New York Rangers 4 at New Jersey Devils 1 – I choose to believe that Rangers players annexed Newark for this game. The Devils lead 1-0 after the first period, but the blue shirts tied the game up igoing to the third. In the final period New York’s offense just came alive scoring two goals (plus a empty netter) on Marty Brodeur; Marian Gaborik put in his 18th & 19th goals of the season.
Nashville Predators 1 at Washington Capitals 4 – The ‘Caps scored two first period goals, one coming from Russian #8. Nashville cut the Washington lead to 2-1 early in the third (insert political joke here) giving them a chance. During the second half of the period the Capitals took control scoring two goals leading to the three goal win.
Chicago Blackhawks 2 at Pittsburgh 3 – Pittsburgh scored a goal in the first and two in the second building a three goal lead highlighted by James Neal’s 19th goal of the season. Jonathan Toews put in his 19th of the year 49 seconds into the third, six minutes later the ‘Hawks got it to one goal, but that’s as close as they got.
Buffalo Sabres 1 at Ottawa Senators 4 – So we learned earlier that Senators fans are stuffing the ballot boxes (or voting online) to get their guys to the All-Star game they are hosting. Ottawa went out to a 1-0 lead in the first but Buffalo tied the game in the second. Much like the Rangers-Devils game, the Senators scored two goals (third scored on a EN)on Ryan Miller with Erik Condra scoring twice.
Phoenix Coyotes 2 at Florida Panthers 1 – Why do I feel this was the Diamondbacks taking on the Marlins? Oh, that’s right, the low scoring national league score that these two hockey teams mimicked. The ‘Yotes scored only twice in the game, once in the first and again in the second, highlighted by Radim Vrbata PPG putting in his 16th of the season.
New York Islanders 3 at Winnipeg Jets 2 F/SO – The Islanders scored first in both the first and second periods to which the Jets responded. After a scoreless third and overtime period the two teams took their business to a shootout in central Canada. New York was a perfect 2-for-2 in the shootout with PA Parenteau, who scored the opening goal, opened the SO with a goal, Winnipeg was 0-for-2.
Minnesota Wild 1 at Calgary Flames 2 – Another night in Canada meant another loss for the Wild, this time in Vancouver. The Flames scored in the games first three minutes, Minnesota tied the game up nearly three minutes later. Jarome Iginla scored the game winner in the second period six minutes into the second giving Calgary two needed points.