Pittsburgh Penguins 2 at Washington Capitals 1 – Soooooo many storylines heading into this game, such as employee 87 versus Alexander the lazy, Caps second game under their new coach etc. Well neither NHL marketed star scored a goal, or had an assist for that matter, and yet we still had an outcome in this game. Pittsburgh got a first period goal from Craig Adams and Chris Kunitz broke a 1-1 tie in the third to give the ‘Pens the two points.
New York Rangers 5 at Carolina Hurricanes 3 – Well the other southeast division team that made a coaching change also still cannot catch a break. Carolina led 2-1 after the first period the ‘Canes, were outscored 3-1 in the second period by the blue shirts. Marian Gaborik scored his 12th goal of the season which broke a 2-2 tie in the second, and the NYR added two more goals that period.
Phoenix Coyotes 0 at Winnipeg Jets 1 – Bryan Little scored in the first period and that was all of the offense that was needed for Winnipeg on Thursday night. The starting netminders in this game had 30 and 33 saves respectively. Ondrej Pavelec was a perfect 33-for-33 for the Jets in the victory. I’ve got to imagine that the home folk enjoyed this victory. Their season series is now tied at one.
Ottawa Senators 2 at Dallas Stars 3 – After trading goals in the first period the game remained tied going into the third period. Ottawa took a 2-1 lead before Radek Dvorak tied the game up, with less than three minutes remaining Eric Nystrom put the Stars in front 3-2 and they held on for the victory.
Columbus Blue Jackets 4 at Calgary Flames 3 F/SO – Columbus scored the first goal of the night, followed-up by two from Calgary. The Blue Jackets scored two goals to tie the game up after trailing 3-1 in the third. Rich Nash who tied the game up in the third
was the only scorer in the shootout getting the two points for the BJ’s.
Nashville Predators 6 at Vancouver Canucks 5 – On a night that the Canucks honored the CFL Grey Cup Champs the B.C. Lions, both teams put on offensive displays. Nashville built a 3-1 after the first period which would be short lived. Vancouver scored four straight goals in the second before the Preds responded back scoring the last two goals of the period. Tied at five in the third period Mr. Carrie Underwood (sorry Mike Fisher) scored with 1:16 left on the clock, it was his second of the game.
Montreal Canadians 3 at San Jose Sharks 4 F/SO – While tracking this game via NHL.com and the sharks twitter feeds that I follow, my thought kept going back to, is San Jose really going to lose to the ‘Habs? Despite their best efforts SJ came back and got the victory even if Montreal got a point. The Canadians led 3-2 until Ryane Clowe scored in the final 1:26 of regulation. The Sharks got a goal in the sixth round of the shootout from Super Joe Pavelski to get the two points and avoid my shaming.
Florida Panthers 1 at Los Angeles Kings 2 – The Kings scored the first two goals which was plenty for Jonathan Quick on Thursday night. Quick stopped 41-of-42 Panthers shots as LA continues to chase the Stars for the division lead. Jack Johnson and Dustin Brown scored the Los Angeles goals.