Dusk til Dawn: Miller still a thriller in Buffalo

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Check our our morning recap, where the highlights are always buffet – never continental.

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While Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has the inside track on the Olympic starter’s job for Team USA, returning national Ryan Miller is doing an excellent job for the basement-dwelling Sabres in Buffalo. Miller has stopped more rubber than anyone besides Phoenix’s Mike Smith this season – and Smith has played six more games. The Buffalo stalwart is also rocking a .928 save percentage, tying him for fifth with Montreal’s Carey Price. So the 12-18-1 record is ugly, but with the team in front of him, can you really ask anymore from Miller? And do Vezina voters need to pay attention to the goings-on at First Niagara Center?

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Mr. Miller takes this one. Look at the robbery he performs on Washington’s Mikhail Grabovski during what would end up a 2-1 shootout victory for the Sabres.

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Dusk til Dawn: Golden state of hockey

Ryan Kennedy
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Check out our morning recap, where we can all relate to the Calgary Flames in the sense that none of us can score goals in the NHL either.

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All three California teams won last night and that’s only rare because the Ducks, Sharks and Kings don’t necessarily always play on the same night. The franchises currently rank first, fifth and sixth overall in the NHL, with all three organizations run by owners that get it. Both Anaheim and Los Angeles have won the Stanley Cup in the past decade and the Sharks really seem close. So for a state that once hosted the laughable Golden Seals, is California finally hitting platinum status in the NHL?

Primetime Play

Speaking of the Ducks, how about this no-look feed from Patrick Maroon to ageless wonder Teemu Selanne in Anaheim’s 4-3 win over Nashville?

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Dusk til Dawn: Pauly goes walnuts on Sens

Ryan Kennedy
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Come read our morning recap about the world of men on skates. Because in a good portion of North America right now, you probably skated to work yourself.

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Chicago lost 3-2 to the New York Rangers last night and that in itself is totally reasonable. But with 10 players heading to the Olympics, is it time to start wondering about the near future for the Blackhawks? The last time the Games were held, Chicago won the Stanley Cup, but now they have targets on their backs, since they won again last season. Does coach Joel Quenneville start pulling back the ice time of stars such as Duncan Keith or Jonathan Toews, or simply let them do their thing? A repeat is possible but difficult. Is it time for the Hawks to begin conserving energy?

Primetime Play

Not only was Carl Hagelin’s goal timely, nudging New York past Chicago, but it was real pretty, too.

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Dusk til Dawn: Patrick Sharp is a scoring machine

Bryan Mcwilliam
Patrick Sharp. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Enjoy our morning recap as Russia and Sweden play in the semi-finals of the World Junior Championship, while Canada and Finland anxiously wait for their 1:30 p.m. EST game.

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On Thursday it was Carolina’s Jeff Skinner who recorded a hat trick and last night it was Chicago’s Patrick Sharp. The 32-year-old lit up New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur for three goals, two of which came in a third period that featured six goals in total from both sides. The Winnipeg, Man. native pushed his goal total to 25 on the season, which ranks him second in the league behind only Alex Ovechkin. The Blackhawks walked away from the game with a 5-3 victory over the Devils.

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Dusk til Dawn: Oliver Ekman-Larsson down and out

Bryan Mcwilliam
Columbus Blue Jackets v Phoenix Coyotes

The NHL wrapped up its busiest night of 2014 so far on Thursday and we’ve got your morning preview as people are still talking about the omissions of Bobby Ryan and Keith Yandle from the U.S. Olympic team.

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Phoenix Coyotes star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson left Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury after receiving a hit from behind from Columbus center Derek MacKenzie. Ekman-Larsson was driven face first into the glass and left the game immediately. He did not return to action as the Coyotes fell to the Blue Jackets 2-0. There was no penalty called on the play, but the incident is sure to be reviewed by the league. The loss of Ekman-Larsson could be a big one for a Phoenix team that is already minus fellow defenseman Zbynek Michalek.

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Dusk til Dawn: Winter Classic a success as Maple Leafs top Red Wings

Bryan Mcwilliam
2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Toronto Maple Leafs v Detroit Red Wings

The NHL rang in 2014 with the Winter Classic, which despite the frigid temperatures, was a hot ticket. Our morning preview has all of your Winter Classic recap news. Oh, and news from that other game that happened yesterday too.

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The 2014 Winter Classic featured the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings in front of an astounding crowd of 105,491 fans who braved the cold, which dropped below zero at Michigan Stadium thanks to the addition of bitter cold wind. Jonathan Bernier, who has been on a roll since coming back from a lower body injury, made 43 saves to earn the win for Toronto. The former first-round pick may have solidified himself as the legitimate No.1 goalie for the Maple Leafs, which could beg the following question. Will James Reimer accept being a permanent back-up in Toronto?

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