There have been a handful of goaltenders that have excelled at the start of this season and two of the key ones are Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk and Boston’s Tuukka Rask. As noted below, they faced each other last night and got into a goaltending duel that remained scoreless until there was less than a minute remaining in the third period.
Dubnyk ultimately came out ahead though and now has a 1.48 GAA and .952 save percentage in 13 starts. It was also his 14th shutout since debuting with Minnesota on Jan. 15, 2015. It’s rare to see a player that struggled so much in other cities do a complete 180, but that’s largely what’s happened with Dubnyk and the Wild. This is the goaltender that Edmonton shipped to Nashville for bottom-six forward Matt Hendricks, who the Predators then moved to Montreal for future considerations. He inked a one-year deal with Arizona and then sent him to Minnesota for just a third-round pick.
While we’re on the subject, Rask is a different case as the Bruins acquired him while he was still a prospect, but it’s easy to say that Boston getting him from Toronto in exchange for Andrew Raycroft was a huge win for the Bruins.
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LIGHTNING 4 SABRES 1
Alex Killorn ended a seven-game point drought by scoring the game-winning goal and registering an assist. He has seven goals and 10 points in 18 contests this season.
Brayden Point also had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. He had gone five consecutive games without a point.
Robin Lehner turned aside 34 of 38 shots. He’s allowed at least three goals in each of his last three contests and has dropped his last five starts.
Ben Bishop saved 32 of 33 shots to earn his second straight win. He has a 7-5-0 record, 2.77 GAA, and .909 save percentage in 12 starts in 2016-17.
Cody Franson accounted for the Sabres’ lone goal. It was his first marker and fifth point in 17 games.
FLYERS 5 JETS 2
Steve Mason stopped 30 of 32 shots. He’s had a rough season so far, but he’s also allowed just five goals on 78 shots over his last three games.
Mark Streit netted the game-winning goal for the Flyers. He has four goals and 11 points in 18 contests.
Radko Gudas assisted on two of the Flyers’ five goals. That gives him a goal and seven points in 12 games this season.
Blake Wheeler found the back of the net towards the end of the second period. The 30-year-old Jets forward has six goals and 14 points in 19 games.
Connor Hellebuyck turned aside just 17 of 21 shots. That snapped a four-game winning streak where he had allowed only six goals.
MAPLE LEAFS 6 PANTHERS 1
Connor Brown was the unlikely hero in this one with two goals and four points. That gives the 22-year-old forward three goals and seven points in 17 contests this season.
James van Riemsdyk followed up his hat trick performance on Tuesday with another goal and assist last night. He has eight markers and 17 points in 17 games.
Former Leafs goaltender James Reimer was the victim. He was charged with all six goals over 30 shots, giving him a 3.26 GAA and .888 save percentage in seven contests.
Frederik Andersen stopped 26 of 27 shots in his second straight win. He has a 8-4-3 record, 3.16 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 15 starts.
Aaron Ekblad was the only Panthers player to find the back of the net. The 20-year-old blueliner has four goals and no assists in 17 contests.
PREDATORS 5 SENATORS 1
Mike Condon kicked out 35 of 40 shots in his first loss as a member of the Ottawa Senators. He has a 1.76 GAA and .943 save percentage in four contests this season.
Derick Brassard netted the Senators’ goal. It was his second marker and seventh point in 17 games.
Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist. The 36-year-old forward has two goals and nine points in 16 games this season.
Ryan Ellis was responsible for the game-winning goal. That gives him two GWG among the three goals he’s scored.
Pekka Rinne returned on Thursday after a brief absence due to a lower-body injury. He picked up right where he left off by turning aside 30 of 31 shots to collect his fourth straight win.
BLUES 3 SHARKS 2
David Perron scored the deciding goal of the game at 15:56 of the second period. He’s on a three-game point streak and is up to five goals and 10 points in 18 contests.
Logan Couture netted a goal for the Sharks. He’s recorded four goals and nine points in 17 games this season.
Martin Jones stopped 22 of 25 shots as his three-game winning streak came to an end. He has a 8-7-0 record, 2.26 GAA, and .911 save percentage in 15 starts.
Jaden Schwartz scored twice Thursday night. He’s been limited to six goals and eight points in 14 games, but six of those points have come in his last six games.
Jake Allen saved 29 of 31 shots to pick up his seventh win in 14 starts. He has a 2.45 GAA and .904 save percentage in 2016-17.
WILD 1 BRUINS 0
This one was a scoreless tie for almost the entire contest. Mikael Granlund didn’t score the game’s lone goal until 19:15 of the third frame.
Devan Dubnyk needed to make 25 saves to earn the shutout. He already has four shutouts in 13 starts, which has contributed to his stunning 1.47 GAA and .952 save percentage.
Tuukka Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots. He’s been red hot lately, allowing just four goals in his last five starts. He’s also been almost as good as Dubnyk so far in 2016-17 with his 1.59 GAA and .947 save percentage in 12 starts.
Christian Folin registered an assist Thursday night. It was his second assist in 15 games.
Patrice Bergeron recorded five shots on goal, but didn’t end up with anything to show for it. His shooting percentage is down to just 3.8 this season compared to his career average of 10.1.
STARS 3 AVALANCHE 2
Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist in the losing effort. He has three goals and 10 points in 16 contests this season.
Patrick Eaves scored the game-winning goal. He also extended his goal scoring streak to four games, giving him eight markers in 17 contests.
Johnny Oduya found the back of the net for the first time this season. The 35-year-old Stars defenseman has 36 goals in 764 career games.
Kari Lehtonen turned aside 34 of 36 shots last night. He has a 4-4-3 record, 3.06 GAA, and .898 save percentage in 11 contests.
Semyon Varlamov surrendered three goals on 22 shots. He fell to 4-8-0 this season with a 3.01 GAA and .901 save percentage.
CANUCKS 3 COYOTES 2 (Overtime)
Ben Hutton scored the game-winning goal. It was his second goal of 2016-17 and the third goal he’s scored in 93 career contests.
Alexander Edler assisted on two of Vancouver’s three goals. He has three points in 17 games this season.
Louis Domingue kicked out 39 of 42 shots in his third straight loss. He has a 4-8-1 record, 3.37 GAA, and .902 save percentage in 13 games.
At the other end of the ice Jacob Markstrom turned aside 34 of 36 shots. That’s a big bounce back for him after he was charged with seven goals on Tuesday.
DUCKS 3 DEVILS 2
Ryan Kesler scored the game-winning goal at 16:20 of the third period. He’s scored at least a goal in three of his last four games, bringing him up to eight markers in 18 contests.
Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist for the Ducks. He has six goals and 12 points in 18 games, including seven points in his last four contests.
Cory Schneider stopped 20 of 23 shots to end his three-game winning streak. He has a 7-4-2 record, 2.21 GAA, and .926 save percentage in 13 starts.
Jonathan Bernier allowed two goals on nine shots in the second period, but didn’t give up anything in the final frame despite facing 12 shots. In total he finished with 27 saves.
Devante Smith-Pelly scored a goal last night. The Ducks forward has two markers and four points in 14 games.
KINGS 4 OILERS 2
Jonas Gustavsson turned aside 21 of 25 shots in his second start of the season. This was also the fifth straight game where Edmonton allowed at least three goals and the Oilers have dropped all of those matches.
Defenseman Darnell Nurse scored a goal for the Oilers. He has three goals and five points in 18 contests.
Fellow blueliner Derek Forbort had a goal and an assist with Los Angeles. The goal was his first in 18 games this season.
Jeff Carter netted the game-winning goal and added an assist. He has six goals and 13 points in 18 games.
Peter Budaj saved 28 of 30 shots last night. That ended his four-game slump and improved his record to 8-6-1 this season.