Tim Thomas G DAL 13 Hrs
Tim Thomas emerged with the win for the Stars after replacing Kari Lehtonen on Saturday night.
Lehtonen left in the third period after being run over. In 13:23, Thomas made six saves, a few big ones, to keep Dallas in it and allow it to come out on top. The reason you make a trade for someone like Thomas is for spur-of-the-moment reasons like this. Thomas can obviously also handle being a starter if Lehtonen is sidelined.
Erik Haula F MIN 14 Hrs
Erik Haula's goal was overshadowed by the penalty he took in the Wild's 4-3 loss to the Stars on Saturday night.
Haula scored and received 15 penalty minutes (a five-minute major and 10-minute misconduct) after running over Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen in the third, a play that ended up being a decisive point in the game. The Stars scored on the power play to tie the game then got the winner four minutes later. He played only 6:54. Kyle Brodziak and Charlie Coyle scored the other goals in the loss.
Darcy Kuemper G MIN 14 Hrs
Darcy Kuemper set aside 34 shots in the Wild's 4-3 loss to the Stars on Saturday night.
The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for Kuemper. Minnesota had a 3-2 lead early into the third period, but the five-minute major to Erik Haula turned the momentum in the Stars' favor. Kuemper gave up two goals on 18 shots in the third period. He has a 2.29 goals-against average and .922 save percentage this season.
Kari Lehtonen G DAL 14 Hrs
Kari Lehtonen was knocked out of Saturday night's game with an undisclosed injury after being bowled over.
Wild forward Erik Haula came barreling in with the puck and ran over the Stars' netminder, receiving a charging major and 10-minute game misconduct. Lehtonen's helmet flew off, his face was bloodied, and he was cleary shaken up. He made 26 saves through 46:37. Tim Thomas entered to make his Stars debut.
Artem Anisimov C CLS 14 Hrs
Artem Anisimov was the lone goal scorer in the Blue Jackets' 1-0 triumph over the Predators on Saturday night.
The Columbus center got the game-winner at 13:35 of the third period, with assists from James Wisniewski and Corey Tropp. Anisimov now has goals in five of his last six games, with six in that span. His 19th of the year became his career-high as well, though he still only has 33 points. The offensive make-up is certainly there, though it tends to come in spurts with the 25-year-old.
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLS 14 Hrs
Sergei Bobrovsky recorded his third shutout of the season in the Blue Jackets' 1-0 win over the Predators on Saturday night.
No room for error in the standings and no room for error in the game, and Bobrovsky, who made 28 saves, was up to the task. The Blue Jackets sit just out of the final wild-card playoff spot, tied in points with Detroit, but with an extra game played. Bobrovsky has four wins over his last five starts. He has a 2.53 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.
Mike Fisher C NAS 14 Hrs
Mike Fisher led the Predators with four shots on goal in their 1-0 loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
The Preds continue to struggle in the goal-scoring department. Mike Fisher's pointless night snapped a five-game streak. Eric Nystrom had five penalty minutes.
Pekka Rinne G NAS 14 Hrs
Pekka Rinne made 35 saves but got no help from his teammates in the Predators' 1-0 loss to Columbus on Saturday night.
Rinne has quickly gotten used to his team's goal-scoring woes. Since he's returned from the long injury layoff, he has given up six goals in three games and lost all of them. He has a 2.24 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.
Johnny Boychuk D BOS 14 Hrs
Johnny Boychuk and Carl Soderberg each had two-point nights in the Bruins' 4-3 shootout win over the Lightning on Saturday night.
Boychuk and Soderberg both had a goal and a helper. Saturday night's victory is a perfect example of why the Bruins are at the top of the class in the East. Bruins didn't get goals from any of their frontline scorers, instead using their depth players and defensemen. Daniel Paille also scored for Boston.
Tuukka Rask G BOS 15 Hrs
Tuukka Rask yielded three goals on 20 shots in Boston's 4-3 shootout win over the Lightning on Saturday night.
Rask hasn't been in prime form lately. He's given up three goals in four of his last five starts, with the Bruins winning his last three. He has a 2.15 goals-against average and .926 save percentage on the season.