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Good evening, everyone and welcome back to VSNA Hockey! I apologize for the lack of cards the past couple days, as I was unable to make them due to some minor issues. It was another exciting Sunday for hockey, so let's get to it!
Here are the scores for today:
Penguins 4-3 Sabres ; Wild 6-1 Blackhawks ; Rangers 1-0 Red Wings ; Lightning 4-2 Hurricanes ; Ducks 5-2 Flames ; Canucks 5-1 Avalanche
Matt Cullen's shorthanded goal early in the third period proved to be the game winner as Pittsburgh escaped Buffalo with a win. Defenseman Zach Bogosian scored twice, including one with 22 seconds left but it wasn't enough for the Sabres, who remain far removed from the playoff picture. The Penguins are currently in line for the second wild card spot in the East but trail the Islanders by only a point for third place in the Metropolitan division.
The Wild blew out the Blackhawks in the first stadium series game of the year. It was only a week ago that the Wild fired head coach Mike Yeo in the midst of an eight game losing streak, but that already seems ages ago. Minnesota has won a season best four straight with the dominant win over their biggest rival in the franchise's first ever outdoor game. Matt Dumba opened the scoring and Thomas Vanek scored the clincher on the power play, while netminder Devan Dubnyk stopped 31 Hawks shots to pick up the victory at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota's campus. Patrick Kane scored the Hawks lone goal in the loss. The Wild are currently one point behind the Preds for the second wild card slot in the West.
Kevin Klein, pictured being mobbed by his teammates in the picture at the top of the card, scored the lone goal in a gritty OT victory at home against the Red Wings. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 shots to pick up his fourth shutout of the year as the Rangers won despite some bad luck. A potential winner in the third period was called off and Jimmy Howard stopped a late penalty shot to keep it scoreless in regulation. Klein scored on a 2-1 breakaway in the extra period to give the Rangers their seventh win in nine games. Detroit has dropped their last four contests.
The Lightning topped the Hurricanes behind Steven Stamkos's third period tiebreaker on the power play. Stamkos, who scored his 25th goal of the season, has come alive recently after a disappointing stretch in January and rumors that the Lightning would trade him proved false. Ben Bishop stopped 29 shots in the win, which is the Lightning's third in a row.
Anaheim is on fire, rolling over the Flames 5-2 to pick up their fifth straight win. Ryan Kesler scored twice, Patrick Maroon and Kevin Bieksa each scored on the power play, and John Gibson turned aside 20 shots in the win. The Ducks are now only two points behind LA for the division title, which would be their fourth in a row.
Jannik Hansen and Henrik Sedin powered the Canucks in a rout of the Avs with two goals and four assists respectively. Ryan Miller was robbed of a potential shutout by Matt Duchene with under a minute left, but still stopped 37 of 38 shots for the win.
This past weekend, Jaromir Jagr passed Bobby Hull and is now 3rd on the NHL's all-time scoring list. Jagr tied and then moved past Brett Hull and now has 742 goals, trailing only Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801). Jagr, the ageless wonder, turned 44 last Monday. I think it's fair to say he's the Brett Favre of hockey.
Well that's all for tonight folks! Let me know in the comments if you wish to be tagged in future VSNA Hockey or other VSNA cards. See ya tomorrow!