Winnipeg and Philly put up a football score, the Caps look to remain unbeaten, and apparently there was some sort of stickball game on? This and more after the break!
Montreal Canadians 2 at Boston Bruins 1 – Quebec must be going insane with back-to-back wins over the Flyers (Wednesday) and defending champs Bruins tonight at the new Garden. The B’s stormed in front 1-0 on a power play goal from Patrice Bergeron. The lead would not last. Eric Cole scored in the second and Tomas Plekanec put the game winner past Tim Thomas midway through the period.
Columbus Blue Jackets 2 at Buffalo Sabres 4 – Brad Boyes put the home team up 1-0 early on a PPG against the hapless Blue Jackets, who were coming in with good spirits. Jason Pominville made it 2-0 Sabres. Vinny Prospal cut the deficit to 2-1 for the Jackets. Fedor Tyutin (I declare him the winning hockey name for today) tied the game up for Columbus. Patrick Kaleta put Buffalo back on top 3-2. Then, the clincher: Pominville scoring another goal on the man advantage.
Toronto Maple Leafs 4 at New York Rangers 2 – Dan Girardi (I so want there to be a relationship to the Yankees manager) put the blue shirts up 1-0 in the first. The Rangers then reverted back to their poor road/neutral site form allowing the next four goals before returning to the net. Matthew Lombardi tied the game up for the Leafs in the second, followed up by Joffrey Lupul, Clarke MacArthur and Mike Brown (not the hapless coach of the Lakers) scored in the third. Michael Del Zottio had the second NYR goal in the loss.
Winnipeg Jets 9 at Philadelphia Flyers 8 – As I said on twitter, if you wore a sweater in this game, you probably scored a goal. This was by the game of the night. It was no doubt fun to watch in the arena or on TV with an overdose of offense. First Scott Hartnell opened the scorefest putting Philly up 1-0. The Jets scored the next five en route to building a 5-1 advantage. It was somehow 6-4 after the second period. Then the Flyers scored three straight goals going up 7-6. Winnipeg scored two of the next three goals to get the 9-8 victory in the city of brotherly love. The game winner was scored by Andrew Ladd (Bob’s personal hockey Jesus). Facts that interest only me: SOG were 48-25 Flyers, Ondrej Pavelec stopped 36-of-43 shots (Chris Mason came in for relief stopping 4-of-5 shots), with all the offense both teams had five power plays apiece (Jets 2-for-5, Flyers 1-for-5). James Van Riemsdyk, of all people, had two goals, meaning a lot of players scored goals on the night both teams played two goalies. Viva Winnipeg! Go Jets Go!
New York Islanders 2 at Pittsburgh Penguins 3 F/SO – Long and short of this game: the Isles lead 2-0 in the third period before dropping the decision in a shootout. On the bright side, the Islanders did get a point. New York went 0-for-3 in the shootout while Evgeni Malkin was the lone scorer in that session of the game which the Penguins were 1-for-3.
Florida Panthers 3 at Ottawa Senators 4 – I swear these teams just played each other but having looked it up, that is far from the case. The interesting thing about this game was the teams alternated goals until Stephane Da Costa ended the second with a goal and Colin Greening scored opening the third for the ‘Sens.
Los Angeles Kings 5 at Dallas Stars 3 – The great Jonathan Quick not letting goals in the net streak ended in the first period allowing a Trevor Daley power play goal. The end to the streak may have helped relax everyone. LA scored the next three goals which took place in the second period with Justin Williams, Scott Parse and Slava Voynov putting in a PPG. Dallas tied the contest up by the midway point of the period but Voynov put in his second to give the Kings the lead. Dustin Brown put in a empty netter preserving the 5-3 win. LA is now within one point of leading the Pacific. The American Airlines Center was a bit barren; apparently there was some sort of baseball game going on or something. We can’t be sure.
Tampa Bay Lightning 3 at Nashville Predators 5 – Nashville raced out to 2-0 lead with Mr. Carrie Underwood getting the second goal. Tampa Bay then tied the game up before the period ended. The Predators scored three in the second period with Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling and Fisher adding a second goal. Steven Stamkos who scored in the first added another in the third.
Washington Capitals 1 at Edmonton Oilers 2 – Washington came into this game in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 7-0-0 but like the case with several things, you get Oil on it and it is hard to get out. The ‘Caps grabbed the early lead on a Karl Alzer (This is how Carl should be spelled!) goal. Edmonton wasn’t impressed though. Taylor Hall’s power play goal tied the game up in the last minute and a half of the period. Do you like PPG goals? Well how about one more. Jordan Eberle put in the winner for the Oilers.
New Jersey Devils 3 at Phoenix Coyotes 5 – In another friends and family sized crowd at lame corporate named arena (if you can tell me what jobing.com is, I will give you exactly one high five) in Glendale, the desert dogs defeated New Jersey. Ray Whitney led the home team with two goals scoring in the second and third period.