Edmonton Oilers 3 at Boston Bruins 6 – This game had the runs. Boston scored the first two goals, and then Edmonton countered with the next two in the first. The Bruins scored the only two goals in the second, but the Oilers scored one more to open the third. Boston finally put the game away with the final two goals. Ryan Smyth scored twice for the Oilers as did Brad Marchand for the B’s. In addition Tuukka Rask picked up the win between the pipes. Four in a row now for Boston; here they come?
Chicago Blackhawks 6 at Columbus Blue Jackets 3 – Another 6-3 game, however, after Columbus tied the game at one in the first, Chicago scored the next five goals (a second in the first, three in the second and the final coming in the third). The Blue Jackets did have two power play goals Thursday night, and Grant Clitsome was 66% of the offense with two goals, the first being a PPG. Jonathan Toews also scored twice, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa which you could call the Blackhawks big three scored four of the six goals versus the Jackets.
Toronto Maple Leafs 3 at St. Louis Blues 2 F/SO – Unlike the other night St. Louis was back to singing the Blues on Thursday night. Toronto scored twice in the first period on the powerplay before the Blues fought back with solo goals in the second and third period STL tied the contest up in the final two minutes. Phil Kessel who put the Leafs up 2-0 was the only player to score in the shootout. St. Louis outshot Toronto 40-23 in the defeat which Ben Scrivens made 38 stops.
Florida Panthers 5 at Winnipeg Jets 2 – The Jets were home in Winnipeg for the first time in two weeks but it was their guests who settled in. Kris Versteeg had a hat trick (and a ton of E’s in his name) putting the Panthers up 2-0 in the first and then scored Florida’s fifth and final goal in the third. The ‘Cats also scored twice in the second building a 4-0 lead. Winnipeg scored twice in the third with Andrew Ladd (Bob’s guy) scoring the second.
New York Islanders 3 at Colorado Avalanche 4 F/OT – Colorado spotted the Islanders three goals at the Pepsi Center. Paul Stastny scored in the last 20 seconds of the second period on a PP which might have been the catalyst for the Avs cutting the score to 3-1. The Avalanche of goals continued in the third as they tied the game up second it to OT. In the extra period Kyle Quincey scored 2:39 in for the rare home win.
Montreal Canadians 3 at Phoenix Coyotes 2 F/OT – As you may or may not know I’ve got an odd affinity with games that have odd scoring patterns, this one was no different. Phoenix scored one goal in the first, Montreal two in the second, the desert dogs tied the contest up in the third, and it ended with the Habs scoring in OT. So alternating was the theme of the evening with Josh Gorges putting in the winner for the Canadians 1:45 into OT. Congrats to the ‘yotes however for drawing 14K to the arena on this night (it’s a start alright).
Vancouver Canucks 3 at Los Angeles Kings 2 – Ok, quick question if I were to tell you between Roberto Luongo or Jonathan Quick who would give up a three-goal period? I think the bulk of our audience says Bobby Lou since he has done it, but on this night, Quick was the one with the Swiss cheese glove. Los Angeles chipped away with a goal in the second and Mike Richards scoring with a 1:10 remaining in regulation but LA fell short. The Kings had their sixth sellout of the young season, so at least they had that going for them.
Minnesota Wild 1 at San Jose Sharks 3 – After a scoreless first period, the Sharks cracked open a bottle of some #12 year old (Patrick) Marleau twice in the second, building a 2-0 lead. Torrey Mitchell put in his first goal of the season giving all the offense San Jose needed in a three-goal period. Antti Niemi stopped 21-of-22 Wild shots.