On the day he was officially named to the 2010 Canadian Olympic team, Brodeur made a statement by shutting out the Stanley Cup champs for the second straight game. His 105th career shutout came on a 32-save effort in the Devils' 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, increasing both their division and conference leads. Niclas Bergfors(notes) and Jamie Langenbrunner(notes) had the goals; the Devils moved to 4-0 against Pittsburgh this season.
Well look who's getting hot just in time for a national television audience on New Year's Day? The Flyers demolished the New York Rangers, 6-0, for their fourth win in a row as Gagne tallied a hat trick and added an assist. Blair Betts(notes) returned to MSG with a tone-setting goal 54 seconds into the game. The Flyers played well in front of Michael Leighton(notes) in the win.
The duo earns a half star each for both converting penalty shots against the visiting Washington Capitals in the Sharks' 5-2 victory. Thornton's came when defenseman John Erskine(notes) lost his stick while diving to catch him. Clowe's was earned when Mike Green(notes) took him down to prevent a breakaway. According to the AP, it was the first time two penalty shots had been converted in the same game since Feb. 11, 1982, when Thomas Gradin and Ivan Hlinka converted for Vancouver in Detroit. Joe Pavelski(notes) scored two goals in the win, while Alex Ovechkin(notes) netted his
27th 26th for the Caps.
Honorable mention: Eric Nystrom's(notes) furious fore-check set up Conroy's eventual game-winner for the Calgary Flames, his first of the season and first since April 11. The Flames knocked off the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1. ... When Steven Stamkos(notes) lost control of the puck in overtime, Michael Cammalleri(notes) pounced on it and led Tomas Plekanec(notes) for the game-winner in the Montreal Canadiens' 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, in front of a pro-Habs snowbird crowd in the Sunshine State. Carey Price(notes) had 34 saves. ... Patrick O'Sullivan(notes) scored twice on the power play to give Pat Quinn a win over his old team, 3-1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jeff Deslauriers made 27 saves, giving up Phil Kessel's(notes) 14th late in the third. ... Ryan O'Reilly(notes) had the eventual game-winner but the Colorado Avalanche held on in the third for a 4-3 win at the Ottawa Senators, who rallied with a pair of goals. ... Tuukka Rask(notes) made 18 saves in shutting out the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-0, as the Boston Bruins played well in front of him and chased Ondrej Pavelec(notes) in the first period for the second time this season.
Did you know?: Andre Markov has a six-game point streak for the Habs.
Dishonorable mention: The Thrashers have lost six in a row. ... Marty Reasoner(notes) was a minus-3. ... Henrik Lundqvist(notes) was pulled after giving up three goals on 11 shots. ... Brandon Dubinsky(notes) was a minus-4. ... Finally, this hit by Dion Phaneuf(notes) was the night's most controversial moment, as he sent Anze Kopitar(notes) to the ice and earned himself a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct. Take a look:
"You'll have to ask that a different way, then. Why did Phaneuf get thrown out of the game? Because it's in the rule book, right? That's one of the dirtier hits in the game. That's been addressed at the league level, and that's why the referee called a game misconduct. You don't think it's a dirty hit."
He also said he wished Sutter a Happy New Year, which is swell.