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    Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi, crumpling to the ice, one of the league’s most fearless shot blockers, having just witnessed Girardi take a rocket slap shot from the Red Wings’ Martin Frk off the back of his neck. Girardi immediately tossed his stick and gloves,Authentic James Van Riemsdyk jersey, lay face-first on the ice at Little Caesar’s Arena early in the second period. The building was silent, trainers from both teams coming to his aid. Teammates Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman knelt by his side before helping him skate off into the room.

    " coach Jon Cooper said.,"One of the scariest things I’ve ever seen in hockey

    greeting teammates between periods with his usual jokes.,That’s why it was so encouraging — even more than the 5-2 victory over the Wings — that Girardi was okay

    "He was himself," Stamkos said. "He was making, jokes, laughing.

    "The usual ‘G’,?’’ said wing Ryan Callahan, one of Girardi’s closest friends.

    Girardi didn’t return to the game, of course, but returned to Tampa with the team to undergo more tests. He may have played less than half the game, but he made enough of an impact to get named the third star. Girardi scored the first goal, on a nifty re-direction, midway through the first. He assisted on the second one, tipping a shot to the back post where Tyler Johnson put it in. Then, were Girardi’s two blocked shots, a key cog of a penalty kill that thwarted two Detroit 5-on-3.

    "The kid has guts, man," Cooper said.

    So did the Lightning (30-9-3). The night before in Ottawa, Cooper delivered a pointed message in his postgame news conference, saying that "entitlement’ had started creeping in with the league’s best team.

    This wasn’t pretty, but Tampa Bay found a way — in the second half of a back to back, with its backup goalie in — to finish a five-game road trip with seven of 10 possible points.

    "I thought it was outstanding," Cooper said. "You challenge these guys and they continue to answer the bell. This was an easy one to mail in. It’s a five-game road trip, back to back, you go through customs (Saturday night). Pretty gutty effort by the guys."

    who stopped 34 of 36 shots in his first NHL start since getting dropped by the Coyotes in late October.,This was an impressive Lightning debut for Louis Domingue

    The players showed some fight in a chippy game befitting two division rivals who dislike each other. Yanni Gourde had two goals and his first career Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight). Nikita Kucherov scored his league-high matching 27th.

    " Stamkos said. "I don’t think anyone feels entitled.","We believe in each other in this room

    call it getting comfortable. The good thing about this group is we know how to self-check and self-evaluate.",Said Callahan: "Everyone here knows how to play. Call it what you want. Call it entitlement

    Girardi, like Callahan, in the first of a two-year, $6 million deal, and is a key cog on the penalty kill. He’s also a presence in the room and in the community. There’s a reason that Girardi, is part of that leadership group. He’s fit in perfectly on the third pairing with Braydon Coburn, is a former captain with the Rangers. Cooper said when they were going to sign Girardi in the summer, he asked former Rangers teammate Anton Stralman who he modeled himself after in New York. Stralman said Girardi.

    NHL trade deadline,adidas Jonathan Drouin jersey, prospects,adidas James Van Riemsdyk jersey, Petr Mrazek

    prices will go up. Look at what Ken Holland got last year for Brendan Smith (a third-round pick in 2017 and a second-round pick in 2018). Mike Green should fetch more than that; his offensive skills are exactly what a Cup-contender wants to add.,Authentic Nikita Kucherov jersey,There’s no rush to sell this far ahead of the Feb. 26 deadline. As teams decide whether a playoff run is realistic

    the Wings see a playoff push is not realistic for them but is realistic for the Griffins,As for the prospects, the Grand Rapids Griffins are finally showing signs of playing well again after a rough first half. If the Wings need to call up someone, it will depend on the situation — if for example,Authentic Daniel Sedin jersey, the Wings are more likely to call up a veteran and let prospects be go-to guys in a competitive situation.

    Via e-mail from a Mr. Rosenthal: Petr Mrazek has not performed well as a backup and doesn’t give the team a chance to win when he plays. What are the chances the Wings waive him and make Coreau the back up? They need an effective back up to have any chance of making the playoffs.

    Mrazek has not given the Wings reason to bestow regular starts,Mrazek has struggled to adapt to the backup role, while Jimmy Howard has. Mrazek maybe had a chance to challenge Dec. 2 at Montreal (Howard had let in 10 goals the two games prior) but he didn’t look any better than his teammates that night. In the 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, which can be challenging especially for a guy used to playing regularly. However, Mrazek denied an early Tampa attack while Detroit’s skaters did little to push back. Mrazek has shown he can be elite,adidas Auston Matthews jersey, but he set himself back last season with his attitude.

    he has not stood out with the Griffins in the first half (2.77 goals-against average,There was no market for him this summer (as evidenced by the NHL expansion draft) and he hasn’t done anything to improve his trade value. Maybe a taker materializes in the coming weeks, .906 save percentage in 25 games) and he, as half of Mrazek’s $4 million salary is gone. Regarding Jared Coreau, too, had trouble last season in the NHL when he didn’t start regularly.

    It was a busy night on the ice across the National Hockey League on Saturday night with 18 teams in action. In Vegas there is a thing called the 'Grand Salami', and when that happens you know it was a good night from a fantasy perspective. In fact, the Salami went way over the total, 11 of the 18 teams scored three or more goals, it wasn't a banner night for goaltenders, where you can wager on the total number of goals on any given night from all of the games. On Saturday, with four clubs going for six or more markers. On the flip side, and Saturday featured no shutouts.

    Boston's Patrice Bergeron caught fire against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, while partner in crime Brad Marchand chipped in with four helpers and a plus-4 rating. Those were the two biggest contributors for fantasy owners and DFS players, but there were many other productive players, the Tampa Bay Lightning. He needed it, potting four goals with an assist and plus-4 rating, too. Ottawa's Craig Anderson received plenty of support against the league's highest-scoring offense, as he faced 46 shots in the 6-3 victory.

    Bergeron and Marchand posted big nights,Authentic Auston Matthews jersey,As mentioned above, three hits and a plus-4 rating., but they weren't the only ones. David Pastrnak recorded a power-play goal with a pair of assists with a plus-3 rating. Kevan Miller also finished with an assist

    On the flip side of those big performances, while Elias Lindholm was blanked with a minus- 4., there were some awful stat lines for the guys in red. Derek Ryan and Jeff Skinner were each scoreless with a minus-5 rating

    allowing just one goal on 28 shots to pick up the victory. He improved to 9-2-3 with a 2.37 goals-against average while posting a .925 save percentage in 15 appearances.,adidas Nikita Kucherov jersey,Anton Khudobin received all the offensive support he needed in the first few minutes of the first period

    It might be overlooked in the box score, but Sean Kuraly won 10 of his 11 faceoffs., and not the sexiest fantasy stat

    Both Frederik Andersen and Jacob Markstrom were locked in a goaltender duel in Toronto on Saturday, Authentic Victor Hedman jersey,with Tyler Bozak sending the home crowd away happy. Bozak also scored in regulation while winning 11 of his 17 faceoffs., as both netminders allowed two goals on 36 shots. The game was decided in a shootout

    Auston Matthews has been red hot since returning from a two-week absence due to an upper-body injury. He has six goals and seven points in seven games since returning. The Big Cactus remains on pace for a 40-goal season.

    as he has come out of nowhere to lead the team in goals. He nearly had another goal,Authentic Jonathan Drouin jersey,Brock Boeser flicked the switch for the 22nd time,adidas Victor Hedman jersey, the potential game winner in overtime, burying a first-period goal to open the scoring in Toronto. He has scored at least one goal in nine of his past 13 outings, but he rang it off one post, it hit the other and never crossed the line. Replay confirmed.

    giving him four goals with eight points over the past nine outings.,adidas Daniel Sedin jersey,Sam Gagner continues to play well. He posted a power-play goal

    Gagner's marker on the man advantage snapped an 0-for-15 skid on the power play.


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