Grab your morning beverage of choice it’s time to look at what happened last night in the NHL…
Ottawa Senators 2 New Jersey Devils 1
Senators stop Devils hot streak.
After a scoreless first period it was Ottawa’s Erik Condra that gave the Senators the lead in the second period. Ottawa gave the Devils three power plays in the second that they were unable to take advantage of. It was 4:01 into the third period before Patrik Elias was able to get the Devils on the scoreboard.
It was Condra that tipped-in a Jason Spezza goal late in the third to decide the game rather than force and over time.
Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson took third star of the game with 31 saves while Martin Brodeur had 19 saves on 21 shots.
Toronto Maple Leafs 3 New York Islanders 4 (OT)
Inconsistent periods forced the Maple Leafs and the Islanders into extra time.
The first period saw five penalties handed out and no goals scored while the second period saw four goals scored and only one penalty given to Islanders Micheal Haley for roughing.
The Islanders took the lead early in the first with a tip-in from Zenon Konopka then seconds later Maple Leafs’ Keith Aulie tied the game. Late in the period Frans Nielsen gave the Islanders the lead again only to have Tim Brent tie it again before intermission.
The entire game was a game of tit-for-tat until Islanders Blake Comeau scored in overtime.
Edmonton Oilers 1 Philadelphia Flyers 4
Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead in the first from goals from Danny Briere and a power play goal from Jeff Carter. It was Carter two scored in the second to make it 3-0 over the Oilers only to see Jean-Francois Jacques get one past Flyers Sergei Bobrobsky before heading to the second intermission.
It was a late effort push from the Oilers that saw Devan Dubnyk pulled from his net for an extra skater that sealed fate as Blair Betts scored an empty net goal with under a minute left.
Buffalo Sabres 1 Pittsburgh Penguins 3
Looked like it was going to be smooth sailing for the Sabres last night as Rob Niedermayer took the early lead less than three minutes into the game. Too bad that was the only scoring Buffalo was going to do.
Pittsburgh’s James Neal came out motivated after the first intermission and tied the game just over a minute into the period. A few minutes later the Penguins took the lead as Zbynek Michalek got a slapshot past Sabres Ryan Miller.
It was over half way though the third when Mark Letestu tipped-in a shot from Michalek and let the wind out of the Sabres sails.
Boston Bruins 1 Montreal Canadiens 4
No one is talking about the score this morning; and who is to blame them. The biggest story from the Original Six match up is a hit Bruins captain Zdeno Chara put on Canadiens Max Pacioretty (whom took third star honors for the game).
Here is the video:
It was a hard fought game from the start. Boston’s Johnny Boychuk and Montreal’s Ryan White were involved in a fight at the 3:11 mark in the first. White was also given an instigator penalty and a misconduct.
Chara was given a five minute interference penalty that was served by Shawn Thornton as Chara was also issued a game misconduct in the final seconds of the second period.
The third period may not have been as rough but roughing calls were being made as late as the 17:34 mark on Bruins Milan Lucic. Lucic scored the only goal for the Bruins just minutes before the call.
Scoring for the Canadiens:
Lars Eller scored twice in the first to give the Habs the 2-0 lead going into the first intermission. The second period saw Brian Gionta and James Wisniewski both score on the man advantage.
Chicago Blackhawks 2 Florida Panthers 3
Leave it to the Panthers to snap an eight game streak for the current Stanley Cup champions.
The Panthers pounced out of the gate with an early goal from David Booth in the first. Clay Wilson and Marty Reasoner made it 3-0 by the end of the first twenty minutes.
Chicago was not going to just let the Panthers run off with their much needed points to maintain place in the Western Conference standings. Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa both scored in the second; however, that was not enough for the Blackhawks to walk away with even a point.
Colorado Avalanche 2 Minnesota Wild 5
You know how one thing starts going wrong and it all just starts to snowball out of control?
The Avalanche are watching as their season is cascading out of control from underneath them. Going against division rival Minnesota Wild the Avalanche saw the Wild take the lead as Martin Havlat scored the only goal in the first.
Second period started off looking as though Colorado had found their foothold as Kevin Porter tied the game early and saw a power play goal from Paul Stastny give them the lead over Minnesota.
It was a power play goal late in the second that saw Andrew Brunette tie the game for the Wild before heading to the second intermission.
Third period start off slow but eventually saw John Madden and Jared Spurgeon score for the Wild. Avalanche’s goaltender Peter Budaj would take a roughing call before Martin Havlat would take a tripping call late to give the Avalanche a man advantage late in the game.
Colorado pulled Budaj for the extra skater only to see the Minnesota’s Kyle Brodziak score a short handed empty net goal in the final 4 seconds of the game.
Vancouver Canucks 4 Phoenix Coyotes 3 (OT)
An early first period goal from Coyotes Eric Belanger gave Phoenix the advantage against Vancouver. It was over halfway though the period before the next goal was scored – on a power play by Phoenix’s Shane Doan.
Vancouver’s Dan Hamhuis cut Phoenix’s lead in half with a wrist shot 17 seconds later.
It was Vancouver that came out strong in the second as Henrik Sedin scored a power play goal to tie the game and defenseman Sami Salo to give the Canucks their first lead of the game.
Exactly 7 minutes after Salo took the lead, with less than a minute left in the second Coyotes Lauri Korpikoski tied the game again.
It was not until nearly halfway though overtime that the next goal was scored. It was Hamhuis who turned the game around for the Canucks in the first and then won the game for them in overtime.
Nashville Predators 2 San Jose Sharks 3 (OT)
Another late night game needing extra time as the Predators traveled to San Jose it was the power play that showed up big.
The Sharks took the lead in the first as Dany Heatly assisted on a Ryan Clowe goal. It was the Predators Joel Ward that would tie the game before intermission with a wrist shot on the power play.
Early in the second Justin Braun took the lead again for the Sharks with a power play goal of his own. Not to be out done it was Predators captain Shea Weber that scored his own power play goal minutes later to tie the game just over six minutes into the second. The game would remain tied and be forced into overtime where Patrick Marleau would score the game winner for the Sharks.
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