Normally, I’d hand the Dose off on a Friday, but you’re getting a bonus Dose from yours truly (or a punishment Dose? Probably a punishment Dose …) this week. I’ll be recapping Friday’s games, too, while Jimmy Hascup will provide the Sunday edition.
So, yes, you only get a day off from my nonsense, but at least the All-Star Game lowers the Pun Concentration a bit, right?
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LIGHTNING 2, BLACKHAWKS 1
-- With this decision, the Lightning are now on a seven-game winning streak, one shy of their franchise record. Chicago already generated a franchise-best 12-straight wins, but that's now all over for the Blackhawks.
-- Richard Panik was in timeout for missing his alarm (honestly kinda surprised this doesn't happen more often considering how long and grueling an NHL season can be), so the Blackhawks were a little shorthanded.
The most obvious evidence: cement-footed defenseman Rob Scuderi spent some time at winger.
No, you didn't just hallucinate.
CANUCKS 4, BRUINS 2
-- Daniel Sedin scored two goals, including the game-winner, but that's not the headline news.
Nope, by scoring his 347th (and then 348th, but that second one was empty-net gravy) goal, Sedin now stands alone as the leading goal guy in Vancouver Canucks history. He broke a tie with memorable winger Markus Naslund.
"The Shooting Sedin" now has 21 goals in 2015-16.
-- Chris Tanev seemed to get hurt during a Bruins goal, but as far as I can tell, he's OK. (He assisted on that 347th Sedin goal, for one thing.)
-- Sven Baertschi scored his second goal in as many games. He's generated most of his offense this season after Dec. 18, while he was totally silent from mid-November to mid-December.
Hard to believe that he's only 23, as it feels like he's traveled a bumpy development road already.
DEVILS 6, SENATORS 3
-- This score looks weird enough already (six goals for the Devils?), but extra details only ratchet up the oddness.
New Jersey chased Craig Anderson with four goals on just seven shots; the Devils generated five of their six goals during a hellacious first period (heh) for the Senators. Travis Zajac really crafted the carnage, scoring a goal and three assists in that opening frame.
(Kyle Palmieri was pretty good, too.)
With the All-Star break looming, it's possible that Ottawa opts to rest him for a couple weeks, so keep an eye out for something more official on that subject.
-- Even amid all that carnage, Erik Karlsson managed to generate two assists and an even plus/minus.
-- The Sens might be lucky that the Devils only received two power plays, as New Jersey scored on both.
PENGUINS 4, FLYERS 3
-- What. A. Goal. By Sidney Crosby. My goodness, that shouldn't be possible, but I'm glad it is because we really need goals.
-- Speaking of goals, Phil Kessel scored two of them, including what would eventually stand as the GWG. I wonder if Kessel's happy to have a speedy linemate in Carl Hagelin, as Kessel now has five points in his past four games.
(Granted, Hagelin's only been with Pittsburgh for three of those contests, grabbing two assists for his trouble.)
-- Shayne Gostisbehere continues to be brilliant, collecting assists on two of Philadelphia's three goals. All three of those tallies came on the power play, with Philly going 3-for-6 and Pittsburgh succeeding at a rate of 2-for-4.
-- Jakub Voracek in October and November: 13 points in 24 games. Voracek in December and January so far: 20 points in 21 games.
Hopefully you stayed patient (or exploited someone who lost their patience).
FLAMES 4, BLUE JACKETS 2
-- Sheesh, Sergei Bobrovsky suffered another lower-body injury/aggravated the issue that kept him out for 17 games.
Hey, at least his contract is expiring so---ooooh no, his $7.425 million cap hit won't expire until after the 2018-19 season? Oops, that's not too good.
/backs away slowly
-- Sam Bennett really wasn't kidding about getting the monkey off of his back. After shedding his slump on Jan. 11, Bennett has a ridiculous eight goals in his past five games, including two tallies on Thursday. Dang.
-- Seth Jones is indeed paying dividends with all of those extra opportunities in Columbus. He's on a four-game assist/point streak: five helpers after grabbing one in this loss. He now has five points in seven games with CBJ after only managing 11 in 40 games with Nashville.
-- Mark Giordano has a point in all but two games since Dec. 19. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that he's feeling healthy these days.
-- Johnny Gaudreau hit the 20-goal mark for the second straight season, and he has 46 points in 45 games. Strong chance the 22-year-old crushes last season's impressive 64 points.
I feel like I must mention that he may be a real-life wizard.
-- The Dougie Hamilton redemption tour is in full swing (at least offensively), with five assists in five contests.
HURRICANES 1, MAPLE LEAFS O (OT)
-- Apparently people were griping about this being a boring game, and it probably was. Still, I doubt it was that different from the all-too-common snoozers we're exposed too; heck, even if you ding them a bit for nearly three minutes of OT, the two teams even combined for 73 SOG.
(That's like five periods of most Devils games.)
-- Eddie Lack is that much closer to .500 (7-8-3) with that 32-save shutout. James Reimer, meanwhile, continues to be unlucky (albeit above .500 with an 8-7-5 record) after giving up one goal on 41 SOG. Harsh.
PREDATORS 4, JETS 1
-- Ryan Johansen continues to impress in Nashville, which I can't say is a huge surprise. Going from that ugly situation, culminating with being yelled at endlessly by John Tortorella, to the offense/young player-friendlier atmosphere Peter Laviolette seems to embrace ... that must feel like an enormous upgrade for Johansen.
(I bet Jonathan Drouin's jealous.)
With a goal and an assist on Thursday, Johansen has nine points in seven games.
So far, the feeling that the Johansen - Jones trade would be great for both sides seems true. Of course, this is something we'll likely revisit for at least a decade, soooo ...
He has a long way to go for people to stop snickering at his $7 million cap hit (17-15-7 with a putrid .903 save percentage even after this win), but hey, baby steps.
-- James Neal grabbed a goal and an assist as well, giving him 29 points (including 17 tallies) this season. I probably like Neal more than most, fantasy-wise.
STARS 3, OILERS 2
-- Dallas moved Jason Spezza to the wing, and Spezza responded with a goal and an assist. He now has 38 points on the season, providing the kind of secondary scoring (granted, at a first-line price) that most teams can only dream of.
-- Let me spell it out for you: Jyrki Jokipakka had a strong game.
/Leans back, content with self.
-- Jamie Benn already has 27 goals, eight short of the career-high he generated during 2014-15's 35-goal, 87-point Art Ross campaign. Prediction: He'll need more if he wants to make it back-to-back scoring titles.
Also of note: Benn has 96 goals dating back to 2013-14.
SHARKS 3, COYOTES 1
-- Martin Jones improved to 21-13-2 on the season after making 23 out of 24 saves.
The Sharks are on quite the roll right now, with wins in six of seven and at least a point in all seven (6-0-1). Beating Arizona in regulation leaves San Jose in second place (three games in hand on Vancouver, with both teams at 51 points) and the Coyotes in fourth in the increasingly respectable Pacific.
-- Patrick Marleau may still want out of San Jose, and his play has shown that a bit lately.
Thursday's goal was an empty-netter; he only has two points in his past eight games. Maybe he's just degrading at 36 years old, but that's still a little disappointing, especially since the Sharks are playing well overall.
-- This marks three straight losses (0-2-1) for Louis Domingue, who may need to get used to playing with minimal goal support.
WILD 3, KINGS 0
-- Darcy Kuemper's been pretty fantastic when he's played. This 32-save shutout is his second goose egg of 2015-16, improving his overall numbers to 5-1-4 with a nice .932 save percentage. Like a lot of the other nicely performing backups, he's not getting a lot of reps, but this is a promising sign for a struggling Wild group.
-- Frustrating night for Marian Gaborik, who failed to score a point (like everyone else on the Kings, obviously) despite six SOG.
Jake Muzzin also generated six SOG.
-- Good grief, what a display on Charlie Coyle's goal. Kudos to Coyle for settling the puck down and stay onside (OR DID HE?) and double kudos to Marco Scandella for a highly impressive flip-turned-breakout pass. Wow.