It looked good for Carolina as Chad LaRose opened up scoring in the game. LaRose had a power play goal little over halfway though the first period after Darryl Boyce was called for hooking. It was the final minute of play with Carolina’s Bryan Allen took an elbowing penalty that Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf had a power play goal of his own to send the game to the first intermission tied.
It was penalty problems that spelled the end for the Hurricanes as Brandon Sutter took a hooking call just over halfway though the second and saw Phaneuf capitalize once again to put the Maple Leafs up 2-1. It was then Tyler Bozak’s tip in goal 12 seconds later that capped off the game.
Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer had a 0.973 save percentage only allowing the one goal on the 37 shots he faced. The Hurricanes Cam Ward faced only 19 shots in the game, turning away 16 of them.
Red Wings got off to an early lead with a slap shot goal from Henrik Zetterberg; however, it only lasted 33 seconds as Capitals defenseman Jon Carlson scored to tie the game with a slap shot of his own. A majority of the play took place in the Capitals zone which lead to the second Red Wings goal of the period; a tip-in for Valtteri Filppula from returning veteran defenseman Brian Rafalski.
Rafalski would end up with the second star of the game as he assisted on all three Red Wings goals and was a plus two for the night.
Just under six minutes into the second period it was Washington’s captain Alexander Ovechkin who tied the game back up at two.
It was Zetterberg with his 20th of the season who got the go ahead goal in the third; backhanding the shot past Capitals rookie netminder Mihael Neuvirth.
Seeing as how Nightmore on Helm Street got the shout out from the Capitals broadcast that was aired on Versus here is a snip from NOHS – Enjoy.
Colorado Avalanche 2 Vancouver Canucks 4
And that is how the West was won. The Canucks may not have clenched the top spot in the West yet; but they did snag the Pacific division title with their win over the Avalanche.
Things looked good for Colorado in the beginning as defenseman Erik Johnson put the Avalanche on the board first with a power play goal midway though the first. Teammate Matt Duchene made it 2-0 before heading into the first intermission.
The second period saw the Avlanaache lose their two goal lead on the Canucks at Maxim Lapierre cut the lead in half before the second intermission.
Third period saw Alexandre Burrows tie the game nearly halfway though the period and then Henrik Sedin score the go ahead goal off of a pass from none other than his twin Daniel.
It was Henrik that sunk the halted the Avalanche’s push for a tie as he scored on the empty net.
St. Louis Blues 1 Anaheim Ducks 2
The Ducks are in the playoffs! Well if they were to start today they would be as the two points earned over the Blues last night put them into 8th place.
It was St. Louis that made it onto the scoreboard first. Nearing the halfway point in the game Nathan Oystrick had a power play goal less than 20 seconds after Anaheim’s Lubomir Visnovsky was sent to the penalty box for tripping. It would be the only shot, out of the 31 faced, that Ray Emery would let by him.
It took less than two minutes for Jason Blake to tie the game with a backhander from rookie defenseman Cam Fowler and Teemu Selanne. It was Blake who snuck another one past Jaroslav Halak less than two minutes into the third for the game winner and the two points that vaulted them into 8th place.
Up into the Netting
Dr. Michael Cusimano reports about the toll head shots are taking on players.
Houses of Hockey chimes in on eliminating headshots.
When it works it really works. Taking a look at how Scottie Upshall and Columbus fit together.
A must read as Dmitry Chesnokov has a chat with Pavel Bure.
Putting money on the board. Detroit Red Wings fans come together and raise over $14,000 for charity. How did they do it?
Taking a look at the rollercoaster ride that is Rick DiPietro’s career.
Greg Wyshynski breaks down NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s five simple steps for safety.
Special Hockey growing in the State of Hockey. Minnesota Special Hockey to start a new team in Alexandria while this years USA Disabled Hockey Festival will take place next month at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
And last but not least here are 68 reasons why the NHL Playoffs are better than March Madness.