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Riding the Zamboni – December 4th (early edition)

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To read about today’s first two games, click here. If you want to know what happened in the Pittsburgh Penguins-Columbus Blue Jackets game and the Atlanta Thrashers-Washington Capitals game, click here. We’ll have recaps of the two late games either very late tonight or sometime on Sunday.

Toronto 3, Boston 2 (SO)

For at least one night, Phil Kessel and Brian Burke bested the Boston Bruins after that fateful trade. Kessel bested Tim Thomas (who was fantastic in the game, stopping 38 out of 40 shots during the real hockey) in the shootout to help Toronto earn a sorely needed win. Jean-Sebastien Gigure also got off the hook with a 25 for 27 save performance.

Buffalo 1, Ottawa 0 (SO)

This is one of those “both goalies really got a shutout” games, being that the only puck that went in either net happened during a shootout (when Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo). Ryan Miller gets the shiny bonus point as he stopped 32 shots while Brian Elliott somewhat fittingly made 31.

Tampa Bay 6, Colorado 5

Eleven goals were scored in this game and yet, somehow, Steve Stamkos didn’t earn a single point. That’s OK, though, because the Lightning received great performances from Martin St. Louis and Simon Gagne, who scored one goal and two assists each. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay’s goalie situation is still pretty sketchy as Dan Ellis allowed five goals on only 24 shots.

Dallas 4, Minnesota 3 (OT)

The Stars are now (quite quietly) on a six game winning streak and they needed to scrap for every one of those victories, as each win came by one goal. Stephane Robidas scored the overtime game-winner in this one, capping the win off with a victory hop that seemed reminiscent of Phil Mickelson’s far-from-gravity-defying leap from a few years ago. At least Robidas was on skates, though.

Florida 2, Phoenix 1 (SO)

Here is a sentence I wasn’t expecting to write tonight: Scott Clemmensen out-dueled Ilya Bryzgalov in this game. Clemmensen earned 40 saves to Bryzgalov’s 36 as the Panthers. Breezy is now on a three game losing streak after winning six in a row.

Nashville 5, Carolina 2

Anders Lindback keeps playing pretty well whenever Pekka Rinne is absent as he’s now 4-1-1 during the 2010-11 season. In some ways, it was a typical Predators win, as they received offense from a variety of sources. It wasn’t just same-old, same-old, though, as the team also threw 38 shots on Cam Ward (who allowed four, with the other goal coming via an empty-netter).

Johansen is a ‘little disappointed’ the Blue Jackets didn’t recognize him in return to Columbus

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JANUARY 19:  Ryan Johansen #92 of the Nashville Predators skates against Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at Bridgestone Arena on January 19, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Ryan Johansen played 309 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets before a blockbuster trade to Nashville last January.

On Sunday, he finally made his return back to Columbus as a member of the Predators. However, he did not receive any sort of tribute whatsoever from the team that originally selected him fourth overall in the 2010 draft, and that is something that apparently bothered him.

“I am a little disappointed they didn’t put anything on the Jumbotron and say ‘thank you’ or anything like that,” Johansen told the Columbus Post-Dispatch. “I think we all know who made that call, but whatever.”

While Johansen enjoyed some productive seasons with the Blue Jackets, his time in Columbus, particularly his final months, were dogged with contentious headlines about his contract negotiations with the club and then his working relationship with coach John Tortorella.

Johansen, now 24 years old, has nine goals and 40 points in 58 games this season for Nashville. Currently in the final year of his three-year, $12 million contract, he’s a restricted free agent at the end of this season.

Make that four straight wins for the Bruins

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Brent Burns turned in a dominating performance. But Brad Marchand had the last laugh.

Marchand scored his 25th goal of the season and, more importantly, the overtime winner for the Boston Bruins as they defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Sunday.

That’s Boston’s fourth consecutive win since the controversial coaching change — which took another twist earlier in the week when the rival Montreal Canadiens fired Michel Therrien and hired Claude Julien. Off a defensive zone faceoff, Marchand bolted up the ice for the breakaway pass, on what appeared to be a set play, beating Martin Jones through the legs.

The Bruins move back into third in the Atlantic Division, and are now only four points back of the faltering Habs for first.

Meanwhile, the Sharks were unable to fully capitalize on another freakish Brent Burns outing. He’s been dubbed ‘an unstoppable force’ in recent posts at PHT — a defenseman possessing great size at six-foot-five-inches tall and 230 pounds, but no shortage of mobility and offensive talent with 27 goals and 64 points in 60 games. Um, and did we mention he’s a defenseman. . . ?

Against the Bruins, he had 20 shot attempts — by far the most of any player in this game — in just over 26 minutes of ice time.

Given the final score, that probably doesn’t mean much to Brad Marchand.

Jacob Trouba will have a hearing for head shot on Mark Stone

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It appears Jacob Trouba will face supplemental discipline from the NHL.

The league’s Department of Player Safety has said in a Twitter statement that Trouba, the Winnipeg Jets defenseman, will have a hearing tomorrow for his head shot on Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone during Sunday’s game.

Trouba was assessed only a minor penalty on the play. Stone, who dealt with a concussion prior to the beginning of the season, stayed down on the ice before he eventually made his way to the dressing room.

The incident occurred when Trouba stepped up to throw a hit on Stone, but instead caught him in the head as he followed through, sending Stone to the ice.

Stone was one of three Ottawa forwards to leave the game because of injuries, which are piling up for the Senators.

Video: Drouin ‘wasn’t going to be denied’ on thrilling OT winner

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 30:  Jonathan Drouin #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders  during the first period in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on April 30, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning needed overtime to defeat the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, but it’s a critical win for the Bolts as they try to chase down a playoff spot.

The hero? Jonathan Drouin, and he did so with a thrilling individual effort — making moves, then losing the puck and then immediately getting it back before he finally scored on the backhander.

That’s his 17th goal of the season. Tampa Bay gets a 3-2 win, which keeps them five points back of Toronto for the final wild card spot in the East.