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NHL Players of Note For January 21

Damien Brunner (right) scored an unbelievable shootout goal that you have to see to believe. Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets: TIE between Tuukka Rask (Boston) and Ondrej Pavelec (Winnipeg)

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This matinee game was really a duel between the two goaltenders. Both of them saw 27 shots. Both of them stopped 26. In the end, Rask edges Pavelec out slightly because he allowed fewer goals in the shootout and Boston got the 2-1 win, but it was still definitely a goalies’ game.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders: Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay)

St. Louis’ goal early in the third period helped start a Lightning burst of offense that quite nearly erased a 4-0 lead built up by the Islanders. In the end, they fell just short of tying it up, but St. Louis helped out on Tampa Bay’s final goal of the day too.

St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators: Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis)

Tarasenko’s still a young pup–he just turned 21 at the very end of 2012–but he’s already had loads of experience playing in the senior-level KHL that can help translate to NHL play. He had a goal and two assists, including a helper on a power play goal, as the Blues netted a 4-3 shootout win.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Ryan Miller (Buffalo)

The Maple Leafs peppered Miller with 35 shots as the two Northeast Division rivals met one another for the first time this season, but aside from one goal in the third period, he stopped all of them, earning a .971 save percentage and first star honors after the 2-1 Buffalo win.

Ottawa Senators vs. Florida Panthers: Kyle Turris (Ottawa)

Turris scored exactly half of the goals for Ottawa, one on the man advantage and the other at even strength, so he provided 50 percent of what the Sens needed to beat the Panthers. Honorable mention to Jakob Silfverberg, who scored his first-ever NHL goal late in the third period to make it 4-0 Ottawa.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Damien Brunner (Detroit)

Brunner wasn’t one of the three stars of the game. His offensive contribution didn’t come in regulation. He actually finished the game with a -1 rating. But when the match came down to a shootout, he struck in a dangling, sneaky way to score the lone shootout goal and secure a 4-3 Wings’ win. You gotta see this for yourself.

http://youtu.be/7o9mel_nAr4

Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames: Daniel Winnik (Anaheim)

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Of the three different players in this game who got three points on the evening, Winnik did so by putting up two goals, an assist and ending the night with a +3 rating. (Curtis Glencross had two goals and a helper, but a -1 rating; Saku Koivu had a goal, two assists and a +3 rating.) In the end, the Ducks squeaked out a 5-4 win.

 

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