There were 10 games on a busy Tuesday night around the NHL. It was a pretty good night for Eastern Canadian teams as in addition to the Senators win over the Capitals, the Canadiens and Maple Leafs were both winners as well.
Here is a quick tour around the league:
- Johan Hedberg made 28 saves in his first start of the season for the New Jersey Devils, but the Boston Bruins beat the Devils in the shootout. Brad Marchand had the shootout winner for the Bruins after Tyler Seguin had scored twice in the shootout. Yes, twice. He was ordered to re-shoot his attempt after scoring because a fan threw a hot dog onto the ice at Hedberg while Seguin was approaching for his shot. Referees ruled that the flying wiener was distracting for the goaltender. With the game requiring extra time, the Bruins and Devils both remain the only Eastern Conference teams without a regulation loss.
- Matt Frattin scored his third goal in as many games since being called up to replace Joffrey Lupul, with less than 2 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. It was Frattin’s second goal of the game, and Cody Franson added a goal and an assist. Rookie Mikhail Grigorenko, on the day he was told he would remain in Buffalo instead of being returned to junior, scored his first NHL goal in the loss.
- The New York Rangers scored in the first and the second periods and then held on to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1. The Rangers may have lost their captain, Ryan Callahan for a long time after he left the game with a shoulder injury suffered in a fight with Maxime Talbot. Talbot said he heard something pop in the scrap so he stopped the tussle. Callahan scored what would be the game winner before leaving with the injury.
- In a see-saw battle, the Montreal Canadiens took a 2-0 lead before allowing the Winnipeg Jets to score three straight to take the lead. Montreal then replied with two more, the winner coming on the power play off the stick of Tomas Plekanec. Andrei Markov had two assists on the power play as the Habs went 2 for 5 with the man advantage.
- The New York Islanders walked into Pittsburgh and stunned the Penguins, taking a 4-0 lead before the Pens finally broke Evgeni Nabokov‘s shutout bid wit 1:09 left in the third period. Nabokov made 37 saves to get the win. Matt Moulson had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, while Casey Cizikas scored his first NHL goal in the contest.
- In the battle of Florida, the result was as expected as the surging Lightning defeated the floundering Panthers 5-2. Vincent Lecavalier, Taylor Pyatt, Cory Conacher and Dana Tyrell each had a goal and an assist to pace the Lightning, who have won 4 in a row, while the Panthers have dropped 5 straight since their win on opening night.
- Valtteri Filppula scored twice among Detroit’s 4 unanswered goals to pace the Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars. Pavel Datsyuk assisted on both Filppula goals, and Henrik Zetterberg added a goal and an assist.
- Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored with just over 5 mintues left to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Jackets had erased a 2-0 first period deficit with goals from Mark Letestu and Jack Johnson, but couldn’t find a way to get the win.
- Patrick Marleau was held goalless for the first time this season, but it didn’t matter as the San Jose Sharks remained perfect with a 3-2 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks. It was the toughest test of the season for the Sharks, who needed a late 3rd period goal from Logan Couture to send the game to extra time. Surprisingly, it was Michal Handzus that was the lone shooter from either side to score in the shootout.
That concludes our tour around the NHL for Tuesday night. Wednesday is a relatively light night with only 4 games, including the Canadiens travelling to face the Senators. The Chicago Blackhawks will try to move to 7-0 when they face the Minnesota Wild.