Pittsburgh Penguins 5 Detroit Red Wings 4 (SO)
It looked as though it was going to be an easy win for Pittsburgh in Detroit. The Penguins dominated the Red Wings as Pascal Dupuis put a backhander past Jimmy Howard; then saw Chris Kunitz score in the final minute in the first.
Dupuis would score short handed in the second and then see Tyler Kennedy make it a 4-0 lead little after halfway though the second.
Then in the final minutes of the second everything changed as Henrik Zetterberg scored backhanded on Penguins net minder Brent Johnson. The Red Wings came out dominating in the third with three goals (Valtteri Filppula, Danny Cleary, Mike Modano) to tie the game and force over time.
The Red Wings would put 41 shots on Johnson while the Penguins threw the puck at the Red Wings goaltending duo of Jimmy Howard and Joey MacDonald a total of 25 times before coming down to a shootout.
Todd Bertuzzi – Save
Alex Kovalev – Save
Mike Modano – Save
Kris Letang – Miss
Danny Cleary – Save
James Neal – Goal
Penguins James Neal
Penguins Pascal Dupuis
Red Wings Valtteri Filppula
Red Wing net front pest Tomas Holmstrom notched his 500th career point while teammate Mike Modano scored his 560th goal tying him for Guy Lafleur to be 23rd all-time in NHL history.
Calgary Flames 1 LA Kings 2 (SO)
In a late night battle in the Western Conference it became a goaltending show down between Flames Miikka Kiprusoff and Kings Jonathan Quick.
Quick took first star honors in the game for his 27 saves on 28 shots and then Kiprusoff took the 3rd star with a 0.963 save percentage.
The first two periods went scoreless but saw plenty of action. At the 17:11 mark in the first Kings’ Matt Greene was called for hooking as Flames’ Niklas Hagman was called for a cross checking and Brad Richardson of the Kings was given a two minute unsportsmanlike conduct. Still there was no scoring.
The second period saw more penalties and still no scoring. It was not until 14:08 into the third period that a goal was finally scored. Los Angeles Jarret Stoll put a wrist shot past Kiprusoff for the Kings late lead over the Flames and earned the second star of the game.
It was just over a minute later that Flames Olli Jokinen put a backhanded shot past Quick for the tie game which lead to extra time.
Even in overtime there was a penalty called (Kings Ryan Smyth for too many men on the ice) and still there was no scoring so the game went to the shootout.
Michal Handzus – Save
Alex Tanguar – Goal
Jarret Stoll – Goal
Rene Bourque – Miss
Anze Kopitar – Goal
Curtis Glen cross – Miss
Up into the Netting
Nick Kypreos stated via Twitter yesterday: “I’m told #Pens Mario/Cooke had spoken at great length yesterday and was basically told to change the way he plays or leave.”
Everyone knows about some of the top contracts in the league: Ovechkin, Crosby, Kovalchuk, etc. but / when it comes to assist who is giving the most bang for the buck?
Ottawa Senators announced a four-year contract extension with goaltender Craig Anderson for $12.75 million with a $3.187 Salary Cap hit per year. The break down for actual pay out over the four years is as follows: $2.75 million; $3 million; $3.5 million; $3.5 million.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin may just be heating up after a slow start this season offensively; but he wont be in the game tonight in Philadelphia asOvechkin is getting time off to rest for playoff run.
The United States Hockey League (USHL) has a pair of forwards in the top 20, are you familiar with them?
Penguins Matt Cooke was suspended though the end of the first round of the playoffs and will forfeit $219,512.20 in salary.