Well at least Ryan Callahan has. Netting his first career hat trick was not enough for the winger as he scored a fourth and left the game with five points total. Partial namesake of this column Mats Zuccarello had two goals on four shots. Only other Ranger to score was Artem Anisimov (unless you count the Sean Avery goal that was waived off) between Callahan and Zuccarello goals in the third.
After being ‘exposed’ on Twitter the day before Flyers Jody Shelley spent plenty of time in the penalty box as he took the first penalty of the game just over five minutes in for tripping. Shortly after he received five for fighting Rangers Brian Boyle. Boyle was also assessed five for fighting, two for instigating and a 10 minute misconduct for good measure.
The second period say Rangers Brandon Dubinsky and Flyers captain Mike Richards drop gloves less than a minute in only to turn around a few minutes later and have coincidental roughing calls put on Flyers Kris Versteeg and Rangers Marian Gaborik whom was in the line up for the first time since suffering a concussion.
After no goals were scored in the first the Devils took the lead early in the second from a power play goal from Brian Rolston. By the end of the period however the Islanders had it tied at one with a power play goal of their own from Josh Bailey.
It was Ilya Kovalchuk that come out big for the Devils. After assisting on the first period goal he scored one of his own less than three minutes into the second to once again give the Devils the lead.
Blake Comeau was not going to go gently into the good night as he scored late for the Islanders to force the game into extra time.
Frans Nielsen – Goal
Mattias Tedenby – Save
PA Parenteau – Save
Ilya Kovalchuk – Goal
Matt Molson – Save
Patrik Elias -Save
Kyle Okposo – Save
Jacob Josefson – Miss
John Tavares – Save
Travis Zajac – Save
Matt Martin – Save
Brian Rolston – Goal
Washington Capitals 3 Florida Panthers 2 (OT)
In a game that was going no where fast by the half way point in the first the only action that had been seen was a tripping call on Capitals Boyd Gordon that the Panthers were unable to connect on. That is – until 12:27 of the period.
At that point Capitals Matt Hendricks and Panthers Kenndal McArdle dropped the gloves and subsequently sat for five minutes each. It was shortly after that that the Panthers Bill Thomas took the first lead of the game. It was a few minutes later that Capitals Nicklas Backstrom tied the game at one with a slap shot off of a feed from Alex Ovechkin.
The second period saw Washington’s Boyd Gordon score his second goal of the season to give the Capitals the lead. It was not until late in the third that a power play goal from David Booth tied the game, earning each team a point and forcing overtime for that much needed second point.
No one waited long to see which team walked away with the overtime win and the extra point as less than a minute into overtime Alexander Semin sent a slapshot past Scott Clemmensen for the win.
The win put the Capitals into third place in the Eastern Conference.
Buffalo’s Jason Pominville did just that as he tipped-on a short from Steve Montardor before the clock had ticked off a minute and a half. With the early lead all Buffalo had to do was stay one step ahead of Minnesota and they did that with a goal from Rob Niedermayer to make it 2-0.
The Wild were not going to just lay down for the Sabres. Warren Peters and Marek Zidlicky came back to score late in the second to tie the game.
The third period may have gone scoreless but it was not uneventful as Buffalo’s Cody McCormick and Minnesota’s Clayton Stoner each took five for fighting near the halfway mark of the period.
Going back to what worked early for the Sabres Drew Stafford scored early in overtime – 46 seconds into extra time to be exact – to walk out of Minnesota with two points.
Nashville Predators 2 Calgary Flames 3
It was Finn verus Finn as Pekka Rinne and the Predators took on Miikka Kiprusoff and the Flames. Rinne had 33 saves after taking 36 shots but that was not enough to weather the Flames as the Predators only put 23 shots on Kiprusoff; whom stopped 21 of them for the win.
Nashville took an early lead as Martin Erat got a a wrist shot past Kiprusoff less than three minutes into the game. Mark Giordano of Calgary tied the game a few minutes later on the man advantage after Nashville’s Jonathon Blum was called for tripping.
With a few minutes left in the first Ryan Suter gave Nashville the last lead they would have in the game off a pass from Erat.
It was less than a minute into the second period when Jarome Iginla was awarded a penalty shot from being hooked on a breakaway by Nashville’s Sergei Kostitsyn and tied the game.
Curtis Glencross scored the game winner halfway though the third going backhand on Rinne.
Vancouver Canucks 3 Anaheim Ducks 0
It was a rough road traveled for Cory Schneider to earn his first shutout in the Canucks defeat of the Ducks. There were four roughing penalties alone in the third period of the game; two of which called in the final minute of play between Ducks Rancois Beauchemin and Canucks Aaron Rome (Rome was also assessed an elbowing penalty at the same time).
It was a big night for Schneider with his first shutout and just as big a night for Vancouver centerman Manny Malhotra with the first two goals of the game. Each goal came within the first minute of play in the first two periods.
The final goal of the game was a Swede one as Daniel Sedin got a slap shot past Dan Ellis with the assist going to fellow countrymen Mikael Samuelsson and Henrik Sedin.
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