Read about the JETS putting the hurt on Pittsburgh and catch up on all of last night’s hockey action.
Colorado Avalanche 3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 2 F/OT – How fitting an Ivy Leaguer winds up getting the game winning goal against the Maple Leafs (sorry it’s a stretch… Ivy and Leafs… I see that now) for the Avs Monday night in Toronto. David Jones, the Dartmouth alum, scored 1:11 into OT. The Maple Leafs led 1-0 in the second as Phil Kessel opened the scoring. Colorado scored the next two goals, holding a 2-1 lead, but Nikolai Kulemin tied the game up at 15:17 in the third. Jones added his fourth goal in the last three games in helping the ‘lanche win, so he’s got that and five points going for him.
Florida Panthers 7 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 4 – These in-state rivals met up in Tampa for the second time in three days (the Panthers protected home ice on Saturday). Defense was optional in a game that saw 11 combined goals. Three of the four goals in the first period were on the power play, and the teams ended the period tied 2-2. The Panthers took the lead for good in the second when Sean Bergenheim stuffed in a backhanded shorthanded (more on this term in later posts–but just think he has one shorter hand than the other for now) goal making it 4-2 Florida. Vinny Lecavalier got the ‘Ning to 4-3 as the period ended. The Panthers scored three more goals in the final period, capping the 7-4 victory over there southeast division rival.
Pittsburgh Penguins 1 @ Winnipeg Jets 2 – Finally the Jets have returned to the win column! JETS WIN! JETS WIN! Winnipeg wasted little time getting things started as Kyle Wellwood scored eight seconds into the game (a franchise record FYI). Tanner Glass provided a goal in the last 90 seconds of the period, and that’s all the scoring the Jets would need. Zbynek Michalek (I feel like his name is backwards, and I’m calling him out on it) scored in the second period, cutting the Jets lead to one. But the Penguins would not get any closer. On the night, Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28-of-29 Penguin shots, and 15,004 faithful fans saw Winnipeg pick up their first points of the year.
Nashville Predators 1 @ Edmonton Oilers 3 – Nashville probably felt pretty good about themselves going into the second intermission in Edmonton. But is hockey is a 60 minute affair, and the Oilers struck for three goals in the last twenty minutes on Pekka Rinne. Taylor Hall scored on a PP tying the game at one, Ryan Smyth gave the home team the lead on a backhanded goal, and Ryan Jones added a late empty netter for the final score. Who said two Ryan’s make a wrong, hey-yo!
Anaheim Ducks 3 @ San Jose Sharks 2 – Well Anaheim did what Florida did and that’s beat a division rival twice in a two-day span. The Guppies (what we’ll call the Sharks until they prove otherwise, and yes, I’m a San Jose fan) fell behind 2-0 when Antti Niemi allowed two goals to his countryman Teemu Selanne in the first period. Marc-Edouard Vlasic cut the deficit to 2-1 heading into the third. The teams traded goals in the third with Corey Perry scoring for the Ducks and Brent Burns for the Guppies. Dan Ellis (former Nebraska-Omaha great) stopped 40-of-42 shots in preserving the win for Anaheim at the Guppy Tank (Shark Tank pending).