Riding the Zamboni – Tuesday, January 11th

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Here are the details regarding Tuesday’s other nine game.

Phoenix 4, Columbus 3

The Blue Jackets once held a 3-1 lead over the Coyotes, but they couldn’t close Phoenix out. In fact, Columbus didn’t even leave the game with a single point, as Derek Morris scored the game winner in the third period.

Boston 6, Ottawa 0

The Bruins poured a little salt in the Senators’ wounds tonight, as Patrice Bergeron scored a hat trick (including the game winner) and Tim Thomas earned a 31-save shutout to beat Ottawa handily. This gives Boston a two point lead over Montreal in the Northeast Division.

Montreal 2, NY Rangers 1

Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves and even earned an assist, but his efforts weren’t strong enough to push the Rangers past the Canadiens. Brandon Dubinsky scored the first goal, then Jaroslav Spacek and Benoit Pouliot scored for Montreal. Alex Auld made 25 saves to keep the Habs close to the Bruins for the top spot in the Northeast.

Carolina 6, Calgary 5 (SO)

The Hurricanes took a 5-2 lead but the Flames stormed back to send this to overtime and beyond, but Carolina as Jeff Skinner scored the only shootout goal. Jussi Jokinen scored two goals and one assist while Jarome Iginla scored one goal and provided the 500th assist of his career in this game.

Miikka Kiprusoff was pulled after allowing four goals on eight shots before giving way to Henrik Karlsson, who stopped 21 out of 22 shots. Cam Ward earned the win by making 27 out of 25 saves.

Florida 4, Washington 3 (OT)

Much like the Hurricanes, the Panthers coughed up a three-goal lead but ended up winning after allowing their opponents to earn a charity point. Dennis Wideman scored the overtime game-winner on the power play to win for Florida.

Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 2

What’s the best way to react to an All-Star snub? By playing great hockey, which Daniel Briere did tonight by scoring one goal and three assists to help the Flyers overcome a 2-0 deficit against the Sabres. (Surely the added carrot of playing against his old team didn’t hurt, either.) Scott Hartnell might not have been All-Star material this season, but his two goals, one assist and one fight earned him a Gordie Howe hat trick.

Nashville 5, Minnesota 1

All of a sudden, the Predators are in fourth place in the Western Conference. They are now on a six-game winning streak after dominating the Wild.

Dallas 3, Edmonton 2

It’s been a good week for Jamie Benn, as he earned the January 3-9th goal of the week award and also managed to score in tonight’s game against the Oilers. The Stars didn’t earn many style points while beating Edmonton, but a win’s a win and their place atop the Pacific Division is secure.

Toronto 4, San Jose 2

Ron Wilson earned the 600th win of his coaching career against his former team, which must have made the milestone that much sweeter. The Maple Leafs knocked Logan Couture out of the game and then earned the win, their fourth straight victory which also ranks as the Sharks’ fifth loss in a row.

Crosby: Penguins ‘probably deserved better’ vs. Senators in Game 6

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If you didn’t know that the Stanley Cup Playoffs can be awfully cruel, then the last week or so of action should make it pretty clear.

The Nashville Predators lost top center Ryan Johansen to a scary ailment few would have seen coming. The Anaheim Ducks fell in both games to the Johansen-less Predators, even after dominating significant chunks of Game 6. At least one Ducks player wondered if the better team won.

Much like in life, “fair” and “deserve” only matter so much. Sports have a scoreboard to serve as the ultimate deciding factor.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have similar thoughts after falling 2-1 to the Ottawa Senators tonight, extending the Eastern Conference Final to a decisive Game 7. You can nitpick questionable penalties and missed chances, but really, how negative can you be after Craig Anderson puts forth a blazing 45-save performance (with no overtime)?

Mike Sullivan and others echoed such thoughts.

” … Obviously, we’re disappointed in the result, but I don’t think we can get discouraged by that,” Sullivan said. “I think we’ve got to take the positives from it, and we’ve got to build on it, and we’ve got to become a more determined team for Game 7.

That’s not the sort of take that’s going to make the Senators angry in Game 7. The tone of the Senators’ discussions was likely very different after they lost Game 5 by a 7-0 score, yet maybe there was similar self belief.

Anderson puzzles Penguins as Senators force Game 7

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Who could blame fans for chanting “Andy” tonight?

The Ottawa Senators said they would choose to fight in Game 6, and Craig Anderson truly battled in this one, refusing to allow this unlikely run to an end on Tuesday. They wouldn’t roll over, even after a 7-0 humiliation in Game 5.

The underrated goalie continued his memorable (and emotional) 2016-17 season with a brilliant performance, making 45 saves to help Ottawa manage a gutsy 2-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With that, hockey fans get a true treat: the Eastern Conference will go to a Game 7 on Thursday.

The Senators opted for a “bend but don’t break” strategy for much of the contest, possibly to Guy Boucher’s preference. Even so, the Penguins managed to grind their way to a 1-0 win thanks to another hard-work goal from Evgeni Malkin.

Mistakes would come back to haunt the Penguins, however, as Bobby Ryan broke Ottawa’s lengthy power-play drought to tie things up on a 5-on-3.

With their season in question thanks to a 1-1 tie in the third period, Mike Hoffman sent a booming shot by Matt Murray, and that ended up being all the Senators needed to tie the series 3-3.

Anderson was the standout, but Erik Karlsson was a hero in the way his detractors might not expect.

You can watch Game 7 on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday. The game is also available to stream via the NBC Sports App.

Report: Avalanche get permission to speak with Leafs assistant GM Dubas

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Could one of the most hapless possession teams of this more analytics-leaning era nab arguably the most promising analytics-leaning executive in the NHL?

It’s a reasonable question, as Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that the Colorado Avalanche asked for and received permission to speak to Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas.

Current GM Joe Sakic recently got a vote of confidence and also cleaned out some of the coaching staff around Jared Bednar, so this is certainly a time of change for the Avalanche.

It will be interesting to see what kind of role Dubas would receive if he did join the fold in Colorado. Would he still be considered an assistant GM, only with more sway with what would likely be a smaller group of decision-makers? Could we see Sakic move up and give Dubas the full GM title (or eventually transition that role to the young upstart)? Might there be some other factor that would qualify as a more “outside the box” idea?

One thing seems clear: the Avalanche might want to be decisive, as demand could be significant for Dubas if he’s even somewhat on the market.

This could be interesting, especially if you’re a nerd for team-building storylines.

Video: Senators score twice to take 2-1 lead in Game 6

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The Ottawa Senators have defied odds during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they’ve done so with what’s often been an ice-cold power play.

They finally struck gold on the man advantage on Tuesday, and at a key moment. The Pittsburgh Penguins were dominating much of the game and pressing for an even bigger edge after Evgeni Malkin made it 1-0.

Maybe the Penguins got overzealous, or maybe officials … finally started making some calls. Either way, the Senators ended up with a 5-on-3 advantage for almost a minute-and-a-half. With that opportunity, Bobby Ryan scored a huge goal for Ottawa on a shot that was both oddly and perfectly placed.

Moments later, Kyle Turris narrowly missed a golden opportunity, so the contest remained tied 1-1.

Despite a late push by the Penguins to finish the second, Game 6 will enter the third period with a 1-1 score.

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Update: Mike Hoffman‘s booming shot gave the Senators a 2-1 lead in the third. We’ll see if Pittsburgh can tie it up.