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Fleury Moving On Up

Monday, February 5, 2018

On Super Bowl Sunday, the NHL is smart and schedules just afternoon games, allowing all attending plenty of time to get home, start making the wings and nachos and get comfortable to watch the game.


Great game and the most exciting Super Bowl I've ever seen.


But since this is a hockey article, let's get to it.


Ben Bishop will return to action on Monday as he has recovered from a facial injury that kept him out of action for a couple of games. Teammate Martin Hanzal (who always seems to be hurt) will be a game-time decision with a lower body injury that has kept him out of action since January 20.


Alex Killorn was used on the first power play with the Lightning in practice Sunday, replacing Ryan Callahan.


The Penguins returned Casey DeSmith to the minors and recalled Tristan Jarry.


Filip Forsberg was suspended for three games for his interference on Jimmy Vesey Saturday. Vesey left the game in the second period and did not return.


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Riley Smith scored twice and Alex Tuch scored the game winner as the Vegas Golden Knights won yet again, this time a 4-3 road victory over the Washington Capitals.


Tuch also picked up an assist on Smith’s first goal, while Jonathan Marchessault had two assists to give him 32 this season.


Chandler Stephenson, opened the scoring with his fifth of the season. It was his third goal in the last three games.


Nicklas Backstrom scored in the third to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead. It was a seemingly rare point for the usually productive Backstrom (I know so, I have him in my pool and have been totally disappointed by his performance this season) who has 39 points in 51 contests.


Matt Niskanen also scored and added an assist for the Capitals.


Ryan Carpenter with his first of the season, opened the scoring for the Golden Knights.


Marc-Andre Fleury only made 20 saves but it was enough to garner his 390th career win, passing Dominik Hasek for 13th spot on the all-time NHL list. He is 15-4-2 with a 1.84 GAA and a .939 save percentage.


Philipp Grubauer took the loss, giving up four goals on 31 shots. He is 4-7-3 with a 2.69 GAA and a .913 save percentage.


Pierre-Edouard Bellemare had two assists for the Golden Knights. Smith had eight shots on goal to lead both teams.


William Carrier played only 1:03 in the game and had to leave after suffering an upper body injury. He did not return.


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Aaron Dell stopped 29-of-30 shots to lead the Sharks to a 3-1 win over the hometown Carolina Hurricanes.  


The supposed backup netminder to Martin Jones raised his record to 13-4-3 with a 2.44 GAA and a .919 save percentage as his goaltending has kept the Sharks in th playoff race in the West.


Cam Ward took the loss for Carolina after three straight wins. He gave up all three goals on 26 shots as his record fell to 15-7-2 with a 2.68 GAA and a .909 save percentage. He has certainly outplayed Scott Darling this season as the one-time Chicago goalie is 9-14-6 with a 3.06 GAA and a .892 save percentage.


Timo Meier opened the scoring with his 12th of the season but Sebastian Aho, the Hurricanes biggest offensive threat this season, tied the game at 1 with his 19th of the season. The Sharks would take a 2-1 lead into the dressing room as Chris Tierney scored his 13th of the season to give him 24 points in 52 games this season.


The scoring ended in the second when Brent Burns scored his ninth of the season and 44th point of the campaign as he picked up his 35th assist on Meier’s goal. After a very slow start, Burns has 19 points in his last 16 contests.


There was only one minor in the game as Brenden Dillon picked up a cross checking penalty for his hit on Brock McGinn. The duo also fought at that time and both picked up a major for fighting.




The Canadiens faced one of three teams worse than them Sunday in their annual home game on Super Bowl Sunday and beat Ottawa 4-1.


After a scoreless first period the Senators Mike Hoffman scored on an unassisted goal as he picked off a horrendous David Schlemko clearing pass and snapped one past Carey Price in the slot to give the Senators their only lead of the game.


Defenseman Jeff Petry tied the game at one with a power play goal, his eighth of the season and third goal in the last two games. He definitely should get consideration for player of the week.


Artturi Lehkonen scored on the power play just 1:38 after Petry. It was his first goal since October 30, a span of 25 games. The Habs have been great on the power play this weekend, going 5-of-10 as they are finally starting to score.


Lehkonen took 25 games to score between goals two and three but needed only 10:53 to score his fourth of the season and second of the game. It ended the scoring in the second.


Tomas Plekanec scored his fifth of the season in the third to complete the scoring, He had a two point afternoon as he assisted on Lehkonen’s second of the game.


Max Pacioretty had an assist on Petry’s goal and it was the 600th point of his career.


Carey Price picked up the win for Montreal, stopping 25 shots while Mike Condon made 31 saves in the Ottawa cage.


Erik Karlsson led both teams with six shots on goal and what seems as usual this season, was a minus-one.



Michael Finewax is entering his 14th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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