Daily NHL Recap

Dustin Byfuglien and Bryan Little hug it out following Little's game winning goal against the Wild

Tuesday night we had a handful of OT, SO’s, and one goal games…plus another streak dies in Winnipeg

Los Angeles Kings 0 at Boston Bruins 3 – Well, the new Kings coach gets the same effort as the old Kings coach. Brad Marchand scored the last two goals for the Bruins who are looking to build on their northeast division lead. Tuuka Rask kept the LA offense in struggling mode stopping all 41 shots faced on the night.

Detroit Red Wings 4 at Pittsburgh Penguins 1Evgeni Malkin did make the start and scored the first goal of the night. Detroit then went on to score the next four goals and got out of town with a win. Johan Franzen broke the tie with a powerplay goal which was his 14th of the season in the three-goal third for the ‘Wings.

Philadelphia Flyers 5 at Washington Capitals 1 – It was five to nothing before the Capitals even knew what hit them at the phone booth on Tuesday night. The Flyers put this game out of reach with a three-goal second period. Scott Hartnell first period goal was his 15th of the season and that opened the scoring/floodgates.

Ottawa Senators 3 at Buffalo Sabres 2 F/OT – Buffalo lead 2-1 after the first period and held that lead until the third when Ottawa tied the game. Peter Regin’s second goal of the year sent the contest to overtime. Jared Cowen, 45-seconds into OT, beat Ryan Miller and the ‘Sens got two points on the road.

Carolina Hurricanes 1 at Toronto Maple Leafs 2 F/OT – All the offense in this game came in the third period. Tim Connolly scored twice for the Leafs (the first in the third and the game winner coming 44-seconds into OT). James Reimer stopped 18-of-19 shots, and Toronto was out-shot 38-19 in the game.

Dallas Stars 1 at New York Rangers 0 – This is the WTHII shocker of the night and also the goalie showdown of the evening. Trevor Daley scored with under five minutes remaining to take down one of the hottest teams in the league. Richard Bachman stopped all 34 shots he faced (not bad for the guy from Salt Lake City), and Henrik Lundqvist was just as tough stopping 27-of-28 shots he saw.

Vancouver Canucks 1 at Columbus Blue Jackets 2 F/SO – Alright this is the WTHII shocker of the night part II. Vancouver playing some of the best hockey in the league (and made it into my top5, Brett also thinks highly of them this week) fell in shootout against the BJ’s. Jeff Carter’s PPG put the ‘Jackets up 1-0 in the first, the Canucks tied the game up in the third before the teams skated around for five minutes of OT. Columbus was an impressive 3-for-3 in the shootout to get the win, which we offer a non-sarcastic congrats (even if it was at home) because their fans deserve to see some positive hockey.

New York Islanders 3 at Montreal Canadians 5Matt Moulson (my guy… I claim him now and not just because I saw him score four goals in the first NHL game I ever attended) scored his 15th goal of the season putting the Isles up 1-0. However, the ‘Habs scored the game’s next three goals building a 3-1 lead. Montreal outscored the Islanders 3-2 in the third en route to a 5-3 win. The Canadians got a empty netter to complete the scoring from Hal Gill, his first of the season.

New Jersey Devils 3 at Florida Panthers 2 F/SO – Florida led 2-0 midway through the second period on the strength of two Kris Versteeg goals before New Jersey got it to 2-1. Zach Parise tied the game up and when OT wasn’t enough, they went to the shootout. The Devils were 2-for-3 in the and the ‘Cats were 0-for-2.

Calgary Flames 1 at Nashville Predators 2 – Nashville scored the first goal of the night in the first, and Calgary tied the game up in the second. Three and a half minutes into the third the Preds got a PPG from Colin Wilson and they held to the finish. Pekka Rinne was a solid 35-of-36 in the victory for the home team, and kudos to Miikka Kiprusoff who stopped 43-of-45 shots.

Minnesota Wild 1 at Winnipeg Jets 2 – This is the third WTHII shocker of the night, and it’s official, Winnipeg is where streaks go to die. Minnesota took the 1-0 lead in the second, but the Jets tied the game up four minutes later. Bryan Little put the home team up for good with five minutes left on his 11th goal of the season. Congrats to Winnipeg, well done.

San Jose Sharks 3 at Colorado Avalanche 4 F/SO – Colorado scored first in the opening period, but San Jose scored two second period goals and took the lead into the final period. The Avalanche scored the game’s next two goals and took a 3-2 lead which they held until with 22 second left when the Sharks Patrick Marleau tied the game up. Milan Hejduk scored in the SO’s first round and down to their last chance in the third, Joe Pavelski tied it up. In the fifth round Gabriel Landeskog scored the go ahead once more and Brad Winchester’s shot hit off the post send the Sharks to defeat; the Avs have now won four-straight at the Pepsi Center.

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5 thoughts on “Daily NHL Recap

  1. Jon says:

    Kings broke my heart last night. Need some new blood in their coaching staff. Only ones who seems to be worth a damn are the PK and Goalie coaches.

  2. Mike Vamosi says:

    Jon, who would you like to seem them go after? Because I’ve seen a Sutter in the mix for the permanent job.

    • Jon says:

      The problem with Sutter is that it’s all happened before. Dean Lombardi owned the Sharks before the Kings, and hired Sutter in ’97. They were both dismissed in ’03, Sutter moving to Calgary and Lombardi picking up the Kings in ’06 after a mediocre season and 6 years of losing early in the playoffs.

      I forgot who said it but I think the best quote I read was that the Kings need someone behind their bench who doesn’t have white hair. They need fresh ideas. Sutter, while something different, is not what this LA team needs. They need someone young who can light a fire under their asses, not a retread of San Jose’s staff from 8 years ago.

      In terms of current coaches, I could definitely see Tippett (‘yotes head coach) at the wheel. I’ve always liked the way Phoenix plays, a defensive system like LA that can actually score once in a while. If the rumors about the Coyotes getting sold this offseason are true then Lombardi would be a fool not to scoop him up.

      Just my two cents.

  3. Mike Vamosi says:

    Thanks Jon, my follow-up is what about the trend of hiring AHL coaches? Would that or their ECHL option be something interesting to you? We love when our readers get involved.

    • Jon says:

      I don’t think it would be a good idea to bring Manchester’s (King’s AHL affiliate) Coach Mark Morris up to the big leagues in the middle of the season. Not because he’s not a capable coach, he’s proven he knows what he’s doing for sure as the winningest coach in the Monarch’s history, but because the transition between grooming rookies for NHL play and making sure NHL players are at their peak is too much to handle in the middle of the season. I would hate for him to get promoted and start off on a bad foot. I think it’s best for AHL coaches to be promoted during the summer just to get a little bit of a sense of what’s different between the minors and the bigs.

      Granted I’ve never coached, this is based on nothing but speculation. But I do think it is in the King’s best interest to hire someone who knows the NHL just for this season and then figure out a more permanent solution in the offseason. I would personally like to see Stevens given a few games at the head just to see if he comes into his own before we pull in someone like Sutter.

      And as an addendum to my last post, I would not be opposed to Sutter as long as he’s just a band-aid for this season. I don’t see him as a permanent solution though.

      Hey, and keep up the awesome blog. Still way better than checking NHL.com or ESPN every morning.

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