Columbus’ Ryan Johansen, Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson and Minnesota’s Zach Parise have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Jan. 25, the league announced on Monday.
Capping a weekend that celebrated the sport and the fans, Johansen was named the MVP – via Twitter vote – of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game. The 22-year-old Vancouver, B.C., native led Team Foligno (captained by Blue Jackets linemate Nick Foligno) with 2-2—4, including a pair of goals in the opening period, in a 17-12 loss to Team Toews Jan. 25.
Karlsson tied for first among all players with three goals/points in two contests, helping the Senators (19-18-9, 47 points) pick up three out of a possible four standings points.
Parise also tied for first among all skaters with three goals/points in two outings for the Wild (20-20-6, 46 points). He notched his 17th goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 19.
So yeah, pretty good last few days for ol’ RyJo. He also went first overall at the Fantasy Draft and, thanks to his MVP win on Sunday, scored himself a new 2015 Honda Accord EX-L.
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Injuries and other factors can make talk of the biggest snubs in the 2015 All-Star Game a little messy, yet a healthy chunk of PHT readers ultimately determined that Henrik Lundqvist was the biggest omission.
Here are the abbreviated results with the top five (a very … interesting “other” category came in sixth, in case you’re wondering).
(Note: the poll took place right after the initial full roster announcements on Jan. 10.)
That’s a pretty healthy showing for Lundqvist, as the total number of votes is 8,903. Second-place “snub” Marc-Andre Fleury ended up getting the call as a replacement while Lundqvist, Pavel Datsyuk, Nickls Backstrom and P.K. Subban get some time to heal and/or go on vacation.
(Roman Josi and Zach Parise received the most “other” votes.)
Patrick Marleau received the fewest snub votes with eight. Here are the players who fell under the full one-percent range:
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The Minnesota Wild experienced a brief reprieve from their recent losing ways, but after a modest streak of back-to-back wins against Buffalo and Arizona, has since reverted back into the loss column.
They didn’t quit or give up on Tuesday.
The Wild looked as good as done when they began the third period trailing the Detroit Red Wings by a three-goal deficit. Instead, Minnesota attempted a comeback, only to see it fall just short of completion in a 5-4 shootout loss. It’s a single point for the Wild, if that’s any consolation.
Zach Parise scored twice in the final period, including the tying goal with less than seven minutes remaining. But Detroit quickly ended the shootout, scoring on their only two attempts on Darcy Kuemper, who entered the game in the second period for the pulled Devan Dubnyk.
“It’s disheartening but I give a lot of guys credit to stay positive,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said, as per the Pioneer Press.
“Disappointing not to get the second point. I felt like we really deserved it. We could have had zero points the way that game had gone. So it might end up being a huge point for us.”
Minnesota enters the All-Star breaking having won only three of 11 games so far this month.
Devan Dubnyk made 18 saves in his Wild debut as Minnesota snapped its’ six game skid with a 7-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night.
Dubnyk, who was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, now has two shutouts on the season and 10 for his career.
Zach Parise had the game-winner at 5:13 of the first period – his first goal since Dec. 31.
Thomas Vanek’s eighth of the season gave the Wild a 2-0 lead after one period.
Kyle Brodziak, Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon had second period goals for Minnesota.
Matt Cooke and Erik Haula scored in the third.
Jhonas Enroth made 30 saves in the loss. The Sabres have now lost nine straight.
The Minnesota Wild hit a new low on Tuesday when they suffered a 7-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was their 12th loss in 14 contests and sixth defeat in a row.
After the game, the Wild held a players-only meeting and while the particulars weren’t revealed, it wouldn’t be hard to guess the tone of that discussion.
“The only way is to do a lot of things better,” Wild captain Mikko Koivu said, per the Star Tribune. “It’s not one thing or two things. It’s a lot of things that have to change. The way we play, the way we do things on a daily basis. It’s everything. Every single detail. Everything. It has to be better. With this effort and the kind of game we’ve been playing lately, it’s embarrassing and every single guy should feel that.”
If you’re getting a sense of deja vu, it’s because Wild coach Mike Yeo also said “everything” was wrong with Minnesota on Saturday. Given that his team has since been outscored 11-3, it seems his words didn’t light a spark under them. Instead, the Wild have done little to prove him wrong.
Zach Parise alluded to as much when he pointed out that they’ve been asking how they should get out of this slump for about three weeks now.
“We’re not getting out of it,” Parise said. “We’re so easy to play against. We lose battles, we don’t bump off draws, the details of our game are terrible. We don’t even make it hard on the other team. They tic-tac-toe right around us. Can’t happen.”
On top of all of that, the Wild might have to go on without defenseman Ryan Suter as he has a hearing regarding his high hit on Steve Downie last night.
The Wild are eight points out of a playoff spot as they prepare for Thursday’s game against Buffalo.
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