Here's a quick rundown of the Thursday night NHL action.
Devils 5, Senators 4 S/O
The Ottawa Senators fell into a 3-0 hole, climbed all the way out, and eventually forced a shootout in their matchup with the New Jersey Devils. But the Devils prevailed, downing Ottawa 5-4 in the shootout. Our Senators blog, Silver Seven, has its thoughts on the biggest issue of the night: the powerplay.
Ottawa was technically 0-for-5 on the powerplay, but it wasn't just a moot point: It was a liability. Ottawa's impotent powerplay--featuring terrible passing, non-existent defensive coverage, and giveaways galore--sucked all momentum away from the Sens, and allowed the Devils to fight their way back into the game with two short-handed goals.
For a view from the other side, visit In Lou We Trust for a recap.
Checking in with our Blackhawks blog, Second City Hockey, for their player of the game. Click the link for a look at a dapper photo, as well.
There were a few options here - Shooter had those two goals and a helper. Emery was solid but it was the Hoss that ended up the big winner with 400 goals and a very pretty steal and helper for the winner. He's Marian Hos...you know it by now..
Also visit Lighthouse Hockey for an excellent recap from the Islanders side.
New York gave up a late goal to tie before losing in a shootout and Blue Shirt Banter wasn't happy about a scuffle following an Artem Asimov goal. The end result was a 5-on-3 disadvantage for New York, and the author felt it all was a turning point.
While it wasn't a terrible game for the Rangers, you cannot be giving up late leads like that, especially shorthanded. In my opinion, the whole debacle that took place after the Anisimov goal was the turning point for this game. Following that, the Rangers seemed flat, and just couldn't get the puck to the back of the net. The Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres this Saturday at 7:00 PM.
More from the other side can be found at Raw Charge.
And over at Nucks Misconduct, all is well for now.
All in all though, I am happy with how the team came back and got the win after it looked like they were going to succumb to the old Ghosts Of The Forum. Some poor goals that gave the normally defensively tight Habs a lead might have been enough on another night. It was not because Raymond and Hodgson both scored goals that were all about the shooter beating the goaltender that had stoned the team to that point. Because they stuck to the game plan, and attacked line after line. Because Roberto Luongo kept it at 3, and robbed several guys on his 20 saves on 23 shots, never mind the Bad Goal or not.
The view from the other side can be found at Habs Eyes On The Prize.
Winging It In Motown pointed to the forecheck as a reason for Detroit's success.
Holy forecheck, Batman! After being outplayed physically in the latter stages of their games against both the Avalanche and Blues, the Wings came out with a very aggressive gameplan against the Coyotes, forcing numerous turnovers in the Phoenix zone, many of which ended up in the back of the net.
More on the game can be found at Five for Howling.
Blues 4, Ducks 2
Anaheim Calling wonders if its team has the ability to turn it around after a solid win on Tuesday and tough loss on Thursday.
The correct cliche to use in this situation is "one step forward, two steps back". The win against the Kings was a huge boost to the low morale. The Ducks gave one of their best efforts to play infamous the 60 minute game in St. Louis, only to be pushed back by an even more aggressive Blues team. We keep talking about how the Ducks don't have an identity as a team. I think the better question is, do the Ducks have unity on the ice to do what it takes to turn it around?
For more, head over to St. Louis Game Time
Flames 3, Avs 2
Mile High Hockey was happy, in general, with how the Avs bounced back, but is still searching for a more physical team.
The Avs MUST play stronger and much more physical in front of their own net. You are not going to win in the NHL if you continue to allow players to stand in front of your net and screen your goalie, and or bury garbage goals.
Visit Matchsticks and Gasoline for the Flames side of the game.
Defending Big D wonder what it will take to get some decent shots on goal.
The overall shots on goal total of 20 does not seem too alarming, but when you break that down by period you'll notice that the Stars managed only 5 total shots on goal in both the second and third periods. It's probably no coincidence, then, that the Stars managed to score only 2 goals on the night. It's kind of hard to score goals when you're not putting pucks on net. The Stars were able to convert a shot thrown at the net into a goal tonight, so that should be proof of concept and hopefully we'll see the Stars get their shots on goal back up.
More on this game can be found at Fear the Fins