Florida Panthers 2 at Boston Bruins 0 – The Florida Panthers went into Boston and shutout the champs on Thursday night. There are some of us at WTHII who may call this a Winnipeg hangover for the B’s, but this game was scoreless for the first 57 minutes before the Panthers knocked in two goals during the final three minutes. Tomas Kopecky put the ‘Cats up 1-0 and Kris Versteeg put in an empty netter for the win. Jose Theodore was a perfect 40-for-40 on the night in his shutout victory.
Chicago Blackhawks 3 at New York Islanders 2 F/OT – Chicago went up 2-0 early in the second period following the 14th goal of the season from Patrick Sharp. However, the pluky Islanders fought back cutting the lead in half by period end and tied the game up midway in the third. Both NYI goals were the first of the season for Travis Hamonic and Steve Staios. Sharp dashed the hopes of the home fans when he put in his second goal of the game in overtime as Chicago won on Long Island.
Ottawa Senators 4 at New Jersey Devils 5 F/SO – Yet another case of a team who jumped out to a two or three goal lead and lost the game. New Jersey scored the next four goals to take a 4-3 lead until the Senators tied the game on a shorthanded goal with five seconds left in regulation. OT decided nothing and in the shootout the teams were 5-of-8 combined but NJ was 3-for-4 getting the win. Ottawa took home the nice one point parting gift.
Tampa Bay Lightning 3 at New York Rangers 2 F/SO – Dominic Moore was the hero for the Lightning Thursday night having tied the game up late and scoring the winning goal of the SO. The blue shirts lead 2-1 going into the third but were unable to keep the lead. New York was 0-for-3 in the shootout with Moore being the only one who scored a goal. And for the video daily double check this out at MSG.
Pittsburgh Penguins 2 at Philadelphia Flyers 3 – Ah the Quaker Staa….wait Keystone State battle of Pittsburgh versus Philly tonight in the city of brotherly love. The Flyers scored once in the first and twice in the second before the Penguins could get on the board. Scott Hartnell scored his 13th of the season for Philadelphia while James Neal put in his 15th and Evgeni Malkin scored his 10th in a losing effort for the employee87-less Penguins.
Nashville Predators 4 at Columbus Blue Jackets 3 F/OT – Oh Columbus even when you go up 2-0, you manage to fall apart. In related news I’d love to produce the season DVD for the BJ’s “We know we were just awful and broke several hearts”. Mike Fisher aka Mr. Carrie Underwood started the comeback, but wait there is more Columbus heartbreak as they continued to lead 3-1 in the games final 96 seconds. The Preds scored twice with Sergei Kostitsyn (you know Sergei?) putting in a power play goal with 13 second left. Colin Wilson lifted Nashville to the win, leaving BJ fans going WTF once again on their commute home .
Phoenix Coyotes 2 at Detroit Red Wings 5 – This game was over a minute and 16 second into the game at the Joe. Detroit scored five goals in the first period the last coming at the 19:17 mark of the period. Radim Vrbata got the ‘Yotes on the board and they’d add another but this was all Detroit domination on this night.
Vancouver Canucks 4 at Montreal Canadians 3 F/SO – Montreal scored three goals on Bobby Lou before the Canucks got things rolling offensively. Sami Solo tied the game with five minutes left for Vancouver. Both teams couldn’t break the tie in OT sending the teams to the SO. The Habs went o’fer, Cody Hodgson who cut Montreal’s deficit to one scored the only goal of the shootout.
Anaheim Ducks 2 at St. Louis Blues 4 – St. Louis shutout the Ducks in the second period 2-0 which wound up being the difference in the game. Another factor would be that T.J. Oshie scored twice that helped defeat Anaheim. Ken Hitchcock, whatever you are doing is working, and with St. Louis losing a baseball player they used to like, the city is all yours. We know no one is going to cheer for the Rams.
Colorado Avalanche 2 at Calgary Flames 3 – In a battle north of the border between struggling northwest division teams, the Flames came back to win. Colorado scored the first goal in the second period on Matt Duchene’s 10th goal of the season. Calgary outscored the Avs 3-1 in the final period to win, with Olli (the trolly) Jokinen putting in the final goal.
Dallas Stars 2 at San Jose Sharks 5 – San Jose scored two first period goals, Dallas halved the score by the end of the period and tied the game up in the second. The Sharks who came in struggling (and the honorable Mr. Duquette said could lose four-straight) cranked up the offense scoring the game’s last three goals. Ryan Clowe, Brad Winchester and Torrey Mitchell lit the lamp in the second as SJ defeated the division leaders at the Shark tank.
Minnesota Wild 4 at Los Angeles Kings 2 – Fresh off their win in San Jose the Wild traveled to the Staples Center on Thursday to take on the Kings. Minnesota raced out to a 3-0 lead before trading goals in the third en route to a 4-2 victory in the city of angels. Mikko Koivu scored 24-seconds into the game for his sixth goal of the season.