There were 11 games around the NHL on a busy Tuesday night, so without delay, lets get right to our tour around the league:
- The Devils dropped their 6th in a row (with 1 shootout loss mixed in) as they have continued to slide down the Conference standings with a 5-2 loss to the Lightning. Nate Thompson had a pair and Martin St. Louis and Alex Killorn added singles to pace Tampa to a 4-0 lead before New Jersey got on the board with goals from Adam Henrique (shorthanded) and Patrik Elias (on the power play) a minute and a half apart late in the third. B.J. Crombeen iced it with an empty netter for Tampa. Anders Lindback made 25 saves for the win, while Johan Hedberg allowed 3 goals on just 11 shots before being replaced by Keith Kinkaid who made his first NHL appearance. Not so coincidentally, the Devils slide began at the same time that Martin Brodeur went down with his current injury, and you can bet the Devils are eagerly awaiting his return.
- The Islanders scored 3 unanswered on two different occasions to beat the Canadiens 6-3. Radek Martinek‘s third period goal was the winner while John Tavares and Colin McDonald added insurance markers in the last 1:07 to break a 3-3 third period tie. Earlier in the game, Matt Moulson, Matt Martin and Michael Grabner had scrored three straight in the second after Tomas Plekanec had put the Habs on the board in the first. P.K. Subban, late in the second, and Brian Gionta early in the third tied it up before the Isles ran away with it. Gionta’s goal was the 20,000th in franchise history.
- Washingon erased a 3-0 first period deficit and Eric Fehr scored the winner 37 seconds into overtime to stun the Bruins 4-3. Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton had the Boston goals in the first period, but Washington chipped away beginning in the second. Mike Ribeiro got the Caps on the board and then Tomas Kundratek scored his first NHL goal in the second period, and then Wojtek Wolski scored in the third to complete the comeback and send the game to overtime, setting up Fehr’s early heroics. Fehr added two assists and Nicklas Backstrom added three assists in the Washington win.
- Eric Staal had three assists in Carolina’s 4-3 win over the Sabres. Alexander Semin and Jussi Jokinen each had a goal and an assist and Jiri Tlusty and Joe Corvo added singles for the Canes. Justin Peters made 37 saves to get the win after being called up to replace the injured Cam Ward in the Hurricance’s net. Buffalo got 2 goals from Cody Hodgson and T.J. Brennan in the third period to make it close, but Carolina held on for the win.
- The Blue Jackets and Oilers were pushed to a shootout, where Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu both scored while Sergei Bobrovsky stopped both Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky to give Columbus the 4-3 win. The Blue Jackets got goals in regulation from Derek MacKenzie, Vinny Prospal and Jack Johnson, while Edmonton replied with Jeff Petry, Ryan Whitney and Magnus Paajarvi.
- Rick Nash scored twice in the third to give the Rangers a 4-2 win over the Flyers. The rest of the scoring was done in the first period, with New York jumping out to an early 1-0 lead on Ryan Callahan‘s power play goal. Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek gave the Flyers the lead with power play goals of their own before Callahan scored his second of the period to even the score through 20 minutes.
- Jonathan Huberdeau scored his rookie leading 11th goal of the season on a penalty shot as part of Florida’s 4-1 win over the Jets. Tomas Kopecky and Shawn Matthias also scored on Ondrej Pavelec while Mike Santorelli capped it off with an empty netter. Kyle Wellwood scored his first of the season for the Jets, in his first game back after a long stretch watching games from the press box.
- Jimmy Howard made 37 stops and had his shutout bid broken by Paul Stastny with just 90 seconds remaining in Detroit’s 2-1 win over Colorado. Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall had the Detroit goals in the second period to pace the Wings to the win.
- The Blackhawks made it 23 straight with at least a point by dismantling the Wild 5-2 on the night they celebrated Marian Hossa for playing his 1,000th game on Sunday. Bryan Bickell scored twice and Brandon Saad and Hossa added goals in Chicago’s 4 goal outburst in a 5:43 span late in the first to erase the 1-0 Wild lead provided by Devin Setoguchi. After Ryan Suter and Kyle Brodziak brought Minnesota within 1, Patrick Kane quickly responded to put the game out of reach as the Hawks moved closer to the Flyers all-time record for consecutive games with a point of 35. Chicago now sits at 29.
- Logan Couture extended the shootout in the third round and Joe Pavelski won it in the fourth round as the Sharks beat the Canucks 3-2. Brad Stuart assists on both Scott Gomez‘s first period and Adam Burish‘s second period goals to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead. Vancouver answered with two in the second off the sticks of Henrik Sedin and Jannik Hansen to send the game to extra time after a scoreless third. Chris Higgins scored on the first shot for the Canucks, forcing Couture’s even up and then Pavelski’s winner.
- The Kings continued their hot play of late by downing the Blues 6-4. Well, at least for the second half of the game, as despite holding the Blues to just 14 total shots, the Kings actually trailed 4-1 at one point. Jonathan Bernier was pulled 1:14 into the second after allowing 3 goals on 8 shots, to be replaced by Jonathan Quick who stopped 5 of 6 in relief to get the win. LA scored 5 unanswered, starting with Slava Voynov‘s second period marker. Mike Richards, Jake Muzzin (his second of the game), Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar all scored in the third as Jaroslav Halak was also chased from the game after the 5th Kings goal.
Wednesday is a light night, with only 4 games including the Battle of Ontario on the schedule, while the rest of the games are in the Western Conference. Check back tomorrow for a full recap