From Abdelkader to Zuccarello – 24 Feb 2011

Atlanta Thrashers 1; Buffalo Sabres 4
Some times a team pulls a goalie just to shake things up with the rest of the team and get them re focused. Well in Buffalo an official ownership change may have shaken the team up as the Sabres came out swinging. New owner Terry Pegula is now 1-0 with his team.

Sophomore defenseman Tyler Myers got things started off right for Buffalo with an unassisted goal about midway though the first. Atlanta only got on the board when Shoane Morrisonn took an interference penalty in early in the second which made way for Andrew Ladd’s power play goal. Shortly there after Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad and Atlanta’s Mark Stuart were assessed fighting majors; as were Buffalo’s Cody McMcormick and Atlanta’s Eric Boulton a few minutes later. In the finally few minutes of the second Buffalo came back with two of their own to make sure they went into intermission with a 3-1 lead.

It took only 1:54 into the third for Tyler Ennis to score putting the Sabres up 4-1 over the Thrashers.

Sabres Ryan Miller took second star of the game with a 0.976 save percentage allowing only the one goal on 41 shots. Thrashers’ Odnrej Pavelec had 35 saves for the night. A high shooting affair for all.

Florida Panthers 1; Ottawa Senators 5
A lot has been changing in Ottawa – mostly personal changes that had some starting to wonder if they would know who anyone was when they went to the next game. One addition to the team was Craig Anderson in net.

Anderson made 23 saves to bring about another change – the Senators finally one at home. They had lost the previous ten games at Scotiabank Place. The game started with a fight at the 2:49 mark in the first between Senators’ Francis Lessard and Panthers’ Darcy Hordichuk six more penalties were called though out the first (three to each team) yet no one was able to connect on the man advantage until Ryan Shannon did in the second (oddly enough the only penalty called in the second period).

San Jose Sharks 3 ; Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (OT)
In back to back games the Sharks took out the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup Champions.

Penguins Tyler Kennedy got the game off on the right foot for the home team by scoring early in the first. The Penguins held the lead until early in the second when Craig Adams took a penalty for hooking giving the Sharks the power play and setting up Logan Couture for the game tying goal.

It wasn’t until the third period that San Jose got the go ahead goal from Patrick Marleau and they held on to that lead until the final 50 seconds of the game when Tyler Kennedy showed up big for Pittsburgh to force the game into overtime.

It took until the final 4 seconds of overtime before Patrick Marleau got past Marc-Andre Fleury and scored the game winner.

Fleury had 35 saves on the night while Sharks Antti Niemi had 24 saves to earn the win.

Phoenix Coyotes 3; Tampa Bay Lightning 8
The Tampa Bay Lightning came out full charged and scored five un answered goals in the first period.

The Coyotes saw the bartulis loss of Scottie Upshall from their line up as he was given a two-game suspension for a late hit in the game against the Flyers. The Coyotes also said goodbye to their winning streak as the Lightning refused to give them their ninth.

Tampa Bay Lightning saw Teddy Purcell score his firs NHL career hat trick. Purcell opened up the scoring onslaught early (1:59) in the first with an unassisted goal and then scored twice in the second from feeds from Vincent Lecavalier. It should not come as a shock that the two of them were the first two starts of the game, as Lecavalier had a five point night.

Martin St. Louis scored twice in the first period and assisted on Lecavalier’s power play goal at the end of the first as well.

Martin Hanzal managed to get the Coyotes on the score board little over midway though the second; but they were already down by seven goals. Early in the third the Coyotes were down 8-1 when Kyle Turris and David Schiemko both scored to close the gap 8-3.

Coyotes Jason LaBarbera stopped the Lightning from striking 31 times; while Lightning’s Dwayne Roloson made 25 stops on the Coyotes.

Edmonton Oilers 5; Colorado Avalanche 1
Fresh off the trade from the Ottawa Senators Brian Elliot got off on a shaky foot with the Avalanche. He blocked 26 of 31 shots but when the opposing goalie (Devan Dubnyk) stops 38 of 39 shots he faces it is not going to be a good night. To be far on Elliot two of the goals he allowed were when they were down a man including the first goal of the night from Oilers’ Dustin Penner. Taylor Hall also had a power play goal for the Oilers in a two point game for the rookie and first overall pick form the 2010 NHL Entry draft.

TheAvalanche first and only goal came from Milan Hejduk on the power play from Matt Duchene.

Los Angeles Kings 3; Anaheim Ducks 2
The win in Anaheim gave the Kings a 6-3-1 record on their 10 game road trip that saw them win five of the seven one-goal games (that’s right 7 of the 10 games played ended with only a one goal difference).

The Ducks were again with out their Captian Ryan Getzlaf, only this time he should be back soon and not out for an extended period as he missed the game to be with his wife. The Getzlaf’s welcomed their son Ryder James Getzlaf to the world earlier in the day. Congratulations to them and the best wishes from myself and The Hockey Writers staff.

The Ducks were also without alternate captain Saku Koivu who has a slight groin injury he suffered from in Monday’s practice. Fellow Finn Teemu Selanne scored the first goal for the Ducks while Corey Perry had the second.

Half way though the first say a fight of the Kyles as Kyle Clifford (Kings) and Kyle Chipchura (Ducks) got into a scrap. The two fighting majors and then three roughing calls were the only penalties in the game.

Up into the Netting

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“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” – William Jennings Bryan


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