Winnipeg has won 2 straight! Detroit has lost one million in a row. What is happening in November?
Winnipeg Jets 3 @ New York Islanders 0 – Congrats to Ondrej Pavelec who stopped the 34 shots he faced Thursday night on the Island. The Jets got a goal in the first period then added two in the third with the final one being an empty netter. Johnny Oduya scored his first goal of the season which put Winnipeg up 2-0 at the time. GO JETS!
Anaheim Ducks 1 @ New York Rangers 2 F/SO – Jonas Hiller has the best Movember mask but isn’t finding much success recently nor are the Ducks. The Rangers who have had a good week against the state of California (5-2 Halloween win against the Sharks) were 2-of-3 in the shootout to Anaheim’s 1-for-3. King Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27-of-28.
New Jersey Devils 4 @ Philadelphia Flyers 3 F/SO – Leave it to Johan Hedberg to help right the ship after the Devils were beat the night before by Toronto. Philly scored the first two goals in the second which NJ matched, the Flyers lead most of the third when Maxime Talbot put them up. In the final seven minutes David Clarkson tied the game up for the Devils. Patrick Elias was the difference in the shootout getting the visitors the critical road three points.
Toronto Maple Leafs 4 @ Columbus Blue Jackets 1 – After last night, I don’t think any of us would have been shocked had the Leafs dropped this game (fake Ron Wilson would have blown a gasket on twitter) but maybe Toronto is legit taking care of business back-to-back nights. Four different Leafs put in goals, but I want to single out Ben Scrivens who stonewalled 38-of-39 BJ’s shots (help us think of a name to make fun of Columbus; I’ll use it).
Chicago Blackhawks 3 at Florida Panthers 2 F/SO – Another shootout on Thursday night in the NHL? Sure, why not? We’ve had three other ones. The long and short of this game was the Blackhawks led 2-0, Florida tied it up, and Patrick Kane breaks the home teams hearts in the shootout; it’ll be a Disney straight to DVD soon enough.
Calgary Flames 4 @ Detroit Red Wings 1 – I really, really thought this would be a get well game for the Red Wings who in their old age apparently have forgotten how to win. Detroit must be thinking how far away the 5-0-0 start seems to be on this third day of November. Three of the four goals for Calgary came on the power play, and Jerome Iginla put in two tonight.
Vancouver Canucks 1 @ Minnesota Wild 5 – The Wild had what was a rare home win on Thursday night as they beat up on the Canucks in St. Paul. Cory Schneider got the start for Vancouver, and Minnesota’s offense just teed off. Matt Cullen scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season in the final period with the home team up 3-1.
Nashville Predators 3 @ Phoenix Coyotes 0 – Last night Phoenix got a nice road win at the Pepsi Center in Denver where the opposition has felt at home this year. Luckily for the home team, only 6,738 brave souls braved the harsh 70 degree Glendale weather Thursday, but in their defense I wouldn’t want to watch the home team get shutout either. Finally, Pekka Rinne was a perfect 35-for-35 on the night not bad for a guy who was rewarded with a new contract earlier in the day (more in Friday’s Daily Table Setting).
Edmonton Oilers 3 @ Los Angelas Kings 0 – Another night meant another city saw the ‘Bulin wall set up in a great match-up of goalies. Jonathan Quick lost this head-to-head with Khabibulin, who stopped all 19 shots (yeah LA got less than 20 shots on the surging Oilers). Ryan Smyth put in his sixth goal of the season for the games first goal.
Pittsburgh Penguins 3 @ San Jose Sharks 4 F/SO – This was the final game of the day in the National Hockey League and Pittsburgh midway through the second period held a 3-1 advantage. The Sharks, who were returning home from a 5-1 east coast trip, fought back with two third period goals forcing OT. The game would be decided in a shootout. Ryan Clowe scored in regulation but also had the only score in the shootout. Thomas Greiss was the hero after replacing Antti Niemi who allowed two goals in the first two minutes of the game on six shots. Greiss stopped 29-of-30 when he came into the contest. Only three home teams won on Thursday night, the Rangers, Wild, and Sharks. Yay, fun facts!