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New Jersey Devils 0 Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (SO)
Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside all 21 shots he faced as Martin Brodeur did with all 26 the Penguins threw at him to post shutouts in the game.
The shootout Results:
Kris Letang – Miss
Brian Rolston – Save
Alex Kovalev – Save
Ilya Kovalchuk – Save
James Neal – Goal
Patrik Elias – Save
Florida Panthers 2 Buffalo Sabres 4
Florida may have seen their playoff hopes come to a crashing halt last night; but for Buffalo the hope is still alive.
Jason Pominville scored early in the first to give the Sabres the early advantage. The lead did not stay for Buffalo for long as minutes later Panthers Sergei Samsonov tied the game putting a backhander past Ryan Miller.
An early goal just minutes into the second period saw the Sabres take a 2-1 lead over the Panthers with a goal from Drew Stafford. With the lead in hand the Sabres never looked back.
In the third period Jordan Leopold tipped-in a shot from Pominville on the power play to make it a 3-1 game. It was a mere 13 seconds later that Stafford scored again to make it 4-1 at the halfway point in the period. With a late effort Panthers Evgeny Dadonov scored the second goal for Florida with 3 seconds left in the game.
Washington Capitals 0 Ottawa Senators 2
The New York Rangers can have a sigh of relief as they were not the only playoff contender team to fall to the Senators – this time the Capitals were shut out.
The Capitals put 31 shots on Senators goaltender Craig Anderson but it was not enough.
The game started with a fight between Ottawa’s Francis Lessard and Washington’s DJ King within the first three minutes; the first goal however, did not come until the 13:25 in the second when Colin Greening put one past Capital’s Semyon Varlamov.
Third period started with the Senators up 1-0 but that did not last long as Erik Condra made is 2-0 just over two minutes into the period. At 12:55 Ottawa’s Zack Smith was given 5 minutes for fighting along with an instigator and a 10 minute misconduct; while Washington’s Matt Bradley was given a boarding call and a five minute fighting major.
Vancouver Canucks 3 Atlanta Thrashers 1
The Canucks were awarded an early penalty shot after the Thrashers Ron Hainsey was called for tripping on the breakaway; but no scoring would take place until the second period when Mason Raymond would give the Canucks the scoring lead.
Over halfway though the second it was Alexandre Bolduc with a backhand that made it 2-0 for Vancouver heading into the second intermission.
Atlanta’s Bryan Little put the Thrashers on th board with a goal late in the third to try and spark an Atlanta comeback. At 19:43 in the third Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo was called for tripping so Atlanta pulled Chris Mason from the net for an extra skater.
At 19:43 Alexandre Burrows scored a short handed empty net goal to capture both points for the Canucks in regulation.
Carolina Hurricanes 4 Tampa Bay Lightning 3
The Hurricanes claim two points in a battle with a division rival to keep playoff hopes alive.
The Lightning were the first on the scoreboard with a power play goal from Simon Gagne; yet Hurricanes rookie sensation Jeff Skinner would not allow the game to go to the first intermission down as he tied the game from a feed from Tuomo Ruutu.
The second period saw a power play goal for Carolina’s Erik Cole after Tampa’s Steven Stamkos was called for hooking.
With a 2-1 lead the Hurricanes came into the third period and sore two more to make it 4-1 just after the halfway point in the period. It was a tip-in goal from Vincent Lecavalier off a shot from defenseman Victor Hedman to cut the lead in half. Gange scored on the power play again as Carolina’s Derek Joslin was called for goaltender interference but it was not enough to have the Lightning force extra time for a point.
Up into the Netting
Have you been wondering what are the most injured hockey teams for the 2010-11 season? If you have (and even if you haven’t wondered) James Mertle has your answer!
The SM-liiga playoffs are in full swing – and speaking of swings check out the images from a game between KalPa and Lukko where the fist were flying.
You know what hockey needs? A representative to reach out and be a good spokes person in products outside of hockey to help grow the sport. Guess Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos has the same thought as he is now the Canadian face of Garnier Fructis.