The Washington Capitals deserve some credit for muscling back from an 0-3 deficit to salvage a point in an eventual 4-3 OT loss to the New York Islanders, yet it was still a tough evening.
That’s especially true for Brooks Orpik, who took a scary spill, as you can see from this video from CSNWashington.com:
On the bright side, head coach Barry Trotz is downplaying the severity of the injury, as the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt reports.
So, the early outlook seems optimistic, but we’ll see how it goes.
It took a Dallas Stars team that’s just about as hot as the New York Rangers to finally end the Blueshirts’ impressive run at eight straight wins. Dallas won by a slim margin, edging the Rangers 3-2 on Monday.
With this win, the Stars have now won six of their seven games, with Dallas’ only blemish being a 4-0 home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
If anything, the Stars might look to their opponents as inspiration to keep this going; the Rangers were 7-7-4 on Nov. 17 but have since gone 12-4-0 to improve to 19-11-4. Dallas is 16-14-5, so again … they have a long way to go.
The win must be a confidence-booster for Kari Lehtonen in particular, as he didn’t give up a goal since Kevin Hayes found the net 16:46 into the first period. Antoine Roussel’s 3-2 winner came less than a minute into the middle frame, so Lehtonen didn’t have a significant margin for error.
Neither team is out of the woods yet by any means – the Stars dug themselves a big hole while the Rangers face a lot of road games – but both are playing closer to the form they showed during their best moments last season.
Earlier today, PHT labeled Monday’s game the biggest of the Winnipeg Jets’ season, but it was pretty important for the Minnesota Wild as well. Ultimately, the Wild took it 3-2, ending a five-game losing streak in the process.
Darcy Kuemper hasn’t been immune to criticisms about Minnesota’s goaltending, yet he came up big today, stopping 28 out of 30 shots. He didn’t give up a single goal at even strength and shut down Winnipeg’s offense after Mathieu Perreault scored 20 seconds into the second period.
From that point on, Minnesota turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win in large part thanks to hard work.
Head coach Mike Yeo was very happy with his team’s efforts:
“Our guys did a great job staying with it,” Yeo said. “I’m real happy with the way we played the game, the contributions from everybody.”
The win keeps Minnesota within shouting distance of one of the wild card spots out West. While Winnipeg still holds a seven-point advantage in standings points, Minnesota has three games in hand, so a streak one way or the other could swing things considerably.