It was a busy Saturday night, with 10 games on the NHL schedule. Sidney Crosby made his first visit to Toronto in a couple of years, and did not disappoint. The Habs staged a great comeback and John Tavares is single-handedly keeping the Islanders in the playoff race. Here is a tour around the league.
- The Bruins struck for 3 goals in a span of 2:20 and that was all they would need as they beat the Flyers 3-0. Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille scored for the Bruins as the struck on 3 of their first 5 shots against Ilya Bryzgalov. Tuukka Rask made 23 saves for the shutout.
- John Tavares scored two power play goals 30 seconds apart to break a 2-2- tie and the Islanders went on to beat the Capitals 5-2. Frans Nielsen added a shorthanded goal to seal the deal, adding to the goals from Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas earlier in the game. Mathieu Perreault and Nicklas Backstrom scored for the Capitals.
- Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves for his first career shutout as the Blue Jackets downed the Red Wings 3-0. Cam Atkinson, Jack Johnson and Nick Foligno did the scoring for Columbus. Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves in the loss for Detroit.
- Vladimir Sobotka scored 2 of his 3 goals in the third period to help the Blues come from behind to beat the Sharks 4-3 in overtime. Patrik Berglund had the winner in OT, giving Jake Allen the win. Scott Gomez had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, while Logan Couture and Matt Irwin also counted for San Jose.
- James Neal and Sidney Crosby each scored in regulation an in the shootout to give the Penguins a 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs. Pascal Dupuis and Paul Martin had the other Penguins goals, while the Leafs overcame a 4-2 deficit to send the game to overtime and then the shootout. James van Reimsdyk, Cody Franson, Clarke MacArthur and Phil Kessel were the Toronto marksmen.
- The line of Eric Staal, Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty were at it again, combining for 3 goals and 8 points as the Hurricanes downed the Devils 6-3. Chris Terry scored in his NHL debut for Carolina, who also got 3 goals from Tlusty, as well as singles from Semin, Jeff Skinner and Jay Harrison. New Jersey responded with a pair from Ilya Kovalchuk and a single from Patrik Elias in the loss. Johan Hedberg fell to 2-7-2 as the Devils continue to struggle in the absence of Martin Brodeur.
- Brendan Gallagher had the winner to cap off a 3 goal third period as the Canadiens came back to beat the Lightning 4-3. Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and Alexei Emelin scored the other Montreal goals to get the win. Steven Stamkos, Sami Salo and Ryan Malone had staked Tampa to a 3-1 lead, but Anders Lindback couldn’t hang on. Tampa managed only 2 shots in a third period obviously dominated by Montreal.
- Zach Parise scored in regulation for the Wild, countered by David Legwand for the Predators as regulation and overtime solved nothing between the two clubs. Matt Cullen buried the overtime winner for the Wild to get the extra point for Minnesota.
- Shane Doan and Rob Klinkhammer scored for the Coyotes to stake them to a 2-0 lead and then hung on to beat the Stars 2-1. Mike Smith made 20 saves, allowing only a power play goal to Jaromir Jagr, to get the win for Phoenix.
- The Kings got goals from 6 different players en route to a 6-2 thrashing of the Flames. Jeff Carter scored yet again, his 13th in 13 games, while Jake Muzzin, Trevor Lewis, Justin Williams, Anze Kopitar and Colin Fraser also scored. Michael Cammalleri and Alex Tanguay responded for the Flames. Miikka Kiprusoff got yanked after the 6th LA goal, on just 22 shots.
There are 10 more games on the schedule Sunday, including the Capitals hosting the Rangers and Chicago looking to start a new winning streak at home against the Oilers. Check back tomorrow for a recap.