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Riding the Zamboni – Tuesday, November 16th

With just three games tonight, the ride on the Zamboni will be short but it’ll be worthwhile with the Leafs getting off the schnide, Carey Price standing on his head once again, and the Stars shining brightly in Dallas.

Montreal 3 – Philadelphia 0

It was a battle between highlight-reel goalies with Carey Price getting the start against Sergei Bobrovsky but it would be Price that would shine tonight. Price stopped 41 shots in earning his third shutout of the season. I think we can officially put away the Price/Halak comparisons for good as Price has been outstanding. After being the NHL’s #1 star of the week last week, he continues to impress in stopping the red-hot Flyers. Mike Cammalleri, Tomas Plekanec, and Brian Gionta all scored for the Habs. Meanwhile, Bobrovsky looked a bit tired and after starting in his 11th straight game, I think he’s got a valid excuse if he was. Bobrovsky made 25 saves in the loss.

Toronto 5 – Nashville 4

Things looked bleak early for Toronto when the Predators jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. A Luke Schenn goal seemed to snap the Leafs out of things and get them rolling. Kris Versteeg scored two goals while Mikhail Grabovsky and Nikolai Kulemin added goals for the Leafs on the way to the victory. Jonas Gustavsson closed out the game for starter Jean-Sebastian Giguere after Giguere left the game with an apparent groin injury. For Nashville, their woes resume and tonight their defense is to blame. After winning two in a row after snapping a five-game losing streak, the Preds went back to old habits in this one. They played tough, but sloppy. For Toronto, the win snaps their eight-game losing streak. The team needed a win something terrible and the way they came back tonight is almost virtually inspiring.

Dallas 2 – Anaheim 1

Brad Richards’ eighth goal of the season snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period to give the Stars the win. A rather pedestrian game all around saw Dallas get a power play goal from Steve Ott while Anaheim’s lone goal came courtesy of Corey Perry, his ninth goal of the year. Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 shots in the win while Jonas Hiller saved 24. The loss snaps a seven-game point streak for the Ducks.

Fights, hits and a blown kiss: Stars and Blues get nasty

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Things were getting out of hand between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues on the scoreboard in an eventual 6-1 Blues win.

They were also getting a little raucous on the ice when it was clear that the Stars weren’t going to stage a comeback.

Jamie Benn was whistled for cross-checking Alex Pietrangelo, but it was Stephen Johns‘ hit from behind on Pietrangelo really revved up the violence.

Watch that hit and then the scrum that ensued in the video above, which included a scary display of an angry Ryan Reaves … who got creative at the end.

You may also want the kiss alone, so here it is:

Memo: rough stuff might not work so well against the Blues.

Read about that blowout here.

Blues bombard Stars, go up 2-1 in series

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Sometimes a final score is misleading. In the case of the St. Louis Blues’ 6-1 thrashing of the Dallas Stars, it might just be the start of the story.

Honestly, the most positive thing the Stars can say is “Well, at least it was just one game.”

It was one ugly game, however, and now the Blues hold a 2-1 series lead with a chance to really take control if they can win Game 4 at home.

The Blues dominated just about every category on Tuesday, firing more shots on goal, enjoying better special teams play and throwing more hits. They even blocked a higher number of shots, which often isn’t the case for the squad that carries play.

This leaves the Stars picking up the pieces, especially when it comes to their work in their own end.

Do you put greater blame on struggling goalies Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi or is this more about the Stars’ lax defensive coverage? The scary answer may be “Both,” and the Stars likely know that they need to find answers quickly.

On the bright side for Dallas, it is just one game … and the Blues were searching for answers of their own after Game 1.

We saw the Blues turn things around with these two straight wins, so now the Stars must show that they can gather themselves and play the attacking, out-score-your-mistakes style that got them here.

Granted, they may have to keep an eye out for supplemental discipline after some rough stuff toward the end of the game.

Predators smash Sharks to get back in series

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After a dispiriting 1-0 goal allowed by Pekka Rinne, things were looking bleak for the Nashville Predators for a moment there.

Nashville’s developed into a resilient group, however, and they stormed back for a commanding 4-1 win to shrink San Jose’s series advantage to 2-1.

The Predators saw some of their big names come up huge as the series shifted from San Jose to Nashville.

Pekka Rinne looked sharp following that first goal (and didn’t allow another). Their goals came from James Neal, Colin Wilson, Filip Forsberg and captain Shea Weber.

Weber’s tally was the game-winner, and it was downright thunderous:

Another promising sign: after a struggling to a 2-for-31 clip in previous playoff games, the Predators’ power play went 2-for-5 in Game 3.

Overall, the Predators really couldn’t ask for much more from this win, especially if Colton Sissons is indeed OK after a scary crash into the Sharks’ net.

Things could get really interesting if Nashville manages to “hold serve” with another home win on Thursday.

Stars’ goalie carousel goes around again: Lehtonen replaces Niemi

Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) subs in for goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, in Dallas. The Stars won 6-5. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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It’s pretty tough not to make jokes about the Dallas Stars spending $10.4 million on their goalies at times like these, even if Dallas’ defense should shoulder plenty of blame.

After Kari Lehtonen was pulled from a Game 2 loss, the St. Louis Blues chased Antti Niemi early in the second period of Game 3 after Niemi allowed three goals on 12 shots.

Troy Brouwer‘s 3-1 goal was enough for Lindy Ruff to give Niemi the hook:

Unfortunately for the Stars, Lehtonen got off to a slow start as well, allowing an immediate Vladimir Tarasenko goal.

The Blues are now 4-1 and the Stars are searching for answers … and probably wishing Tyler Seguin was around to help them out-score their problems.