Happy Pączki Day!
Only three games last night but a lot of hockey as every game needed extra time to decide who would come out on top.
Washington Capitals 2 Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (SO)
The Washington Capitals took on division rival Lightning and stirred the pot early in the day after head coach Bruce Boudreau called Tampa’s young star forward a diver to the media.
The game was a battle between goaltenders. On one side you had the veteran journeyman goaltender Dwayne Roloson who walked away with a 0.967 save percentage for stopping 29 of the 30 shots the Capitals threw at him; only Alexander Semin was able to get one past him late in the third. On the other side two young goaltenders. Mihael Neuvirth and Braden Holtby. Neuvirth played the first twenty minutes for the Capitals turning aside 6 of 7 shots he faced; Holtby finished out the remaining 45 minutes and then the shoot out and took first star honors for shutting out the Lightning.
Dominic Moore – Save
Adam Hall – Save
Alexander Semin – Save
Vincent Lecavailer – Save
*** Random fact: every game in which Semin has scored this season the Capitals have won.
Last night it was the goal scoring but only by 11 seconds. St. Louis Patrik Berglund got an early slap shot past Columbus goaltender Steve Mason. Then 11 seconds into resumed play St. Louis Chris Stewart and Columbus Derek Dorsett had the first fight of the night.
What a night – and we haven’t even had the first three minutes of play yet.
Columbus came back with three goals from Jakub Voracek, Matt Calvert and a power play goal from Fedor Tyutin to take the lead 3-1 by the midway point in the first period. The Blues came back with two power play goals of their own from Andy McDonald and TJ Oshie to tie the game at three before the first intermission.
The second period was surprisingly low on penalties or maybe they were all used in the first? The only one handed out was given to Blues Ryan Reaves – a ten minute misconduct.
Within seconds of the misconduct penalty the Blues went up 4-3 over the Blue Jackets with a wrap-around goal from first star of the game Andy McDonald.
It was Derek MacKenzie who tipped-in a goal from Columbus captain Rick Nash that tied the game to force it into extra time.
TJ Oshie – Goal
Rick Nash – Goal
Andy McDonald – Goal
Kyle Wilson – Save
Chris Stewart – Miss
Fedor Tyutin – Goal
Alexander Steen – Goal
Antoine Vermette – Save
You know it is going to be a hard fought battle when the game starts off with a hi-sticking in the first few minutes only to be followed by boarding, roughing, and at the 17:43 mark to see Kings Kyle Clifford get a roughing call while Dallas Steve Ott is given a spearing and a game misconduct.
In the mess of first period penalties Kings did take the lead with a slap shot goal from Willie Mitchell.
The second period started off with a penalty to Stars Brenden Morrow for interfering with Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier. The Stars went on to tie the game up from a wrist shot from Mike Riberito only to fall behind the Kings by intermission as Justin Williams beat Kari Lehtonen.
The third period saw an early goal from Dallas Trevor Daley to tie the game again before the two minute mark; only again to see the Kings pull ahead less than a minute later as Kyle Clifford scored.
Down a man Jamie Benn tied the game up and eventually forced the game to go into overtime where it took only 38 seconds for Stars Brenden Morrow to win the game for the Stars and put them into 5th place in the Western Conference while the Kings sit at 8th place only two point ahead of the Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks, and the Nashville Predators. Which leaves many to question if the http://thehockeywriters.com/will-la-kings-netminders-hold-up-or-collapse-from-all-that-weight-on-their-shoulders/ Kings net minders will hold up or collapse from all the weight on their shoulders.
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