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Kings make St. Louis blue

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: November 20, 2018, 3:16 am ET

It was a busy night in the NHL as the week of Thanksgiving gives us a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday schedule for the most part, rather than the usual Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday slate.


There was one major move tonight as Mike Yeo was relieved of his duties as the head coach of the St. Louis Blues following a 2-0 loss to lowly Los Angeles. He will be replaced on a temporary basis (for now) by Craig Berube.


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The two division leaders in the Eastern Conference met on Monday in Toronto and it was the Maple Leafs who came out victorious in a 4-2 win.


The Blue Jackets actually grabbed the early lead as Cam Atkinson and Pierre-Luc Dubois each scored in the first period to give Columbus a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. It was Atkinson’s fourth goal in the last two games as he had the hat trick Saturday.


It remained that way until the 13:01 mark of the second when fourth liner Tyler Ennis brought the Leafs to within one with his third of the season. Ennis started the season on the top line with Auston Matthews but he was replaced at game eight and has been a bottom-six forward ever since.


Toronto tied it up when John Tavares scored his 13th of the season and that’s the way it ended heading into the third.


It then became the Zach Hyman show as he scored the winner with less than five minutes to go on a setup by Morgan Rielly and Tavares and then clinched the game with an empty netter with 1:01 to go.


Frederik Andersen continued his Vezina Trophy season by stopping 37 shots to garner his 12th win of the season. Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves in taking the loss.


There were no penalties called in the game, a rarity in the NHL.


Mitch Marner and Ron Hainsey each had a pair of assists. Atkinson had seven shots on goal.




Filip Chytil scored for the fourth straight game and it was the game winner as the New York Rangers knocked off the Dallas Stars 2-1.


It was a costly loss for the Stars as netminder Ben Bishop left the game after the second period with a lower-body injury and he is considered day-to-day at this time. He stopped 12-of-13 shots before leaving the game. He was replaced by Anton Khudobin who made nine saves but took the loss in giving up the Chytil goal.


Henrik Lundqvist picked up the win as he turned aside 16 shots.


Tyler Seguin gave the Stars the 1-0 lead in the second as he scored on the power play. It was his seventh goal of the campaign.


Jimmy Vesey tied it at 1 with his seventh of the season and that would set up Chytil’s heroics.


Cody McLeod had seven hits.                     




Jack Eichel’s overtime goal at the 45 second mark, capped a furious Buffalo comeback as the Sabres handed the Pittsburgh Penguins yet another loss as the Sabres won 5-4.


The Penguins were up 4-1 as Derick Brassard with his second, Phil Kessel with his 10th, Jake Guentzel with his seventh and Tanner Pearson with his first of the season as a Pittsburgh Penguin countered the first of the season by the Sabres Tage Thompson.


But the win was taken from the grasp of the Penguins as Zach Bogosian, Casey Nelson with his first and rookie Casey Mittelstadt with his third, tied the game and sent it into overtime.


Carter Hutton made 36 saves for the win while Casey DeSmith stopped 35 in taking the overtime loss. DeSmith has outplayed Matt Murray this season and this was a big opportunity lost for DeSmith.


Both teams were 0-3 on the power play.


Kyle Okposo, Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist each had two assists.


Marco Scandella suffered a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return.




Lars Eller scored the overtime winner to give the Capitals a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.


Alex Ovechkin scored twice while Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom also found the back of the net.


Braden Holtby stopped all 22 shots for the win as he replaced Pheonix Copley after the Washington backup gave up four goals on 22 shots.


It was 2-1 for the Capitals after the first period as Mike Reilly scored for Montreal after goals from Ovechkin and Connolly but the Habs struck early and often in the second as Brendan Gallagher, Jeff Petry and Kenny Agostino with his first, scored in the first 1:35, forcing the Capitals to pull Copley for Holtby.


Carey Price made 29 saves in the loss.


Rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi had two assists for Montreal as did John Carlson, Dmitri Orlov and Tom Wilson for Washington.


Orlov and Max Domi each had a five minute major for fighting. Gallagher had seven shots on net.




Seven different Panther forwards scored including Mike Hoffman who extended his points streak to 16 as Florida defeated Ottawa 7-5.


Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist while Micheal Haley, Troy Brouwer, Evgenii Dadonov, Frank Vatrano and Jared McCann in addition to Hoffman, each had one.


Juho Lammikko entered the game with only one point in 16 NHL contests in this, his rookie season, but had four helpers for the Panthers. Aaron Ekblad had two.


Matt Duchene had two goals and an assist for the Senators while rookie Drake Batherson had one of each. Zack Smith and Brady Tkachuk also found the back of the net.


Craig Anderson took the loss as he gave up six goals on 22 shots before he was replaced by Mike McKenna who stopped nine-of-10.


James Reimer won his third of the season as he made 33 saves.


Mark Borowiecki had four shots on goal as well as four hits and an assist for Ottawa.


Vincent Trocheck suffered a major leg injury near the end of the first period and it took 10 minutes before he was carted off the ice. It looks to be a long-term injury.




Cal Petersen picked up his first NHL shutout as he turned aside all 29 shots to give the Kings a rare win, a 2-0 shutout over the St. Louis Blues.


There was no scoring in the first period but there was in the second as Matt Luff scored his first career NHL goal in his sixth game in the bigs as Adrian Kempe and the recently acquired Carl Hagelin drew the assists. It turned out to be the game winner.


It remained 1-0 until the Blues pulled Jake Allen and Anze Kopitar ended the game by scoring into the empty net with 30 seconds left.


Allen stopped 25 shots in taking the loss.


Jake Muzzin had six hits. Muzzin and Hagelin were each a plus-two while Brayden Schenn, David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo were all a minus-two.


As previously mentioned Mike Yeo was fired after the game as the Blues dropped to 7-9-3 as they have the second-worst record in the NHL, better only than the Kings.




Pekka Rinne made 29 saves as he continued his superiority over the Tampa Bay Lightning as the Predators defeated their rivals 3-2 in a battle of likely the two best teams in the NHL. (Sorry Toronto)


Rinne is now 9-0-1 in his career against the Lightning and if the two teams should meet in the Stanley Cup Final, the Lightning will have their hands full.


The Lightning got off to a 1-0 lead on a goal by defenseman Victor Hedman but the Predators evened the game before the end of the first on a power play goal by Kyle Turris. Filip Forsberg gave the Preds a 2-1 lead in the second with his 13th and Ryan Johansen extended the lead to two before the end of the period with the eventual winner.


Nikita Kucherov potted his eighth of the season in the third but that was all the scoring.


Louis Domingue stopped 31 shots in taking the loss.


Brayden Point had two assists and has eight goals and 17 points in his last 11 games. Mattias Ekholm had a pair of assists for Nashville.


Erik Cernak picked up an assist and it was the first point of his NHL career as he helped out on Hedman’s goal.




The Vegas Golden Knights came into Monday’s game tired off a win in Edmonton and they should have stayed there as Calgary scored the first seven goals of the game and cruised to a 7-2 win over the Golden Knights.


Matthew Tkachuk had two goals and four points and Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and three assists to lead the Flames to the win. Gaudreau had only one point in his last five games before Monday’s outburst.


Sean Monahan had two goals and an assist while Sam Bennett and T.J. Brodie also scored for the Flames who had a 7-0 lead after two periods, scoring five in the first.


David Rittich made 20 saves for the easy win. He is 7-1 this season and has won his last five starts. He looks to be the top guy in Calgary as he has surpassed Mike Smith in net.


 Nick Holden broke up the shutout bid of Rittich with his third of the season just 47 seconds into the third and Max Pacioretty scored his fourth of the season to complete the scoring. It was a power play effort.


Malcolm Subban got the start and gave up all seven goals on 32 shots as the Golden Knights let him play the game out.


Mark Giordano had a couple of first period assists.




Patrik Laine had the hat trick and Kyle Connor had a goal and three assists to boost the Jets to a 6-3 win over Vancouver.


Bryan Little and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist in the win as Connor Hellebuyck stopped 22 shots for his ninth win of the season.


Elias Pettersson scored his 12th of the season on a power play effort while Nikolay Goldobin and Tyler Motte also scored. Jacob Markstrom was bombarded by 49 shots as he gave up all six Winnipeg goals.


Little was a plus-four in the game while Ben Hutton and Erik Gudbranson were each a minus-four.


Antoine Roussel had 17 penalty minutes as he took on Brandon Tanev of the Jets and had a two minute minor for slashing and a ten minute misconduct.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.