Atlanta Thrashers 4; Toronto Maple Leafs 5
Fighting for positioning in the East the Thrashers had hoped to leap over the Carolina Hurricanes with a win – the Maple Leafs had something else in mind as Nikolai Kulemin, Dion Phaneuf, Mikhail Grabovski, Tem Brent, and Clarke MacArthur all put the puck past Ondrej Pavelec. Toronto All-Star Phil Kessel was once again kept scoreless – now an 11 game drought.
New York Rangers 2; Detroit Red Wings 3
Both teams coming into the game after being shut out in their last contest someone was going to score; and Pavel Datsyuk made sure it was he that made his mark as he returned to the Red Wings line up. First star of the night Datsyuk had a goal and an assist along with probably being the best defenseman on the ice for the Red Wings last night. The Rangers have now lost 5 straight as they head to Atlanta.
Edmonton Oilers 4; Nashville Predators 0
Speaking of shutouts – the Predators fresh off of a game where they shut out central division rival Detroit they themselves on the opposite end as Oilers rookie goaltender Devan Dubnyk notched his first NHL shutout. With 37 saves Dubnyk kept the Oilers in the game as Nashville started the game with an offensive assault with a 13-1 shot on goal differential to the teams. Nashville saw an uncharacteristic game from goaltender Pekka Rinne as he took a holding penalty in the second and then was pulled from net in favor of Anders Lindback in the third.
Chicago Blackhawks 1; Calgary Flames 3
They are back! The Calgary Flames have pulled themselves into a playoff position. Currently in 8th place in the West the Flames do not have time to celebrate as the Minnesota Wild are one point behind them with a game in hand. Only 10 points separate third though thirteenth place in the Western Conference. The current Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks are currently on the outside looking in at the playoff spots as they sit in 11th place with 58 points while the St. Louis Blues sit in 14th place with 52 points and have two games in hand on Chicago.
Colorado Avalanche 0; Phoenix Coyotes 3
The announcement that Peter Forsberg will be returning to the Avalanche could not have come at a better time for the team as they dropped to the Coyotes. The Coyotes nearly a week ago were embarrassed by the Vancouver Canucks in a 6-0 loss. Sean Doan stepped up and spoke to his team and lit a spark under the slumping Coyotes. Ilya Bryzgalov now has two straight shutouts, Radim Vrbata scored twice and Scottie Upshall added another to his team-leading goals. The Avalanche have now lost six of their last seven which includes the current four game skid.
Ottawa Senators 2; Vancouver Canucks 4
If it has not been said enough with the Canucks as of late – How Swede it is – Mikeal Samuelsson notched two goals, including the game winner, and an assist on his five shots on goal. The dominate Canucks have now won six straight and show no signs of letting up. The Senators on the other hand have now lost ten straight games.