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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/17/14


After a big schedule of games last night, the NHL will be dialing things back a bit this evening. Still, there are three games out there to check out, and we should see some good hockey mixed in there. While we’re waiting on game time, let’s visit with some of the players making headlines this morning.

Roberto Luongo, G, Florida Panthers: Don’t look at the game summary from the Panthers 2-1 shootout win over the Capitals last night; they just might make you dizzy.
Things started out innocently enough. Luongo made 23 saves on 24 shots to help Florida to a 1-1 tie heading out of the overtime period. What followed was the longest shootout in NHL history.
Nick Bjugstad scored in the 20th round to give Florida the edge, besting the previous shootout mark of 15 rounds back in 2005. (Rangers-Capitals).

Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs are rolling right now; they’ve won their last six games. The latest came last night against the Ducks at Air Canada Centre. Kessel scored twice and had an assist in the 6-2 blowout, and the team is now undefeated (14-0-0) when they score first.
Jonathan Bernier had a nice outing as well, stopping 40 on 42 shots. The Leafs now move to 19-9-3 so far and are 10-1-1 in their last 12.

Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues: Tarasenko was tearing it up against the Kings last night. He had a hat trick and also registered an assist in a 5-2 victory over the defending champs in St. Louis. It was Tarasenko’s second hat trick of the year.
The Blues had a one-goal deficit in the third, but quickly changed things with four unanswered scores in the final period. Jake Allen got the win on 21 saves, while the team was without TJ Oshie (family reasons) for the night.
St. Louis is now 21-8-2.

Rick Nash, LW, New York Rangers: The Rangers got another win to keep their road trip happy last night. This latest victory came against the Flames in Calgary, as Nash scored twice to lead the charge in a 5-2 result.
Net-minder Henrik Lundqvist was a busy guy, saving 29 of 31 shots that came his way.
That’s four wins in a row for New York, who now stand at 15-10-4 on the season. They’ve gotten at least one point in 9 of 10 games against the West this season.

NHL Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the upcoming games on the NHL schedule, including the start times and TV networks where you can catch each matchup.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014:

7:00 PM ET:
Ottawa Senators at New Jersey Devils (TVA, SN, MSG+)

8:00 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild (NBCSN)

10:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at Vancouver Canucks (SN, FS-SW+)

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