On Monday night in Toronto, the Hockey Hall of Fame will induct six new members as Guy Carbonneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, Hayley Wickenheiser, Sergei Zubov, Jim Rutherford and Jerry York will take their rightful place in the Hall.
Carbonneau and Zubov had strong NHL careers, while Wickenheiser was arguably the best women’s hockey player ever.
Jim Rutherford got in due to his outstanding work as a general manager while York has been an outstanding coach at the American college level.
Nedomansky was the first player from behind the Iron Curtain to defect and play in North America. I remember when the Toronto Toros of the WHA signed him after he defected from Czechoslovakia via Switzerland in 1974 and watched him star as he scored 97 goals in his two years in Toronto. He managed to play six seasons in the NHL as well but he was already 30 years of age at the time of his defection.
Congratulations to all the new members of the Hockey Hall of Fame!
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VEGAS 6 CALGARY 0
The Vegas Golden Knights broke out of a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) in convincing style with a 6-0 whitewash of the Calgary Flames.
Marc-Andre Fleury snapped a two-game losing streak as he stopped all 34 shots for his 10th win of the season. He is 10-5-1with a 2.52 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
William Karlsson led the onslaught with a pair of goals and three points. He has eight goals and 23 points thus far and his season is looking more like the breakout campaign he had in 2017-18 when he had 78 points, rather than last season’s pedestrian 56 points. Karlsson has a three-game goal and points streak going with four goals and seven points.
Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist while Cody Eakin, Paul Stastny and Mark Stone also found the back of the net. For Stone, it was his first goal in eight games and first point in seven contests.
It was a big night for Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt who had four assists and was a plus-two.
Cam Talbot gave up all six goals on only 37 shots. It was his fourth straight loss, dating back to October 22. He is 1-5-0 with a 3.22 GAA and a .893 save percentage. The Flames will need a lot better than that from their backup.
Gaudreau and Sean Monahan were each a minus-five.
Pacioretty and Brayden McNabb led the Golden Knights with a plus-four rating.
The Flames were scoreless on the weekend as they were shut out by Arizona on Saturday 3-0.
CHICAGO 4 BUFFALO 1
Kirby Dach scored the first two goals of the game, including the winner as Chicago won their fourth straight, 4-1 over Buffalo.
The 18-year-old Dach (the third overall pick) is one of only three players from the current draft remaining in the NHL as Jack Hughes who went number one, and Kaapo Kakko who was second, are the only others still in the league.
Patrick Kane with his 11th, scored on the power play. He has a nine-game points streak and has eight goals and 17 points in the nine contests. Kane has 26 points in 20 games this season.
Jonathan Toews completed the scoring for Chicago with his fourth of the season.
Corey Crawford was strong in the Chicago cage as he stopped 33-of-34 shots the win. He has been terrific of late with a 3-0-1 record in his last four contests, giving up only eight goals on 145 shots.
Crawford is 4-4-2 with a 3.02 GAA and a .914 save percentage, quite a bit better than a week ago when he was 1-4-1 with a 3.74 GAA and a .892 save percentage.
Carter Hutton took the loss, giving up four goals on 27 shots. He started the season at 6-0-0 but has lost the last six games (0-4-2) and has raised his GAA to 2.74 while lowering his save percentage to .909.
Jack Eichel broke up Crawford’s shut out bid, halfway through the third period. He has scored the Sabres last five goals as he scored all four Saturday in a win over Ottawa. Eichel had six shots on goal as well as five hits on the night.
Kirby Dach – 2
William Karlsson – 2
Nate Schmidt - 4
Shots on Goal
Jack Eichel - 6
Elias Lindholm – 10
Ryan Reaves – 7
Olli Maatta – 6
Calvin de Haan - 6
Nicolas Hague - 6
Jimmy Vesey – 7
Erik Gustafsson - 5
William Carrier – 4
Matthew Tkachuk – 4