06/02/2013: NHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE NIGHT

Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche makes a stunning save against Kyle Palmieri in a losing cause.

Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche makes a stunning save against Kyle Palmieri in a losing cause.

Here are the results from last night’s games:

  • BOSTON 2 – 1 MONTREAL
  • ANAHEIM 3 – 0 COLORADO
  • DALLAS 3 – 2 EDMONTON (OT)

Only 3 games on offer, and not a lot of goals, but the games looked from the highlights to be pretty entertaining affairs.  Boston has developed quite the rivalry with Montreal over the last few years, especially since the Chara incident, so they’re always hotly contested affairs, and whilst the memories of the numerous Dallas/Edmonton playoff series are no longer quite so fresh in the mind there is still a certain bitterness between the two teams which makes for intense play.  On to the night’s top performers…

TYLER SEGUIN – Seguin had a slow start to the year, but was invaluable to the Bruins last night as he scored their 1st goal early in the 3rd period, and assisted on the eventual game-winner less than 2 minutes later.  Hopefully this is the start of Seguin starting to pick it up.

P K SUBBAN – the Canadiens’ young star defender continues to round back into game shape, and proved how valuable he is to the team last night by playing over 21 minutes – behind only Markov – and scoring their only goal, whilst also blocking 3 shots.

VIKTOR FASTH – the “rookie” goalie (at age 30 he’s not technically a rookie, but this is his 1st NHL season) continued his brilliance for the Ducks last night, with his 4th win in 4 games and 1st NHL shutout.  He made 31 saves, bringing his season totals so far to a .962 SV% and a 0.98 GAA.

SHELDON SOURAY – since clawing his way out of the Oilers organisation 2 years ago, Souray has done nothing but play well, pretty much, and last night was no different.  He registered a goal (the game-winner for Anaheim) and an assist, played over 20 minutes, had 3 shots, a hit and blocked 2 shots.

SAKU KOIVU – the Finnish veteran center is still getting it done for the Ducks, adding a goal and an assist to his season totals last night.  He’s supposed to be nearing the end of his career, but he looks far from done at this point.

FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN – another aging veteran who continues to play monster minutes for Anaheim (over 24 last night) and get the job done, Beauchemin scored a goal last night, was +2, had 2 shots and goal and blocked 2 shots.

JAROMIR JAGR – the superstar has shown time and time again he is still in a class of his own, even at age 40, and last night he potted an assist and the (as much as I hate to admit it) spectacular game winning goal in overtime to give Dallas the win over Edmonton.

JAMIE BENN – the future of the Stars’ offence showed his quality last night, playing nearly 22 minutes and scoring a goal and an assist, finishing +2, having 3 shots, a hit and 3 takeaways.  Quality, quality player.

ALES HEMSKY – pretty much the only Oiler forward, save for perhaps Taylor Hall, who had it going last night.  Hemsky was flying out there, playing nearly 19 minutes and scoring a goal and an assist, finishing with 4 shots and a +1 rating.

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