Andrew MacDonald lead the charge for the Islanders with two goals; but it was John Tavares that got the game off to an early lead for the Islanders in the first. Tavares goal came from a feed from PA Parenteau whom scored the second Islanders goal in the final minute of the first.
The second period saw an early fight between Blues BJ Crombeen and Islanders Matt Martin
It was not until the third period that the Blues got on the scoreboard with a wrist shot from Andy McDonald and then again on the man advantage Chris Stewart completed the Blues scoring for the game.
Buffalo Sabres 5 Philadelphia Flyers 3
The Flyers got up to a 2-0 start only to see the Sabres come out in the second and take it up 3-2 before the Flyers were able to tie the game at three from a short handed goal from Kimmo Timonen before the second intermission.
The third period was all Buffalo domination as Jason Pominville tipped-in Thomas Vanek’s shot a little over six minutes into the period for the go ahead goal. The Flyers not wanting to give up a point or two in the standings pulled their goalie for a man advantage to push for that tying goal. It was Sabres Nathan Gerbe that scored on the empty net however and sent the Flyers home with no extra points and the Sabres home with two.
Vancouver Canucks 3 Los Angeles Kings 1
Big night for Vancouver with a two-goal win earning them an extra two point to give themselves space above the second place Red Wings; but most importantly goaltender Roberto Luongo had his 300th win.
The Kings got off to a good start by scoring first. Dustin Penner got a wrist shot past Luongo which would be the only shot out of the 22 he faced that did such.
A few minutes after the Kings took the early lead Canucks Jannik Hansen tied the game. The game remained tied until over half way though the third when Daniel Sedin solved Jonathan Quick off a pass from Christian Ehrhoff. It was an empty net goal in the final minute of play by Alexandre Burrows that finally let put an end to the Kings push for at least a point.
Pittsburgh Penguins 3 Boston Bruins 2 (OT)
With Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby out it is Marc-Andre Fleury that has taken top star honors for Pittsburgh. With a 0.935 save percentage stopping 29 of 31 shots he faced Fleury is doing his best to keep the team in the playoff race.
The first period saw no scoring but it was not uneventful as two fights broke out. The first fight was less than three minutes into the game with Pittsbugh’s Michael Rupp and Boston’s Shawn Thornton got into it. The second fight was in the final two minutes of the period between Botson’s Nathan Horton and Pittsburgh’s Craig Adams.
It was Boston’s Zdeno Chara that had the first goal of the night; and it took until the second period to get that. The goal only motivated the Penguins and saw Jordan Staal tie the game back up a few minutes later and then Dustin Jeffrey scored the go ahead goal for Pittsburgh just over a minute later.
It was Bruins David Krejci that scored in the final minute of play that forced the game into overtime where Penguins Dustin Jeffrey came up big for the extra point less than two minutes into the extra time.
Chicago Blackhawks 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 3
Chicago came out looking for the win against Toronto and saw Marian Hossa and Michael Frolik both score within the first 5 minutes of the game. Toronto ran into penalty trouble near the midway point as Joffrey Lupul took a slashing calling then 10 seconds later Tim Brent put a puck over the glass for delay of game. Lucky for the Maple Leafs the Blackhawks did not capitalize on the man advantage; however, a few minutes later captain Jonathan Toews scored his 27th goal of the season putting the Blackhawks up 3-0 heading into the first intermission.
Joffrey Lupul scored first for the Maple Leafs to make it 3-1 in the second period; but the Blackhawks would have nothing to do with losing their lead as Viktor Stalberg and Bryan Bickell made it 5-1 before the second intermission.
The third period saw a goaltending change for Toronto as Jean-Sebastien Giguere came in in place of James Reimer. The goaltending swap worked as Giguere stopped all six shots he faced and the Maple Leafs scored twice on the Blackhawks.
So times you make the right decision just a little too late.
Florida Panthers 3 Atlanta Thrashers 4 (OT)
Florida got off to an early lead as Sergei Samsonov tipped in a Niclas Bergfors shot only to see a fight between teammate Darcy Hordichik and Atlanta’s Eric Boulton break out two seconds later.
The fight may have motivated the Thrashers though as Florida failed to score again until almost halfway though the third period on a power play goal by Stephen Weiss. The Thrashers however scored three times by that point making it 3-2 Atlanta by the time Weiss scored. Three minutes exactly from the time Weiss scored David Booth scored to tie the game earning each team a point as they headed into overtime.
It was only 25 seconds into overtime when Andrew Ladd scored the game winner for the Thrashers and earned himself first star of the night with two goals and an assist).
The first period was dominated by the Habs as Hall Gill scored his second of the season; a slap shot that got past Bolts goaltender Dwyane Roloson. David Desharnais scored with a backhand shot on the power play after Tampa’s Sean Bergenheim was given two-minutes for roughing to give the Canadiens the 2-0 lead heading into intermission.
The second period saw two goals on four power plays. First Tampa got on the score board with a power play goal from Dominic Moore while on a care over penalty from the first. It was not until Steven Stamkos was called for his second penalty in the second period that Max Pacioretty made it 3-1 Canadiens.
Pacioretty came out and scored early in the third period to make it 4-1 over Tampa Bay. Vincent Lecavalier cut the lead in half with nearly six minutes to go. Montreal even took a four minute double minor for hi-sticking late in the game; but the Lightning were not able to take advantage as they fell to the Canadiens.
In a game that saw Drew Miller put the Wings up 1-0 early in the first and Johan Franzen score his first goal since he scored five on the Ottawa Senators; the Coyotes and their fans had to be thinking ‘this just isn’t going to be our night’.
However, a somewhat controversial goal by Kyle Turris late in the third saw the Wings become frustrated and the Coyotes get a break.
The second period saw Valtteri Filppula score his first since coming back from a knee injury he suffered during the February 7th game versus the New York Rangers when he was hit in the knee by Brian Boyle.
It was Red Wings Darren Helm that scored a Dastyukian fashion in the final minute of the second period while Detroit was down a man that put them up 4-1 heading into the second intermission.
Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris was injured in the second period and it was announced during the second intermission that he would not be returning to the game; but the Coyotes came out motivated. Scoring three times in the third period the Coyotes blew the Red Wings lead and tied the game forcing it into extra time; and then the shootout.
Edmonton Oilers 5 Colorado Avalanche 1
The Oilers may have lost Taylor Hall for the rest of the season due to injury but that did not stop them from halting the Avalanche. Two power play goals in the first from Sam Gagner and Ryan Jones put the Oilers up 2-0 before ten minutes of play.
After the first intermission they showed no slowing down as Shawn Horcoff scored 39 seconds into the second period. A fight then broke out shortly thereafter between Colorado’s David Koci and Edmonton’s Steve MacIntyre. Shortly after those penalties expired the Oilers punched the Avlanche where it hurt the most as Alexandre Giroux made it 4-0 not even halfway though the second period.
Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly scored the only goal for the Avalanche to make it 4-1 before the end of the second period.
Less than 30 seconds into the third Andrew Cogliano scored a short handed goal for the Oilers and the saw tempers flair for the remainder of the game. At the 8:34 mark of the game Oildes Jean-Francois Jacques was given an interference on goalkeeper penalty and a roughing call; while Colorado’s Adam Foote was also assessed a roughing penalty.
At the 13:24 mark Alex Plante (Edmonton) and Cody McLeod (Colorado) were given five for fighting only to see 24 seconds later that Oilers Steven MacIntyre and the Avalanches David Koci were given ten minute misconducts.
The two points in the game moved the Oilers out of last place in the league; that distinction now belongs to the Ottawa Senators; whom the Avalanche had just swapped goalies with heading into the trade deadline.
With a big win over the San Jose Sharks many are asking What should expectations be for the Dallas Stars season?
Good question. The Stars have been up and down this season. The loss of franchise face Mike Modano to the Red Wings and then long time goaltender Marty Turco showed up in Chicago; but Kari Lehtonen has been having a good season as the number one goalie for Dallas. Lehtonen had 29 saves last night while his fellow Finnish opponent Antti Niemi had only 25 saves for the Sharks.
It looked as though the game was one of those ‘opps lets try this again’ type games for Dallas when Karlis Skrastins put the puck over the glass exactly one minute into the game, giving San Jose the early power play. Sometimes when you’re motivated things just have a way of working out as 19 seconds into the penalty kill Jamie Benn scored a short handed goal to give the Stars the early lead.
It was not until the half way point in the period that Sharks Kyle Wellwood was able to beat Lehtonen and tie the game going into intermission.
It was Patrick Marleau that scored early in the second to give the Sharks the lead. It took until Loui Eriksson scored in the third to tie the game and the final half of the period for Stars Jason Williams to get the game winner.