Flames 2, Blue Jackets 1 (SO)
The Blue Jackets had control of this game early, but they let it slip away when Jarome Iginla tied the game in the second period. The game eventually went to a shootout, in which the Flames prevailed. From Matt Wagner of The Cannon:
After a scoreless first period, the Jackets would score first for the 18th time this season, with Derick Brassard firing a long shot through traffic on the power play that found its' way through Kipprusoff's legs.
That goal would hold through the remainder of the second period, but the Jackets could not find a way to extend the lead before Derek Mackenzie was called for tripping early in the third period. The penalty kill did a good job of forcing Calgary back into their zone early, but Jarome Igina would get to a loose puck in the slot after a Flames rush and stuff his shot under a sprawling Mason and into the net for his 498th career NHL goal.
Though the Jackets did not completely collapse after the tying goal, the team seemed to focus on avoiding mistakes rather than creating offense, allowing Calgary to dominate the remaining possession in regulation.
Panthers 5, Maple Leafs 3
The Panthers got on the board first in the opening period, but it was in the second fame when Florida outscored Toronto 3-2 that this game was won. From Chris S Roberts of Litter Box Cats:
2nd: After picking off a breakout pass, Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski would sink a snap shot from the bottom of the circles to even the score at one, assists going to Nikolai Kulemin and Cody Franson. Not to be out down, Evgenii Dadonov and Mark Cullen would connect a pretty passing sequence to send Bill Thomas in all alone with a breakaway. Not known for his super-slick journeyman dekes, Thomas would kinda push the puck towards the far post catching Reimer off gaurd to regain the lead. Tim "Timmah" Kennedy would be cross checked by Keith Aulie for the Panthers first powerplay of the night. It wouldn't take long to make the Leafs pay, Jason Garrison would send his bomb towards the net and Michal Repik would tip in his second (possibly third) goal of the season*. Toronto would pull Reimer in favor of Jonas Gustavsson. Florida wouldn't be done on the powerplay, Timmuh Kennedy would again be the victim, Grabovski in the box for slashing. Toronto would then take a dumb too-many-men penalty giving Florida a long 5-on-3. This time Kris Versteeg would deflect the puck past Gustavsson. Not done yet, Dion Phaneuf would make his best Garrison impression with a slapshot from the point past Theodore, assist to Phil Kessel. The Leafs would try to claw rake (?) themselves back into the game, but Theodore would keep them out of the back of the net for the remainder of the period. 4-2 Florida.
The Jets controlled this game from start to finish, scoring the first four goals of the night until finally allowing the Avalanche to get on the board late in the third. Derek B of Mile High Hockey on Winnipeg's hot start:
Coming into tonight's game against Winnipeg, the big question I had was whether or not the Avs were going to get their legs going after the short road trip and the Christmas holiday. The short answer is yes. They came right out of the gate and were forcing the play in the offensive zone and out shot the Jets 11 to 6. With the exception of a minor mistake by Shane O'Brien who pinched at the wrong time with out a forward to back him up. It led to a 2 on 1 where Evander Kane sent a near perfect wrist shot right past Jean-Sebastien Giguere's glove. The goal came with just over 3 minutes to play in the first period. After that goal Winnipeg appeared to have the Avs back on their heels. They controlled the game and generated a couple more good opportunities before the end of the period.