There were only two games in the NHL so we’ll get started with some news around the league on a Wednesday.
Condolences go out to Matt Murray and his family on the loss of his father. Murray will be out indefinitely to be with his immediate family.
Sonny Milano was injured on January 8 against the Maple Leafs and today it was announced he would out four-six weeks with a torn oblique muscle.
The Blue Jackets claimed Jussi Jokinen off waivers from the Kings. It’s not a significant move for fantasy owners as Jokinen has a goal and six points this season in 32 games split between Los Angeles and the Oilers.
Semyon Varlamov is starting to skate again as he recovers from a groin injury. He has not played since January 2 and the Avalanche hope he can return after the All-Star break.
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BOSTON 4 MONTREAL 1
After prevailing 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday, Boston made it two in a row with a 4-1 home win over Montreal.
It was the return to Boston for the first time for Claude Julien who was fired last February after coaching in Beantown for 10 campaigns. He was quickly snapped up by the Canadiens seven days later and was hoping for some magic but it was not to be.
The Bruins are red-hot and pushed their record to 10-0-4 in their last 14 games.
The Canadiens actually scored the first goal of the game 31 seconds in, when defenseman Jakub Jerabek scored his first NHL goal of his career. The 26-year-old rookie did not have a point in the first 17 games of his career but had two assists Monday and now has three points in 19 games.
David Pastrnak tied the game with his 18th goal of the season and third in the past five games. After a 70 point season last year, Pastrnak is trending slightly better this season with 40 points in 43 games.
Ryan Spooner picked up the winner with the only goal of the second period. It was his sixth of the season.
The Bruins put it away in the third when Brad Marchand scored on the power play. It was his 19th of the season and his 43 points in 35 games is better than last season’s pace when he had 85 points in 80 games. He also set up Pastrnak’s opening goal.
David Krejci clinched it with an empty net goal, giving him two points on the night. The center has eight goals and 21 points in 25 games. He missed 18 games earlier in the season with an upper body injury.
The Bruins got solid goaltending once again from Tuukka Rask who started the season 3-8-2 but is 13-0-2 since November 26. That is outstanding and a huge reason why they are only seven points behind Tampa Bay and have a game in hand. He has a 2.21 GAA and a .920 save percentage after making 21 saves. He had a 2.91 GAA and a .899 save percentage on November 26. Hopefully you didn’t give up on him.
Carey Price made 28 saves in taking the loss. He is a mediocre 13-15-4 with a 2.96 GAA and a .902 save percentage.
Patrice Bergeron had a pair of assists in the win.
The Bruins honored Willie O'Ree before the game. O'Ree broke the color barrier 60 years ago on Thursday becoming the first black to play in the NHL. It's strange that the Bruins had a black player before the Boston Red Sox did as the Red Sox were the last all-white team, with Pumpsie Green breaking the barrier in the 1959 season.
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ANAHEIM 5 PITTSBURGH 3
John Gibson stopped 29 shots and improved his record to 15-13-5 as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the hot Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3.
But the Ducks blew the doors open in the second period scoring four unanswered goals to blow the game wide open.
Ondrej Kase finished the scoring in the middle stanza with a beautiful backhand on a breakaway.
Kessel picked up his 31st power play point as he drew an assist on Jake Guenztel's 14th of the season. Crosby had another assist to give him
Cam Fowler had two assists in the win.
Hampus Lindholm scored his seventh of the season as he scored into the empty net with one second left. Before his empty netter, all seven goals had been scored into the opposite net.