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Barclay Goodrow scores a beauty in big win 01-30-2015
Barclay Goodrow C SJ
Barclay Goodrow recorded his second career multi-point game Thursday night, including a highlight reel goal to put Sharks up 2-1 early in the second. In what turned out to be the second in a line of six straight goals by the Sharks, Goodrow's is arguably the most impressive and memorable. He chipped the James Sheppard pass by Hampus Lindholm at the red line and then raced in alone on Ilya Bryzgalov. Far bar down, goal. The Ducks would go on to win 6-3. Goodrow now has three goals and nine points in 32 games this season.
James Sheppard picks up two points in win 01-30-2015
James Sheppard C SJ
James Sheppard collected two points in San Jose's 6-3 win over Anaheim on Thursday night. Sheppard was an important factor in San Jose's success as he set up Barclay Goodrow's highlight reel goal to make it 3-1, and finished off a rush himself 12:15 later to make it 5-1 Sharks. All in the second period. Sheppard now has five goals and 15 points this season.
Marleau picks up two points in big win over 01-30-2015
Patrick Marleau LW SJ
Patrick Marleau picked up two points in San Jose's big 6-3 win over Anaheim on Thursday night. Marleau a key factor in the win, and his two points were his personal bounty. He found Joe Thornton cross-ice down low on the power play, setting up Joe Pavelski's tying tally in the first. Marleau later beautifully deflected Brent Burns' blast to make it 3-1. He now has 10 goals and 25 points, 16 of which have come with the man advantage this season.
Beleskey puts home 19th goal in 6-3 loss 01-30-2015
Matt Beleskey LW ANA
Matt Beleskey put home his 19th goal of the season as Anaheim fell to San Jose 6-3 on Thursday night. It was a classic garbage goal as Beleskey put home the rebound Ryan Kesler set up for him. Beleskey now shares the team lead in goals with Corey Perry.
Cogliano opens scoring in 6-3 loss to Sharks 01-30-2015
Andrew Cogliano C ANA
Andrew Cogliano opened the scoring in the Ducks' 6-3 loss to Sharks on Thursday night. Anaheim's night got off to a hot start when Cogliano put home the Rickard Rakell induced rebound, but then the Sharks rolled off six straight goals. Cogs finished the night with four shots and six hits through 12:58 of work, including over three minutes on the penalty kill. He now has six goals and 13 points through 49 games.
Ilya Bryzgalov allows six goals in 36 minutes 01-30-2015
Ilya Bryzgalov G ANA
Ilya Bryzgalov allowed six goals in 36 minutes to San Jose in Anaheim's 6-3 loss on Thursday night. After Andrew Cogliano opened the scoring, the Sharks would go on to score six straight goals over a 27-minute span. Not that Bryz got much help defensively, but many of the goals were legitimately soft. Bryz was eventually pulled in favor of Frederik Andersen to stop the bleeding late in the second period. He's now 1-3-0 through five games and has allowed 18 goals this season.
Andersen replaced Bryzgalov after six goals 01-30-2015
Frederik Andersen G ANA
Frederik Andersen replaced Ilya Bryzgalov after he allowed six goals through 36 minutes. Andersen meanwhile stopped all eight shots sent his way. It was a relatively easy time for Andersen through just 24 minutes of work, but the damage had already been done as Anaheim fell to San Jose 6-3. The game was never that close, though, as the Sharks put six straight past Bryz. Through 40 games Andersen is 27-6-0 with 86 goals against.
Niemi makes 25 saves in wild win over Ducks 01-30-2015
Antti Niemi G SJ
Antti Niemi made 25 saves in wild 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night. Aside from Patrick Maroon beating Niemi on the short-side with 70 seconds left in the game, he could only be beaten on the rebound as Andrew Cogliano and Matt Beleskey proved. The Sharks took it to the Ducks all night long, making it a relatively easy night for the Finnish netminder. Niemi improved to 20-11-5 with 92 goals against through 36 games.
Oscar Klefbom scores first goal of season 01-30-2015
Oscar Klefbom D EDM
Oscar Klefbom scored his first goal of season Thursday night in Edmonton's 3-2 victory over Buffalo. After Anton Lander outworked the Buffalo defenders to obtain the puck deep on the offensive zone, he came around the net and gave Klefbom a pass he could step into. Klefbom ripped his second career goal late in the first period, giving the Oilers a 2-1 lead. He now has five points through 27 games.
Lander has first career multi-point game 01-30-2015
Anton Lander C EDM
Anton Lander had his first career multi-point game in Edmonton's 3-2 win over Buffalo on Thursday night. Lander finished off a pretty passing play with Teddy Purcell for his first goal of the season, giving the Oilers a 3-1 lead midway through the third period. The goal capped off his three-point evening that included two assists on plays Lander outworked the Sabres on to set up his teammates. He has six assists and seven points through a dozen games this season.
Matt Fraser has first career three-point game 01-30-2015
Matt Fraser LW EDM
Matt Fraser scored his sixth goal of season and added in two helpers in Thursday night's 3-2 victory Buffalo. Fraser finished off a pretty passing sequence to tie the game at one ten minutes after Tyler Myers opened the scoring in the first. He also was a key contributor to the Oilers' other two goals for his first career three-point game. In a dozen games he now has three goals seven points.
Brian Elliott helps Blues edge Preds 01-30-2015
Brian Elliott G STL
Brian Elliott made 33 stops in a wild 5-4 overtime win over Nashville on Thursday night. The All Star has won three straight games and six of his last seven. He is 14-5-2 with a .927 save percentage and 1.95 goals against average so far this season. Perhaps he was inspired by the new Blues' special advisor to the general manager Martin Brodeur, who dropped the puck prior to the win.
Nicolas Deslauriers fought Luke Gazdic 01-30-2015
Nicolas Deslauriers D BUF
Nicolas Deslauriers fought Luke Gazdic early on in the third period of Edmonton's 3-2 win over Buffalo on Thursday night. The Oilers were up 2-1 at the time, so one imagines that Deslauriers was trying to rally the troops. Either way, Deslauriers added five hits and a block onto his five penalty minutes during his 6:57 of ice time. He also spent 70 seconds on the penalty kill. Through 49 games he has 12 points and 55 PIMs.
Carter Hutton allows four goals in SO loss 01-30-2015
Carter Hutton G NAS
Carter Hutton allowed four goals on 35 shots as the Preds fell 5-4 in a shootout to the Blues on Thursday night. Hutton is 2-4-4 this season with an .893 save percentage and 2.96 goals against average. Nashville might be in trouble if Hutton has to tend the net for much longer. Marek Mazanec will likely get the start on Friday in Colorado.
Mike Fisher collects three points in loss 01-30-2015
Mike Fisher C NAS
Mike Fisher had two goals and an assist for Nashville on Thursday night, but it wasn't enough as they fell 5-4 in a shootout to St. Louis. Fisher has not has a three-point night all year, and it made up for two scoreless games since his six-game points streak was snapped. The 34-year-old has 21 points in 26 games this season.
Kevin Shattenkirk scores shootout winner 01-30-2015
Kevin Shattenkirk D STL
Kevin Shattenkirk scored the shootout winner on his 26th birthday as the Blues took down the Predators 5-4 on Thursday night. Shattenkirk has eight goals and and 32 assists this season to go with a +17 rating. He capped off a wild night where the Predators tied the score with under three minutes remaining in the third period. T.J. Oshie had a goal in both regulation and the shootout for St. Louis.
Brian Gionta picks up two assists in loss 01-30-2015
Brian Gionta RW BUF
Brian Gionta picked up assists on both of Buffalo's goals, however they still fell to Edmonton 3-2 on Thursday night. It was a solid game by the Captain who made his presence known by helping to create several opportunities, including the two eventual goals. Through 17:31 of ice time he put forth a block, two hits, three shots, plus a minor penalty, just to touch all of the major fantasy categories. Gionta now has four goals and 13 points in 36 games this season.
Roberto Luongo secures big win for FLA 01-30-2015
Roberto Luongo G FLA
Roberto Luongo made 31 saves to stymie the Blue Jackets on Thursday night, helping the Panthers win 3-2. It snapped a five-game losing slump for the veteran star, who improves to 18-11-8 this season with a .920 save percentage and 2.42 goals against average. The Panthers will try to take their success on the road this weekend as they play all three New York area teams in the coming days.
Curtis McElhinney allows three goals in loss 01-30-2015
Curtis McElhinney G CLB
Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves in a 3-2 loss to Florida on Thursday night. The 31-year-old had won four straight dating back to Dec. 27 before the loss. It's unsure whether the veteran will get another start on Saturday in Tampa Bay with Anton Forsberg peeking behind him.
Ristolainen scores fourth goal of season 01-30-2015
Rasmus Ristolainen D BUF
Rasmus Ristolainen scored his fourth goal of season Thursday night, but the Sabres fell to the Oilers 3-2. It was a solid effort and goal by Ristolainen as he followed up the rush as the third-man in to finish off the play late in the third period. The young defender finished with three shots, two hits, and a block through 16:32 of ice time. He now has four goals and nine points through 46 games.
Nick Foligno adds assists in loss to Panthers 01-30-2015
Nick Foligno LW CLB
Nick Foligno pitched in an assist in the Jackets' 3-2 loss to Florida on Thursday night. The All Star forward has three assists in the two games since the break. His breakout campaign is going strong as the 27-year-old has 45 points in 46 games so far.
Aaron Ekblad scores goal in FLA victory 01-30-2015
Aaron Ekblad D FLA
Aaron Ekblad scored his seventh goal of the year in Florida's 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night. The rookie has three assists since his All Star debut, good for 28 points in 46 games so far this season. Ekblad has a +6 rating with 18 penalty minutes, and is showing signs of being a fantasy juggernaut in the not-too-distant future.
Tyler Myers pops second goal in defeat 01-30-2015
Tyler Myers D BUF
Tyler Myers popped his second goal of the season in Buffalo's 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Thursday night. After Torrey Mitchell dug the puck out from behind the offensive net, he attempted a wrap-around and the puck instead was deflected out towards Tyler Myers at the point. Myers' aim was true as his went top shelf past Ben Scrivens to make it 1-0 Sabres just 2:22 into the game. It was Myers' second goal and tenth point of the season through 41 games.
Sean Bergenheim scores winner for Panthers 01-30-2015
Sean Bergenheim LW FLA
Sean Bergenheim scored the game winning goal in the third period as Florida beat Columbus 3-2 on Thursday night. Bergenheim scored with 6:52 left in the third period and the Florida Panthers snapped a five-game losing skid. The 30-year-old Finn has 17 points in 35 games this season.
Ben Bishop helps Lightning beat Detroit 01-30-2015
Ben Bishop G TB
Ben Bishop made 27 saves on 28 shots as the Atlantic leading Lightning torched the third-place Red Wings 5-1 on Thursday night. Tampa took first place back on the backs of Cedric Pacquette, who scored a hat trick and Bishop, who provided timely goaltending for the Bolts. Bishop has won four of his past five and has allowed more than two goals just once in that span. Tampa hosts the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
Petr Mrazek pulled in loss to Bolts 01-30-2015
Petr Mrazek G DET
Petr Mrazek was yanked after two periods of work on Thursday night where he allowed five goals on 15 shots. It just wasn't the Czech's night as Cedric Pacquette scored a hat trick and everything seemed to trickle past the youngster. Mrazek has still been sharp though in net, with a 10-4-1 record, .904 save percentage and 2.77 goals against average.
Darren Helm scores Wings' lone goal in loss 01-30-2015
Darren Helm C DET
Darren Helm scored the Red Wings' lone goal in a 5-1 loss in Tampa Bay on Thursday night. The 28-year-old has 21 points through 49 games so far this season. The Wings will look to turn their fortunes against the Islanders on Saturday.
Cedric Paquette nets first NHL hat trick 01-30-2015
Cedric Paquette C TB
Cedric Paquette lit the lamp three times for the Bolts on Thursday night as Tampa Bay hammered Detroit 5-1. The 21-year-old rookie's first career hat trick was completed in dramatic fashion, as the forward tipped a puck at the blueline on the penalty kill to intercept a pass, took the puck to the net on an odd-man rush and fired home the shorthanded goal for his ninth of the season. Paquette has a hot stick with five points in his last three games and 15 through 40 games this season.
Ben Scrivens makes 18 saves in victory 01-30-2015
Ben Scrivens G EDM
Ben Scrivens made 18 saves in Edmonton's 3-2 victory over Buffalo on Thursday night. A win is a win is a win, but now Edmonton sits four points back of Buffalo for the last in the NHL. Or, the most likely team to decide between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. Scrivens meanwhile was solid in net, allowing one legit goal to Matt Fraser and one weird goal to Tyler Myers on 20 shots. Scrivens improves 9-16-7 with 101 goals against through 36 games this season.
Enroth makes 31 saves in loss to Edmonton 01-30-2015
Jhonas Enroth G BUF
Jhonas Enroth made 31 saves in Buffalo's 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Thursday night. Ironically, this may have been in Buffalo's greater interest. The loss created two more point worth of difference between them and Edmonton for the right to decide between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. Buffalo has 31 points to Edmonton's 35. Enroth for his part falls to 11-19-2 with 112 goals against in 33 games.
Kari Lehtonen allows three goals in win 01-30-2015
Kari Lehtonen G DAL
Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on 28 shots as the Stars drove past the Senators 6-3 on Thursday night in Ottawa. Lehtonen overcame two tough losses, but has still gone eight straight games where he's allowed three goals or more. That does not include a start where he allowed two goals on the first five shots. The 31-year-old needs to be better, as his record is 20-11-7 with a .903 save percentage and 2.99 goals against average.
Robin Lehner loses again, allows four goals 01-30-2015
Robin Lehner G OTT
Robin Lehner made 35 saves on 39 shots in the Senators' 6-3 loss to Dallas on Thursday night. The loss was Lehner's fifth in a row as his team just can't put it together with the 23-year-old in goal. His record drops to 6-8-2 with a .900 save percentage and 3.21 goals against average.
Bobby Ryan collects two points in loss 01-30-2015
Bobby Ryan LW OTT
Bobby Ryan scored a goal and an assist in Ottawa's 6-3 loss to Dallas on Thursday night. The All Star has four points in his last two games and 35 in 44 games so far this season. Ryan has 83 points in 114 games for the Senators over the past two years.
Jason Spezza given warm welcome in return 01-30-2015
Jason Spezza C DAL
Jason Spezza went pointless in his return to Ottawa on Thursday, but the Stars were able to beat the Senators 6-3. The performance snapped a six-game points streak for the veteran center, but the longtime Senator probably had other things on his mind as he was given a warm welcome returning to the city that drafted him. The Canadian Tire Centre crowd applauded their former captain after a video tribute during a commercial break. Spezza has 35 points in 48 games with the Stars.
Jonathan Bernier allows fluke goal in loss 01-30-2015
Jonathan Bernier G TOR
Jonathan Bernier is bearing most of the grunt for the Leafs' latest loss, as a 150-foot goal from Oliver Ekman-Larsson spurred an Arizona comeback in a 3-1 defeat. It is the sixth straight loss for Bernier, and the fourth time in his past five games where he's allowed three goals. Truth be told, Bernier does not deserve a lot of the blame from Thursday's loss, as he was peppered with 45 shots and stopped 42 of them.
Mike Smith snaps ugly losing skid 01-30-2015
Mike Smith G ARZ
Mike Smith won his first game in seven tries as the Coyotes slipped past the slumping Maple Leafs 3-1 on Thursday night. Smith made 24 saves on 25 shots and his team rallied in front for a third period comeback in Toronto. Smith's record is now 8-20-4 with a .890 save percentage and 3.41 goals against average.
Parise scores game's only goal in victory 01-30-2015
Zach Parise LW MIN
Zach Parise scored Thursday night's only goal in a victory over Calgary. After Thomas Vanek redirected Mark Giordano's intended outlet pass, Parise collected the puck and danced across the crease, taking Jonas Hiller with him, before sliding the puck in five-hole. Minnesota won the game 1-0 and Parise now has six goals in his last six games. Parise also leads the team with 20 goals and trails only Jason Pominville by a single point with 37.
Jonas Hiller makes 31 saves in 1-0 loss 01-30-2015
Jonas Hiller G CAL
Jonas Hiller made 31 saves in Calgary's 1-0 loss to Minnesota on Thursday night. Thomas Vanek deflected Mark Giordano's intended outlet pass right to Zach Parise, who after getting Hiller out of position, beat Hiller five-hole for the game's only tally. Needless to say, outside of being forced to cover-up an egregious error, Hiller was stellar. He's now 14-14-0 with two shutouts and 71 goals against through 32 games.
Phil Kessel scores 20th in another TOR loss 01-30-2015
Phil Kessel RW TOR
Phil Kessel scored his 20th goal of the season in the Leafs' 3-1 loss to Arizona on Thursday night, their 16th in the past 19 games. Kessel snapped a seven game scoring slump, and that is not including his goose egg in last Sunday's goal fest at the All Star Game. The Leafs' forward has 45 points in 50 games so far this season.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scores fluke goal 01-30-2015
Oliver Ekman-Larsson D ARZ
Oliver Ekman-Larsson's 13th goal of the season was unlike any he's scored in his career, a 150-foot shoot-in from center ice that found its way past Jonathan Bernier and sparked a Coyotes comeback.
The puck came to Ekman-Larsson off the third period faceoff with his team trailing 1-0. "I saw we had about 23 seconds left on the penalty kill, and when I got the puck, I just shot it down the ice," Ekman-Larsson said. "It's hard for the goalie to save it." The puck bounced in on Bernier and Arizona came all the way back to beat the reeling Leafs 3-1.
Devan Dubnyk makes 30 saves, blanks Flames 01-30-2015
Devan Dubnyk G MIN
Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves in his shutout over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. Dubnyk would not be denied his as the Flames put forth a steady effort to beat him, including 14 shots in the second period alone. Dubnyk improves to 4-1-0 with two shutouts and only nine goals against through six games with Minnesota since the trade.