The New Jersey Devils also beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1.
The Anaheim Ducks shut out the Florida Panthers 2-0. Finnish Flash and extremely handsome man Teemu Selanne scored the 1st goal for Anaheim and Niklas Hagman, assisted by Team Canada 2010 players Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf scored the 2nd goal. Even though Anaheim is 13th in the western standings they are only 5 points out of a playoff spot. Anaheim has 60 points and Calgary in 8th spot has 65.
The Nashville Predators beat the Dallas Stars 3-2. Good looking Shea Weber scored for Nashville and Nashville's goalie Pekka Rinne picked up an assist on the 3rd goal. Dallas super star Jamie Benn did not play. Benn is healing from an accidental cut to the leg he suffered from a skate Thursday night against the Calgary Flames.
The worst team in the west the Columbus Blue Jackets gave the best team in the east the New York Rangers a run for their money yesterday. It ended 3-2 Rangers in OT. Columbus super star Rick Nash scored the tying goal with 93 seconds to go in the 3rd period. Ranger Derek Stepan ended OT after 22 seconds. The Rangers have 81 points and top spot in the east while Columbus has 41 points and 15th place (dead last) in the west.
Ottawa Senators vs the New York Islanders at 10:00am
Washington Capitals vs the Carolina Hurricane at 4:30pm
Real quickly I want to explain how the points system works. I know I am always referring to the points and standings in the league. With every game that is played a team can pick up a maximum of 2 points. Every team plays 82 games a season so it is possible to get 164 points but a team would have to win every single game all season. Every NHL game is 60 minutes. If a team wins the game in that 60 minutes they get 2 points and the losing team gets 0 points. If the game is tied after 60 minutes it goes into overtime. If a team scores in OT they get 2 points and the losing team gets 1 point. If their is no scoring in the OT then it goes to a shootout. The shootout will go as long as it needs to to decide the winner. The winner will get 2 points the loser 1 point. Then during the season teams collect points and the top 8 teams move onto the playoffs. I will explain in more detail how teams get into the playoffs in a future episode of "Hockey Talk with Courtney"