The Jets lose in OT (again! Seriously.), the Wild are pretty awesome, and the Panthers have us talking… recaps after the break.
Winnipeg Jets 5 at Buffalo Sabres 6 F/OT – Winnipeg jumped up 2-0 on Ryan Miller but they couldn’t play any defense and the period quickly became 3-3. In what was an entertaining game, the teams matched each other in the second and third periods with goals. Tomas Vanek who scored his 9th and 10th goals put in the winner at the 4 minutes and 35 seconds of OT with Buffalo on a power play. Derek Roy also had two goals both came on the PP.
Florida Panthers 5 at Toronto Maple Leafs 1 – Five different Panthers scored goals on the night in the most shocking result of the night. Phil Kessel did score his 11th goal on the young season, but it was too late to salvage the game. Jose Theodore (with shoutouts to Alvin and Simon) picked up the win for Florida.
Dallas Stars 5 at Washington Capitals 2 – Michael Ryder scored two first period goals staking the Stars to a 2-1 heading to the second. John Carlson tied the game up for the ‘Caps in the second period. The Washington outsiders a.k.a Dallas (it been awhile since I dropped a political joke) scored the games last three goals as the Stars collected three more points in D.C.
Carolina Hurricanes 2 at New Jersey Devils 3 – Carolina scored the first goal which New Jersey matched in the second period. The Devils won the game by scoring two of the games last three goals in the third period. With four and a half minutes left Adam Henrique put in the winner for NJ.
Edmonton Oilers 3 at Montreal Canadians 1 – The Oilers are killing it. It doesn’t hurt having a Stanley Cup winning goalie in net either with Nikolai Khabibulin who picked up another win for Edmonton. Ryan Jones scored the first Oilers goal and Ryan Smyth scored the last.
Colorado Avalanche 2 at Detroit Red Wings 5 – I remember when these two teams were on equal footing (which was a couple weeks ago actually) but Colorado is slumping while Detroit is looking to regain its footing after their 5-0 start. Johan Franzen had a hat trick (the last coming on a nifty mid ice shot to complete the feet) for the Red Wings.
Chicago Blackhawks 0 at St. Louis Blues 3 – Let me be the first to say KEN HITCHCOCK WILL LEAD THE BLUES TO THE PROMISE LAND! Ok, its way to early to tell what will become of this era of St. Louis hockey but not a bad start. Goaltending, which has been a sore spot for STL, came up big tonight; Jaroslav Halak posted a shutout (17th of his career thanks @Panger40) to welcome the new coach.
Minnesota Wild 3 at Calgary Flames 0 – Well those of us in the What the Hell Icing viewing booth are thinking it must be more than the sweaters. Minnesota went to Calgary and picked up three more points scoring a goal in each period. Niklas Backstrom stopped 41-of-41 Flames shots that he faced Tuesday night in Alberta.
Nashville Predators 3 at Los Angeles Kings 4 – Los Angeles scored the first two goals, and Nashville countered back with two of their own. That was all in the first period… how Hollywood (do kids still use that term?). L.A. regained the lead by putting in two goals in the second with prized free agent Mike Richards breaking the tie and Simon Gagne put in the final goal. (Bill Simmons probably loved all the offense and the win. You know, since the Clippers have never won a game in their existence).