A full slate of hockey last night. Did the Penguins ride the Sid Crosby feel-good tide and get the win? Did the Jets finally stop turning over the puck? Did anyone go to the Tampa Bay vs New York Islanders game? Find out in the daily NHL recap!
Tampa Bay Lightning 1 @ New York Islanders 5 – Two quick things of note in this contest on Long Island, the Islanders scored four first period goals and Dwayne Roloson was pulled. In the NYI goalfest John Tavares lit the lamp (in hockey they have lights behind the goal for all of you hockey nubs) twice accounting his first goals of the young season. Sadly, only 9,759 saw this Lightning beatdown at the Nassau Coliseum. At least Tampa had that going for them tonight.
Washington Capitals 3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 2 F/OT – In the premier match-up on Thursday night, the Capitals got a huge win in the new Igloo. Dennis “don’t call him fat” Wideman’s second goal of the season proved to be the game winner. Pittsburgh started well though, leading 1-0 after one, but Washington tied the game up in the second, and each team scored in the third sending the game to OT. Wideman scored on a power play 2:48 into the extra period. Note: James Neal scored both goals for the Penguins, giving him four on the season.
Los Angelas Kings 1 at New Jersey Devils 2 F/SO – Some people would take the low road and say this game was destined to be decided in a shootout, given that it involved LA and NJ. I’m one of them because I like cheap laughs. Both teams scored in the first, and those at the Prudential Center in Newark saw a good defensive game decided in the previously mentioned shootout. Zach Parise and Iyla Kovalchuk went 2-for-2 for the Devils, while the Kings were 0-for-2. Simon Gagne scored the only goal for LA in the first.
Colorado Avalanche 7 @ Ottawa Senators 1 – Ottawa must have felt great after getting a first period power play goal from Milan Michalek, but that would be the only highlight of the night for the ‘Sens. To quote the 90’s group the Butthole Sufers, Colorado was “pouring like an Avalanche coming down a mountain”–to the tune of seven unanswered goals. The Senators couldn’t kill a penalty Thursday night, and the Avs took advantage, going 4-for-6 on the power play. Jean-Sebastien Giguere saved 15-of-16 shots and snuck in a nap during the third period while Craig Anderson wore a 32-for-39 performance. Colorado goals game from seven different members.
Calgary Flames 4 @ Montreal Canadians 1 – In this battle of central Canada versus eastern Canada, the Flames stampeded (see what I did there? Right your probably don’t know about the Calgary stampede) into the Bell Centre scoring three first period goals. Rene Bourque scored his second and third goals of the season in the 4-1 win for Calgary. Miikka Kiprusoff said FU to 35-of-36 Canadian shots, as only the goalie from Finland could. Yeah, that’s right, Montreal outshot their opponent 36-to-21 Thursday night.
Vancouver Canucks 0 @ Detroit Red Wings 2 – The party started at Comerica Park in Detroit following a 7-5 win for the Tigers in the ALCS and moved over to the Joe as the Wings beat the defending western conference champions. Jimmy Howard pitched the shutout going 25-for-25 in SOG (Two straight days! I love it.) and was aided by goals from Justin Abdelkader and Valtteri Filppula (your Thursday NHL scrabble name of the night).
Phoenix Coyotes 5 @ Nashville Predators 2 – It was the Coyotes night to play “to catch a Predator(s)” in Nashville. Phoenix, in what has been a theme all night for winning teams, scored three plus goals in the first period and added a fourth midway into the second to build a 4-0 lead. And for the first time in this blogs history, I get to write Shane Doan; he added the empty netter for the 5-2 win for the visitors.
Edmonton Oilers 1 @ Minnesota Wild 2 F/SO – Minnesota finished off the USA versus Canada franchises sweep on Thursday night. Ryan Smyth (yeah some people spell it that way and most are Canadian…woah, two Canada burns in one recap) scored in the first for Edmonton, and Matt Cullen tied the game up in the second. Edmonton went 1-for-4 in the shootout with the Wild going 2-for-4–Cullen and Devin Setoguchi scoring.
St. Louis Blues 2 @ Dallas Stars 3 – The Stars three goals in the first two periods proved to be enough in defeating the Blues at the American Airlines Center on Thursday night. St. Louis got a Chris Stewart goal in the third pulling the visitors to 3-2, but Dallas was able to survive with Kari Lehtonen (sorry no girl jokes tonight) stopping 36-of-38 shots from STL.
Winnipeg Jets 3 @ Chicago Blackhawks 4 – What the Hell is Icing’s favorite team, the Winnipeg Jets, soared out to a 2-0 lead in the windy city, getting two tip-in goals from Jim Slater (AC Slater, Saved by the Bell mention number one!). Marian Hossa goal broke a 2-2 tie in the second putting Chicago up 3-2 which was also his 389th goal in his 900th career game. The ‘Hawks added another in the third, going up 4-2. Winnipeg answered with a backhand goal from Kyle Wellwood, cutting the deficit to 4-3, but Ray Emery held the visitors scoreless in the third to get his first win with his new club.