Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! We are wishing all of you a happy and a healthy 2022. I know it hasn’t been easy, but if there is one thing that being a sports fan has taught me it is that there is always next year.

This probably isn’t the best way to ring in the New Year, but it is surreal to think that at this time a year ago the NHL regular season was just getting ready to start an abbreviated 56-game schedule.

COVID has continued to be a presence this season, with up to 90 games postponed. Additionally, the virus has sidelined players, coaches and on-ice officials. It also cost hockey fans the pleasure of welcoming back NHLers to the Winter Olympics and the 2021 World Junior Championship.

The good news is that the tournament for the World Juniors could resume in the summer and we may finally see the return of the World Cup of Hockey. We will have to adapt as well and will get through all of it in the end.

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EDMONTON 5 NEW JERSEY 6 (OT)

The Devils have won two straight games following a come-from-behind victory over the Oilers.

Jack Hughes scored twice, including the overtime winner. He also added an assist and a game-high seven shots on target

Kailer Yamamoto and Connor McDavid scored a pair of goals each for Edmonton. Yamamoto also picked up a helper.

Ryan McLeod, Duncan Keith, Andreas Johnsson, Jesper Bratt, Dougie Hamilton and Damon Severson contributed two assists apiece.

Dawson Mercer notched one goal and one assist for New Jersey.

Devin Shore, Janne Kuokkanen and Yegor Sharangovich also lit the lamp in the contest.

Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Cody Ceci, Slater Koekkoek, William Lagesson, Jesper Boqvist and Ryan Graves got the scoresheet with a helper apiece.

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 32 shots for his seventh win of the year.

Mike Smith blocked 35 shots in the defeat.

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ANAHEIM 1 VEGAS 3

The Golden Knights have won two straight games following a dominant victory over the Ducks.

Nicolas Roy and Adam Brooks found the back of the net for Vegas in the first frame.

Mattias Janmark gave the Golden Knights a three-goal lead in the second stanza with his fourth goal of the year.

Ryan Getzlaf got Anaheim on the board at the 19:48 mark of the third frame during a late Ducks power play.

Chandler Stephenson, Sonny Milano Ben Hutton, Dylan Coghlan and Vinni Lettieri registered one assist each.

Laurent Brossoit made 15 saves for his eighth win of the season.

John Gibson was much busier with 42 stops on 45 shots in the loss.

NEW YORK RANGERS 4 TAMPA BAY 3 (SO)

The Rangers ended a two-game winless skid with a shootout win over the Lightning.

Barclay Goodrow scored a pair of goals against his former, including a shorthanded marker at 14:30 of the second stanza.

Steven Stamkos had one goal and one assist to extend his point spree to six consecutive contests.

Alexis Lafreniere, Ross Colton, and Corey Perry, who tied the game in the final two minutes, scored the other goals in the match.

Ondrej Palat recorded two helpers, while Alex Killorn, Brayden Point, Victor Hedman, Artemi Panarin, K’Andre Miller and Greg McKegg had one apiece.

Mika Zibanejad had the only goal in the shootout as the sixth shooter.

Igor Shesterkin stopped 25 of 28 shots in his 14th win of the campaign.

Brian Elliott, who returned from COVID-19 protocol, shielded 20 of 23 shots in the defeat.

WASHINGTON 3 DETROIT 1

The Capitals won for a second straight contest since returning from the holiday break.

Alex Ovechkin netted a pair of third-period markers and finished with a game-high seven shots. He is tied for the league lead with 24 goals and he became the NHL’s all-time leader in power-play goals.

Evgeny Kuznetsov produced one goal and one helper for Washington.

Pius Suter opened the scoring for Detroit at 1:43 of the second stanza.

Nicklas Backstrom has earned an assist in each of his three appearances this season.

Lucas Johansen collected an assist in his NHL debut.

John Carlson, Garnet Hathaway, Matt Irwin, Sam Gagner and Vladislav Namestnikov had one helper each.

Ilya Samsonov stopped 19 shots for his 13th win of 2021-22.

Thomas Greiss turned aside 24 of 26 shots in the defeat.