Game 2: End of 2 – Chicago Blackhawks 1, Nashville Predators 0
lead series 1-0
Pekka Rinne is keeping the Predators alive,
especially in the second period when the Predators committed three
straight penalties. The Hawks are outshooting the Predators 26-12, and
while the chances have been few Antti Niemi has been strong in net for
the Hawks. Chicago will certainly need more, because you can almost
count on a flubbed goal at some point by the Blackhawks. It’s just…a
Game 3: End of 1 – Colorado Avalanche 0, San Jose
Series tied 1-1
Not much to say
about this one, other than the big story surrounding two injuries. Dany
Heatley is out for the Sharks with what could be a lower body injury,
while Milan Hejduk left in the first period after colliding with
teammate Paul Statsny.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.