-winning goal. Cory Schneider’s effort can’t be overlooked though, he stopped 34 of 35 shots in a losing effort.

In a game that was filled with questionable hits and tactics, the Toronto Maple Leafs saw their hot-streak roll to a stop. James Reimer lost for the first time in four starts as he allowed four goals on 20 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Coyotes. Darryl Boyce had an assist on Colby Armstrong’s lone tally for the Leafs as Keith Yandle had a three-point game for the ‘Yotes, but it was the chippy play that took the headlines. Lauri Korpikoski nearly caught Armstrong in the face with his skate through a kicking-motion during a scrum, and Mike Brown threw a hit that’s getting review by the league today.

Nashville went in to last night with a six-game winning streak, but the Florida Panthers saw to it that the streak was no more. Although they did lead 2-1 at one point in the third, Florida came back with two straight to win it with under five minutes to go. David Booth’s 13th of the season turned out to be the winner, but Nashville’s Shea Weber kept an impressive personal streak going. With an assist last night, he’s now got points in seven-straight despite losing to the Panthers 3-2.

It wasn’t one of Tim Thomas’ finer goaltending performances, but he still got the Bruins the win, 7-5 over the Philadelphia Flyers. Get this: 12 different goal scorers in this game and nine different players had multiple point games. Steve Kampfer was one of those players, recording a goal and an assist, and it came at the right time. Kampfer’s fourth of the season turned out to be the game-winner. Gregory Campbell also had a two-point night, giving him a two and three-point game within his last three games.

Quick Hits:

-Six different goal-scorers hit the shit for the Ottawa Senators as they broke out of their slump, beating the Islanders 6-4. Robin Lehner got his first NHL win in the high-scoring affair.

-Buffalo had a goal in every period against the Carolina Hurricanes as Drew Stafford had the winner in a 3-2 victory.

-Two second period goals from the St. Louis Blues led to a 3-1 win and one of them marked the first NHL point for former OHL’er Phil McRae.

-San Jose lost it’s sixth-straight last night against the Edmonton Oilers as Taylor Hall had two goals and Ales Hemsky had four assists.


What’s on Tonight?

Vancouver hopes to start a new streak against the Washington Capitals while the Central Division shows off the Detroit Red Wings and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Calgary hits up Ottawa in an All-Canadian matchup as Philly visits Atlanta and New Jersey takes on Tampa Bay. Colorado also hopes to break out of a bit of a slump against Minnesota as the Avs have lost three of four.


The Injury Bug:

-Fredrik Modin’s health doesn’t make things any better for him this season. He’s expected to miss tonight’s game with a lower body injury.

-Minnesota’s Jose Theodore and Nik Backstrom are both battling injuries. Theodore is doubtful and Backstrom questionable for tonight’s action.

Alexander Semin isn’t a guarantee to play tonight either. He’s questionable for tonight’s action with that hip injury still.

News and Rumours Around the League:

-The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Fabian Brunnstrom from the Dallas Stars yesterday for prospect Mikhail Stefanovich. Brunnstrom was highly coveted by the Leafs when he first came to North America, and has been assigned to the Marlies of the AHL.

-Rumours are still swirling around the Ottawa Senators, and Bryan Murray is reportedly considering any and all options.


The Overlooked Fantasy Line of the Night:

Keith Yandle’s one goal and two assists gets him notice today. One powerplay point, a plus-two and two penalty minutes makes him an across-the-board threat in many fantasy circles.


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