There were 5 games in the NHL Monday night, with one of particular interest to Senators fans, and they got some help from an unexpected source. Here is a quick tour around the NHL:
- The Toronto Maple Leafs moved 4 points up on the Senators in 5th place, but also defeated the Rangers (and in regulation no less) to keek the blueshirts 2 points behind Ottawa. Phil Kessel scored twice with Ryan O’Byrne and James van Riemsdyk also scoring for the Leafs. Rick Nash had a pair for the Rangers and Derek Stepan scored the other.
- Boston slammed shut any Carolina hopes of making the playoffs with a dominant 6-2 beatdown of the Hurricanes. Dennis Siedenberg had three assist for the Bruins, with Brad Marchand scoring a pair. Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley, Jordan Caron and Andrew Ference also scored for Boston, who chased Justin Peters from the Hurricanes’ net after just 4 shots (2 of them goals). Patrick Dwyer and Drayson Bowman scored for the Canes.
- The Flames won away from home for the first time in over 2 months, beating the Avalanche 3-1. Roman Cervenka, Michael Cammalleri and Alex Tanguay did the damage for Calgary, after Brad Malone had scored his first NHL goal for the Avs. The win snapped a 13 game winless streak for the Flames away from the Saddledome.
- Surprise starter Cory Schneider made 19 saves for the shutout and Ryan Kesler scored the winner in his first game back in the lineup as the Canucks blanked the Coyotes 2-0. Dan Hamhuis had the other Vancouver goal into an empty net, as Mike Smith made 40 saves to keep his team in the game.
- Radek Dvorak scored both Anaheim goals as they downed the Oilers 2-1. Nick Schultz had the Oilers goal, and was roundly jeered all night by Ducks fans who mistook him for Justin Schultz, who famously snubbed the Ducks to become an unrestricted free agent last spring.
That concludes our daily tour around the NHL. Lots of games of importance on Tuesday, including the Senators at the Lightning and the Flyers visiting the Islanders. Check back tomorrow for a full recap.