The St. Louis Blues received some crushing news Monday when results came back on the shoulder injury suffered by Vladimir Tarasenko and it was determined he needed surgery Tuesday and that it will take five months to rehab before he is able to return. That will take him to the end of the regular season and while he could be ready for the playoffs, it ruins a lot of fantasy teams as he was likely a high pick.
The three stars of the week were announced and Brad Marchand was named the first star for his three goals and eight points in three games. Nashville defenseman Roman Josi was the second star with a pair of goals and six points in three games while Philadelphia netminder Brian Elliott was the third star after a 3-0-0 record for the week which included a 2.02 GAA and a .933 save percentage. He also saw action in the Flyers fourth game of the week when Carter Hart was pulled after allowing five goals on 14 shots Sunday in a loss to the Islanders.
The Chicago Blackhawks dealt Brendan Perlini to Detroit for Alec Regula, a third-round pick in 2018 who is still playing junior hockey in the OHL with London. Perlini had requested a trade as he had been a healthy scratch for all but one game this season with the Blackhawks.
Adam Lowry was suspended for a couple of games after a boarding penalty Saturday in which he nailed the Flames Oliver Kylington in the second period. He is a repeat offender and that was why he got two games.
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ARIZONA 3 BUFFALO 2 (Shootout)
Nick Schmaltz scored the shootout winner as the Arizona Coyotes fought back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Buffalo 3-2.
Jack Eichel on the power play and Jeff Skinner gave the Sabres the lead 11:16 into the first period but Conor Garland with a team-leading sixth goal of the season cut the margin in half before the end of the first.
Garland then set up Carl Soderberg with the tying goal in the second on the power play.
Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves for the win as he has won five of his last six to move his record to 5-3-0. He has a sparkling 1.88 GAA and a .933 save percentage. He has been gold for the Coyotes and fantasy owners.
Carter Hutton was bombarded by the Coyotes as he stopped 42 shots but was unable to prevent Schmaltz’s shootout winner. Hutton is also having a sensational season with a 6-1-2 record to go with a 2.17 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
Garland suffered an injury just past the midway mark of the third when the puck caught him in the ear. He did not return during the rest of regulation and overtime but partook in the shootout. He did not score.
VANCOUVER 7 FLORIDA 2
The Panthers were flat in the first as Vancouver pumped five goals past both Sam Montembeault and Sergei Bobrovsky. Montembeault gave up three goals in the first 6:18 of the first and Bobrovsky took over. Bobrovsky gave up two goals on six shots and was replaced by Montembeault to start the second.
Josh Leivo had a goal and an assist, while Jake Virtanen, Brent Sutter, Brock Boeser and Tim Schaller also scored for Vancouver. It was Schaller’s fourth goal in his last three games after starting the season with nary a goal in his first seven contests.
Thatcher Demko picked up the win for Vancouver, stopping 26 shots. He is 3-1 this season.
Montembeault gave up five goals on 30 shots in taking the loss.
Noel Acciari had four blocked shots.
Tyler Myers and Edler were plus-four.
J.T. Miller - 2
Alexander Edler – 3
Elias Pettersson - 3
Shots on Goal
Phil Kessel - 6
Josh Brown -4
Two – by many