Friday: That guy who wears No. 8 for the Caps scored two goals in a 3-1 home win against Buffalo … Calgary scored three first period goals at Ottawa but the ‘Sens won 4-3 in overtime … The Rangers got three first period goals in Florida and beat the Panthers 4-1 … Nashville won at St. Louis 2-1 in a shootout … Brent Seabrook scored the game winning goal in the third lifting Chicago to a 3-2 home win versus Detroit.
Saturday (New Year’s Eve): Matt Moulson scored his 17th goal in a 4-1 win against Edmonton as the Islanders won at home … New Jersey scored two goals in the first protecting home ice against Pittsburgh 3-1 … Steven Stamkos scored a goal in each period (26 goals now) as he had a hat trick in a 5-2 victory over Carolina in Tampa … Phoenix outscored the Wild 3-1 in the third period winning 4-2 in St. Paul … Tomas Fleischmann scored two goals in the Panthers 3-2 home win against Montreal … Ottawa went to Buffalo 3-2 in a SO … Winnipeg scored three second period goals defeating Toronto 3-2 at the MTS Center … Detroit scored three goals in the second to dispatch the Blues 3-0 at the Joe … the Blue Jackets lead 2-0 after the second but Washington scored four goals in the final period to win 4-2 in Columbus. No. 8 scored two more goals … Dallas scored three goals in the first and held on for a 4-2 home win against Boston … Colorado went to Anaheim and won 4-2 … Los Angeles outscored Vancouver 3-0 after the game was tied following the first period winning 4-1.
Sunday (New Year’s Day): Sergei Kostitsyn had a hat trick in the Predators 5-3 home win against the Flames.
Monday (Jan. 2 De Facto New Year’s Day): We start out with the 2012 Winter Classic which was won by the New York Rangers who overcame a 2-0 deficit at Citizens Bank Park to the Flyers, Brad Richards netted the winner in a 3-2 win, but King Henrik stoned Danny Briere on a penalty shot late … Ottawa won at home 3-2 against New Jersey and they also came back from 2-0 down getting a overtime win … San Jose avenged a loss last week to Vancouver at home winning 3-2 in a shootout in British Columbia on New Year’s Day … Edmonton went to the Windy City and won 3-2 over Chicago … Colorado finally gave LA their first loss under their new coach, winning 3-2 in a SO (so many 3-2 games on NYD but have been a resolution of someone).
Tuesday: Buffalo outscored Edmonton 2-1 in the third to get a 4-3 home win … Toronto got out a lot of anger in a 7-3 victory over TB at the Air Canada Centre, Phil Kessel scored of course as did Steven Stamkos … number 8 for Washington keeps scoring as the ‘Caps won 3-1 over the Flames at the phone booth in D.C. … the Islanders made the trip to Raleigh and picked up a 4-3 win in a shootout over the ‘Canes … the Blues protected home ice beating the ‘Yotes 4-1 in St. Louis … Jiri Hudler scored two goals for the Red Wings and Michael Ryder did the same for the Stars but Detroit won 5-4 in Dallas.
Five Games to Watch Jan. 4-8 –
Boston Bruins @ New Jersey Devils, Wednesday, January 4, 6:30 pm, NBC Sports Network (formally Versus)
– Any game with two Atlantic division teams isn’t a bad watch…usually
Minnesota Wild @ Vancouver Canucks, Wednesday, January 4, 9 pm, FS-North/FS-Wisconsin/SNET-P
– Minnesota is now chasing Vancouver in the northwest division
Chicago Blackhawks @ Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, January 5, 6 pm, CSN-Chicago/CSN-Philadelphia
– How about a rematch of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals!
New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins, Friday, January 6, 6 pm, NHL Network
– A Atlantic division showdown here which should be worth the watch
Vancouver Canucks @ Boston Bruins, Saturday, January 7, Noon, NHL Network
– Our schedule Stanley Cup rematch of the week this one was from last spring’s seven game classic
Vamosi’s Top5 –
1. New York Rangers (24-9-4, 52pts, First Atlantic Division) – No reason not to right?
2. Chicago Blackhawks (24-11-4, 52pts, First Central Division) – Definitely number two to me
3. Vancouver Canucks (24-13-3, 51pts, First Northwest Division) – Best team in Canada eh?
4. Boston Bruins (24-10-1, 49pts, First Northeast Division) – Champs a little off as of late
5. Detroit Red Wings (24-13-1, 51pts, Second Central Division) – Wings are getting it going…again but for how long?
Forgetful Five –
1. Columbus Blue Jackets (10-23-5, 25pts, Last Central Division) – Sorry Columbus but your still bad
2. Anaheim Ducks (10-21-6, 26pts, Last Pacific Division) – Fewer losses save the Ducks
3. Carolina Hurricanes (13-21-7, 33pts, Last Southeast Division) – Tropical Depression still
4. Montreal Canadians (14-18-7, 35pts, Last Northeast Division) – What’s French for suck? Le suck?
5. Edmonton Oilers (16-20-3, 35pts, Last Northwest Division) – 2-8-2 gets the Oilers here
If the season ended today –
East: 1. New York Rangers (1st Atlantic, 52pts) 2. Boston Bruins (1st Northwest, 49pts) 3. Florida Panthers (1st Southeast, 47pts) 4. Philadelphia Flyers (2nd Atlantic, 48pts) 5. Pittsburgh Penguins (3rd Atlantic, 46pts) 6. Ottawa Senators (2nd Northeast, 45pts) 7. Washington Capitals (2nd Southeast, 44pts) 8. New Jersey Devils (4th Atlantic, 44pts)
West: 1. Chicago Blackhawks (1st Central, 52pts) 2. Vancouver Canucks (1st Northwest, 51pts) 3. Los Angeles Kings (1st Pacific, 45pts) 4. Detroit Red Wings (2nd Central, 51pts) 5. St. Louis Blues (3rd Central, 49pts) 6. Minnesota Wild (2nd Northwest, 48pts) 7. Nashville Predators (4th Central, 46pts) 8. Colorado Avalanche (3rd Northwest, 45pts)
Coaching Casualties of the 2011-12 Season
12-17-11 Jacques Martin, Montreal Canadians, Record at Firing: 13-12-7 Overall: 96-75-25 (Hired June 1, 2009)
12-12-11 Terry Murray, Los Angeles Kings, Record at Firing: 13-12-4 Overall: 139-106-30 (Hired July 17, 2008)
11-30-11 Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Ducks Record at Firing: 7-13-4 Overall: 273-182-61 (Hired Aug. 1, 2005 led Ducks to Stanley Cup title in 2007)
11-28-11 Bruce Boudreau, Washington Capitals Record at Firing: 12-9-1 Overall: 201-88-40 (Hired Nov. 22, 2007)
11-28-11 Paul Maurice, Carolina Hurricanes Record at Firing: Overall: 116-100-30 (second term)(Hired Dec. 3, 2008 for second time by Carolina, was 268-291-99 in eight years 1995-2003 with Hardford/Carolina)
11-06-11 Davis Payne, St. Louis Blues Record at Firing: 6-7-0 Overall: 67-55-15 (Hired Jan. 2, 2010)