WINNIPEG, CANADA - NOVEMBER 17: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals sits during a break in play in a game against the Winnipeg Jets in NHL action at the MTS Centre on November 17, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Washington Capitals 4-1. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
Recapping the action around the NHL on Thursday night.
Plenty of action around the NHL on Thursday night, with 20 teams on the ice. Let's jump right into the quick hits.
Capitals 1, Jets 0
Alex Ovechkin scored late as the Capitals beat the "hated rival" Jets in Winnipeg, but for Japers' Rink, the takeaway from the game was the prospect of a potential answer in the crease.
Neuvirth was the difference-maker early, late, and everywhere in between, making the big saves he needed to make and turning aside twenty-six shots (fourteen in the first period alone) for his first shutout of the season. And the grin on his face at the end of the game said it all - he needed this one.
Arctic Ice Hockey has things from the Winnipeg perspective.
The Stars headed into the third period down a goal, but came back to secure a 3-2 win. Defending Big D praised Dallas' toughness and ability to frustrate the opponent in the way.
This game was a perfect example of how the Stars play a tough, antagonistic and frustrating game. The Islanders were hit with a few tough penalties and the Stars were able to capitalize; meanwhile, the Stars penalty kill continued their dominance of late as they killed off all three Islanders power plays -- including one midway through the third period with the Stars nursing a one-goal lead. What stood out the most was how the Stars were able to get under the skin of the Islanders, who appeared extremely frustrated after allowing two goals to open the third. While some may think the Stars are "dirty", in fact they're just doing what is needed to get wins on a nightly basis.
For a view from the other side, head over to Lighthouse Hockey.
It was all St. Louis in this one as the Rangers' defense struggled again. Blueshirt Banter is concerned about the state of the defense while also noting the injuries that seem to have the Rangers hamstrung.
This is another one of those games you can file into the "what would have happened if Marc Staal wasn't injured" folder. There's also the Michael Sauer injury, which is starting to play a huge role in the defensive issues. Although tonight it was Dan Girardi (-3) and Ryan McDonagh (-2) who took the biggest hits.
For the winners' take on the game, head over to St. Louis Gametime.
Tampa Bay picked up the win in somewhat surprising fashion as Steven Stampkos netted the game-winner in overtime. Over at Raw Charge, there's hope the Lighting could build off the win.
When a team is losing, like the Lightning have been, and they're losing games the same way almost every time, the way the Lightning have been, winning a game that they'd normally lose not only helps in the standings but could provide some much-needed psychological relief as well.
For the Flames' point of view, visit Matchsticks and Gasoline.
The Hurricanes rallied from a two-goal deficit in the second period, scoring four unanswered goals to take the lead and eventually earn the win. Canes Country was waiting for a statement from the team, and it got one.
Wednesday night, that statement was made with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks, the Canes' first win all season in which they trailed by two goals and their first win in which they trailed at the end of any period.
Visit Nucks Misconduct for more on the game from the Vancouver side.
Coyotes 4, Oilers 2
It wasn't pretty for the Oilers and our Edmonton blog, Copper N Blue, wonders what it will take for this team to wake up. If the team continues on the same path, trouble most certainly lies ahead.
The entire game is encapsulated in the highlights. Two goals from Taylor Hall, a couple of ridiculous saves by Dubnyk and domination by the Coyotes. Outshot 42-20. Putrid. If I didn't know any better, I'd swear this is the 2010-2011 version of the Edmonton Oilers. Any more stinkers like this and catching Anaheim and Long Island for last isn't out of the question. And look at the next two: at San Jose, then home against Detroit. Trouble ahead, trouble behind.
For more on this game, head over to Five For Howling.