Florida had Scott Clemmensen as the starteing goaltender with Brian Foster as the backup. #1 Florida starter Jose Theodore is out with injury. It was the 1st time Florida has beat Vancouver in regulation in 12 years! Vancouver now sits 1st place in the western conference and Florida sits 3rd in the eastern conference. Both are leading their respective divisions. Vancouver in the northwest, Florida in the southeast. Vancouver has a good handfull of former Panthers which makes this game fun to watch. Keith Ballard, David Booth, Chris Higgins and Roberto Luongo all were traded from Florida over the years and it was fun to see former Canuck Mikael Samuelsson play his old club for the only time this season. Watch Vancouver play Tampa Bay tonight, game time 4:30pm. GO CANUCKS GO!
The only other game in the NHL last night was the Los Angeles Kings and the Washington Capitals. Both of these teams have replaced head coaches this year and their all stars don't show up every night. Both teams have been struggling. This would be the only meeting between these 2 teams this year. Washington opened up the scoring early in the 1st with a goal by Marcus Johansson. From then on it was all Los Angeles, with them scoring 5 consecutive goals between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd periods. Kyle Clifford, Anze Kopitar, Jack Johnson, Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams all scored for the Kings. Marcus Johansson scored the 2nd and final goal for the Capitals. Final score 5-2. Los Angeles now sits 6th in the west and Washington is 10th in the east. Halfway through the season and both teams are going to be trying to secure a playoff spot.
Brad Marchand was suspended by the NHL for 5 games because of his hit on Sami Salo in Vancouver's game against Boston Saturday morning. It was a low hit to Sami's knees and that is not allowed in hockey. It is dangerous. Marchand received a 5 minute major and he was out for the rest of the game. Vancouver did end up scoring twice on the power play, Cody Hogdson scoring the 4th goal and the game winner. What did make the hit by Marchand a bit dirtier is that 16 seconds before Marchand and Salo checked each other cleanly. Then Marchand took the cheap shot that knocked Salo out cold after landing on the back of his head and neck. Salo is out for a week with a concussion and Marchand will likely be a target in future games. Nobody in hockey likes a weasel and Marchand has been red flagged. Watch the Marchand hit in "If You Need a Visual"
On a fun note Saturday night in hockey land Shane Doan Captain of the Phoenix Coyotes scored his 1st career hat trick! Doan has played 16 seasons in the NHL and over 1,100 games. He played for the original Jets in Winnipeg and moved with the team when they were relocated to Phoenix. A leader in the locker room and community Doan is a player you can respect. What makes this game even more interesting is that Doan had had 39 two goal games already in his career with never being quite able to net the 3rd goal. His 3rd goal in this game came with 0.01 left on the clock in the 3rd period. Party time in Phoenix! Way to go Doan! A 16 year hat trick drought is over! Check out Shane Doan's hat trick in "If You Need a Visual."
Tonight is a busy Tuesday in the Hockey World, 13 games total tonight:
New York Islanders play Detroit @ 4:00.
Boston plays Winnipeg @ 4:00.
Toronto plays Buffalo @ 4:00.
Pittsburgh plays Ottawa @ 4:00.
Carolina plays Philly @ 4:00.
New York Rangers play Phoenix @ 4:00.
Minnesota plays San Jose @ 4:30.
Tampa Bay plays Vancouver @ 4:30.
Montreal plays St. Louis @ 4:30.
Chicago plays Columbus @ 5:30.
Colorado plays Nashville @ 6:00.
Calgary plays New Jersey @ 6:30.
And Anaheim plays Dallas at 7:00.
Women's Only Fantasy Hockey Pool Results:
1st place juliet with 420 points
2nd place Bonnie with 418 points
3rd place Sam with 415 points
4th place Josie with 414 points
5th place Lexine with 414 points
6th place Roz with 414 points
7th place Mary with 412 points
8th place Sasha with 412 points
9th place Sharon with 405 points
10th place Joanne with 404 points
11th place France with 400 points
12th place Stacey with 399 points
13th place Liz with 395 points
14th place Vanessa with 393 points
15th place Susan with 390 points
16th place Jill with 386 points
17th place Courtney with 384 points
18th place Teagan with 384 points
19th place Tanya with 384 points
20th place Amy with 380 points
21st place Jean with 378 points
22nd place Amanda with 377 points
23rd place Amie with 369 points
24th place Gina with 366 points
25th place Michelle with 364 points
26th place Candice with 361 points
27th place Catrina with 360 points and
28th place goes to Joanne with 342 points!