Dallas Stars 3; Boston Bruins 6
It is a good thing the Stars do not play in Boston often as reports are out that Ray Sawada has a broken nose and a separated shoulder while Krys Barch was taken to the hospital. Boston clearly means business this year and they are going to fight their way to the top. Three first between the clubs started off the game, a hard blindside hit to Sawada and another bad outing for goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Art Middleton has the recap from the Dallas perspective.
Carolina Hurricanes 0; Toronto Maple Leafs 3
Maybe it was a little revenge for the Maple Leafs for what some of the Toronto media has deemed a shot at the team for the outcome of the All-Star draft that the Maple Leafs shutout the All-Star host team. For the Hurricanes the honeymoon is over as the All-Star game is behind them and now it is time to focus on getting down the stretch. It should not come as a surprise that rookie goaltending sensation James Reimer was the first star of the game. Questions is where do Jonas Gustavsson and Jean-Sebastien Giggure fit in now? Or do they? Trade deadline is coming – stay tuned.
Nashville Predators 2; Philadelphia Flyers 3
That trade last season with Detroit is still working out for the Flyers as first star of the night Ville Leino managed his first two-goal game of this NHL career.
Calgary Flames 4; Atlanta Thrashers 2
The Flames are now tied with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings who are sitting one point behind the 8th seed Phoenix Coyotes. Things are going tough out west as 10 points separate 4th though 14th place in the conference. One mistake late in the third cost the Thrashers the game over the team that use to reside in Atlanta.
Minnesota Wild 4; Colorado Avalanche 3
Doing something they do not do often the Wild took a 2-0 lead in the game and against the division rival Avalanche made it all the sweeter until the Avalanche began to surge. Colorado could not over come the their terrible start as it snowballed into a win for the now 7th place Wild.
Up into the Netting
Is the league really cracking down on blind side hits? Are the players going to change? Sidney Crosby has become very outspoken about hits to the head since he has been sidelined with a concussion but has that stopped teammate Matt Cooke? What about in Boston where Marc Savaard may have seen the end of his career after a second hit concussion – and lets face it – he has not been the same since that hit by Cooke.
A little more on Reimer as he records his first NHL shutout.
Pro Hockey Talk on NBC’s James O’Brien has the scoop of a scary collapse in Atlanta last night.
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