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Matthew Tkachuk leads Flames to win

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: December 23, 2019, 12:54 am ET

With the announcement that Lias Andersson has requested a trade from the New York Rangers and being subsequently suspended by New York, NHL teams may have to start being a little wary of the demands of young players who have options in Europe to play.

While Canadian and American youngsters really do not have this option (unless you are a star like Mitch Marner and can use European teams as a threat), players who grew up in Europe have little to no problem heading back home if their circumstances are not right with their NHL team.

Jesse Puljujarvi is playing a full season back in Finland after demanding an off-season trade from Edmonton where the fourth-overall choice in the 2016 Draft, played parts of three seasons before deciding that he was not happy with the Oilers organization.

Andersson had only one assist in 17 games before his demotion on November 17 to Hartford of the AHL.  He had four goals and an assist in 13 games with the Wolfpack but that apparently was not good enough for the Rangers who wanted to give him more ice time while Andersson wanted to return to the bright lights of New York.

Expect Andersson to return to Sweden for the holidays and some sort of deal to be made after that.

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NEW YORK RANGERS 5 ANAHEIM 1

Chris Kreider scored twice to help the New York Rangers upend the Anaheim Ducks 5-1 in afternoon action.

Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist while Filip Chytil with his ninth and Brett Howden with his fourth opened the scoring for New York.

Henrik Lundqvist was solid in net, stopping 19-of-20 shots to pick up his eighth win of the season and first since November 27.

Sam Steel, with his third of the campaign, was the only Duck to beat Lundqvist.

Ryan Miller turned aside 36-of-41shots in taking the loss.

Zibanejad and Kreider each had seven shots on goal.

Brendan Lemieux and Erik Gudbranson each had 14 penalty minutes as they both took 10-minute misconducts and a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct in the second period in addition to another minor.

Micheal Haley and Nicolas Deslauriers each picked up five minutes for fighting.

The Rangers were 0-5 on the power play while the Ducks were 0-4.

Rookie Kaapo Kakko sat out Sunday with a lower-body injury.

CALGARY 5 DALLAS 1

David Rittich stopped 26 shots and picked up his first win in his last three starts as the Calgary Flames defeated Dallas 5-1 Sunday.

Rittich is 16-8-5 with a 2.71 GAA and a .915 save percentage and has been a top-ten goaltender in the NHL and fantasy thus far.

Matthew Tkachuk led the way offensively with a goal and two assists while Sean Monahan and Derek Ryan each had a goal and an assist.

Mikael Backlund and Andrew Mangiapane also scored for Calgary who are 19-14-5 while the Stars dropped to 20-14-4.

Denis Gurianov scored the only goal for Dallas.

Ben Bishop gave up four goals on 29 shots to take the loss. The Dallas netminder has lost his last three games in a row and has given up 12 goals on 77 shots in the last week. He is 12-9-3 with a 2.36 GAA and a .924 save percentage.

Rasmus Andersson compiled 12 penalty minutes.

The Flames scored three times in five power play chances while Dallas was 0-3.

Mattias Janmark suffered a lower-body injury in the first period and did not return for the final two periods.

ARIZONA 5 DETROIT 2

Clayton Keller scored twice and added an assist in the Coyotes 5-2 win over Detroit.

Taylor Hall scored his first goal in an Arizona uniform and seventh of the season.

Christian Dvorak and Carl Soderberg also scored for Arizona who moved to 21-13-4 including 13-4-3 on the road.

Antti Raanta stopped 28 shots for the win. The Coyotes will have to rely on him for weeks after Darcy Kuemper went down with a lower-body injury in Thursday’s 8-5 loss to Minnesota. Raanta is 6-5-2 with a 2.67 GAA and a .920 save percentage thus far and should be picked up in leagues where he was on the waiver wire.

Filip Zadina broke up Raanta’s shutout bid halfway through the third period with his third goal of the season and third in his last six games.

Jimmy Howard returned to action Sunday after missing almost four weeks with a groin injury. He stopped 40-of-45 shots and is 2-12-1. He has not won since October 29.

Oliver Ekman Larsson had three assists while Nick Schmaltz had a pair.

Keller had six shots on goal.

Jordan Gross played in his first NHL game and chipped in with an assist as well as going plus-three in the contest.

VEGAS 3 SAN JOSE 1

Malcolm Subban stopped 37 shots and led the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-1 road win over rival San Jose Sunday. Subban picked up his second win in a row and is 6-5-3 this season with a 2.81 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

Paul Stastny opened the scoring in the second period with his ninth of the season and Shea Theodore with his fifth as well as Jonathan Marchessault with his 12th, scored for Vegas.

Logan Couture was the only goal scorer for San Jose who are tumbling down the standings at 16-20-2.

Aaron Dell gave up three goals on 37 shots.

Brenden Dillon had six hits.

William Karlsson had two assists for Vegas.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Chris Kreider – 2

Clayton Keller - 2

Assists

Elias Lindholm – 3

Oliver Ekman-Larsson – 3

Matthew Tkachuk – 2

Nick Schmaltz - 2

William Karlsson - 2

Shots on Goal

Mika Zibanejad – 7

Chris Kreider – 7

Hits

Brenden Dillon – 6

Carter Rowney – 5

Luke Glendening – 5

Darren Helm - 5  

Penalty Minutes

Erik Gudbranson – 14

Brendan Lemieux – 14

Rasmus Andersson - 12

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.