New York Islanders 1; Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Phil Kessel comes though in the end to score a late goal and break a tie that had held up since the 8:09 mark in the second.
The third period was busy in the penalty box. At the 4:10 mark alone Toronto’s Colby Armstrong took an unsportsmanlike conduct and Mike Brown took a 10 minute misconduct; while New York’s Travis Hamonic got a 10 minute misconduct and Michael Haley took an unsportsmanlike conduct (served by Jesse Joensuu) and a roughing penalty. The penalty count was not done there as after the final buzzer Islanders’ Zenon Konopka was assessed a 10 minute misconduct and a roughing penalty and Maple Leafs’ Jay Rosehill was given a 10 minute misconduct.
Phoenix Coyotes 3; Philadelphia Flyers 2 (OT)
It took extra time but the Coyotes were able to extend their winning streak to eight.
The Flyers got off on the right foot with Ville Leino scoring early in the first and the Flyers hung on to their lead until the third period when Eric Belanger finally got the Coyotes on the scoreboard. Half way through the third Taylor Pyatt got the go ahead goal for the Coyotes and they hung onto the lead until Claude Giroux tied it up late to send it into over time.
It was Shane Doan who was the overtime hero with a goal at the halfway mark of over time. Doan scored a power play goal while Kimmo Timonen sat in the penalty box for hooking.
New York Rangers 4; Carolina Hurricanes 3 (SO)
Rangers are walking away from Carolina with two more points, and the Hurricanes got one as well. The Rangers got off to a good start when Brandon Prust scored early in the first period, only the Hurricanes Jay Harrison tied it up before they headed to the first intermission. It was a give and take game as it took until the final seconds of the second before either team would light the lamp again; just happened to be Rangers Ryan Callahan on the power play after Joni Pitkanen was sent to the penalty box for hooking.
The third period saw first star of the night Jussi Jokinen come alive as he scored twice to give Carolina the lead over visiting New York. In the final few minutes the some what recently acquired Wojtek Wolski lead the Rangers into overtime with the tying goal and then scored the only goal in the shootout.
Nashville Predators 0; Columbus Blue Jackets 4
Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo is happy to be back. Late in the third Tootoo even dropped the gloves with Jared Boll earning himself a fighting major and a cross checking penalty (served by JP Dumont).
There was no scoring until the 1:11 mark of the third period and Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash came up big with two of the goals.
San Jose Sharks 4; Detroit Red Wings 3
Sharks fail to connect on a 5-on-3 in the first but still managed to head to the first intermission up 1-0 as Red Wings Jiri Hudler took a late penalty and saw Joe Thornton score with seconds left in the first. Thornton’s goal happened to be his 300th of his career.
Dan Cleary tied the game up early in the second just to see fellow Newfie Ryan Clowe get a go ahead goal. Not to be out done Cleary, the first every Newfie to get his name on the Stanley Cup, scored mere seconds later to tie the game back up at two. Late in the second Thornton scored his second of the game before heading to second intermission.
The Sharks have now won their last three games played in Detroit.
Colorado Avalanche 4; St. Louis Blues 3
Erik Johnson is highly motivated going against his former team.
Edmonton Oilers 1; Minnesota Wild 4
Last night the Wild dressed in Camouflage jerseys for their warm up skate. The jerseys will be autographed by the player they were worn by and then put up for auction to benefit Defending the Blue Line.
If there is anything the Dallas Stars are not doing it is not shooting enough. They only put 19 shots on goal last night against the Devils Johan Hedberg; Hedberg stopped all of them while Stars Kari Lehtonen saw 23 shots allowing in an awkward shot that saw Ilya Kovalcuk’s stick break and Nick Palmieri redirect the shot.
This was the second 1-0 win in three games while he fills in the number one spot as Matrin Brodeur is still recovering from a knee injury.
Boston Bruins 3; Calgary Flames 1
Back on his game Tim Thomas returned to the Bruins line up refreshed and ready to stomp out the Flames. The Flames had started to destroy everything in their path to the playoffs as they had gone 11-1-2 in their previous 14 games including the 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens over the weekend in the Heritage Classic.
In a low penalty game (only three total) it was Boston’s second trip to the penalty box that finally saw the Flames make it on the scoreboard as Curtis Glencross scored on the power play with the assist going to Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay. Guess the goal makes up for the double minor for hi-sticking Glencross took in the second; though the Boston did not capitalize on their four minutes straight of having a man advantage.
Milan Lucic put the Bruins on the board less than a minute into the game; and then in the final seconds scored the empty netter that shut the door on the Flames.
Montreal Canadiens 3; Vancouver Canucks 2
After taking a beating in the Heritage Classic the Canadians had something to prove. So why not prove it against the league leading Canucks? The Canadians had not won a game in Vancouver since October 30, 2000 (Olympic gold win by the Canadians does not count in this stat).
All three of the Canadiens goals came even strength while both of the Canucks goals came on the man advantage. David Desharnais and Brian Gionta made sure the Canadiens ended the first with a 2-0 lead; only to have Henrik Sedin score early in the second when Benoit Pouliot served a delay of game (puck over glass) penalty for goaltenders Carey Price. Andrei Kostitsyn scored mid period to increase the lead that was brought within one early in the third by Mikael Samuelsson.
Up into the Netting
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