Tag: Jonas Hiller

Minnesota Wild v Calgary Flames

Koivu nets OT winner as Wild edge Flames


Mikko Koivu scored the overtime winner 1:50 into the extra period as the Minnesota Wild edged the Calgary Flames 3-2 Wednesday night.

Justin Fontaine and Matt Dumba scored in regulation for the Wild who improved to 9-1-2 in their last 12 games.

Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves for his 11th win since the trade from Arizona.

Calgary entered the game with 10 wins on the season when trailing after two periods (10-16-1). According to a report in the Calgary Sun, the record for wins when trailing after 40 minutes is 12 held by the 2005-06 Dallas Stars.

Trailing 2-1 after two periods Lance Bouma’s 11th of the season at 10:14 of the third tied 2-2.

Jiri Hudler had Calgary’s other goal.

Jonas Hiller made 26 saves in the loss.

Jared Spurgeon took a puck to the face early in the first period and did not return. Mike Yeo did not have an update on the Wild defenseman postgame.

Minnesota has won both meetings between the two clubs this season.

Goalie nods: Subban or Rask? Bruins aren’t saying

Los Angeles Kings v Boston Bruins

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Intriguing B’s

Tuukka Rask was first off from this morning’s skate but, shortly thereafter, Boston head coach Claude Julien refused to say if it would be Rask or Malcolm Subban in goal tonight versus Edmonton.

There are compelling arguments for both. Subban, Boston’s first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, was recalled from AHL Providence yesterday — where he’s fared remarkably well this season — and would be making his big-league debut against a relatively weak Oilers team.

Rask, however, is the club’s clear-cut No. 1 at present time and the Bruins are desperate for a win. The team heads into tonight’s contest having lost five of six, sitting just two points up on Florida for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

If we had to guess, it’ll be Rask that gets the nod.

For Edmonton, Ben Scrivens will start.


Habs at Sens: Dustin Tokarski vs. Andrew Hammond

Wings at Hawks: Jimmy Howard vs. Corey Crawford

Wild at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, no word yet on a Minnesota starter.

Kings at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado, no word yet on a L.A. starter.

Bolts at Ducks: John Gibson for Anaheim, no word yet on a Tampa Bay starter.

Goalie nods: Calgary sticks with Ramo versus Boston

Karri Ramo

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Karri goes for Flames

Karri Ramo will make his second consecutive start for the Flames tonight when they host Boston at the Saddledome.

Ramo, a surprise starter against Vancouver on Saturday, played very well in his rare appearance, stopping 28 of 30 shots for just his ninth win of the season. The decision to start Ramo came after Jonas Hiller — Calgary’s goalie of record for eight straight games from Jan. 27 to Feb. 12 — had lost two of his last three starts, including a 5-3 defeat in L.A. in which he was hooked in the third period.

For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is likely to start in goal.


Rangers at Isles: Cam Talbot vs. Jaroslav Halak

‘Canes at Sens: Cam Ward vs. Robin Lehner

Habs at Wings: Carey Price vs. Jimmy Howard

Oilers at Jets: Viktor Fasth vs. Michael Hutchinson

Coyotes at Avs: Mike McKenna vs. Semyon Varlamov

Wild at Canucks: Devan Dubnyk vs. Eddie Lack

Bolts at Kings: Andrei Vasilevskiy vs Jonathan Quick

Look out: Carter, Toffoli power impressive Kings win

Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter, Dwight King, Jonas Hiller

Tonight is Jonas Hiller’s 33rd birthday, so the Calgary Flames gave him the gift of not having to face the Los Angeles Kings’ hot offense for a full 60 minutes.

After managing a 2-2 tie through two periods despite being heavily out-played, Hiller and the Flames caved in during the final frame.

Los Angeles scored three unanswered goals to chase Hiller about eight minutes into the third period, and while the Flames scored later on to make the score more presentable, there was no question which team owned the play on Thursday.

Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli’s impressive nights stood out the most among some dominant Kings performances.

Carter collected three assists, pushing his career points total to 501 by the end of the night. Toffoli scored an absolutely sublime goal to get a hat trick:

Yeah, not sure exactly what Hiller could have done there. He ultimately gave way to Karri Ramo after stopping 35 out of 40 shots.

Sure, there were moments when the Kings’ frustrating times still showed through, even while wearing their flashy throwback duds and as they carried much of the play. Jonathan Quick’s frustrations surfaced here and there, as you can see after this goal:

Overall, the Kings looked familiar even in their unusual uniforms, as they stand as the team many top West teams hope to avoid. They’ve won three games in a row and now find themselves just three points behind the Flames (with a game in hand) in the race to lock up a wild card spot.

(The Minnesota Wild are even hotter and have one more point than the Kings in one more game played, so it’s obvious that Los Angeles has to overcome more than Calgary’s Cinderella run …)

Anyway, the Kings have a long way to go to secure a playoff spot, but they’re starting to look like that world-beating bunch yet again. It’s one sequel that few outside of Hollywood look forward to seeing …

Goalie nods: Ducks start Gibson for first time in three months

John Gibson

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Gibson back for Anaheim

John Gibson will make his first start since Oct. 30 when the Ducks take on the ‘Canes in Carolina tonight.

Gibson, who burst onto the scene last year and appeared in four playoff games, started this season with Anaheim but has spent much of the last three months in AHL Norfolk (though he was shelved for a while with injury.)

A recent injury to Frederik Andersen — he’ll miss the next three games while on IR with an upper-body injury — and Ilya Bryzgalov’s spotty play in relief paved the way for the 21-year-old Gibson to make his return; it’ll be interesting to see if he can improve on his numbers from limited work earlier in the season (Gibson is 2-2-0 on the year, with a 2.65 GAA and .915 save percentage.)

For the ‘Canes, Cam Ward gets the start in goal.


Leafs at Isles: Jonathan Bernier vs. Jaroslav Halak

Oilers at Habs: Viktor Fasth vs. Dustin Tokarski

Pens at Sens: Thomas Greiss vs. Robin Lehner

Blues at Bolts: Brian Elliott for St. Louis, Ben Bishop likely for Tampa Bay.

Jets at Preds: Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville, no word yet on a Winnipeg starter.

Panthers at Wild: Roberto Luongo vs. Devan Dubyk

Rangers at Avs: Cam Talbot for New York, no word yet on a Colorado starter.

Flames at Kings: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.