Montreal Canadians 3 at New York Islanders 4 – Wednesday night Montreal shutout out the Hurricanes, but on Thursday night they allowed the Islanders to score four goals – all in the second period. The Isles got goals from four different players and also used Rick DiPietro and Evgeni Nabokov (who left with a groin injury) to secure the rare win.
Phoenix Coyotes 1 at Philadelphia Flyers 2 – Well, the ‘Yotes lost a heart breaker on Thursday night in the city of brotherly love. James Van Riemsdyk put Philly up 1-0 in the second period, early in the third Mikkel Boedker tied the game up for Phoenix. With 19 seconds remaining in the game, Matt Read got his shot past Mike Smith to send the Flyers home with three points.
Columbus Blue Jackets 1 at Boston Bruins 2 F/SO – Even when the BJ’s score first in a game it still can end in sadness; the latest chapter of this depressing book was against Boston. The Bruins tied the game minutes after Columbus took the lead. In the shootout Boston was 2-for-3 while the Blue Jackets were 1-for-3, David Krejici had the B’s winner in the SO and avoided embarrassment for the champs.
Pittsburgh Penguins 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 4 – Vinny Lecavalier provided half of the four goals for the Lightning in the victory over the ‘Pens. Tampa Bay other two goals came via the power play when Brett Connolly and Steve Downie converted. Pittsburgh put in a goal late in the game to avoid the shutout.
Florida Panthers 1 at St. Louis Blues 4 – Florida continued their road trip in St. Louis and couldn’t sustain the offense they had in Dallas a few nights ago. The Blues got bookend goals from David Backes (for those unfamiliar with the term, he scored the first and last goal for the home team). The Hitchcock era is now off to a 4-0-1 start, which I think no one saw coming.
Colorado Avalanche 0 at Minnesota Wild 1 – This game managed to play more defense then the pro football game on Thursday night. Minnesota got a Devin Setoguchi in the last 2 minutes and 31 seconds of regulation to continue the Avs misery.
Toronto Maple Leafs 1 at Nashville Predators 4 – Toronto just isn’t having a good week, which is surprising to us at the WTHII offices because they should have at least protected home ice against Phoenix. Tonight was just a flat effort in the home of honkey tonk. Nashville took a 2-1 lead and scored two goals in the third to keep pace with the Red Wings in the central division.
Washington Capitals 1 at Winnipeg Jets 4 – In what’s quickly becoming a new feature WTHII SHOCKER OF THE NIGHT! The ‘Caps scored the first goal of the night at the MTC Center but the J-E-T-S (who outscored those other Jets playing this night at after the second period) got back-to-back goals from Evander Kane (his seventh and eighth). In addition to Kane, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Wellwood scored power play goals.
Ottawa Senators 5 at Edmonton Oilers 2 – The Senators scored three goals early against the team that is literally spilling oil with their play as of late. Ottawa got goals from five different players while Edmonton pulled their starting goalie on a night the home team couldn’t stop the visitors, who led 3-0 after the first. And yes this was our WTHII Canada match-up of the night.
Los Angeles Kings 3 at Anaheim Ducks 1 – (after two periods) This is really taking advantage of these two teams being really close but I bet traffic still sucked on the 405. These two SoCal teams played to a 2-1 final last night so the Kings looked to return the favor with goals from Mike Richards and Simon Gagne in the second. Slava Voynov made it 3-1 LA in this battle for city pride (Clips-Lakers on ice if you will).
Detroit Red Wings 1 at San Jose Sharks 4 – (after two periods) Detroit got a ton of shoots off against San Jose put could only muster up one goal in the first. Niklas Kronwall put the Red Wings up 1-0 but Joe Pavelski tied the game up late in the first. Joe Thornton put the Sharks up 2-1 midway through the second who offensively weren’t done with Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Torrey Mitchell scoring making the score 4-1 after two.