Toronto Maple Leafs 2 @ Boston Bruins 6 – Ah, back-to-back games for the Leafs. I think many of us knew how this would end, however, the Leafs actually score first on a David Steckel wrister. The B’s then responded, scoring the next six goals, three in the first, then three in the third to get the win. Tim Thomas was a solid 26-for-28 in the net. Here is the parade of goals for the Bruins, Nathan Horton (PPG), Zdeno Chara (PPG), Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin. Boston looked good tonight but we’ll let them string something together before anointing them.
Washington Capitals 5 @ Philadelphia Flyers 2 – 6-0-0, 12 points. Sure we see this movie year in and year out from the ‘Caps, but this was another good win against a solid team. This is our second example of the night where the team who scores first lost. Claude Giroux put the home team up 1-0 for the Flyers, but much like the Boston game, Washington did their damage before Philly could responded. Tomas Vokoun stopped 40-of-42 shots and was backed by goals from Mathieu Perrault, Alex Ovechkin (PPG), Roman Hamrlik, Ovechkin (PPG-again), and Joe Ward. The Capitals are looking strong, but it’s still October.
Montreal Canadians 1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 3 – The march of the Penguins started early with Pittsburgh scoring a goal in each period, leading 3-0 before Montreal got on the scoreboard. James Neal scored his seventh goal of the season putting the ‘Pens up 1-0. Joe Vitale scored on a tip-in making the score 2-0, and Arron Asham completed the scoring in the third. In the final two minutes of the game, Mathieu Darche scored on a slap shot for the final score of 3-1. Marc-Andre Fleury had a stellar night protecting his net from 27-of-28 Canadian shots.
Winnipeg Jets 1 @ Ottawa Senators 4 – Another team playing on back-to-back nights, our Winnipeg Jets who lost a heart breaker on the other side of Ontario Wednesday night. The Jets held a 36 to 30 advantage in SOG in the game, but Ottawa, after spotting Winnipeg a first period Dustin Byfuglien goal, scored the next four. Milan Michalek tied the contest up on a second period PPG, Jason Spezza put the ‘Sens up 2-1. Daniel Alfredsson made it a two goal deficit for Winnipeg and Michalek added the empty netter.
New York Islanders 1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 4– Tampa Bay dominated this game from start to finish outshooting the Islanders 30-to-17. Ryan Malone opened the scoring with a PPG in the first, and Vinny Lacavlier added to it in the second. Steven Stamkos made it 3-0 five minutes into the third, but the Isles finally scored when Michael Grabner made it 3-1. Brett Clark added the “killshot” with a tip-in in the games final four minutes.
Buffalo Sabres 3 @ Florida Panthers 0 – Let me make this really short and sweet, Ryan Miller pitched a shutout (perfect 22-of-22) and the Sabres out-shot Florida 38-22. The game was scoreless after one, Thomas Vanek scored two minutes in, and later in the period, Jason Pominville made it 2-0. Vanek scored his second goal making it 3-0 on a power play.
Chicago Blackhawks 3 @ Colorado Avalanche 1 – Well, the Avalanche see their five game winning streak come to an end with the Blackhawks coming to the Pepsi Center winning 3-1. Stat of interest- Colorado is 5-0 on the road and 0-2 at home so far this season, the teams meet again Saturday at the United Center. Jonathan Toews put the visitors up four minutes into the game. Ryan O’Byrne tied the game for the ‘Lanche on his first goal of the season. Patrick Sharp broke the tie seven minutes into the third for the ‘Hawks ,with Marian Hossa adding an empty netter with a minute-ten left. Corey Crawford was a steady 31-of-32 between the pipes for Chicago on Thursday night.
Minnesota Wild 2 @ Edmonton Oilers 1 F/SO – Ryan Jones scored a goal four minutes into the game and the ‘Bulin wall made save after save for the Oilers. All sounds good for Edmonton right? Well Dany Heatley tied the game with 1.2 seconds remaining in the third, sending the game to overtime. Minnesota scored the only goal in the shootout as Matt Cullen beat Khabibulin. Strangely, both goalies finished 30-of-31 in saves on the night. Weird, right?
New York Rangers 3 @ Calgary Flames 2 F/OT – For the second straight game, Marian Gaborik opened the scoring with a PPG four minutes into the game for the Rangers. Jarome Iginla tied the game a minute later for the Flames, and the blue shirts retook the lead on a shorthanded goal by Brandon Prust eight minutes later. Calgary finished off the offensive first period with a PPG from Mark Giordano, his first of the season. The Rangers would capitalize off a Flames turnover when Ryan McDonagh snapped one off his stick, sending New York to their second straight road win in Canada.
Nashville Predators 1 @ Vancouver Canucks 5– Well continuing the Thursday night theme of offense everywhere, Vancouver scored four first period goals, with each Sadin brother scoring. Daniel Sadin opened the scoring; Nashville tied the score on a Matt Halischuk goal. Henrik Sedin put the Canucks up 2-1 on a PPG, Dale Weise and Chris Higgins added to increase the lead. Ryan Kesler put in his first goal of 2011-12 making the score 5-1 Vancouver In the third, which would be the final.
Los Angeles Kings 2 @ Phoenix Coyotes 0 – After a scoreless first, the Kings wasted little time attacking the Coyotes defense in the second period. Dustin Brown scored a PPG 56 seconds into the period, then, with five minutes left in the second, Kyle Clifford put in his first goal of the season giving LA a 2-0 win. Jonathan Quick was 28-of-28 picking up his second straight shutout win this week.