Martin Brodeur might be old but he’s still got the skills to produce ridiculous highlight reel saves. For instance, his work in stopping both Michael Grabner and Kyle Okposo this afternoon on this breakaway and rebound is otherworldly. His stop on Grabner was nice, but the classic leg-flailing stop on Okposo is just bonkers. No wonder the Devils want to keep him around forever.
Players of the Night:
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens: Here’s a name you haven’t seen often in these parts this season. But Pacioretty had two goals tonight, the opener for the Canadiens and the game-winner with 1:18 left in the third period to give the Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. He also added an assist on Montreal’s other goal. Truth be told, Pacioretty has been sizzling lately with six goals and an assist in his past six games.
John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks: Gibson had a quiet night for the most part until the third period, but he was stellar when called upon and made 23 saves, including a second-period beauty (which you will see below) to help his team to a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings.
Highlights of the Night:
James Neal had all the moves to help the Vegas Golden Knights secure a point on the road in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers.
John Gibson got just enough on this puck to redirect it off the post and out for quite the save:
Factoid of the Night:
- No suspensions for Dustin Brown, Evgeni Malkin after separate incidents on Thursday.
- New domain names raise interesting Seattle name possibilities
- Ryan Ellis hasn’t missed a beat for the Predators.
- Nugent-Hopkins injury: blessing in disguise for the Oilers.
- Kevin Shattenkirk out indefinitely after electing for knee surgery.
- Erik Karlsson‘s signature is a priority for Senators GM.
- No-NHL 2018 Olympics makes for unique preparation strategies.
Panthers 4, Golden Knights 3 (OT)
Canadiens 3, Capitals 2
Ducks 2, Kings 1
Jonathan Quick did all he could.
The posts behind him helped on a couple occasions, but Quick was everything the Los Angeles Kings needed to break out of their five-game losing streak, which they entered Friday wearing like a ball and chain.
But while Quick was solid in the crease, making 29 saves, the men in front of him couldn’t replicate their goalie’s performance in a 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
The Kings have now lost six straight and just two of their past 10 and are tied with four teams, including the Ducks, who sit on 53 points and just outside the final wildcard spot in the Western Conference.
The Ducks-Kings rivalry has become quite the grind ’em out slugfest over time, and despite their recent downward spiral, the Kings weren’t going to roll over and die when the puck dropped, even if they played 24 hours earlier.
This rivalry doesn’t allow for one team to not show up, despite whatever mitigating circumstances may be available.
And neither team was giving the other any allowances, evidenced by a 0-0 scoreline after 40 minutes.
The Ducks struck first in the third frame as Adam Henrique finally willed a puck behind Quick, who had puzzled Anaheim’s offense for 42 minutes and change.
Henrique’s individual effort on the goal began a few seconds earlier as he won a foot race to the puck to get it into the Ducks’ zone, dove to make sure it stayed there and they got up and went to the net, where he picked up a loose puck that and put it in the back of the net for a 1-0 lead at the 17:55 mark.
That lead was shortlived, however.
The Kings struck back two-and-a-half minutes later as some extended offensive zone time by the Kings resulted in Alex Iafallo flicking a puck up and over John Gibson off a rebound to ruin his shutout bid at 4:48.
The Ducks would get the final say.
Jakob Silfverberg‘s excellent forecheck kept the Kings from clearing the puck out of their zone.
Gibson’s night may have been a little quieter than his counterpart 200-feet away, but he was on point when he needed to be, making 23 of 24 saves, including getting just enough on Iafallo’s second-period shot to steer it off the post and out to keep the game 0-0 at that point.
Los Angeles Kings
Kevin Gravel– Christian Folin
Starting Goalie: Darcy Kuemper
Starting Goalie: John Gibson
Red Fisher is a mythical name in sports journalism.
Fisher’s death on Friday at 91 sent shockwaves through the National Hockey League community, and stories upon stories — snippets of Fisher and his life — began circulation around the Internet, many on Twitter by those who worked alongside him and those who had the pleasure to speak with the man.
Fisher’s life will be immortalized in print in the coming days. Michael Farber wrote this beautifully done piece for the Montreal Gazette already today. A must-read.
Here’s what his contemporary’s are saying, those that revere him and the people who Fisher made an impact on in so many ways: