Toronto Maple Leafs 4; Carolina Hurricanes 6
Carolina rookie Jeff Skinner is making his case for Calder as he netted his 18th goal of the season tonight; while Brandon Sutter had two goals in the third period to blown down the Maple Leafs. Soon to be All-Star Cam Ward had 26 saves for Carolina while former Conn Smythe winner J. S. Giguere had 22 for the Leafs. SB Nation’s Zachary Zielonka has more on the first fight by Hurricanes Nikolai Kulemin. Why he took on Tim Gleason we may never know.
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Can’t forget the other big hit of the game between Dion Phaneuf and Tuomo Ruutu:
New York Rangers 2; Washington Capitals 1 (SO)
After an extremely slow start to the season has Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is finally rediscovering his scoring touch? After 40 minutes of play the Capitals only had 11 shots on goal – four of them belonging to Ovechkin. Marian Gaborik tied the game up at 1 with 6:41 left in the third with a controversial (of course) goal. Another game forced into a shootout for the Rangers and saw Mats Zuccarello come up with yet another goal and maintaining his 100% shootout success. The winner went to Artem Anisimov. Jesse Spector has the game story.
According to Mike Vogel the Capitals were the first team in NHL history to have four or more wins from three different goaltenders aged 22 or younger in the same season.
Nashville Predators 1; Calgary Flames 3
Is Pekka Rinne making a quiet case for Vezina? Well not with his performance last night. Rinne saw 27 shots and allowed in three while fellow Finn Miikka Kiprusoff saw only 24 shots in the game. Curtis Glencross got the Flames on the board in the first only to see Predators David Legwand tie it up halfway though the second; from that point on the penalties killed the Predators. Jarome Iginla and Brendan Morrison each scored a power play goal to fin(n)ish off Pekka Rinne and the Predators. The Flames are alive; but is it too late?
St. Louis Blues 3; Colorado Avalanche 4
Getting back to basics held the Avalanche end a losing skid. Just he day before the team had been put though a grueling practice and focused on getting back to their game. Looks like the message was received as the Avalanche came out fighting – literally. Colorado’s David Koci wasted no time getting into a fight with Cam Janssen.
While sophomore sensation Matt Duchene was held off the scoreboard that didn’t stop the youth movement in Colorado from making a statements. Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan Stoa, both rookies, scored in the third. David Backes brought it within one late in the third; but it wasn’t enough to force the game into over time. Russ Oates has the details.
Dallas Stars 1; Vancouver Canucks 7
Speaking of teams ending skids – the Canucks threw everything they had at both Dallas goaltenders and saw 7 out of 36 shots go in – all of them against Kari Lehtonen. Think maybe the media is jinxing the Finnish goalies? All the talk of Pekka Rinne and Kari Lehtonen lately and both had a rough night last night. Impressive is the fact that the Canucks scored so many without anyone having a multigoal night. Alexandre Burrows, Ryan Kesler, Christen Ehrhoff, Mikeal Samuelsson, Henrik Sedin, Mason Raymond, and Dan Hamhuis all got the puck in the net to remind everyone that there is depth in the great white north.
Art Middleton has more from the Stars perspective over at Defending Big D.
Boston Bruins 0; Los Angles Kings 2
Not waking up to more bad news in Boston this morning as a late night for the Bruins out in LA ends with a shutout for Kings’ Jonathan Quick who took 1st star of the night honors; while Boston goalie Tim Thomas took 3rd star with a .941 save percentage (both saw 34 shots).
“The last couple of weeks we haven’t played really well,” Jonathan Quick said after recording the fifth shutout of the season, “We got to move forward and string a few wins together. We can get better.”
Looks like everyone is trying to make a turn around before heading into the All-Star break.
Up into the Netting
Goaltenders are starting to get a little testy. Last year we got this clip courtesy of Pittsburgh Penguin Sidney Crosby and Red Wing goaltender Jimmy Howard. Now the AHL is getting in on the movement. Greg Wyshynski as the scoop as Justin Pogge fights Penguins, continues descent into insanity.
Bad news coming out of Boston as Marc Savard has been diagnosed with another concussion. As with any concussion there is no time table for his return. Savard had a late start to this season after suffering a concussion after being hit by Penguins Matt Cooke in March.
Speaking of concussions and the Penguins – Sidney Crosby will miss the All-Star weekend. It was announced by the Penguins on Monday that the super star; whom has been out since taking a hit from Victor Hedman in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, would be staying home in hopes of recovery. Craig Custance from the Sporting News has the details. So now there is another spot open for the All-Star game. Who takes it? John Tavares? Mikko Koivu? Martin Havlat? What about Teemu Selanne?
The CHL has had three players test positive in ramdon drug testing in the last few weeks. Each player was given a mandatory eight-game suspension. What were the players taking? How did they get their hands on it? Gregg Drinnan has those answers and more.