It was a busy night in the NHL on Saturday, as usual. Goaltenders took the spotlight in the West, with a couple of duels that involved a lot of traditionally high scoring, offensive teams. Here is the NHL recap for Saturday, Feb 1st.
- Phil Kessel scored 4 points (3G, 1A) leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. For a complete recap of this game click HERE.
- Ben Scrivens‘ 2 game plus shutout string came to an end and the Boston Bruins put 4 past him en route to a shutout win over the Edmonton Oilers. David Krejci, Carl Soderberg, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug did the scoring for Boston, with Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara each chipping in 2 assists. Chad Johnson made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season.
- Nate Thompson scored both goals for Tampa including the overtime winner in the Lightning’s 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Daniel Briere replied for Montreal, in a game that featured a line brawl during a commercial timeout when Brandon Prust skated towards Ben Bishop and had some choice words for the Lighting goalie. Bishop took exception and punched at Prust, and all skaters on the ice got involved.
- The line of Boone Jenner (1G, 1A), Ryan Johansen (1G, 1A) and Nathan Horton (2A) played a great first period and Sergei Bobrovsky did the rest as the Blue Jackets downed the Florida Panthers 4-1. Nick Foligno and Mark Letestu added goals later on after Brad Boyes had made it 2-1, but the Panthers were never really close in this one. Bobrovsky made 35 saves on 36 shots in securing the win.
- Steve Mason made 35 saves for the shutout in the Philadelphia Flyers‘ 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers’ offense, who directed just 13 shots on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.
- The Colorado Avalanche got three point efforts from Jamie McGinn, Nathan MacKinnon and Erik Johnson as they chased Ryan Miller from the Buffalo Sabres net en route to a 7-1 win. McGinn and Gabriel Landeskog each had a pair, with MacKinnon, Tyson Barrie, Marc-Andre Cliche (his 1st NHL goal) all adding singles. Matt D’Agostini had the lone marker for the Sabres.
- Vladimir Tarasenko had the tying goal in the third period and added the shootout winner in the St. Louis Blues 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. The Blues had built a 2-0 lead on goals from Jaden Schwartz and David Backes before giving up the lead on goals by Paul Gaustad, Mike Fisher and Roman Josi before Tarasenko played the hero.
- Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist and Mike Smith made 23 saves as the Phoenix Coyotes tripped up the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1. Zbynek Michalek and Radim Vrbata had the other Coyotes’ goals, while Evgeni Malkin had the lone Pittsburgh goal.
- The suddenly red-hot Calgary Flames won their fifth in a row, all at home, in a 4-3 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild. Michael Backlund’s second of the game in overtime was the difference, adding to goals from T.J. Galliardi and Dennis Wideman. Chris Butler and Mark Giordano each had two assists in the win. Senators public enemies #1 and#2, Matt Cooke and Dany Heatley, each scored for the Wild, with Keith Ballard also scoring.
- Dan Ellis won a goaltending duel with Jonas Hiller, stopping all 26 shots he faced in the Dallas Stars net, shutting out the powerhouse Anaheim Ducks by a score of 2-0. Hiller stopped 25 of the 26 shots directed his way, allowing only Trevor Daly to beat him. Jamie Benn added an empty net goal to seal the deal with 29 seconds left for a big win by the Stars.
- In a heavyweight battle on the West Coast and another goaltending duel, the San Jose Sharks downed the defending Champion Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout. Joe Pavelski (short handed) and Brandon Saad (power play) exchanged goals n the same penalty 1:03 apart in the third period and that was all the offense until the shootout. Pavelski, Patrik Marleau and Joe Thornton all beat Corey Crawford in the skill competition, while only Jonathan Toews scored on Antti Niemi. Crawford stopped 38 shots and Niemi turned aside 29 in regulation and overtime.
That’s what happened in the NHL yesterday. Just two afternoon games on Sunday, as the NHL (in a rare smart tactic) doesn’t schedule any action up against the Super Bowl. Those two games feature 3 teams that are in direct competition with the Senators, as Washington hosts Detroit and Winnipeg visits Montreal.