From Abdelkader to Zuccarello – 9 Feb 2011

Carolina Hurricanes 2; New Jersey Devils 3 (OT)
News of a minor league call up of Mike McKenna as Martin Brodeur suffered a knee injury in a Sunday win over the Montreal Canadiens (currently listed as day-to-day) but the Devils continued on their push of turning their team around. Johan Hedberg got the start in goal and ended with 20 saves and an assist on the game winning goal by Mattias Tedenby in overtime.

Carolina rookie Jeff Skinner had both goals for the Hurricanes. The one point earned by the team moved them into 8th place and ahead of division rival Atlanta.

Toronto Maple Leafs 5; New York Islanders 3
Complete chaos has ingulfed the Islanders goaltending this year. Most notably the Nabokov “scandal” and then down goes DiPietro. Now rookie goalie Kevin Poulin was hurt in warm ups so Mikko Koskinen got his first start in the NHL.

Columbus Blue Jackets 4; Pittsburgh Penguins 1
With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin dominating the headlines out of Pittsburgh is Matt Cooke trying to take the spotlight off his injured teammates? Is another controversial play by Cooke doing anything to help Crosby’s cause against hits?

Here is the video of Cooke’s knee on Alex Ovechkin from just the other night:

And now here is Cooke’s hit from last night:

Steve Mason had 32 saves against the depleted line up of the Pittsburgh Penguins while Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash had a goal and an assist on the night.

San Jose Sharks 2; Washington Capital 0
Current Stanley Cup champion goaltender Antti Niemi may have got the shutout win over the Capitals; but Washington’s rookie goaltender Michal Neuvirth got the better of him in the stars of the game (Neuvirth 2nd while Niemi was 3rd star). Washington found themselves stonewalled in net though they had two thirds of the power play time (okay so there were only three penalties in the game so that sounds more than what it was). The game was scoreless until halfway though the third when Logan Couture got the Sharks on the board.

Buffalo Sabres 7; Tampa Bay Lightning 4
Now while penalties were few and far between for the Sharks and Capitals the opposite was true for the Sabres and Lightning. Eleven penalties were called in the third period – there were seventeen overall in the game. Yet there were only two power play goals in the game – both being the last goals for each team. Tampa gave up a 3-1 lead over Buffalo. Sabres Drew Stafford had a hat trick and Ryan Miller had 30 saves to lead Buffalo over Tampa Bay.

St. Louis Blues 2; Florida Panthers 1
The Panthers may have pounced out of the gate with an early lead but after that the Blues took over. Florida’s Dennis Wideman scored on the power play in the first but that was the only time they would find the back of the net. David Backes scored in the second and Matt D’Agostini took 1st star of the game honors with his game winner in the third. Jaroslav Halak had 30 saves on the night earning 2nd star with a 0.968 save percentage.

Up into the Netting

Here are some videos of the battle of Helsinki – the SM-liiga Winter Classic between HIFK and Jokerit.

Rob McGowan went one-on-one with Islanders Matt Moulson.

Take an early look at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft top 60.

Monica McAlister
An avid hockey lover that grew up in Michigan and lived in the Washington D.C. area while going school for Sports Management. Volunteer with the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA); and follows as much SM-liiga and Elitserien as possible along with the vast array of North American leagues.

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