It was quite the night for hockey.
Not only were there 13 games in the NHL but there was Canada-Russia playing in the World Junior tournament for first place in their division.
There is so much to get to so let’s get to it!
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NASHVILLE 6 WASHINGTON 3
It had been 10 road games since the Predators last won, that being on November 10th when they beat Dallas in a shootout. Since then they lost once in a shootout to Anaheim, once in overtime to Ottawa and eight losses in regulation time.
It certainly looked that loss number 11 was on its way as the Capitals took a 3-1 lead at the 8:22 mark of the second period but that was it for Washington as the Predators scored five straight to win going away.
Ryan Johansen led the way with his seventh goal of the season and added a pair of third period assists to give him 34 points this season.
Pekka Rinne turned aside 22 of 25 shots to raise his record to 15-10-1 with a 2.26 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
Defenseman Michal Kempny, Jakub Vrana and Chandler Stephenson gave the Capitals the 3-1 lead. Braden Holtby made 28 saves as he gave up all six goals. He is 15-9-2 with a 2.84 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
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NEW JERSEY 4 VANCOUVER 0
Mackenzie Blackwood is doing something this season that the Devils were not getting all season. Good goaltending.
Blackwood made 25 saves for his second straight shutout to lead the Devils to a 4-0 win over Vancouver. The Canucks were 8-1-2 heading into the game in their last 11 while the Devils have been an excellent home team as they are now 11-4-4.
Blackwood is 3-1-0 and has won his last three starts. He has a 1.25 GAA as well as a .963 save percentage. The former second round pick has taken the job and run with it and the Devils hope that he doesn’t give it up.
PITTSBURGH 3 MINNESOTA 2
Casey DeSmith stopped 31 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins got strong goaltending once again, defeating the Minnesota Wild 3-2.
The Penguins have won eight of their last nine and have given up more than two goals only twice, giving up three goals both times while facing 92 shots combined in the two contests.
Mikko Koivu had a goal and an assist for Minnesota with Zach Parise scoring in the third to put the Wild to within one. They could get no closer. It was Koivu’s first points since November 29, a span of nine games.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 29 shots in taking the loss.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 BUFFALO 1
Robin Lehner returned to Buffalo for the first time since the Sabres did not give him a qualifying offer in the off-season and showed them they made a mistake as he made 39 saves in a 3-1 win for the Islanders.
It was a costly loss for the Sabres as Jack Eichel was hurt in the first period with an undisclosed injury and did not return after the first intermission. There should be more known Tuesday or Wednesday as to the extent of the injury.
Carter Hutton stopped 30-of-32 shots in taking the loss.
Kyle Okposo broke up Lehner’s shutout bid with a power play goal at the 10:14 mark of the third.
Anthony Beauvillier had six shots on net for the Islanders.
CAROLINA 3 PHILADELPHIA 1
The Carolina Hurricanes scored three times in the first 22:19 of the game to chase Flyers goaltender Carter Hart and then held on to beat Philadelphia 3-1.
Hart made only seven saves in just over a period as he allowed two goals in the first 2:19 of the second period before getting pulled. Michal Neuvirth made all saves on all 23 shots he faced but it was too little, too late.
Curtis McElhinney stopped 22 shots for the win. He is 8-5-1 this season and has been Carolina’s best netminder.
Lucas Wallmark, Jordan Martinook and Andrei Svechnikov scored for the Hurricanes. Martinook scored just six seconds into the second period to set a record for the fastest goal in franchise history, two seconds faster than Ron Francis’ previous record.
Jakub Voracek’s third period goal broke the shutout bid of McElhinney. It was his 10th of the season.
NEW YORK RANGERS 2 ST. LOUIS 1
Henrik Lundqvist was King again on New Years Eve as he stopped 37 shots to lead the Rangers to a 2-1 win over St. Louis.
Lundqvist has been very good this season behind a less-than-stellar Ranger team and he has kept New York in numerous games they had no business being in.
He is 12-9-7 this season and while his peripherals are only average, Lundqvist has been quite good this season.
Boo Nieves and Mats Zuccarello with the power play winner, scored for New York who saw the return of Kevin Shattenkirk to the lineup. Shattenkirk missed three weeks with a injury and had an assist in his return.
Jake Allen made 20 saves in a losing effort.
Ryan O’Reilly scored the lone St. Louis goal.
COLUMBUS 6 OTTAWA 3
It was a big night offensively for the Blue Jackets as Cam Atkinson had a goal and two assists as well. Atkinson is having a great year with 24 goals and 42 points thus far.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves for the win.
Marcus Hogberg stopped 32-of-36 shots in taking the loss.
Artemi Panarin had two assists.
Cody Ceci was a minus-five on the night while Panarin and Atkinson were each a plus-five.
FLORIDA 4 DETROIT 3 (Shootout)
Florida spotted Detroit a 3-0 first period lead, pulled goaltender Roberto Luongo after the first period and then stormed back to tie before winning in a shootout 4-3.
Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal in the shootout for the win.
Detroit came out a-blazing as Andreas Athansiou, Gustav Nyquist and Thomas Vanek all scored in the first period. The Red Wings only put eight shots on Luongo in the period and by the start of the second, James Reimer was between the pipes.
Jared McCann started the comeback with a shorthanded goal in the second and before the period ended, Henrik Borgstrom and Jayce Hawryluk each potted their third of the season, to tie the game at three. There was no scoring in the third.
James Reimer stopped all 12 shots in the second, third and overtime sessions as well as all three in the shootout for the win.
Jimmy Howard took the loss, stopping 24 shots.
TAMPA BAY 2 ANAHEIM 1 (Overtime)
Brayden Point scored the overtime winner to give the Lightning a 2-1 win over Anaheim and go to 31-7-2 as they hit the 40-game mark.
Both Point and Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist in the win.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 for the win. He is 15-3-2 and missed a month of action with a broken foot.
Nick Ritchie with his fifth of the season, scored for Anaheim.
John Gibson stopped 33 shots in taking the overtime loss.
Brandon Montour had seven hits in the contest.
LOS ANGELES 3 COLORADO 2 (Overtime)
Dustin Brown scored the overtime winner to lead the Kings to a 3-2 win over the slumping Colorado Avalanche. The Avs are 2-5-3 in their last 10 and need to turn things around quickly if they want to avoid missing the playoffs.
After a scoreless first period, Drew Doughty with his third of the season made it 1-0. It was a power play effort. Sean Walker scored his first career goal to give the Kings a 2-0 lead heading into the third period.
Anze Kopitar had two assists in the win.
Doughty had seven hits for Los Angeles.
MONTREAL 3 DALLAS 2 (Overtime)
Jeff Petry’s eighth goal of the season, 14 seconds into overtime, gave the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Stars in Dallas.
Phillip Danault has been absolutely amazing of late and it continued on Monday as he scored both of the Montreal goals in regulation. He has seven goals and 27 points in 40 games but has five goals and eight points in his last four contests.
Antti Niemi was great in the Montreal cage as he made 45 saves for his sixth win of the season.
Ben Bishop took the overtime loss despite making 35 saves.
Faksa had seven shots on goal.
CALGARY 8 SAN JOSE 5
Michael Frolik had two assists for Calgary.
It was not a good night for Aaron Dell in the Sharks net as he gave up all eight goals on only 27 shots.
David Rittich picked up the win as he made 28 saves.
WINNIPEG 4 EDMONTON 3
Brendan Lemieux scored twice including the winner with 5:58 left in the third, as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3.
It was Lemieux’s second and third goals of the season and they couldn’t have come at a better time.
Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 21-of-24 shots for the win.
Mikko Koskinen made 32 saves for the Oilers.
Zach Werenski – 2
Ryan Dzingel – 2
Phillip Danault - 2
Mikael Backlund - 2
Johnny Gaudreau – 2
Joonas Donskoi – 2
Brendan Lemieux – 2
Leon Draisaitl – 2
Sean Monahan – 5
Gaudreau – 3
Elias Lindholm - 2
Mattias Ekholm - 2
Phil Kessel – 2
Dubois – 2
Artemi Panarin – 2
Cam Atkinson - 2
Anze Kopitar – 2
Matthew Tkachuk – 2
Evander Kane – 2
Andrew Copp - 2
Connor McDavid – 2
Erik Karlsson – 2
Shots on Goal
Brent Burns - 8
Brayden Schenn - 7
Jaden Schwartz – 6
Werenski – 6
Brandon Montour – 7
Drew Doughty - 7
Barclay Goodrow – 15
Sam Bennett – 15
Rasmus Andersson – 12
Evander Kane - 12
Antoine Roussel – 12