Tarasenko has OT Winner

Michael Finewax
The Monday Dose looks at a shutout from Curtis McElhinney as well as Vladimir Tarasenko and Nino Niederreiter scoring overtime winners

Tarasenko has OT Winner

The Monday Dose looks at a shutout from Curtis McElhinney as well as Vladimir Tarasenko and Nino Niederreiter scoring overtime winners

Some news and notes from around the NHL.

The Vegas Golden Knights activated goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from the injured reserve list and sent Maxime Lagace to the minors. It appears that Fleury’s concussion issues are done.

Alex Pietrangelo missed Sunday’s game as he blocked a shot on Saturday. He will try to skate on Monday. The Blues got worse news as Jaden Schwartz suffered an ankle injury that will keep him out at least six weeks.

Sonny Milano was sent to the minors while Ivan Barbashev was recalled.


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Who would have thought that Curtis McElhinney would be the best player on the ice.

Well he was as he led the Maple Leafs to a 1-0 win over Edmonton in a rare Sunday game at the ACC.

McElhinney was spectacular as he stopped 41 shots including a Connor McDavid shorthanded breakaway to pick up his third win of the season. He is 3-2 with a 2.44 GAA and a .925 save percentage as the shutout lowered his GAA by 60 points and raised his save percentage by 25 points.

The scoring was completed only 34 seconds into the game when Zach Hyman scored his sixth of the season with Jake Gardiner and William Nylander picking up the assists.

Auston Matthews was unable to play on Sunday as the sophomore was out with an upper body injury.

Laurent Brossoit stopped 22-of-23 but took the loss for the Oilers.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins led both teams with seven shots on goal.

Roman Polak had four hits as well as four blocked shots.


Artem Anisimov scored the game winner with less than five minutes left in the third to give the Blackhawks a 3-1 win over Arizona.

There was no scoring in the first two periods but the Blackhawks got a goal from their fourth line at 7:36 of the third as Tommy Wingels picked up his fourth of the season with John Hayden and Jordan Oesterle getting the assists.

The Coyotes tied the game with less than six minutes to go as Anthony Duclair potted his seventh of the season.

Anisimov’s winner was set up by Patrick Kane who snapped a four game pointless drought with the assist as he passed Doug Wilson for points by a Blackhawk with is 780th of his career. He is now fifth all-time among Chicago players.

Nick Schmaltz with his fifth of the season, completed the scoring.

Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots for the win as he is 13-7-2 with a 2.21 GAA and a .932 save percentage. He has kept the Blackhawks in many games this season and has probably been their MVP thus far.

Scott Wedgewood stopped 34 shots in absorbing the loss.

Zac Rinaldo had six hits to lead both teams.

ST. LOUIS 3 BUFFALO 2 (Overtime)


Vladimir Tarasenko scored the winner with 36 seconds left in overtime to give the Blues a 3-2 win over Buffalo.

The Sabres were down 2-0 going into the third period but a pair of goals by Evan Rodrigues, his first two of the season, tied the game and sent it into overtime. He has three points in his last two games and has only played three games this season after he was recalled on Monday by the Sabres. Rodrigues suffered a hand injury during training camp and was sent to the minors upon getting healthy. He had 10 points in eight games with Rochester of the AHL before his recall.

Brayden Schenn with his 16th of the season opened the scoring in the first period just 40 seconds into the contest. It was the lone goal of the period.

Paul Stastny scored his seventh of the season in the second to give the Blues a 2-0 lead.

Jake Allen stopped 22 shots for the win as he improved his record to 17-6-2 with a 2.54 GAA and a .913 save percentage.

Robin Lehner was the overtime loser for the Sabres as he allowed all three goals on 45 shots.

Joel Edmundson had a pair of assists for the Blues while both Tarasenko and Stastny had two point nights.

Tarasenko had eight shots on net with Stastny picking up seven.

Jack Eichel was none too happy at the end of the game and was given a ten-minute misconduct which helps poolies who have him and play the category.

As mentioned above, both Jaden Schwartz and Alex Pietrangelo were unable to play for the Blues Sunday.


Nino Niederreiter scored his 10th of the season in overtime as the Minnesota Wild refused to let this one get away as they upended the San Jose Sharks 4-3.

The Wild got off to a 3-0 lead as Ryan Murphy with his first opened the scoring before Eric Staal scored twice, once in the first and once in the second.

But Brent Burns then scored a couple of goals on the power play as well to give him four this season and that cut the Wild’s lead to one.

Tomas Hertl then tied things up with 5:02 left in the third to send the game into overtime.

Alex Stalock got a rare start and stopped 31 shots for the win. He evened his record at 3-3-1 this season.

Martin Jones turned away only 20 shots in allowing four goals to go to 11-7-2 in 2017-18.

Mikael Granlund had two assists to give him 13 this season. He has 19 points in 24 games and has been coming on strong since a slow start to the season.

Staal and Niederreiter were each a plus-three.

Ryan Suter had six blocked shots in addition to an assist. 

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