NHL Recap is our look around the on-ice action from the NHL. There were only 2 games on the ice, and both were in the West:
- The Edmonton Oilers didn’t make it easy on themselves, but in the end they finally got the first win for Dallas Eakins behind the bench. After Jaromir Jagr, Damien Brunner and Michael Ryder had the New Jersey Devils up 3-0 before the second period was 5 minutes old, the Oilers finally woke up in the third. Making his season debut, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got the rally started, followed by captain Andrew Ference and then quickly after that David Perron tied the score. Taylor Hall gave them the lead with 6 and a half minutes remaining and all seemed good, with the momentum on their side after 4 goals in less than 8 minutes. However, Patrik Elias scored a short-handed goal with Martin Brodeur on the bench for an extra attacker to tie the score, bouncing it in off Ference from below the goal line to send it to extra time. The game went to a shootout, and Jason LaBarbera out-dueled Brodeur, stopping both Devils shooters while Marty couldn’t stop either Jordan Eberle or David Perron, to give the Oilers the 5-4 win.
- It wasn’t a shining moment for LA Kings Goalie Jonathan Quick, as his third period blunder gave the New York Rangers a short-handed insurance marker from about 150 feet less than 5 minutes into the third period and the Rangers hung on for the 3-1 win. Brad Richards had staked the Rangers to a 2-0 lead on the strength of first period and second period goals. Jake Muzzin replied for the Kings quickly after Richards’ second goal. Then, on an early 3rd period Kings’ power play, Ryan McDonagh iced he puck. Quick came out to play the puck and set it up for his defenseman, but he dropped his stick, which of course the puck deflected off and the biscuit that was going about 8 feet wide ended up in the middle of the net for the goal that you will see a lot of today on Sportscentre, and is a likely top-10 topic today, as well as the nail in the Kings coffin. If you haven’t seen it, here you go:
Check back tomorrow for a recap of the 8 games on a busy Tuesday night.