It was a night off for the Eastern Conference on Friday, as there were only 3 games and all featured teams from the West. The two top teams in the conference both continued to excel and came away with close wins, but wins nonetheless. Here is a quick tour around the league:
- Taylor Hall and Ryan Whitney scored 23 seconds apart in the final minutes of the first period to stake Edmonton to a 2-0 lead, but it was all for not as the Blues scored twice in the second to erase the lead and then twice in the third to take the 4-2 win. Jaden Schwartz, Kevin Shattenkirk, Vladimir Sobotka and David Bakes did the damage for the Blues, who outshot the Oilers 30-17.
- For the second time in less than a week, the Blue Jackets walked into Chicago and gave the unbeaten in regulation Blackhawks all they could handle, this time forcing the game to Overtime, where Brent Seabrook was the hero in extending the points streak to an incredible 21 games. Viktor Stalberg, Bryan Bickell and Patrick Sharp scored in regulation for Chicago, while Columbus got goals from Vinny Prospal, Artem Anisimov and Ryan Johansen. Ray Emery fought off some shakiness early on and moved to 9-0-0, making 19 saves. Steve Mason made 31 stops while earning his team a point.
- Anaheim got out to a 3-0 lead, and then hung on to beat the Wild 3-2. Jonas Hiller got the win, making 31 stops, while getting support from Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne and Matt Beleskey. Minnesota got goals from Kyle Brodziak and Devin Setoguchi in a third period rally that fell just a goal shy.
A full day of hockey on Saturday begins at high noon with Ottawa in Philadelphia, followed by a HNIC triple header as part of a 9 game schedule. Check back tomorrow for a full recap.