Eric Fehr is back in the line up as Nicklas Backstrom is sidelined with an injury. Fehr probably best remembered for his performance in the Winter Classic had two goals in his return last night.
Alex Ovechkin returned to Twitter then returned to form on the ice as he scored twice. Fellow Russian Alexander Semin rounded out the scoring for the Capitals.
Atlanta Thrashers 3 Carolina Hurricanes 2 (OT)
Thrashers came out meaning business in the first. They did not have to wait long to get an advantage over the division rival Hurricanes as Tuomo Ruutu took an early hooking call giving the Thrashers the man advantage. It was Rob Schremp that scored on the power play to take the lead just over three minutes into the game.
By the end of the first period Atlanta was up 2-0 over Carolina as Tobias Enstrom snuck a late goal past Cam Ward.
It took the remaining two periods to do it but the Hurricanes caught up with the Thrashers. First it was Troy Brodie in the second that cut the lead in half getting past Thrashers net minder Ondrej Pavelec; and then it was a wrist shot from Erik Cole that tied the game.
Forced into overtime it was Atlanta’s Tim Stapleton that come up big with a tip-in goal from Ron Hainsey for the game winner.
St. Louis Blues 4 Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (OT)
Columbus gave up a 3-0 lead to see St. Louis walk away with the extra point at the end.
Jakub Voracek gave the Blue Jackets the early lead, less than two minutes into the game he put a wrist shot past Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak. Minutes later RJ Umberger tipped-in a shot from Grant Clitsome to be up 2-0 before five minutes of play.
It was the slapshot from Derek MacKenzie that put Columbus up 3-0 before the halfway point in the first period. It all looked good for the Blue Jackets – maybe they thought it looked too good.
About 5 minutes after the MacKenzie goal Blues Alex Pietrangelo put St. Louis on the score board making sure they did not go into intermission without a goal.
The second period saw Ian Cole with an early goal from a slap shot to make cut the Blue Jackets lead 3-2. The rest of the game belongs to Chris Stewart as he tipped-in a shot from David Backes to tie the game and then scored he game winner off his backhand less than a minute into overtime.
After a horrific end to a road trip losing their last three games the Red Wings looked to regain some of their spark back home in Detroit after leaving it in LA when they beat the Kings.
Darren Helm was the surprise goal scorer in the first. The young speed skater that has always been great on getting the breakaway but not finishing at the other end has had the scoring touch as of late. Only problem with a third/fourth line rotator getting the scoring touch is that he is the only one on the Wings scoring.
Kings Jonathan Quick lived up to his name once again with a nearly unbeatable glove hand. Quick took the first star of the game with his 0.966 save percentage after stopping 28 shots from the Red Wings.
After Helm scored in the first it was the Kings whom came out and dominated the second. Anze Kopitar tied the game up just shy of the eight minute mark. It was the game winning power play goal by Dustin Brown that had Detroit fans booing as Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom was hi sticked and bleeding to the point of needing stitches inside his mouth on the play with no whistle.
Though it took until the second half of the first period to record the first goal of the game Steven Stamkos did just that with a snap shot off a pass form Martin St. Louis. Giving the Lightning the lead over the Blackhawks. Minutes later Chicago’s Patrick Kane responded with a snap shot of his own to tie the game. It was a goal from Martin St. Louis with 16 seconds left in the first that put the Lightning up 2-1 heading into the first intermission.
Motivated by the lead and the late St. Louis goal Lightning’s Teddy Purcell came out and backhanded one past Corey Crawford to give Tampa the 3-1 lead over Chicago. Nearly the halfway point in the game Patrick Sharp scored a wrist show that saw assist go to Chicago captain Jonathan Toews and to Kane.
Coming back out in the third down a goal it was Toews that scored early to tie the game at three; and force the game into extra time and the shoot out.
A shoot out between a long time veteran journeyman goaltender Dwayne Roloson for the Lightning and a rookie in the Blackhawks Crawford.
Vincent Lecavalier – Save
Jonathan Toews – Save
Steven Stamkos – Save
Patrick Kane – Save
Martin St. Louis – Goal
Marian Hossa – Save
Check out Martin St. Louis spin-o-rama shootout winning goal:
Calgary Flames 4 Dallas Stars 3 (SO)
At this point in the season every point count but come needed a tie breaker for a playoff spot a shootout win comes off the books – the Flames and their fans are hoping the points will get them a seed first.
Clearly motivated down the final stretch of the regular season the Flames came out scoring three goals on Kari Lehtonen between the 10:26 mark in the first and the 13:41 mark in the period.
Stars Jamie Benn was not about go head to intermission with Dallas down 3-0 to Calgary. Benn put a wrist shot past Flames Miikka Kiprusoff on the power play.
The second period saw Mike Ribeiro cut the Flames lead down to one; then Stars Tomas Vincour tied the game in the third forcing extra time.
Jamie Benn – Save
Alex Tanguay – Goal
Brad Richards – Save
Rene Bourque – Save
Mike Ribeiro – Goal
Curtis Glen cross – Goal
Rangers threw 32 shots on Ellis and only managed to get two shots past him. Brandon Dubinsky took an early lead for the Rangers scoring less than four minutes into the game. After the Dubinsky goal the Ducks fired back at Henrik Lundqvist and after 20 minutes of play the score was 3-1 Ducks; two of the Ducks goals being slapshots from defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.
The second period went scoreless and it was Bobby Ryan who scored just over two minutes into the third to make it 4-1.
It was not until shortly after the Ryan goal that the Rangers got a break as the Ducks were called for too many men on the ice and they put Teeme Selanne in the box to serve. On the power play Rangers Marian Gaborik cut the Ducks lead in half.
As the period inched closer to the end it was Corey Perry who scored his second of the night and sent the Rangers packing with a regulation loss.
Up into the Netting
Air Canada is threatening to pull support from the NHL unless the league does more to address player safety and Max Pacioretty speaks out from hospital bed about hit from Zdeno Chara and the lack of action from the league.
A must read for any hockey fan. You may have never heard of Janne Virtanen but he is one of the latest hockey players to suffer from a concussion; but he is keeping a blog about it. He writes about the symptoms, the thoughts, the day to day struggles of what it is like to be a hockey player wanting to get back on the ice yet is still suffering from a brain injury. Hopefully people take note of his day by day openness with the injury and maybe it will shine some light on the seriousness of what happens to these players off the ice.
Inching closer to the playoffs and the Anaheim Ducks are still without their All-Star goaltender. Jonas Hiller has been dealing with vertigo-like issues since February 2nd.
Montreal’s Max Pacioretty is in the hospital with a severe concussion and a broken vertebra after being hit by Boston’s Zdeno Chara. The NHL ruled that Chara would not be fined nor supsended for the hit.