Brent Seabrook’s overtime goal past Steve Mason gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win last night and a 21-game unbeaten streak to open the season at 18-0-3. Johnathan Towes hit him with a beautiful cross-ice pass and Seabrook buried it to an open net to end the game. Seabrook scored and this played.

Victor Stalberg, Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell had the other goals for Chicago while Vinny Prospal, Artem Anisimov and Ryan Johansen lit the lamp for Columbus.

SPIN: One sentence: Chicago continues to dominate while Columbus shows little signs of improvement.

St. Louis scored four unanswered goals and defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and David Backes each had a goal and an assist for the Blues. Kevin Shattenkirk scored the other Blues goal while Taylor Hall and Ryan Whitney scored 23 seconds apart in the first period for Edmonton.

SPIN:  Hall has scored in both games since coming back from his suspension for kneeing Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck so the time off may have done him some good in that regard. Then again, Hall hurt his leg in the second period and might miss a few days. The Blues are just 2-5-1 in their last eight home games so hopefully this come-from-behind win over Edmonton sparks a rally. Devan Dubnyk  stopped 26-of-30 St. Louis shots in the loss. 

I still don’t understand why teams seem to be afraid to shoot at Jaroslav Halak. Edmonton fired off just 17 shots on goal. Halak has not faced more than 23 shots on goal in any game this season. It’s puzzling that teams just aren’t shooting and it makes Halak tougher to start in leagues where save percentage plays a key role.

Anaheim withstood a third-period surge from Minnesota and downed the Wild 3-2 to improve to 15-3-1 on the season. Jonas Hiller made 31 saves for the win while Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne and Matt Beleskey lit the lamp for the Ducks. Kyle Brodziak and Devin Setoguchi scored for Minnesota.

SPIN: Hiller took advantage of a rare start to post a win and get some confidence back after Victor Fasth stole the starting job from him. The line of Getzlaf-Corey Perry-Kyle Palmieri combined for the first goal of the game and continues to be impressive. Sheldon Souray was scratched for the Ducks to give him a maintenance day before March’s heavy workload comes up. The Ducks have their next three games against Phoenix.

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Stat of the Night

Chicago is 11-0-3 in one-goal games.

Three Stars of the Night

1. Seabrook

2. Hiller

3. Sobotka

Saturday’s Games (all times ET)

Ottawa at Philly 12pm   The Flyers try for the sixth time to get to .500

Tampa at Boston 1pm   Will the Lightning offense ever come back? Probably not. Will Boston win a six straight?

New Jersey at Buffalo 3pm Will Ryan Miller continue his strong play?

Washington at Winnipeg 3pm Winnipeg goes for a fourth straight win.

Pittsburgh at Montreal 7pm The top two teams in the east go head-to-head in a marquee game.

Florida at Carolina 7pm Carolina can’t beat the Southeast Division.

Anaheim at Phoenix 9pm First of three straight games between these two teams.

LA at Vancouver 10pm Will the Kings make it six in a row?

Nashville at San Jose 1030pm Two teams with offensive problems. I’ll pass.

  1. chris says:

    Any waiver wire adds?
    or Possible Sleeper targets for keeper leagues?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      @chris: Ryan O’Reilly of Colorado now that his contract dispute is overwith.

  2. barker says:

    10 team league trade question g a +/- pim ppp shp sog w gas svs sv % sho

    i give getzlaf i get shea weber and halak

    my c ribeiro backstrom koivu koivu getzlaf
    my w sequin ovechkin parise lucic clowe steen eriksson parenteau dl lupul
    my d boyle pietrangelo visnovsky beauchemin
    my g ward niemi brodeur

    yea this was spurred by brodeur’s injury — i also own halak in my other league so there is some incentive there but i also don’t wanna have 4 goalies around

    what do you think?? it was offered to me… kid also has chara subban byfuglien if that makes a difference

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      @barker: I wouldn’t do it. Getzlaf is looking good right now and Brodeur should come off of the IR at some point next week. It’s not likely to be tomorrow (Monday) but it’s worth riding out.

      I would, however, try to dump Clowe off in a trade and see if the other guy takes the bait on it. Clowe has been such a disappointment this season.

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