DENVER - NOVEMBER 17: Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks heads to the bench to celebrate his goal along with Ryane Clowe #29 who earned an assist on the first period goal against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on November 17 2010 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NHL Scores And More: Logan Couture Wins Another One, Matt Cooke Hits Another One

Logan Couture scored yet another game-winning goal for the San Jose Sharks, while Matt Cooke was the perpetrator of another dirty hit in Pittsburgh. Elsewhere, the Devils won again and the Islanders lost another goalie.

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Sharks Vs. Capitals: Logan Couture Scores Another Game Winner As San Jose Blanks Washington

Logan Couture keeps making his case to win that Calder Trophy this year. The San Jose Sharks rookie scored another game-winning goal on Tuesday night, this time a third period tally that downed the Washington Capitals. Dan Boyle added on a few minutes later as the Sharks went on to the 2-0 shutout victory. 

Antti Niemi made 21 saves for San Jose while Michal Neuvirth did his best to keep his Caps in the game, making 34 stops at the other end. It wasn't enough, though, and really, all we can do is praise Couture. He's broken the all-time record for most game-winning goals on the road by a rookie with seven and he's all alone atop the NHL standings in that category with eight overall GWG's. 

He broke a scoreless tie in this one that reached its arm all the way into the third period. Japers' Rink talked about how strange that is for these two teams, who kind of seem like mirror images of each other quite often.

A year ago the Capitals and Sharks were two of the premier offensive teams in the NHL, combining for 582 goals over the course of the 2009-10 season. This season has been a different story, however, with each team hovering around the middle of the League in terms of goal-scoring despite the bevy of high-priced, high-powered offensive talent on their respective rosters.

So unlike the last time they faced off, expectations for a run-and-gun, goal-filled game were considerably tempered and all signs pointed to a more grinding effort. And for most of the game, those expectations were met as the Caps and Sharks traded chances - and their goalies traded saves - in a stalemate that spanned almost 52 minutes.


Blue Jackets Vs. Penguins: Another Dirty Matt Cooke Hit Overshadows Columbus Win

Another game, another controversial Matt Cooke hit.

It's become the standard these days, and while the Columbus Blue Jackets did impressively beat the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 4-1 score last night, the focus this morning is on No. 25 for this hit on Fedor Tyutin. 

Fortunately, Tyutin was fine and he was able to stay in the game. Unfortunately, Matt Cooke was also allowed to stay in the game, only suffering a five minute charging major and a five minute major for fighting after Columbus' Derick Brassard challenged him for the hit. 

And there you have the Pittsburgh announcers in the video defending Cooke. Not sure you can even find many Penguins fans who will defend Cooke this AM.

After the hit, the Blue Jackets padded their lead with two second period goals off the sticks of Pittsburgh native R.J. Umberger and Jakub Voracek. Tyler Kennedy brought the Penguins back within two with a power-play goal in the third, but an Antoine Vermette tally a few minutes later put the Pens away.

We'll find out later today how long Cooke is put away for. 


Hurricanes Vs. Devils: Mattias Tedenby's Two Goals Lift Surging New Jersey Over Carolina

As the New Jersey Devils keep on winning, you have to wonder what might have been if they made some changes a little earlier. With their 3-2 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes last night in Newark, the Devils are 10-1-2 in their last 12 games and they're climbing in the East, now up to 13th in the Conference. 

Carolina rookie star Jeff Skinner scored two goals in this one, both of which gave the Hurricanes a one goal lead. But Mattias Tedenby didn't want to have anything to do with that. He answered Skinner's first period goal with one of the game-tying variety, and then after Nick Palmieri tied things up late in the third period, it was Tedenby again in overtime who gave the Devils the win. 

In Lou We Trust praised the Devils' third period performance. 

The third was nearly all New Jersey.  Carolina got a few shots in, Jeff Skinner scored incredibly quickly on Volchenkov's third minor of the game (a delay of game call), and that was it for their offense.  It had to be, New Jersey wouldn't let them stop defending. The Devils attacked, attacked, and attacked some more.  Ward was tested often and made all kinds of stops.  The Canes would be all kinds of loose in their own end in terms of not clearing pucks, icing pucks to leave tired players on the ice, getting outworked on shifts by each one of New Jersey's lines, and just fortunate that the Devils didn't get a clear rebound opportunity.  It wasn't until there was less than 4 mintues when Nick Palmieri did get to a rebound - created by an Ilya Kovalchuk drive - to equalize.  The Devils didn't let up further, as they forced at least three big stops late to prevent a heartbreak for Carolina.

Overtime was necessary and Tedenby trailing on the play put up the perfect shot late to win it.

Elsewhere in the NHL...

Buffalo 7, Tampa Bay 4: Getting down against the Lightning usually isn't a good thing, but after the Sabres fell behind on Tuesday night, they roared back with five straight goals in the third period to obliterate the Bolts. Drew Stafford picked up a hat trick after scoring his second and third goals just 1:31 apart. Stafford had three shots and three goals in the game. Catch up on this one with coverage from our live StoryStream of the game.

Toronto 5, New York Islanders 3: You knew there was the potential for it to be a rough night when Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin went down to injury during warmups. With Rick DiPietro already out and Poulin serving as really the third starting goalie on the team this season, the team turned to Mikko Koskinen in the pipes. It wasn't a good night. His team battled back from a 2-0 deficit, but three Leafs goals in the third period were just too much. 

St. Louis 2, Florida 1: After losing four straight games on the road, the Blues finally got off that horse. Matt D'Agostini scored in the third period to break a 1-1 tie while Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves in goal to give St. Louis the win. David Backes also scored for the Blues, while Dennis Wideman scored on a five-on-three in the first period for the Panthers. 

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