In his second game back from injury, Tim Thomas stood tall.
The Florida netminder was stellar on Saturday in a 2-1 shootout win over Minnesota, stopping 30 of 31 before stoning Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu in the skills competition to record his second win of the year and snap Florida’s three-game losing streak.
Thomas, 39, returned from a groin injury on Thursday against Boston, a 3-2 loss against the club he rose to stardom with during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final run. The veteran netminder had missed four games with the groin ailment.
Thomas had to be stellar throughtout tonight’s game as Minnesota applied constant pressure, especially in overtime. With just seconds left in the extra frame, Parise redirected Koivu’s pass for a quality scoring chance, but Thomas made a sliding pad save to send it to the shootout.
Jonas Brodin and Aleksander Barkov scored in regulation for the Wild and Panthers, respectively. while both Jonathan Huberdeau and Brad Boyes tallied in the shootout for Florida.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
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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.