Today is Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 and these are your news and notes
There were five games in action last night.
Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne would have an 18 save performance and Toronto’s goaltender Michael Hutchinson would have a 28 save performance on 32 attempts.
TXHT’s Steve Gardiner has your full recap of the contest at the following link.
St. Louis Blues goaltender in this game, Jordan Binnington, would become the 35th different goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in his first career NHL start and the second to have a shutout in a debut joining Rich Parent back on January 26th, 1999.
In a very ugly and penalty-filled game, the Minnesota Wild would go on to defeat the Montreal Canadiens by the score of 1-0.
Minnesota’s Nick Seeler would be assessed a two-minute instigator, a five-minute major for fighting, as well as a 10-minute misconduct penalty and Montreal’s Kenny Agostino would be duelled out a five minute major for interference, a five minute major for fighting, as well as a 10-minute game misconduct penalty.
This major chain of events came off of the two-minute interference penalty when Agostino was called for interference on Minnesota’s Eric Fehr.
With the Wild’s win, this would be Devan Dubnyk’s second shutout on the season and the 38th for his career.
Also with this win, this would be Minnesota’s ninth consecutive win against the Canadiens, matching franchise records for longest win streaks against an opponent.
Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau would have a two-goal performance, continuing his hot streak and help the Flames take down the Chicago Blackhawks by the score of 4-3.
The Flames would also become the first team to have four players with at least 50 points in their first 45 games of a season since the 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins with Ron Francis, Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Toms Sandstrom.
Chicago’s goalscorers would be Patrick Kane with his 24th goal on the season, Alex DeBrincat with his 20th goal of the season and Brandon Saad would score on the power play late in the third period with his 12th goal of the season, however that would not be enough as the Blackhawks would fall 4-3.
San Jose Sharks D Erik Karlsson would register an assist in his 13th consecutive game and would be one of only six other players to do so. Karlsson would go on to have three assists in the contest.
The San Jose Sharks would go on to defeat the Los Angeles Kings last night by the score of 3-1.
In NHL News…
Yesterday the NHL announced the Three Stars of the Week (week ending January 6th)
The first star went to Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau, who had an 11 point week in four games played. Included was a back-to-back four-point performance which had not happened for a Flames player since Doug Gilmour back in November of 1988.
The second star of the week went to San Jose Sharks Brent Burns. Burns had a nine-point week across three multi-point outings over the weeks and leads the NHL among all defenceman for points with 47 points in 43 games played.
The third star of the week would go to New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner. Lehner would go 3-0-0 during the week and has a record of 7-0-0 since December 18th. Lehner would become the fourth different Islanders goaltender to have a personal win streak of at least seven games and is the first the 2014-15 season when Jaroslav Halak had a similar mark.
This week the NWHL announced co-players of the week. Buffalo Beauts goaltender Shannon Szabados and Metropolitan Riveters Madison Packer were named the VEDA Co-Players of the Week.
Szabados had a 30 save performance in the Beauts 5-0 shutout win over the Boston Pride on Saturday. That contest was scoreless for the first 25 minutes until Buffalo opened up the scoring. Szabados would also go on to have miraculous saves in the contest.
Packer, in Sunday’s contest against the Connecticut Whale, had one goal and three assists to close out the regular-season series between the Riveters and Whale. The Riveters had a six-goal outburst in the contest to give Metropolitan a 6-3 win. Packer, a four-year veteran of the NWHL, led the league in goals last season and she will be playing in the NWHL All-Star Game next month in Nashville.