Tuesday night in the National Hockey League gave us a winning streak halted, a scoring streak continued, two overtime games, 56 goals, and I am certain plenty more. Let’s get started.
Tarasenko Lights the Lamp Again
One of the funnest players to watch the past several days has been Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues. After a spectacular goal on Monday night against the Rangers, Tarasenko scored the lone goal in Tuesday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils. He now has scored a goal in three straight games, and scored one or more in four of his last five games. If that isn’t enough the Blues have won six games in a row.
Allen on Tarasenko’s streak: “He’s got a hot stick right now. He’s just proving how good of a player he is. I’m happy for him.” #stlblues
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) November 5, 2014
It should also be added that Jake Allen recorded his second shutout in a row and has started just four games (3-1-0, 1.00 GAA). The St. Louis Blues are in first place in the Western Conference’s Central Division.
Our very own Andrew Bensch takes a look at a possible shift in power in the Western Conference. [The Hockey Writers]
Blackhawks Trounce Habs, 5-0
After dropping their last two games, the Chicago Blackhawks got out of their funk in a big way Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens. It has been pretty well documented around the hockey community about Chicago having a difficult time lighting the lamp. Tuesday night they tried their best to show that there is nothing to worry about. Ten Blackhawks recorded at least one point with Kris Versteeg leading the way with two goals. Corey Crawford was the benefactor of the offense and did his part by not allowing any of the Habs shot to hit the back of the net.
Sometimes switching up the lines helps, sometimes it doesn’t. Tuesday night it did for the Blackhawks. [Chicago Tribune]
Blackhawks heavy-hitters prove to be too much for the Habs as they lost their third straight. [Montreal Gazette]
Marchand’s Overtime Goal Sneaks Bruins Past Panthers
With a little more than :90 remaining in overtime, Bruins Brad Marchand beats Roberto Luongo on a fancy goal to help the Bruins to their third win in a row. Both teams are off Wednesday night before the Bruins play host to the Edmonton Oilers and the Panthers continue their road trip that brings them to Philadelphia on Thursday.
With his goal and assist on a Patrice Bergeron goal, Marchand has now recorded at least one point in his last three games. Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask has won his last two starts, and four out of his last five.
Sarah Connors dissects the Bruins win over the Panthers. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
Flyers Take Down Oilers Thanks to Voracek
Jakub Voracek scored two goals including the game-winner for the Flyers who are trying to get back to their winning ways after dropping their last two. Another thing of note is Flyers’ goalie Steve Mason turned away 35 shots to record his first win of the season.
“He’s playing with a lot of confidence. With that kind of confidence and skill, it’s dangerous. I’m just enjoying playing with him, and it’s a lot of fun, but at the same time we have to keep going.” – Claude Giroux on Voracek
One of the things that brings joy is spreading the word from our own writer. Andy Dudones takes a look into the Flyers win. [The Hockey Writers]
Pens Beat Wild, 4-1
One of the games I was looking most forward to watching on Tuesday was Pittsburgh vs Minnesota. It was a game I dubbed in Tuesday’s news as a possible Stanley Cup preview. Pens fans would rejoice, Wild fans would come after me with torches after the game.
The Penguins offense was spread out handsomely among 10 players with Malkin and Crosby only chipping in helpers. Thomas Greiss started his second game of the season for Pittsburgh recording the win turning away 33-of-34 advances by the Wild.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 5, 2014
Other NHL Games From Tuesday Night:
- The Calgary Flames need overtime against the Capitals, but win third straight. [NHL.com]
- The Blue Jackets are now in on Connor McDavid as they lose their sixth stright game against the Hurricanes. [News Observer]
- Ottawa up, Red Wings down. Sens win 3-1. [Ottawa Citizen]
- Jets win streak up to three as they take down the Nashville Predators. [ESPN.com]
- Jonathan Quick and the LA Kings rebound and win first game on the road against the Dallas Stars. [LA Times]
- Maple Leafs streak is over as they fall in the desert against the Coyotes. [Arizona Republic]
- Ryan Miller’s record improves to 9-1-0 as the Canucks win over the Avalanche. [Canucks Army]
NHL Transaction, Injuries, Suspensions, etc:
- New York Rangers invite Tomas Kaberle to training camp to help bolster defense corps.
- Kings Jordan Nolan’s suspension is over
- Canucks get Alexandre Burrows back after his suspension comes to an end
Another successful Tuesday in the NHL. Only three games on the Schedule for Wednesday including an Original Six matchup with the Detroit Red Wings facing off against the New York Rangers.
John Is a contributor with The Hockey Writers covering the Buffalo Sabres. He is also a Senior Writer and Editor at MetsMerizedOnline.