Daily NHL Recap

1930's film star Cal Clutterbuck uses all his focus to score on Tuesday

Tuesday night saw a healthy balance of defense and offensive games on the ice.

New York Islanders 2 at Buffalo Sabres 1 – The Islanders jumped ahead 1-0 before the hosting Sabres tied the game up in our WTHII Empire State Match-up. Midway through the third, Brian Rolston put New York to get the two road points. Definitely a surprise for our staff, but Buffalo what is your deal?

St. Louis Blues 2 at Washington Capitals 1 – Dale Hunter made his NHL coaching debut against a guy who knows all about taking over teams in-season. Nicklas Backstrom put the ‘Caps up in the first, but T.J. Oshie tied it up nearly five minutes later. In the second period Matt D’Agostini put the Blues up 2-1 as St. Louis continued their hot streak since they changed coaches.

Florida Panthers 3 at Carolina Hurricanes 1 – Like our previous game, the Hurricanes were playing their first game with a new head coach. Tomas Fleischmann scored his 11th goal of the season on the power play as the division leading Panthers (still sounds odd right?) in the second. Carolina tied the game up a minute and four seconds later. Florida got two goals in the third from Shawn Matthias as they continue the ‘Canes current misery.

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 at New York Rangers 4 – Two teams playing great hockey met up at the world’s most famous arena on Tuesday night for this VERSUS telecast. James Neal put the Penguins up 1-0 after the first via the powerplay. New York responded with four straight second period goals started by the captain Ryan Callahan tying the game on the PP. Pittsburgh scored once in the second and another in the third and missed on a couple late tries as the Rangers held on. Your WTHII fun secondhand fact from  this game is that the blue shirts are 7-1-1 at Madison Square Garden this year and have won seven straight at home.

Ottawa Senators 6 at Winnipeg Jets 4 – In the highest scoring game of the night, Ottawa outlasted the Jets in this contest. Evander Kane scored back-to-back goals in the third to briefly give Winnipeg a 4-3 lead. The Senators tied the game up on Jason Spezza’s 201st career goal, Zack Smith scored his second goal of the night putting the ‘Sens up 5-4, and Nick Foligno put in a empty netter for the final goal.

Phoenix Coyotes 4 at Chicago Blackhawks 1 – I’m beginning to put together a theory stating that the ‘Yotes like playing in front of away fans. And yes this is a knock on the home crowds, but hey whatever the reason, Phoenix is playing well and got goals from four different players Tuesday night in Chicago. Radim Vrbata put in his 12th of the season for the Coyotes, while Patrick Sharp scored late which allowed the Blackhawks to avoid the road shutout.

Nashville Predators 0 at Calgary Flames 1 – This game featured the bare minimum of offense or was the defensive showcase of the evening. Derek Smith of the Flames scored his first goal of the season a minute and ten seconds in which was all the offense they needed. Mikka Kiprusoff pitched the shutout stopping all 26 shots he faced from the Predators.

Columbus Blue Jackets 1 at Vancouver Canucks 4 – Ever since the Canucks changed starting netminders they’ve seemed like a better team (even if they have a pricey back-up). Vancouver struck for two goals in the first period which was enough. The BJ’s cut got to 2-1 but Ryan Kesler made it a two-goal advantage just over a minute after the Columbus goal.

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