There were 11 games on the NHL schedule last night. Lets get right at it and have a quick tour around the league:
- Tyler Seguin had two goal and an assist and linemate Patrice Bergeron added a goal and two assists to pace the Bruins to a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs. David Krejci had the other goal for the Bruins, who won for the 8th straight time against the Leafs. Nazem Kadri extended his point streak to 7 games with a goal, while Jay McClement had the other for the Bruins. Anton Khudobin stopped 25 shots for his 4th win of the season.
- New Jersey erased a 2-0 Buffalo lead with less than 7 minutes to go to send the game to extra time, where they went on to complete the comeback with a 3-2 shootout win. Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias knotted the game and Elias added the shootout clincher. Brian Flynn scored his first NHL goal to make it 2-0 after Thomas Vanek had put the Sabres on the board, but the Buffalo third period woes continue and they had to settle for a single point. Jhonas Enroth left the game with 1:04 left after Elias’ goal with an apparent leg cramp, bringing in the stone cold Ryan Miller for the last minute and extra time, and taking the loss for his effort.
- Rick Nash scored his 8th goal of the season, of which all have come in the third period, to tie the game at 1, and the Rangers went on to beat the Islanders in overtime on Marian Gaborik‘s slapper just 42 seconds in. Michael Grabner had put the Isles on the board midway through the first, but that is all they would get on Henrik Lundqvist. Evgeni Nabokov was stellar in earning the Islanders a point, stopping 35 shots.
- Yet another wild one in the battle of Pennsylvania as the Flyers jumped out to a 4-1 first period lead, chasing Marc-Andre Fleury. Jakub Voracek had a pair in the period while Kimmo Timonen and Zac Rinaldo added singles among the Flyers 18 shots in the period. Tomas Vokoun held the fort, and as this rivalry has shown, expect the unexpected and Pittsburgh started chipping away at the lead in the second with Pascal Dupuis, James Neal and Tyler Kennedy scoring to even the score. Chris Kunitz‘ second of the game 18 seconds into the third gave the Pens the lead for the first time and they managed to hold onto it for the regulation win.
- Florida’s Jacob Markstrom allowed goals on the first two shots before being pulled, but the floodgates were opened and the Capitals rolled on to the 7-1 win. Alex Ovechkin, Mike Ribeiro and Wojtek Wolski each had a goal and two assists in the winning effort and Braden Holtby made 29 saves, beaten only by Jack Skille after the Caps had built a 6-0 lead.
- Brandon Prust and Lars Eller each had a goal and two assists to pace the Candiens to a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes. Josh Gorges and P.K. Subban had the other Montreal goals, while Carey Price was excellent in making 41 saves. Jordan Staal and Drayson Bowman scored for Carolina.
- Matt Calvert‘s unbelievable game winner for the Blue Jackets shocked the Canucks 2-1 in OT. Clavert took an outlet pass in his own end, spun around the first defender, soft dumped it along the boards, got to it first and cut into the slot and put a wrist shot past Cory Schneider. R.J. Umberger and Henrik Sedin each scored for their respective clubs, while Sergei Bobrovsky was great in the Columbus net, stopping 34 of 35 shots.
- Bryan Little‘s goal with 4:08 remaining was the difference as the Jets beat the Lightning 2-1. Steven Stamkos scored his league leading 18th goal of the season to tie the game at 1 early in the third, after Eric Tangradi‘s first of the season had given the Jets a 1-0 lead in the first period.
- Jimmy Howard stopped all 22 shots he faced as the Wings shut out the Oilers 3-0. It was the role players who got the job done offensively for the Wings, as they got goals from Jakub Kindl, Cory Emmerton and Justin Abdelkader.
- St. Louis scored 5 straight goals to erase a 2-1 deficit and beat the Coyotes 6-3. Patrik Berglund had two goals while Chris Stewart added a goal and three assists and David Perron chipped in 3 helpers. Jake Allen got the win, his 4th of the season making 23 saves while Mike Smith allowed 6 goals on 30 shots to take the loss.
- The Stars cooled off the red-hot Kings by scoring the final 4 goals in a 5-2 win. Jeff Carter did score for LA, his 12 goal in 12 games, but it wasn’t enough. Jaromir Jagr scored twice, with singles from Brenden Morrow, Cody Eakin and Antoine Roussel.
That ends the Thursday tour around the NHL. Friday night has 5 games, including Ottawa at the Rangers and Chicago visiting the Avalanche. Check back tomorrow for