Devils 5, Jets 1
The New Jersey Devils have certainly righted the ship since their rough start to the season. On Tuesday night, they hosted the Winnipeg Jets and came away with their third straight victory. From Louis Bien of SB Nation New York:
The New Jersey Devils finally returned home after 10 days on the road, and found the confines of the Prudential Center just as friendly as ever after notching a 5-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals to give him seven in his last six games, and 19 on the season.
Petr Sykora, David Clarkson and Patrik Elias also added goals in what turned out to be an impressive offensive outburst given the Devils only took 20 shots on goal on the night. Martin Brodeur had a much better night in net than the combined efforts of the Jets' Chris Mason and Ondrej Pavelec, turning back 20 of 21 shots on net.
Flyers 5, Wild 1
It was a blowout in Philadelphia as the Flyers hosted the Minnesota Wild, who have now officially hit the skids in a big, bad way, going 2-6-2 over their last 10 games. Travis Hughes over at Broad Street Hockey had this to say about the Philly victory:
I overheard somebody in the press box from the Minnesota delegation tonight: "This team will be lucky if they win 10 more games the rest of this year!" If the game on the ice was any indication, he's probably about right. The Wild were flat out abysmal for 60 solid minutes tonight, and considering the Flyers played one of their most complete of the season, the equation certainly worked out in favor of the good guys.
A lot of the players...mentioned the emphasis on getting pucks on net from the point tonight. That's not an easy feat against the Wild, who boast the league's best shot-blocking numbers, but the Flyers were successful in moving the puck laterally from D-to-D, generating traffic in front of Josh Harding and then getting pucks in the mix down low.
Penguins 2, Hurricanes 1 (SO)
The Pittsburgh Penguins picked up their third straight win on Tuesday night, but the game was scoreless after the first period ended and required a shootout to manage the Pens victory. From Charlie Wilmoth of SB Nation Pittsburgh:
That was the score when the two teams entered the shootout, and goals by Malkin and James Neal put the Pens over the top, 2-1.
Malkin and Neal continue to provide the bulk of the offense for the Pens — Malkin now has seven goals in his past six games, and Neal has three in his last three.
Blue Jackets 4, Oilers 2
Tuesday's battle of last-place teams ended up with the Blue Jackets on top. Although their record would indicate that Columbus is the worst team in the NHL, the Edmonton Oilers have actually been far worse as of late, with a 2-7-1 record over their last 10 games. The Oilers also suffered an injury prior to the game. Courtesy of SI.com, here is what the Associated Press has to say:
Derek MacKenzie scored 32 seconds into the third period to help the Blue Jackets rally from a two-goal deficit and beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Tuesday night.
It was the first time this season the Blue Jackets have come back to win after falling behind 2-0.
The defeat in a matchup of the teams at the bottom of the Western Conference could be particularly costly for the Oilers, who lost Taylor Hall for the game during warm-ups when he collided with a teammate and fell. Hall was cut above his eye on another teammate's skate and couldn't play.
Red Wings 3, Stars 2 (SO)
It was an ugly win in Dallas for the Detroit Red Wings, but the team will take a win any way they can get it. Particularly since they're fighting off both the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues for the top spot in the Central Division. From Amerinadian at Winging It In Motown:
After failing to convert on a power play early in the second period, the Wings were gifted a goal when Jiri Hudler's pass deflected in off Goligoski's skate and past Bachman. It was a fluke but it counted, and the Wings drew even.
So what happened in overtime, you ask? Nothing. Then it went to a shootout, which I normally loathe, but because I was half in a coma from watching the Wings saunter up the ice and shoot the puck into Bachman's pads every single shift, I was able to summon some energy. Pavel Datsyuk went first, and he would have scored if not for that pesky post. Eriksson went next for the Stars, and he also hit a post, meaning both team's best shooters were not able to score. If you were like me, you thought we were headed for the infinite shootout, but Hudler used some of the moves that he normally saves for 8's and scored the skills competition's only goal, and the Wings were able to escape with 2 points.
Kings 3, Canucks 2 (SO)
The Los Angeles Kings visited the Vancouver Canucks in a tough matchup for the Kings, but they certainly were able to hold their own. Their shootout win pulled them into a tie for first place with the San Jose Sharks with 55 points, but that tie was short-lives, as the Sharks put up a shootout win of their own less than an hour later to reclaim sole possession of the top spot in the Pacific Division. From Eric Stephen of SB Nation Los Angeles:
Mike Richards scored as the third shooter in the shootout, giving the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night, ending the Kings' road trip on a high note. The Kings have only lost once in regulation in 14 games under Darryl Sutter, who is 8-1-5 as Kings head coach.
Calgary 1, San Jose 2 (SO)
The San Jose Sharks were most likely scoreboard-watching while hosting the Calgary Flames, knowing they'd need to pull of a win to retake the top spot in the Pacific Division following a win by the Kings. They managed the shootout win to improve to 57 points. From the Associated Press, courtesy of SI.com:
Torrey Mitchell tied the game midway through the third period and Antti Niemi made 27 saves and was perfect in the shootout. The Sharks earned just their third win all season when trailing after two periods.
Chris Butler scored the lone goal for the Flames, who have lost six straight road games. Calgary had been 14-0-2 when leading after two periods but was unable to hold onto this lead in the latest road disappointment. Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 saves.
San Jose appeared to win the game in overtime on a goal by Justin Braun, but it was waved off because of goaltender interference when San Jose's Tommy Wingels and Calgary's Olli Jokinen ran into Kiprusoff.
But the Sharks prevailed in the shootout. After neither team scored in the first round, Handzus beat Kiprusoff with a backhand to give San Jose the lead. Michael Cammalleri missed at the other end for the Flames, and then Burns won it with a sharp backhand for his fifth goal in 13 career shootout attempts, including two against Kiprusoff.