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Montreal Canadiens 0 Boston Bruins 7
In the first game since “The Hit” that sent sparks flying around the NHL and even had some sponsors get involved the Bruins beat the Habs by a touchdown.
The Original 6 match up may not have always been as heated as it use to be and now is again but with the way the playoff standings are starting to fall into place there is a chance of a first round Original 6 match up between these two – oh what a series that will be! Will the Bruins pummel the Canadiens like they did last night in a best of seven?
Nathan Horton – power play
Gregory Campbell – shorthanded on a 5-on-3
Atlanta Thrashers 2 New York Islanders 1
Andrew Ladd put the Thrashers on the board first nearly halfway though the first period only to see Islanders John Tavares tie the game early in the second period.
It was a power play goal from Atlanta’s Rob Schremp that put the Thrashers up over the Islanders late in the second. Less than a minute later Thrashers Mark Stuart and Islanders Micheal Haley were given five for fighting.
The third period was scoreless but saw New York’s Zenon Konopka given a roughing and Atlanta’s Dustin Byfuglien assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct as time ran out.
Ottawa Senators 2 New York Rangers 1 (SO)
Opp’s Rangers fall to last place Senators in a hunt for a play off seed.
The Senators were the first to score and even that took Ryan Shannon until 15:21 of the second period. The Rangers made it onto the score board early in the third thanks to Brandon Prust.
Erik Christensen – Miss
Jason Spezza – Save
Mats Zuccarello – Save
Ryan Shannon – Miss
Wojtek Wolski – Save
Marek Svatos – Miss
Brandon Dubinsky – Miss
Nick Foligno – Save
Ryan Callahan – Save
Erik Carlson – Goal
Pittsburgh Penguins 2 Philadelphia Flyers 1 (SO)
The battle of Pennsylvania went into shoot out but saw the Penguins defeat the league leading Flyers.
The Flyers took the lead in the first with a goal from captain Mike Richards; but saw the lead erased early in the second when Penguins Tyler Kennedy capitalized on the man advantage for a power play goal from Chris Kunitz.
Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky took first star honors in the game even though his team lost with a 0.968 save percentage on the 31 shots he faced in 65 minutes of play.
Ville Leino – Save
Kris Letang – Miss
Claude Giroux – Save
Alex Kovalev – Goal
Danny Briere – Goal
James Neal – Save
Mike Richards – Save
Chris Kunitz – Goal
Edmonton Oilers 0 St. Louis Blues 4
Some times you have to put more than 12 shots on goal to win a game…
The Blues put 30 shots on Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin; while his Blues counterpart Jaroslav Halak was only faced with 12 shots in sixty minutes of play.
The first period start off with an early fight between St. Louis born and raised Cam Janssen and Edmonton’s Jim Vanderneer.
One second later in play a fight broke out between Blues Ryan Reaves and Theo Peckham. All four were given five minute majors. That wasn’t the end of the period – in fact it was only 3:09 into the first period and there would be yet another fight at the 17:43 mark between BJ Crombeen (STL) and Jean-Francois Jacques (EDM) that would also the Jacques hit with an interference penalty.
The teams left for the first intermission scoreless. It was not until the tail end of the second period that TJ Oshie was finally able to break in the scoring side of the box score with an unassiste4d goal.
The third period saw Matt D’Agostini score a power play goal early after Edmonton’s Liam Reddox was called for tripping. It was Chris Stewart to score next with a wrist shot on the power play again as Jim Vandermeer was called for two minutes for hi-sticking.
Blues Adam Cracknell rounded out the scoring to make it 4-0 St. Louis while Cam Janssen rounded out the penalties with a roughing call in the final minute of play (Edmonton’s Theo Peckham was also called for roughing).
Anaheim Ducks 4 Nashville Predators 5
It is a while ride out west but the Predators held on as the Ducks fought their way back.
With the help of Pekka Rinne in net stopping 34 of 38 shots faced in the game the Predators took a quick lead in the first. The Ducks played Jonas Hiller for the first time since coming off or long term injured reserve after suffering with vertigo. Hiller allowed three goals on nine shots in the first half of the first period before he was replaced with Dan Ellis.
Sergwi Kostitsyn scored just minutes into the game for the 1-0 lead. It was Nick Spailing’s goal at 11:18 and then a second from Kistitsyn seconds later that saw the end of Hiller’s night. Anaheim’s Corey Perry did score late in the period to make it 3-1 going into the first intermission.
The second intermission saw Jordin Tootoo score his fifth of the season; and his first since returning to playing after his time spent in a substance abuse program (now that is a role model – yes he messed up but he owned it and entered the program on his own accord and it is good to see Tootoo back – kudos to you sir).
The third period started with a short handed goal for the Predators from David Legwand; but then saw penalty problems hit Nashville with 10 minutes of the man advantage given to the Ducks and take advantage they did! Teemu Selanne scored two power play goals in the third. It was Corey Perry score in the final minute to make it a one goal game of 5-4.
Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Colorado Avalanche 3
Colorado got off to a rough start. Cody McLeod took a roughing penalty early in the game; luckily for him teammate Daniel Winnik was there to score a short handed goal to put the Avalanche up 1-0. Shortly after a fight broke out between Maple Leafs Mike Komisarek and Colorado’s Cameron Gaunce.
It was Nikolai Kulemin from Toronto though that would score twice to send the game to the first intermission with a 2-1 Maple Leafs lead.
Toronto increased their lead over Colorado with a tip-in goal from Tyler Bozak midway though the second to make it 3-1. Ryan O’Reilly scored on the power play to cut the lead by one heading into the second break.
With 20 minutes to play the Maple Leafs came out up 3-2 and saw Colorado’s Brandon Yip get called early for interference – that was all Phil Kessel needed for a power play goal to make it 4-2 for the Maple Leafs. Matt Duchene scored later in the period to bring the game back with in one goal; but it was not enough for the Avalanche.
Columbus Blue Jackets 0 Phoenix Coyotes 3
Might not have been the return to Phoenix that Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto had in mind after being traded away at the trade deadline to Columbus.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 28 shots he faced from the Blue Jackets; while his counterpart Mathieu Garon turned aside 20 of the 23 shots the Coyotes threw at him.
The first period went without a goal; however it was not without action as Coyotes Paul Bissonnette got in a fight with Blue Jackets Jared Boll.
The second period started with a tit-for-tat goaltender interference as first Columbus captain Rick Nash was called and then less than a minute later Phoenix Ray Whitney was also called for the same thing. Sami Lepisto was called for hooking which lead to a power play goal for his former team as Michal Rozsival scored on the man advantage. Late in the period Derek Morris made it 2-0 before heading to the second intermission and Mikkel Boedker make it 3-0 late in the third.
San Jose Sharks 3 Los Angeles Kings 4 (SO)
Battle Royale – California style.
It took a power play at the star of the second period for the scoring to finally start. Joe Pavelski put the Sharks up first only 35 seconds into the second period.
Dustin Brown came back with a power play goal of his own for the Kings to make it a tie game as Willie Mitchell made it 2-1 Kings nearing the halfway point in the game.
Patrick Marleau came up big in the third (and took second star honors because of it) ad he tied the game at the 16:28 mark . Only to have the Kings take the lead again as Brown score another power play goal after Sharks Joe Thornton was called for interference. It looked as though the Kings were going to walk away with both point in regulation as Marleau tied the game with five seconds left to force extra time.
Michal Handzus – Save
Dan Boyle – Goal
Jarret Stoll – Goal
Logan Courute – Save
Anze Kopi tar – Save
Ryane Clowe – Miss
Dustin Penner – Save
Dustin Brown – Goal
Patrick Marleau – Miss
Up into the Netting
Have a question you have always wanted to ask Marty McSorley? Here is your chance. Submit your question to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 11, 2011 and it may just appear in the next installment of The Hockey Writers series Ask The Alumni.
Speaking of the KHL – their playoffs are in full swing and it seems Jaromir Jagr’s KHL coach wanted to fight him after a playoff game.
Roman Piontkovksy spoke with Pavel Datsyuk for Sport Haze. Find out what Datsyuk thinks of his coaches, who he was for Halloween, and what shooting advice he recived and from whom.
Nicklas Lidstrom Drive. Novi, Michigan. This morning this is a real place as yesterday was the ceremony and naming of the road in the Detroit suburb.
Speaking of the Red Wings this morning the announced they have signed Gustav Nyquist a 2008 draft pick and a two-time Hobey Baker finalist to an entry-level contract: