Blue Jackets win, San Jose begins to try, and Phoenix plays an unbearable game in front of no one. CHECK IT OUT!
Detroit Red Wings 1 @ Columbus Blue Jackets 4 – Label this as the surprise of the night, hell, maybe even the season. RJ Umberger scored 21 seconds into the game putting the 0-7-1 underdogs up 1-0. But Darren Helm scored to tie the game up. Later in the first, Ryan Johansen scored on a PPG putting the Jackets up for good. John Moore added a second period goal and Derek Mackenzie put in the final goal on a empty netter. Each goal the Blue Jackets scored was from someone without a goal on the year.
Pittsburgh Penguins 3 @ New York Islanders 0 – Marc-Andre Fleury had his first shutout of the year Tuesday night against the Isles. Pittsburgh put in a goal in each period en route to the road win. Goals were from Pascal Dupuis, Richard Park, and Jordan Staal which was his sixth of the season.
Ottawa Senators 3 at Carolina Hurricanes 2 F/SO – This was a strange game in that it was scoreless after one, but four goals were scored in the second. Ottawa got goals from Zenon Konopka and Jason Spezza (a PPG in regulation). Tuomo Ruutu and Jeff Skinner scored for the Carolina. The ‘Canes were 0-for-3 in the shootout, and scoring the only goal for the Senators was Spezza whose team went 1-for-3.
Tampa Bay Lightning 4 @ Buffalo Sabres 3 – TB got an impressive win in Buffalo on Tuesday night against Ryan Miller. The Sabres jumped ahead 2-0 in the first with Tomas Vanek and Brad Boyles scoring. Vinny Lecavlier scored (his 800th career point) and Nate Thompson tied the game up in the final minute of the first. Steven Stamkos put Tampa Bay up 3-2 with the only goal in the second, and Ryan Malone put the visitors up 4-2 a minute and a half into third. Nathan Garbe cut the Lightning lead to 4-3 in the final 50 seconds of the game before TB held on for the victory.
San Jose Sharks 3 @ Nashville Predators 1 – Well, the day has finally come, and while the Predators are only 4-3-0, I’d like to reward San Jose with props as they’ve had a good start to their road trip. Logan Couture opened the scoring in the first period, the Sharks held the lead until the third period. Craig Smith tied the game up at the 13:12 mark on a power play, but fear not SJ fans, Super Joe Pavelski scored the game winner a minute later and then put in a empty netter for good measure. The Guppies are 3-0 on the road trip.
Anaheim Ducks 2 @ Chicago Blackhawks 3 F/SO – Another game in which the offense waited to get going. After a scoreless first, both teams scored in the second. Ryan Getzlaf put in a PPG for the Ducks, and Marian Hossa tied the game up. Teemu Selanne scored in the last four minutes of the second giving Anaheim the lead. Patrick Sharp scored in the third second the game to OT which eventually lead to a shootout. The shootout marked the second time in Blackhawks’ history that three consecutive games at the United Center were sent to a shootout (Feb, 5-13, 2010). Jonathan Toews opened the shootout for the ‘Hawks which was followed up by Selanne; Patrick Kane put in the winner for Chicago.
Vancouver Canucks 2 @ Edmonton Oilers 3 – Edmonton looked like they had everything going their way, having scored three straight goals and chasing Bobby Lou from the game in the second period. Jordan Eberle, Shawn Horcoff, and Taylor Hall put the Oilers up 3 to love. Cody Hodgson got one back for Vancouver before the second period ended. Alex Burrows scored midway in the third cutting the Oilers lead to 3-2, Edmonton would hold on to protect home ice.
Dallas Stars 3 @ Phoenix Coyotes 2 F/OT – This Pacific division showdown featured two teams that aren’t on the ocean, but still bear the name, Pacific. Phoenix opened the scoring with Raffi (not the popular children’s singer) Torres putting in his first goal of the season. Sheldon Souray tied the game up in the first for the Stars on the power play. Shane Doan used the man advantage to retake the lead in the third period. The Stars Adam Burish scored in the last minute sending the game to OT. Overtime wasn’t enough and both teams were having trouble in the shootout (it went eight rounds!). Trevor Daley finally put in the winner in a game that lasted far longer than it should have. Thankfully only 6,948 souls witnessed it in Glendale (contraction?).
New Jersey Devils 3 @ Los Angeles Kings 0 – LA gave all world goalie Jonathan Quick the night off, and they paid for it. The Devils lit up the Staples Center scoreboard in the second, putting three goals past the lesser of two “Jons”, Jonathan Bernier. In a span of five minutes Dainius Zubrus, Patrick Elias, and Zubrus (again) scored.