Rangers 3, Hurricanes 2
The New York Rangers came away with their third straight victory tonight, with a well deserved 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. After falling behind early in the second, the Rangers found a way to fight back and dominate for the rest of the game.
Blue Jackets 2, Avalanche 0
The Colorado Avalanche kept waiting for the puck to finally get into the back of the goal, but it never happened on Thursday night in a 2-0 defeat against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The loss ends a four-game winning streak for the Avalanche.
Columbus took the early lead in the first period with a goal from Nikita Nikitin and followed up with an insurance goal in the second period from Fedor Tyutin. From there, the Blue Jackets depended on defense to get a rare victory for the Western Conference's worst team.
The game turned out to be something of a masterpiece of lunacy and bizarre hockey. Anytime Matt Kassian scores two goals in one game, you can bet things weren't exactly on the "normal track." The fact that the Wild came back from a three goal deficit to tie the game, only to lose in a shootout (after benching their new shootout stud) as Devin Setoguchi fell down... it all adds up to a night worthy of a Monty Python movie.
The game also had its share of violence. Could some of it get a look from Brendan Shanahan? Let's take a look.
Phoenix and Calgary met for the second Thursday night in row this evening at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale. Just like in last week's game the Coyotes allowed the Flames to take a multi-goal lead into the locker room at the first intermission. However, unlike last week the boys from Phoenix failed to execute a successful comeback. They lost by a score of 4-2. With the loss the Yotes twelve game point streak, seven game home winning streak, six game winning streak, and Mike Smith's eleven game winning streak all ended.
Ryan Miller was absolutely superb again, saving all 39 of San Jose's shots in a 1-0 shutout win. Drew Stafford was the lone goal scorer, scoring his 13th goal of the season and his 9th point since the All Star Break. Miller's back-to-back shutouts ties his career high for shutouts in a season (5), which he has matched in his last three seasons in net.