New Jersey Devils 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs 2 F/OT – David Clarkson scored in overtime to life the Devils to a 3-2 win at Toronto. NJ squandered a 2-0 first period lead but still managed to win.
Tampa Bay Lightning 1 at New York Islanders 5 – Big ups to the Islanders who seem to be playing their best hockey of the season. Matt Moulson put in his 14th goal of the season who is a offensive machine as of late.
Columbus Blue Jackets 3 at Montreal Canadians 2 F/SO – How about the leagues bottom feeders getting some wins as of late. Rich Nash scored the winning goal in the shootout.
Detroit Red Wings 2 at St. Louis Blues 3 – Detroit must be bummed about not being mentioned as a eastern conference team in the realignment talk. The Blues outscored the Red Wings 2-1 in the third period.
Phoenix Coyotes 3 at Nashville Predators 2 – Keith Yandle scored in the last minute and 45 seconds to life the ‘Yotes to another road win. Taylor Platt scored nine second into the game for Phoenix.
Boston Bruins 1 at Winnipeg Jets 2 – The Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little combination fueled a Jets win over the champs in Winnipeg.
[Ed. All recaps from here on were written by a highly distracted Bob Gurnett while pretending to work. Any inaccuracies or bad jokes can be blamed on him being distracted and pretending to care about his coworkers’ stories about their boring kids.]
Carolina Hurricanes 6 at Calgary Flames 7 – The Calgary crowd witnessed the offensive game of the night. It was closed out by a 7 goal final period. Brendan Morrison, who has spent the better part of the past year recovering from knee injury, had his first start of the season after being a healthy scratch for the past five games. Morrison was a man possessed and ended the game with four points (2 goals, 2 assts.) The Flames’ Jarome Iginla also put up impressive numbers with two goals and an assist. The Hurricanes have now posted their sixth loss in a row, though they did make history tonight. Emergency call-up goalie Mike Murphy is the first goalie in history to record a loss without allowing a goal. He stopped the only two shots taken on him, only to have Inigla’s empty netter go in after he was called off the ice.
Colorado Avalanche 0 at the Vancouver Canucks 6 – This wasn’t the shellacking it looks like until the third, when the Canucks put in 4 of their 6 goals. The Canucks overcame a slew of injuries throughout the game. Loungo and Schneider combined for the shutout with Loungo getting the W despite being taken out of the game early after taking a puck to the throat (which is NOT what a goalie wants to use to stop the puck.) Daniel Sedin put up his first ever hat trick (two of the goals being assisted by his Wonder Twin powers.) The loss ends the Avs three game win streak.
Los Angeles Kings 2 at the Anaheim Ducks 3 – Gabby is on the board! Bruce Broudeau gets his first win as the Ducks head coach. However, the Ducks tried REALLY HARD to lose this game. The Ducks blew their third straight two goal lead and were outshot 23 – 8 in the final period. Fortunately, Bobby Ryan got one to bounce his way with 48.8 remaining in the third to salvage the game. This game also saw the return of the Stacheman himself, George Parros, for the Ducks after he sat out 13 games with an eye injury.
Minnesota Wild 2 at San Jose Sharks 1 – This had all the makings of a Wild loss and the end of their streak. The scrappy club allowed a goal and lost their starting goalie, Josh Harding, only a little over a minute into the game. Fortunately, the rookie Matt Hackett came out a played brilliantly, stopping 34 of 34 en route to his first career win. Moments after Joe Pavelski goal, there was some Wild on Wild crime as Nick Schultz konked Harding on the noggin in a scary scene. Harding went to the dressing room and it was time for the young gun to shine. Mikko Muivu and Pierre-Marc “I’m important enough for two first names” Bouchard scored the two goals for the Wild, which was enough to secure the win.