“I feel like we got ourselves into the game, Sammy kept us in it in the first and after that we just kept going,” Backstrom said. “Obviously we score some big goals on the power play, and that obviously helps."
It brings up an interesting question. While the Avs are leaning on Grubauer for more starts than they were likely planning, might they be able to avoid too much wear-and-tear merely by protecting him so well?New York Rangers
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Cal Petersen and the Kings deserve credit for hanging in their the best they could against the Avalanche. Colorado simply wouldn’t be denied, though.
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Miro Heiskanen and Jamie Benn each had a goal and an assist, Radulov also scored in regulation and rookie Jake Oettinger stopped 33 shots for the Stars, who are 1-1-2 in their last four games. Benn and Radulov each scored in the final three minutes with an extra skater on as Dallas forced overtime.
This season, star Jack Eichel has missed significant time with an injury, high-priced winger Jeff Skinner has been a major disappointment, and even big free-agent acquisition Taylor Hall hasn't lived up to the hype. The team also acquired veteran center Eric Staal from Minnesota in the offseason.Chicago Blackhawks