Despite playing shorthanded, the Bruins managed to shutout the Kings. From Stanley Cup of Chowder:
Playing without two of their premier penalty killers, the Boston Bruins got a flawless penalty kill en route to a 3-0 win over the struggling Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night in front of another sellout crowd of 17,565 at TD Garden.
Playing without captain Zdeno Chara (knee) and center Gregory Campbell, the Bruins got a strong effort from Brad Marchand (two goals) and Zach Hamill, who was called up from Providence for his fourth NHL game of the 2011-12 season and assisted on Rich Peverley's opening goal.
Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, the Senators rallied to tie the game before winning in OT. Dave Young from Silver Seven breaks it down:
The first ten minutes of the third was all Senators as they pressed hard for the equalizing goal. They got it nine minutes into the third when Brian Lee made a great play and Peter Regin fired an absolute BOMB with Nick Foligno screening in front to tie the game 2-2. With what is becoming a trend when the Sens play this season, overtime was needed. End of the third period, Sens had a 42-29 advantage in shots.
As was well deserved, Sens got the win with Jared Cowen converting a great Karlsson feed in overtime.
Maple Leafs 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT)
Cam Ward was a rock in goal for the Hurricanes, but the Maple Leafs eventually got through. From Bower Power of Pension Plan Puppets:
The Hurricanes came to the ACC, but only Cam Ward showed up to play. The Leafs outshot the 'Canes 21-7 over the first 30 minutes (38-18 over the full contest), but couldn't couldn't make the game interesting until 15:46 in the third, when MacArthur ripped a shot and Connolly tipped it in. Former pornstar Jiri Tlusty drew a high sticking call with 3:37 left to play in the game, and with under two minutes to go, former Maple Leaf Alexei Ponikarovsky tied the game.
In overtime, the Leafs got a couple good chances on the rush, but it was Lupul's drive down the right wing that would lead to the game winning goal. A heavy slap shot trickled through Cam Ward, and was poked back towards the corner by Justin Faulk. Lupul kicks the puck towards the net, it bounces off the post and through the crease, where Connolly beats Poni to tap the puck across the goal line. Cam Ward's goal stick did not survive the incident.
You might have thought a couple of Rangers might steal the headlines -- Sean Avery, perhaps, or former Stars center Brad Richard. Instead, it was a rookie goalie whole stole the spotlight -- and helped win the game -- for the Stars. From Cole Jones of Defending Big D:
While the possibility of Avery/Richards headlines failed to really materialize into anything of substance, the story of Richard Bachman is continuing to take shape. The rookie goalie was once against stellar in net, this time stopping all 34 shots faced to earn his first NHL shutout and second NHL victory in only his second career start.
Blue Jackets 2, Canucks 1 (SO)
The Jackets were in for a tough test tonight, but backed by strong goaltending from Steve Mason, a regulation goal from Jeff Carter and three straight goals in the shootout they ended the night on a winning note. It was one of those victories that feels better because it was hard-earned.
The Canadiens held a 3-1 lead early in the third period but allowed the Islanders to tie to the game. Montreal came through in the end, though, scoring a pair of goals in the final seven minutes of the game. From Habs Eyes On The Prize:
"We tried to lose it at the end," [Carey] Price joked. "It was one of those nail-biters that wasn't really necessary. We were scrambling at the end though. We have to stop sitting back, but at the end of the day we found a way to win."
After giving away a game to the Panthers in November, the Devils returned the favor on Tuesday. From John Fischer of In Lou We Trust:
The last time these two teams played, the game became infamous within this season. The New Jersey Devilswent up 3-0 in the first period. By almost all accounts, that's not a lead that should be blown. Yet, the Devils did exactly that as the Florida Panthers put up 2 goals each in the second and third periods to beat the Devils. To say it was a bitter end of a road trip would be putting it lightly.
Tonight, the Devils returned to Sunrise, the site of their massive collapse. Tonight, the tables were turned. The Panthers put up the game's first two goals, and the Devils controlled the second and third periods to eventually come back from the deficit. The Devils did not complete it in regulation. They came agonizingly close in the game's final minute, which would have been a masterstroke way to end the game and the back-to-back. Yet, it wasn't to be. Overtime was needed and as hectic as that was, it decided nothing. The shootout was necessary and the Devils succeeded there again to seal the 3-2 win.
As expected, the goaltenders dominated tonight's game, with Pekka Rinne stopping 35 shots to guide the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win tonight. Perhaps even more impressive, however, was Miikka Kiprusoff in the Calgary net, who had to deal with a season-high 45 shots from the Preds. Colin Wilson scored the game-winner for Nashville, which puts the team on a nice three-game winning streak as they prepare to face the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night.
The Avalanche won in a shootout, but it never should have been that close. They had this game won at the end of regulation until San Jose swooped in with the game-tying goal with 22 seconds left. From Brett Shumway of Mile High Hockey:
Just when it looked like the home team had it in the bag, San Jose pulled their goalie, and with 22 seconds remaining Logan Couture made a great pass to Marleau to tie it up at 3. Varlamov got a piece, but it was a quick play right in front and Marleau's swat at the puck found a way in.