The Morning After: Dubnyk & Luongo Stand Tall While the Hawks Fall

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A light slate on the ice last night saw only four games take place but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any headlines this morning.  Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there, or the morning after is here.  Ugh, nevermind, here’s the recap.

We’ll start out West this time and if anyone thinks that the Vancouver Canucks have their goaltending situation figured out, forget it.  Roberto Luongo just threw a major wrench into GM, Mike Gillis‘ plans of moving Luongo and using Corey Schneider as their number one.  Or did he?

It was Luongo who made 24 saves for the shutout as the Canucks blanked the lifeless Colorado Avalanche 3-0.  Luongo’s trade value has just gone up so maybe Gillis is laughing inside.

The other side of this coin has the Avs suddenly struggling with a depleted offensive lineup.  After captain Gabriel Landeskog went down with injury, the need to sign Ryan O’Reilly just became much more pressing.  Yesterday we took an in-depth look at the contract situation.

In the desert, the Edmonton Oilers may have found their number one goalie, or maybe it’s a case of Devan Dubnyk making a believer out of everyone outside the Oilers organization.  Dubnyk was 19 seconds away from his first shutout of the season before Nick Johnson tied the game for the Coyotes, sending the game to overtime.

It was there that the Oilers capitalized on the powerplay after a suspect call that allowed Nail Yakupov to pot his team leading fourth goal of the season.  And no he didn’t do some big fancy celebration.  Maybe he was listening to Don Cherry last weekend? The Oilers improve to 4-2.

The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens squared off in Canada’s capital and it was the hosts blowing out their french visitors 5-1.  This was a game of two streaking teams and the Habs looked like a minor league club last night.  The loss halts their modest four game winning streak while the Sens improve to 5-1-1.

And finally, the Chicago Blackhawks tasted defeat for the first time this season, albeit in a shootout form as they lost 3-2 to the Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota’s starter Josh Harding was pulled after allowing 2 goals on just 4 shots, giving way to Niklas Backstrom.  The two had been sharing the starts so far this season and it appears that Harding blinked first and may allow Backstrom more playing time.

For the Hawks, they remain in first place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of the unbeaten San Jose Sharks, who will entertain the Oilers tonight.

In total there are nine games on tap tonight including the Boston Bruins hosting the Buffalo Sabres.  It’s the first meeting between the two clubs since Milan Lucic ran over Ryan Miller last season.  Hmmm, fisticuffs perhaps?  I think so.

Thanks for reading.

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Tags: Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Chicago Blackhawks Colorado Avalanche Devan Dubnyk Edmonton Oilers Milan Lucic Minnesota Wild Montreal Canadiens Ottawa Senators Phoenix Coyotes Roberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks

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