It was a very busy Tuesday night around the NHL, with a total of 11 games on the schedule. Pittsburgh trailed late but came from behind to beat the Bruins, while Toronto went into Winnipeg and laid an egg. Here is a quick tour around the league:
- Marcus Foligno scored twice to give the Sabres a 3-1 win over the Rangers, doing the Senators a favour in the meantime. Thomas Vanek scored the other Buffalo goal, while Jhonas Enroth made 32 saves while starting in relief of Ryan Miller, who was sidelined with a sinus infection. Derek Stepan had given the Rangers a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal, while Foligno’s first of the game replied quickly just over a minute later tied it up and Buffalo never looked back. The loss keeps the Rangers in 8th place, still 3 points behind the Senators in the Eastern Conference.
- Justin Peters made 26 saves for the shutout and Riley Nash had a pair of second period goals to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-0 win over the Capitals. Joe Corvo had the winner and Patrick Dwyer sealed the win with the empty netter as the Canes maintained their 3 point lead in the Southeast Division.
- The Blue Jackets earned a point for the 8th straight game, but fell to the Canucks 2-1 in a shootout. Mason Raymond had the lone goal, and Roberto Luongo stopped all 3 shooters he faced to get the win for Vancouver. Mark Letestu and Jason Garrison exchanged regulation goals to send the game to overtime.
- Boston took a 2-0 first period lead on goals from Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin, and held that for over 40 minutes until the Penguins finally scored courtesy of Chris Kunitz. Pittsburgh then scored twice more, both by Brandon Sutter 2:49 apart to stun the Bruins and give the Pens a 3-2 regulation win.
- Steven Stamkos‘ 20th goal of the season 5:30 into the third period was the difference as the Lightning gave up a 2-0 first period lead but still went on to win. Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier scored in the first frame, while Florida scored twice in the second off the sticks of Kris Versteeg and Tomas Kopecky to even the score. Tampa scored their 3 goals on only 13 shots against Jacob Markstrom, while Anders Lindback kicked aside 37 shots.
- Blake Wheeler had a pair of goals in a stretch of 4 unanswered goals as the Jets chased James Reimer from the Leafs net in a 5-2 Jets win. Former Leafs Nik Antropov and Kyle Wellwood scored on their former club, while Evander Kane had the other Jets goal. Phil Kessel had both Toronto goals. Manitoba native Reimer allowed 4 goals on 28 shots in his homecoming before being replaced by Ben Scrivens.
- Chris Stewart‘s second of the game came into the empty net and sealed a 4-2 win for the Blues over the Sharks. David Perron and Chris Porter scored the other St. Louis goals while Jake Allen stopped 39 San Jose shots to get the win as he seems to have taken over the starting role for the Blues. Brent Burns scored his first of the season and Dan Boyle added the other for the Sharks.
- Patrick Maroon and Luca Sbisa scored third period goals to lift the Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Wild. A Devin Setoguchi power play goal in the first period had given Minnesota a 1-0 lead, but they couldn’t make it stand up. The game featured a nasty blindside hit by Corey Perry on Jason Zucker that will likely result in a suspension to the former league MVP.
- Pekka Rinne seems to have recaptured his game as he made 32 saves to lead the Predators to a 4-0 win over the Stars. Rich Clune scored on a second period penalty shot, while the Preds also got goals from Nick Spalling, Shea Weber and Gabriel Bourque in the win. The game featured a nasty third period, with a number of fights breaking out in the final minutes, largely instigated by Kari Lehtonen‘s stick to the back of Mike Fisher‘s head in retaliation for a high stick from Fisher on Lehtonen. There were 80 minutes in penalties assessed in the game.
- Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves to get the shutout as the Oilers beat the Avalanche 4-0. Shawn Horcoff, Sam Gagner, Magnus Paajarvi and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton, while Taylor Hall and Alex Hemsky had two assists apiece.
- Mikkel Boedker had 2 of the Coyotes goals in building a 4-0 lead, and LA couldn’t complete the comeback as Phoenix took the game 5-2. Shane Doan and Raffi Torres had the other two Coyotes markers to make it 4-0 before Mike Richards and Dustin Brown scored power play goals to bring it close. Rob Klinkhammer capped it with just over 9 minutes left.
That concludes our tour around the NHL. There is only 3 games on tap for Wednesday night, including a big game for the Senators as they head to Montreal for a big divisional battle.