BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 10: Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins gets the puck past Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets on a penalty shot awarded to Thornton in the second period on January 10, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Tuesday's scores from around the NHL, including the Bruins' win over the Jets, the Rangers' shootout win over the Coyotes and Detroit's debacle against the Islanders.
This season, the Bruins have outscored their opponents 57-23 in the third period. Despite being down 3-2 heading into the final frame, they showed just how accurate those numbers are, posting three goals without giving one up to the Jets to earn a 5-3 win.
Just eight seconds into the third period, Nathan Horton gave the Bruins a chance early on, netting his second goal of the game to tie the game 3-3. Similar to his first goal in the first period, he again crashed the net and put it in back door, fooling Ondrej Pavelec after taking a pass cross ice from David Krejci.
Islanders 5, Red Wings 1
The Detroit Red Wings had a pretty good chance to takeover the St. Louis Blues in the Central Division and win into a tie for the top spot in the Western Conference by facing off against the Eastern Conference's worst team on Tuesday night. Instead, they got flat out embarrassed.
Rangers 2, Coyotes 1 (SO)
The New York Rangers got their fifth straight win tonight with a 2-1 shootout victory of the Phoenix Coyotes. Although it was a fairly easy night for Henrik Lundqvist, he had to make a few great saves tonight, including locking it down in the shootout. Derek Stepan was credited with the shootout winner tonight, with a great shot over the glove of Mike Smith.
Senators 5, Penguins 1
The Pittsburgh Penguins lost their fifth game in a row on Tuesday night, falling 5-1 to the Ottawa Senators at Consol Energy Center. With Brent Johnson getting the start in net, the Ottawa Senators raced out to a 4-0 lead, forcing coach Dan Bylsma to pull Johnson after he gave up three scores on just eight shots. The Pens would outshoot the Sens 30 to 23, but the early four goal deficit all but ended this one by the second period.
From vancitydan of Nucks Misconduct on the third period:
I get it. You are in your third game in four nights, the legs are burning. No amount of coach cajoling is going to prevent a team trying to sit on a lead sometimes. The Canucks had 4 shots in the third period though. That is a little too much of a shell. Credit the Bolts for their hard work and not giving up.
Blackhawks 5, Blue Jackets 2
The Chicago Blackhawks pulled off a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night to end a four-game losing streak and get the team back on track. A game against the struggling Blue Jackets came at a good time, as there's nothing like a home game against one of the worst teams in the league to find your mojo.
Predators 4, Avalanche 1
The Nashville Predators kept up their dominance over the Colorado Avalanche tonight, winning their 6th-straight over the Avs by a 4-1 score. Ryan Ellis and Martin Erat led the scoring parade with a goal & an assist each as the Preds led 3-0 after one period, while Pekka Rinne made 32 saves to push his record to 21-11-4. Nick Spaling got the opening goal, while Patric Hornqvist scored his 12th of the season to kill off Colorado's comeback attempt.
Flames 6, Devils 3
"Any time you can get some breaks and bounces go your way, it's kind of nice for a change," Glencross said. "We've been on the other hand of that. We'll take `em when we can get `em."
Ducks 5, Stars 2
The lopsided score does a poor job of representing a dominating Stars performance in the first period and much of the second. They badly outchanced the Ducks in the first, hit three posts and out-shot them 12-7 but couldn't get one past Jeff Deslauriers and trailed 1-0 heading into intermission despite clearly being the better team.