Caps look happy, find out why… plus recaps of all last night’s action
Colorado Avalanche 1 @ Boston Bruins 0 – I actually stumbled upon this game on Altitude and spent a good five minutes trying to decide if it was live or a replay from the night before. For the most part the skating and goaltending was pretty good throughout the game. Milan Hejduk, committing European on European crime, got the game winning goal past Tuukka Rask (great NHL scrabble name) 7:57 into the third period. This wound up being the game winner for the ‘Lanche.
Carolina Hurricanes 2 @ New Jersey Devils 4 – For the opening two periods of this contest the teams alternated goals leading to a 2-2 tie. In the third period, the Devils and their multi-million dollar man, Ilya Kovalchuk, broke the tie at the 6:06 mark — and yes that goal broke the ‘Canes. Zach Parise scored a power play goal (he has the power!) in the last minute to deliver the 4-2 win for New Jersey.
Minnesota Wild 1 @ New York Islanders 2 – The Islanders scored early and often netting two first period goals (Andrew MacDonald and Frans “not Ferdinand” Nielsen) before holding on for the 2-1 win. Minnesota’s Matt Cullen scored a minute into the third, cutting the deficit in half, (if only it was that easy for the Government to do…boom) but the Islanders were able to protect the lead behind Al Montoya who stopped 20 of 21 Wild shots.
Calgary Flames 2 @ St. Louis Blues 5 – Monday night the St. Louis Blues played the tune of 35 shots on goal against Flames goalie Henrik Karlsson in a 5-2 win. It wasn’t all bad for Calgary, who did lead for 10 minutes before the Blues equalized on Alexander Steen’s goal in the final two minutes of the period. St. Louis then scored four goals (two in each the second and third period) against the Flames.
Vancouver Canucks 3 @ Columbus Blue Jackets 2 – Vancouver trailed 2-1 after the opening two periods of play before scoring two goals in the third period to get the road win. The Canucks started the comeback a minute into the final stanza with a Cody Hodgson goal. Vancouver scored the game winner seven minutes later with Alexandre Burrow (helped out by the Sedin brothers) sailing one past Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason … Get it? Sailing on Columbus day.
Phoenix Coyotes 1 at Dallas Stars 2 F/SO – The Stars were bright last night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas with the Stars defeating the Coyotes in a shootout. The scoring was back loaded, as the game was scoreless through the first two periods. Phoenix scored first- a Radim Vrbata goal. The Coyotes couldn’t secure the win as Loui “I-don’t-have-an-E-on-my-name” Eriksson scored at the 19:32 mark. In the shootout Dallas went 2-of-3, while Phoenix shot 1-of-3.
Tampa Bay Lightning 5 at Washington Capitals 6 F/SO – Monday: the game of the night was at the Verizon Center in Washington (Versus lucked out). Both teams alternated goals, playing to a 3-3 tie heading into the third period. Tampa Bay took a 5-4 lead on a Brett Clark goal with 12:56 left. Then Jason Chimera tied the contest up for Washington. Lightning failed to strike in the shootout as they went 0-for-3. The ‘Caps bookended the shootout (for those not in the know the first and last goal) with goals from Matt Hendricks and Alexander Semin to complete their Columbus day comeback.