SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 13: Carter Ashton #37 of the Toronto Maple Leafs has his helmet fly off as he is hit by Shawn Matthias #18 of the Florida Panthers during a fight on March 13, 2012 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Panthers 5, Maple Leafs 2
From Litter Box Cats:
There's no opponent in the NHL that brings out the best in the Florida Panthers more than the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Panthers once again welcomed the Leafs into the warm confines of the BankAtlantic Center and sent them packing with a strong 5-2 win. Despite getting outplayed for stretches of this game, Florida proved they wanted it more and capitalized on several key mistakes by Toronto. Jose Theodore continued his fantastic play in net for the Panthers and received his fair share of action as the Leafs registered 28 shots and numerous scoring chances.
From Japers' Rink:
For as long as there's been a question as to whether or not this Capitals team was headed to the playoffs, the road trip that started Tuesday night on Long Island has been described as "make or break" for those playoff hopes - pick up a handful of points and the Caps will likely be fine; come home with nothing and they'll probably be in big trouble. And given how brutal the trip gets after tonight - Winnipeg, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia - this was a game the Caps needed. Or at least. theoretically, wanted really, really bad.
Unfortunately, it sure didn't seem that way early on, and the Caps spent most of the game trying to dig out of holes of varying depths... which they did, en route to a 5-4 shootout win.
Lightning 6, Bruins 1
Sidney Crosby may be making his return to the ice later this week, but the NHL has a new top young star: Steven Stamkos. In tonight's game against the Boston Bruins, Stamkos scored his 49th and 50th goals of the season, giving him his second 50 goal season of his young career.
Jamie Benn would bury a nice cross ice pass from Morrow to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Both teams would trade physicality and get away with plenty of holding/interference in a nasty third period. Mark Fistric would take a stinger in the knee on a blocked shot and give a nice scare on a blueline already missing big guy Sheldon Souray. He would walk it off and come back to finish up the game without missing a beat. Loui Eriksson would get a nice shorthanded chance but couldn't beat Hackett. With the goalie pulled and the extra man on the attack, Minnesota would pressure but not beat Lehtonen on his way to back-to-back shutouts.
From Winging It In Motown:
Tonight the Red Wings took on a desperate Kings team that wanted to exact some revenge after last week's collapse in Detroit. They responded by taking control of the game early, notching the first 2 goals as they cruised to a 5-2 victory.
The story was the same as it's been: Detroit gets off to a bad start, then fights back with a few goals to make it close and interesting and we think that it means the team has no quit in them. The problem is that the constant trailing early is a troubling sign. When will it stop?