NHL Headlines: 12/13

Senators snap losing streak: As the month of November was not too kind to Ottawa, neither has the start of December as they started on a five-game losing streak. The Senators snapped that five-game streak with a 3-2 win over the Rangers Wednesday night. Ottawa’s first goal came off a turnover from Kevin Shattenkirk, picked up by Mark Stone, with across the circles pass for a one-timer from Bobby Ryan for his second goal of the year. The Rangers struck back in the 2nd period with a beautiful feed back door to Micahel Grabner(15). Ottawa would strike at the end of the 2nd off a Matt Duchene pass to Cody Ceci. Heading into the 3rd it was 2-1, but the Senators scored just eight seconds into the third period from Zach Smith, which would eventually seal the deal for Ottawa. This was Craig Andersons first win in 8 appearances, Anderson turned away 27 of 29 shots for his 8th win of the year.

Stars light the menorah: Stars scored five goals in a 5-2 win over the Islanders Wednesday night. The first five goals were all Stars and the key to this game was the Stars depth scoring. Tyler Pitlick opened the scoring off a shot off the boards landing right on Pitlick’s stick for a tap-in. Alex Radulov scored the second goal off a weak shot through Halak’s five-hole to jump on New York early in the 1st. The Islanders were unable to get anything going for two periods as the 2nd consisted of a Jamie Benn rocket shot for his 13th of the year, and Dallas scoring one minute into the second. Andres Lee did, in fact, score two goals(18,19) leaving him now two away from the league lead. Kari Lehtonen picked up his 300th win of his career, turning away 32 of 34 shots.

Bruins comeback OT win: Like we expected this NBCSN, original six match up was going to be a good one. The first period consisted of nothing from each side. The Red Wings opened the scoring off a Tomas Tartar(9) power-play goal, a simple shot through a screen gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with 10:45 to play in the second. The second remained 1-0 Detroit, but the third is where the action would come, as three goals were scored. The Bruins opened the scoring just 3:02 into the third off a scrum in front and tap in goal from Noel Acciari, the Red Wings would answer back on a Dylan Larkin breakaway goal. 2-1 Detroit, with 1:40 to play the Bruins pulled Tuukka Rask, and Brad Marchand found David Pasternak passing through three Detroit players and sticks, as Pasternak was camping back door for a slam dunk game-tying goal. This game would need extra time, and that extra time resulted in a Brad Marchand nifty breakaway goal for the Bruins 15th win of the year. The Red Wings Little Cesear Arena Wednesday night was a bad visual for national TV as the arena was seemingly empty and if I had to guess an attendance of 10,000 fans may have been there.

Nashville runs over Vancouver: The Predators red-hot play continues as they score 7 goals for a 7-1 win Wednesday night. The whole game it was all Predators and the first three goals, two were scored by P.K. Subban, one in an unusual fashion. As Subban skated to center ice and ripped a slap shot on net that would trickle by Andres Nilsson, and from there on it was game over. A goal like that will drain the life of a team. The Predators scored three third period goals. Goal scorers for the night were Viktor Ardvisson(11), Fillip Forsberg(15), Kevin Fiala(6), Craig Smith(12), Calle Jarnkrok(7). Pekka Rinne turned away 25 of 26 shots for his 17th win of the year.


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