NHL Scores And More: Red Wings Too Much For Steve Yzerman, Lightning

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Red Wings Vs. Lightning: Steve Yzerman Can't Top His Old Club

Steve Yzerman's done a whole lot of good in his first year as general manager in Tampa Bay, but beating the Red Wings is something that even he couldn't handle. In his first matchup with the club that he was an integral part of for 26 years, Yzerman's club was smoked, 6-2. 

Detroit proved even further that they don't need the trade deadline to boost their club. All they need is their own players back, and Pavel Datsyuk continued his hot pace since his return last week from injury. Datsyuk had two goals last night and now had seven points in his five games since returning. 

Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos scored for the Lightning to even the score a 2-2 in the second period, but it almost seemed like Detroit was just toying with them a bit. Less than two minutes after the tying tally, Niklas Kronwall scored on the power play and the Wings never looked back. Three more goals, 6-2 win. 

Winging It In Motown heaped most of the praise on one line in particular.

So, that line of Datsyuk, Cleary and Hudler is pretty good, eh? I'm going to call it and say that Hudler has officially turned his season around, and if you look at when it happened, it's eerie. When Chris Osgood finally got win number 400, Happy had 2 points in that game. Since then, he's had 18 points in 21 games. Maybe Hudler was so worried about Ozzie getting that milestone win that it was eating him up inside and affecting his play. Of course, it could also be because he's getting minutes with quality linemates that he has had time to adjust to. Either way, this is the Hudler we've been waiting for.

Jimmy Howard was brilliant in making 38 saves in this one. Dwayne Roloson couldn't match.

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Kings Vs. Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist Earns 200th Win In Shootout Victory Over L.A.

Alright, so it wasn't the prettiest of wins, but after things have gone for the New York Rangers lately, I think they'll take it. John Tortorella's club blew two different one goal leads to the Los Angeles Kings in the game, including a 3-2 lead with less than three minutes to go in the game, but two points in the shootout makes all that pain go away.

It was Henrik Lundqvist's 200th career win, but most importantly for the Rangers, Marian Gaborik scored his 17th of the season in the second period. They really need to get going, as Blueshirt Banter explained.

Marian Gaborik is starting to find himself now. His confidence is growing, he is shooting the puck more and now one finally went in for him. Look, he could only be heating up and if he could ultimately get to where he was last season, then that will be a tremendous offensive boost for this club at a crucial time of year. I am daring to put my belief in Gabby here, so I really hope he can keep this up.   

Meanwhile, the Kings aren't complaining either. Rob Scuderi's late third period goal got them a point in this one, and as a result, they're still without a regulation loss on this trip. 5-0-2. They have one game left on the East Coast before returning to Southern California to take on the Anaheim Ducks next Wednesday.

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Canucks Vs. Predators: Mike Fisher Bleeds, Scores In Nashville Win

Hockey in a nutshell: Mike Fisher takes a puck to the face. He goes back to the locker room and gets stitched up. It took a while because there was so much blood, he said after the game. After returning to the ice, he did this.

Turned out to be the game-winning goal, as well as Fisher's first goal as a Predator. Second star of the game. Not first, second. I guess that's how good Pekka Rinne was on Thursday night.

He turned aside 35 of 36 shots, and Barry Trotz hopes this can be a playoff preview. Via On The Forecheck:

The one interesting theme coming out of Trotz's post-game press conference was looking at tonight's game as a potential playoff preview. "It'd be great to see a Fisher/Kesler battle for 7 games, they're cut from the same cloth," Trotz said. He also noted the Rinne/Luongo matchup as being as good as it gets in the NHL.

Elsewhere in the NHL...

Bruins 6, Islanders 3: The four-game winning streak ends on Long Island. Long live the streak.

Oilers 4, Canadiens 1: Meanwhile, STREAKING IN EDMONTON!

Sharks 3, Capitals 2: They're mirror images of each other, really. Historically great in the regular season, duds in the playoffs. The trend has changed for both this season, but one part still holds true: the Capitals can't win in San Jose. Washington is 0-for their last 11 tries on the road against the Sharks. Back East they go, now. 

Coyotes 4, Thrashers 3: Keith Yandle had three assists and Phoenix continued a pretty impressive streak: they've never lost to Atlanta on home ice. 

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