Entering play on Monday the Los Angeles Kings were nearly unbeatable (25-1-0) when leading after two periods, so when they took a 2-1 lead into the third period against the Minnesota Wild it seemed as if they were on their way to extending their winning streak to seven games.
But thanks to a couple of quick goals from Matt Moulson and captain Mikko Koivu just two minutes apart in the third period, the Wild were able to rally and pull out a 3-2 win to end the Kings' winning streak at six games.
It's a huge win for the slumping Wild as they extend their lead in the wild card race giving them a five-point edge over the Dallas Stars.
And then there was the Winnipeg Jets, who put two different teams on the ice in Anaheim on Monday.
The first team raced out to a 4-0 lead and was in complete control of the game, owning a 29-9 shots advantage through the first 37 minutes.
What did they do with that advantage?
They went on to lose in overtime, 5-4, getting outshot 27-10 and outscored 5-0 over the final 23 minutes of regulation and overtime. There is taking your foot off the gas, and then there is what the Jets did on Monday, which was basically putting the car in park and turn the whole thing off.
All the NHL Scores
Wild 3, Kings 2
Ducks 5, Jets 4
Three things we learned
1. A goalie can be terrible and still get a win
Of the 687 wins Martin Brodeur has accumulated in his career the Devils' 6-3 win on Monday night is probably one he will forget before any others. Brodeur was pulled six-and-a-half minutes into the second period after giving up three goals on just nine shots and still managed to come out of the night with a win on his own personal stat sheet. That's because when he exited the game the Devils were still winning, 4-3. That means that even though Cory Schneider did not allow a goal in his two periods of relief he did not get credit for a win. Fortunately for the Devils Travis Zajac was able to score three goals, including one from a crazy angle to complete his first career hat trick, to make up for Brodeur's struggles.
2. Ales Hemsky and Mika Zibanejad are a fantastic duo in Ottawa
Hemsky added another assist for the Senators on Monday, giving up 12 points in 13 games since being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers at the trade deadline. He seems to have found some chemistry with Mika Zibanejad as the two put on a show against the Carolina Hurricanes. They teamed up for Ottawa's only goal in regulation and were the most dangerous line on the night when it came to creating chances, and doing it with some style as well. Hemsky would also add the game-winning goal in the shootout.
3. It's really not that hard to get away with interference from the bench.
In the end, justice prevailed because the Ducks came back and won in overtime.
The one play or moment from Monday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
It probably came from a team that wasn't even playing on Monday. Losing Matt Duchene for four weeks, which will probably sideline him for the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, is a huge problem for the Colorado Avalanche in what will almost surely be a matchup with the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Duchene has been a star for the Avalanche this season, recording a team-high 70 points (23 goals, 47 assists) in 71 games. Duchene was injured on Saturday when he was involved in a knee-on-knee collision with his own teammate, Jamie McGinn.
Stat of the Night
With his first period goal in Carolina's 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators, Jeff Skinner recorded his 30th goal of the season, giving him two in just his first four seasons, all before he turns 22. Since 1990 only 14 players have registered two 30-goal seasons before their 22nd birthday: Sidney Crosby, Jaromir Jagr, Steven Stamkos, Pavel Bure, Marian Gaborik, Ilya Kovalchuk, Trevor Linden, Eric Lindros, Evgeni Malkin, Rick Nash, Owen Nolan, Alex Ovechkin, Geoff Sanderson and Mats Sundin are the others. Thirteen of those players went on to score 40 goals at least once in their career (Linden was the only one that did not).
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