In addition to Ottawa’s heartbreaking (ie: screwjob) loss to the Montreal Canadiens, there were three other matinee games in the NHL on Super Bowl Sunday. Here is our daily trip around the league:
- Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz led the way for the Pittsburgh Penguins over former rival Washington Capitals to the tune of a 6-3 win. Kunitz scored two of his three goals as part of a second period outburst that turned a 2-2 game into a 5-2 shelaking. Crosby added three assists to contribute to the win as he is starting to heat up his offensive play, which is bad news for the Eastern Conference.
- Ryan Miller allowed 4 goals for the 4th straight game as the Buffalo Sabres coughed up a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3, despite 3 point efforts from Thomas Vanek and Cody Hodgson. Brian Campbell had the winner just before the midway point of the third for the Panthers.
- Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils’ Johan Hedberg played shutout hockey for 56 minutes, and it was the Islanders who blinked first. The Devils struck for 3 goals in the final 4 minutes, two of them by Steve Bernier, to end up with a 3-0 win.
There are 5 games on tap on Monday evening, including the Edmonton Oilers playing host to the Vancouver Canucks.