In just his fifth NHL start, goaltender Chad Johnson turned aside all 21 Nashville shots and Phoenix posted a 4-0 win over the Predators Monday night in Glendale, Ariz. Johnson was called up last week from Portland (AHL) to be the backup once Mike Smith went down with a lower-body injury. Johnson got the start to give Jason LaBarbera a night off.

Let’s see who else stood tall on this light night of action.

Boston used a pair of late third-period goals to break a 3-3 tie and knock off Carolina 5-3. Zdeno Chara led the way with a goal and an assist for the Bruins while Eric Staal had the same for Carolina. Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward is now 1-3 with a 4.51 GAA and .861 save percentage.

Columbus stunned Dallas 2-1 as Vinny Prospal’s goal 1:33 into the third period was the game-winner. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 of 25 shots in the win as both teams are now 2-3-1 this season.

Edmonton knocked off visiting Colorado 4-1. Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall each picked up two assists while Devan Dubnyk turned away 37 Colorado shots to get the win.

Slava Voynov’s goal with 44 seconds left tied the game for the Kings at 2-2 and Jeff Carter scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Kings rallied to knock off the Canucks 3-2.

Multiple Goal Scorers –NONE for the first time this season.

Stat of the Night–Shooting Blanks

Nashville was shutout for the second time in its last three games. The Predators have not put more than 21 shots on goal in any of those three games. Nashville is now 1-2-3 this season and needs to find offense. Tonight’s shutout was the first of four straight road games and the rest of them are tougher teams (LA, SJ, STL) before returning home to take on the Kings.

Three Stars of the Night

1. Johnson 24-save shutout;first of his career

2. Dubnyk 37 saves in the win for the Oilers

3. Chara Only player with a three-point night.

Tuesday’s Schedule (all times ET)

New Jersey at Boston 7pm  A matchup of division leaders in the early going.

Toronto at Buffalo 7pm A pair of 2-3 teams go head to head.

Philadelphia at NY Rangers 7pm Can the Flyers continue their surge after an 0-3 start?

Winnipeg at Montreal 730pm One of these teams will get its fourth win this season.

Washington at Ottawa 730pm The Caps take on the Sens for their only meeting before the last week of the season.

NY Islanders at Pittsburgh 730pm These two teams are right at the cut line for the playoffs.

Florida at Tampa Bay 730pm The 1-4 team travels across the Sunshine State to battle the 4-1 team.

Dallas at Detroit 730pm These are two of the six teams tied in the standings with five points…

Columbus at Minnesota 8pm …and these are two more of them.

Anaheim at San Jose 1030pm The Sharks look to match Chicago at 6-0 but the Ducks stand in their way.

  1. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Chad Tresuno!!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      @VinWins: Si, Senor TresUno fue muy bien anoche.

  2. BringDaRuckus says:

    Would you move Rick Nash for James Neal? I think I have a guy that’s a big Nash fan who’s willing to take the bait. Same guy wants me to give up Benn for Eberle which I really don’t want to do as I’m a huge fan of Benn. Let me know any thoughts you have on these 2 potential moves. Thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      @BringDaRuckus: I like Neal more than Nash and his team seems to be much more together this early in the season. I also think Pittsburgh will be more consistent than the Rangers over the season.

      I’d hang on to Benn since I think Dallas has the potential to be a good team this season as they have a lot of security in net in Lehtonen.

  3. MikeP says:

    So, c’mon I need some words of encouragement or discouragement for Cam Ward – i mean you rated him #1 for goalies and all I get is “Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward is now 1-3 with a 4.51 GAA and .861 save percentage.” ?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      @MikeP: Okay, here;s more on Cam Ward. And it’s not good.

      The defense in front of him is playing awful hockey right now. Ward is getting victimized by it. Ward had a rough training camp with illness and his wife giving birth so I’m sure sleepless nights are happening whether it be from the kid or the red light going off behind him.

      It doesn’t help that backup Dan Ellis has been taking advantage of his chances like stopping 40 shots in a 2-1 win over Buffalo. Unless the defense gets a quick overhaul, Ward is going to be nothing more than a guy to sit on the end of the bench wearing a baseball cap for your fantasy team.

      • MikeP says:

        @Andrew Nordmeier:

        Ask and ye shall receive! Thanks, although it is bad news. So i suppose I will spot start him and monitor his progress and hope his teammates start helping and not hurting. thanks

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