VANCOUVER- The Vancouver Canucks, looking to rebound after the Christmas break as they hovered near the bottom of the League, made some lineup changes & defeated the 5th place Stars 3-2 in a Shootout! Vancouver got Goals from Alex Galchenyuk & Jesper(not so)Fast for a 2-0 1st period lead! Stars tied game in 2nd as Cam(who was also robbed 1-13)Atkinson & Erik Karlsson scored. No scoring in the 3rd or OT, so off to the Shootout where the Stars were 0-2 at home, make that 0-3, as Craig Anderson stops both Dallas snipers, while 1st Star Alex Galchenyuk & David Krejei both undressed James Reimer!
CHICAGO- A late PP for the Hawks with just two & a half minutes left & trailing by a Goal, saw Max Pacioretty get stoned(1-8) by Philipp Grubauer, who preserved a 2-1 Victory over the Defending Cup Champions! All 3 Goals were scored in the 1st period as Holtby & Grubauer would not be beaten again! Unsung hero for Dallas was Nick Holden, who came over from the Wild in a pre-season trade, as he laid out 3 crushing Hits in this contest!
LOS ANGELES- The “Little Ball of Hate” Brad( suspend me) Marchand had the “Hat Trick” & a Career high 5 Points, including 2 Goals & 2 Assists, in a 5 Goal 3rd period that blew open a 2-2 game! Dallas scored 5 times on just 7 shots, erasing the many bad memories of the King’s dominance they once had at American Airlines Arena! ( Was it like 7 Wins in a row) James Reimer was overshadowed by Marchand ,but the Ex-Islander had a good game, stopping 37 shots(10/12 gr’s)in getting great run support!
NEW YORK I- James Reimer, who fell out of favor in New York as Devan Dubynk’s back-up & was moved to Dallas for youngster Tobias Rieder, got his 1st start vs his former team! Reimer didnt have his best stuff, as a couple of knucklers got by him, including Tobias Rieder, who scored his 1st Goal of the season against his former team! The game was tied at three as regulation & OT expired & into the skills competition we go! The Stars, who were 0-3 at home & 2-5 overall in shootouts didnt look to excited on the bench when Patrice Bergeron wound up & skated in on Reimer, but a glove save had the bench cheering! Marchand dekes, save Dubynk! The Islander’s Mike Fisher, who’s set to retire after this season, still has that magic & beats Reimer easily! Cam Atkinson races to the net, brakes, shoots, SCORES! Tied! Kevin Hayes, up for New York, skates in, poke-checked by Reimer & the Stars can win it! Coach Dale Hunter surprises everyone & points to Mike Hoffman, who was -2 in regulation & berated by Hunter during the game as his Shooter. Hoffman gets to the face-off dot & unloads a slapper that whizzed right by Dubynk’s ear into the net! Stars Win 4-3! Woo
SAN JOSE- A 1-1 game into the 3rd & Tyler Seguin scores his 2nd Goal of the night for a 2-1 lead! Two minutes later, Erik Karlsson ties it up! Stars pinching in & cough up a Breakaway, Vladimir Tarasenko restores the one Goal lead for San Jose! That other Russian Nikita Kucherov, avoids a Marchand hit & hikes lead to 4-2 with just 7 minutes left! In desperation, with just two minutes left, Reimer heads to the bench & it pays off as Marchand scores his 2nd of the game to make it 4-3! 22 seconds left, Kesler wins the draw, Jake Muzzin with the puck & he draws a Pass L (not this year) & Nazem Kadri smothers the puck as the horn sounds! Sharks Win 4-3! Damn those Russians!