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Tampa Bay Lightning 2 Buffalo Sabres 4
Ryan Malone scored first to give the Lightning the early lead over the Sabres; but Buffalo would tie the game with a goal from Thomas Vanek on the power play before the end of the first.
The second period belonged to the Sabres as they took a 3-1 lead over the Lightning with goals from Vanek and Tim Connolly.
It took only 17 seconds into the third for Vincent Lecavalier to bring the game within one for the Lightning. It was a late goal from Vanek that would give him a hat trick on the night and move the Sabres into 7th place in the Eastern Conference with the win.
Washington Capitals 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (SO)
The Maple Leafs may have scored first but it was Alexander Ovechkin whom stole the show with his tying goal as it marked his 300th NHL career goal.
Joffrey Lupul regained the Maple Leafs lead early in the second with a snap shot from Phil Kessel. It was John Erskine whom tied the game at two shortly after the midway point in the game that would lead to the eventual extra time and the shoot out.
Just 27 seconds after Erskine tied the game a fight broke out between Toronto’s Mike Komisarek and Washinton’s Jason Chimera.
Toronto went on the power play with ten seconds remaining in overtime after Washinton’s Nicklas Backstrom put the puck over the glass.
In the 65 minutes of play Capitals rookie goaltender Michal Neuvirth stopped 19 of 21 shots while Maple Leafs rookie goaltender James Reimer turned aside 39 of 41 shots he faced from the Capitals offensive powerhouse.
Mikhail Grabovski – Miss
Nicklas Backstrom – Save
Nazem Kadri – Save
Matt Hendricks – Save
Nikolai Kulemin – Save
Alex Ovechkin – Miss
Joffrey Lupul – Miss
Mike Knuble – Goal
New Jersey Devils 2 Pittsburgh Penguins 4
After Devils Nick Palmieri took an interference call late in the first the Penguins took advantage of the power play and saw Jordan Staal net a power play goal for the first lead of the game.
The second period saw David Steckel tie the game for the Devils only to have Pascal Dupuis net a backhander to regain the lead just over a minute later.
Early in the third Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz scored his 23rd goal of the season and made is 3-1 over New Jersey. Brian Rolston would come back and make it a one goal deficit.
Penguins Staal would take a tripping call late in the third that would give the Devils (and their fans) hopes of the game being pushed to extra time. It was on the Devils power play that Penguins Pascal Dupuis scored with just over a minute remaining in the game put them up by two.
Chicago Blackhawks 1 Montreal Canadiens 2 (OT)
The Canadiens were not about to let 43 shots on goal from the Blackhawks stop them from clinching a playoff berth.
Montreal took the lead at 6:55 in the second period with a goal from Michael Cammalleri. Last years Stanley Cup winning goal scorer Patrick Kane would tie the game for the defending champs halfway though the game.
No other goals would be scored in regulation and both teams would head into overtime each with a point. Overtime would see Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews called for tripping just 37 seconds into the extra time. The Chicago penalty would give Montreal the power play and P.K. Subban capitalized on the opportunity and scored his 14th of the season and sent the Canadiens to the playoffs.
Philadelphia Flyers 2 Ottawa Senators 5
Flyers head to the power play after Senators Erik Condra was called for hooking; and captain Mike Richards took advantage and gives Philly the early lead.
Minutes after the Flyers took the lead a fight broke out between Philadelphia’s Ben Holmstrom and Ottawa’s Chris Neil. In addition to the five minutes for fighting Neil was also given the two minutes instigator and a ten minute misconduct.
Late in the first Flyers Andrej Meszaros would be called for interference and the Senators Nick Foligno would take advantage on the power play and tie the game before heading to the first intermission.
Second period would see Ottawa have an early power play that they were not able to do anything with. It was the third power play chance of the period before the Philadelphia’s captain Mike Richards was able to regain the lead only to lose it late in the final minutes of the period as Ottawa would score twice to make it 3-2 over the Flyers after 40 minutes of play.
The Senators came out with the same momentum they left off with in the second as they would score twice more.
Colorado Avalanche 1 St. Louis Blues 3
Scoring for once was not the big story last night though David Backes had scored for the Blues and Kevin Porter for the Avalanche before fights broke out at the 17:33 point in the first.
Blues Ryan Reaves and Cam Janssen were given five for fighting. Janssen was also given a game misconduct. The Avalanche saw Cody McLeod and David Koci assessed five for fighting and Koci was given a game misconduct.
St. Louis would take the lead in the second as Kevin Shattenkirk would score his 9th of the season with a slap shot past Peter Budaj.
It was the third period that happened to be action packed as it started off with a fight between Blues TJ Oshie and the Avalanche’s Ryan Wilson just over five minutes into the period.
At 9:17 of the third the following penalties were assessed:
STL BJ Crombeen 10 minute misconduct
STL Barret Jackman 10 minute misconduct
STL Vladimir Sobotka 10 minute misconduct
COL Ryan Stoa 10 minute misconduct
COL Mark Olver 10 minute misconduct
COL Ryan Stoa 2 minute roughing
COL Mark Olver 2 minutes unsportsmanlike conduct
COL Kevin Porter 5 minute fighting major
STL BJ Crombeen 2 minute instigator
STL BJ Crombeen 5 minute fighting major
STL Barret Jackman 2 minute roughing
STL Vladimir Sobotka 2 minute unsportsmanlike conduct
COL Ryan Stoa 2 minute tripping
It was with 40 seconds remaining in the game and an empty net for Colorado that St. Louis Blues Andy McDonald would make it 3-1 over the Avalanche.
Atlanta Thrashers 3 Nashville Predators 6
Nashville made their mark early on the game with a goal from Matt Halischuk just over five minute after puck drop. It was the final minute of the period that saw Jordin Tootoo and Sergei Kostitsyn score to make it 3-0 after twenty minutes of play.
Tootoo would score again tipping in a shot from Halischuk less than two minutes into the second to make it 4-0.
It would be 5-0 before Blake Wheeler was able to put the Thrashers on the score board for the first time of the night – just over three minutes into the third.
Mike Fisher would make it 5-1 with a power play goal for the Predators before Wheeler would score again to make it 6-2. Nik Antropov would score late to make it a mere 6-3 defeat for the Thrashers.
Columbus Blue Jackets 0 Dallas Stars 3
Steve Ott scored exactly five minute into the game to give the Stars the early lead; and they wouldn’t look back.
A hard fought game did not see another goal scored until Loui Eriksson was able to score on the empty net with less than a minute remaining in the game. Brenden Morrow would make it 3-0 with 20 seconds remaining in the game as Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen would stonewall all 23 shots he faced from the Blue Jackets.
Vancouver Canucks 0 Edmonton Oilers 2
The mighty Canucks fell to the Oilers. Are they just calling in the rest of the regular season now that they have locked up the Presidents trophy? Or is this a reason for alarm for fans in Vancouver not wanting yet another early exit from the playoffs?
It was penalty problems for the Canucks as Oilers Ryan Jones scored on the power play late in the first after Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen was called for hooking at 18:43 in the first.
The second period saw the Oilers take a penalty but the Canucks were unable to take advantage of it and then turned around and took three of their own penalties.
The third period saw a fight between Ryan O’Marra from the Oilers and Cancuks Raffi Torres. Torres was also given a five minute elbowing major and a game misconduct.
Only fifty seconds later Aaron Rome and Alexandre Burrows would both be given cross checking penalties for the Canucks and see Oilers rookies Magnus Paajarvi score on the power play.
Up into the Netting
Cam Charron takes a look at the Vancouver Canucks and the President’s Trophy jinx.
The Phoenix Coyotes have signed Hobey Baker finalist Andy Miele.
Former Ottawa Senators forward Shean Donovan is preparing to host hockey camps this summer.
Putting a view on Vezina and value.
Over the weekend the 7th annual USA Disabled Hockey Festival took place in Blaine, Minnesota.
On the topic of Minnesota watch as the Xcel Energy Center is transformed from the Minnesota Wild, to the Minnesota Swarm then to the Frozen Four.
Red Wings fans are busting out the tinfoil again as the NHL is quite happy with the Wings’ waved-off goals.
One writer decided to take a walk on the Wild side of Detroit.
The New York Rangers came from a 3-0 deficit for a 5-3 comeback against the Bruins the other night only to lose Ryan Callahan to a fractured right leg after taking a slap shot from Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.
SM-liiga playoff update: HIFK beat Lukko 7-1 to win the series 4-1 and to qualify for the finals for the first time since 1999.
Speaking of Finns Sami Salo thought Achilles injury had ended his career. Sisu.
“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” – William Jennings Bryan