While all the NHL community was abuzz with the Jarome Iginla trade drama, there were 4 games on the ice as well, including two of the teams involved in the Iginla saga. Here is a tour around the league:
- The Bruins lost out on Iginla, and also lost their chance at first place in the Northeast Division when the allowed 3 third period goals to the the Canadiens back in the game, eventually won by the Habs in the shootout. Michael Ryder had a pair, while Andrei Markov, P.K. Subban and Brendan Gallagher potted singles for the Habs in the 6-5 win. Gallagher scored the only shootout goal, in the 6th round of shooters. Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand combined for 9 points for the Bruins.
- Ryan Suter scored in the final minute and Mikko Koivu scored in overtime to rescue victory from the jaws of the Coyotes for the Wild. Torrey Mitchell and Matt Cullen had given the Wild a 2-0 lead, but Phoenix stormed back with 3 straight to take the lead before letting it slip away. Rob Klinkhammer, Boyd Gordon and Michael Stone did the damage for Phoenix, who desperately needed the two points in this one to stay in the playoff race.
- Mike Cammalleri scored twice, including the eventual game winner as the post-Iginla era began in Calgary with a win 4-3 win over the Avalanche. Jiri Hudler and Steve Begin also scored for the Flames, while Jamie McGinn, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly countered for Colorado.
- The Ducks dropped their 4th straight game, falling 4-0 to the Sharks. Tommy Wingels had a goal and two assists for the Sharks, with the other goals being scored by Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Brent Burns. Antti Niemi made 22 saves for the shutout. Despite the current 4 game skid, the Ducks still have a 10 point cushion in the division, and with the loss still trail the Blackhawks by 5 points in the race for first overall.
That concludes our tour around the league. Thursday night has 10 games on the schedule, including the Rangers visiting the Senators and 3 other games with Eastern Conference playoff implications. Check back tomorrow for a recap of all the action.