They also did it without Mike Green late in the game as he spent the final 10 minutes of regulation and the entire overtime period on the bench. Capitals coach Adam Oates said it was simply a coaching decision because Green wasn't having his best night on the ice, while also adding that it was simply "a minor hiccup" and that the veteran defenseman is still their man.
Elsewhere around the league, the Anaheim Ducks had their seven-game winning streak snapped with a 4-2 loss in Toronto thanks in large part to Phil Kessel's hat trick.
Lars Eller and the Canadiens were done in by the hockey gods (at least that's the way Dallas Eakins tells it) and the Minnesota Wild won a tight defensive game thanks to Jared Spurgeon's late goal line save.
All the NHL Scores
Maple Leafs 4, Ducks 2
Canucks 5, Islanders 4
Oilers 4, Canadiens 3
Wild 2, Predators 0
Capitals 5, Jets 4
Coyotes 4, Flames 2
On Tuesday we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are your cool, soothing answers
1. Will the Anaheim Ducks extend their seven-game winning streak?
Early on it looked like they were going to as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held the Maple Leafs to just two shots on goal in the first period. And then the Maple Leafs did what they always do: scored on three of their next nine shots (including this rocket from Phil Kessel) and went on to a 4-2 win, ending the Ducks' streak at seven games.
2. How will Jordan Eberle perform on Tuesday?
Eberle played a little more than 21 minutes for the Oilers and recorded two assists in their come-from-behind win, including the game-tying goal and the goal that gave them their first lead of the night in the third period.
3. Will the New York Islanders score three goals or more against the Vancouver Canucks?
Yes! Good news: The Islanders actually scored four goals. Bad news: They allowed Vancouver to score five. This game had a fast start as the two teams combined for four goals (two each) in the first 10 minutes. It ended in overtime on aBrad Richardson goal.
4. Will the Minnesota Wild continue its point streak at home?
Yes, and they did so by totally shutting down the Predators, allowing just 16 shots on goal. The win came with a price however as young star defenseman Jonas Brodin took a puck to the face and needed to go to the hospital for X-rays.
5. Will the Phoenix Coyotes extend their six-game point streak?
Yes, and Michael Ribeiro was one of the driving forces behind their 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames with a two-goal effort, helping the Coyotes push their record to 5-2-2 through the first nine games.
The one play or moment from Tuesday's games that will be making headlines over the next couple of days.
How about that rant from Oilers coach Dallas Eakins following their come-from-behind win against Montreal? If nothing else Eakins has shown himself to be one of the most quotable coaches in the league this season, and he's clearly not afraid to put it all out there. How much of an impact Eller's comments actually had on the game is certainly up for debate, but Eakins sure seemed to enjoy it.
Stat of the Night
Winnipeg's Evander Kane played 28:41 in the Jets' loss to the Capitals. That is the most ice-time any forward has played in the NHL this season. The only forward to top even 27 minutes this season Ryan Nugent-Hopkins when he played 28:12 in his first game of the year. Going back to the start of last season the only other forwards that played at least 27 minutes in a single game was Ilya Kovalchuk (12 times last season) and Sidney Crosby (once last season).
Post to Post
- Tim Thomas had to leave Tuesday's game, a 3-2 Panthers loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, late in the third period with another injury.
- The value of scoring first.
- The suddenly relevant Colorado Avalanche
- Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall is expected to miss a month.