It started out like any other game except the Canucks couldn't quite figure themselves out. It was Luongo who kept them in the game the 1st period, only letting one goal get past him on multiple fantastic chances for LA. The only one Lou let past him was by Dustin Penner who has only scored 3 goals all season. Daniel Sedin scored early in the 2nd to tie the game only to have LA take the lead again by the end of the 2nd with a goal by Justin Williams. With 5 minutes gone in the 3rd period David Booth scored while skating on the 3rd line and tied it up to send the game into overtime. The 2nd line for Vancouver has been struggling a bit. With Higgins and Booth both out with injuries for a bit, the 2nd line has had it's share of ups and downs. However, the 3rd line for Vancouver has been a breakout line this year. Usually Hansen, Hodgson and Raymond skate this line but it like others is always juggled a bit. Sometimes Malhorta is there, sometimes Lapierre, Higgins, or Booth skate on that line. Irregardless, it can be a lethal scoring line and confusing teams defensively, pure magic. Nothing happened in overtime and the game went to the 3rd round shootout. Justin Williams and Mike Richards scored for LA and Alex Burrows scored for Vancouver. Vancouver now sits 5th in the league tied with St. Louis and Chicago with 60 points, while LA has shot up the standings and now sits 11th with 55 points. Vancouver plays the San Jose Sharks Saturday at Rogers Arena, 1:00pm puck drop.
Here are how the other 10 games in the NHL unfolded last night:
Pittsburgh beat Carolina in a S/O for a 2-1 win. Jamie McBain scored for Carolina early in the 1st, then Evgeni Malkin who is so hot right now, scored late in the 1st to tie it up. No scoring for the rest of the game and James Neal scored the game winner in the 3rd round of the shootout.
The New Jersey Devils beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-1. By the end of the 2nd period it was 4-0 Jersey, with Ilya Kovalchuck scoring 2 of the goals. Winnipeg's lone goal came from Tobias Enstrom, but New Jersey's Patrik Elais scored the 5th goal in the 5-1 final. With this win New Jersey is 12th in the standings and Winnipeg is 22nd.
The Philly Flyers also beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1. By the end of the 2nd in this game is was 4-1 with Philly's Jakub Voracek scoring the 5th goal in the 3rd. Philly, which is always a strong team, sits 7th in league standings with 58 points and MInnesota is 15th with 51 points.
The New York Islanders shut the door on the Washington Capitals last night in a 3-0 final. A goal was scored every period by the Islanders. John Tavares scored the 1st goal for his 17th goal this season and P.A. Parenteau scored his 8th and 9th goals this season with the 2nd and 3rd goals. After this loss Washington still is 16th in the standings and the Islanders are 25th.
The Ottawa Senators Kyle Turris scored the game winner against the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 3-2 final. Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza also scored for Ottawa, with Joffery Lupul and Matthew Lombardi scoring for Toronto. Ottawa sits an impressive 8th in the standings with 58 points and Toronto has dropped to 19th with 49 points.
The Edmonton Oilers fell short to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 4-2 final. Oddly enough the first 2 goals were scored by Edmonton's Ben Eager and Anton Lander. Columbus came back with 2 goals in the 2nd by Derick Brassard and Ryan Johansen and 2 goals in the 3rd by Derek Dorsett and Derek MacKenzie. It was a good night for the Derek's and a not so good night for Taylor Hall. Hall accidentally stepped on a puck in warm up, slipped and slid into a few fellow players who tried to avoid him but Hall took a skate to a face and ended up with 30 stitches! Heal fast Taylor Hall, what a freak accident. Check out the accident in "If You Need a Visual."
The 2nd shutout of the night goes to the league leading New York Rangers. They beat the Nashville Predators 3-0. Again a goal was scored every period in this win. Handsome Henrik Lundqvist was in net and it was the Rangers 6th shutout this year. The Rangers currently have 62 points and Nashville is 10th with 56 points.
The Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins were beat by the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. Boston is 6th in standings and Tampa is 26th. Boston was playing catch up all night. Tampa scored first, then Boston, Tampa, Boston, Tampa, and Boston again for a 3-3 tie half way through the 3rd period. With the game winner for Tampa scored by Dominic Moore, just for fun Steven Stamkos scored the 5th goal for Tampa and his 31st goal of the season into an empty net with 21 seconds left in the game! WOW! Because this is only Tampa's 12th win at home this season and any team who beats Tim Thomas that many times in a game deserves a pat on the back. I have put in the highlights from the Boston Tampa game in "If You Need a Visual"
The Detroit Red Wings beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in a S/O. Jiri Hudler scored the 2nd goal for the Red Wings early in the 2nd period after Detroit scored once and Dallas scored twice in the 1st. Hudler was also the man who scored the game winner in the S/O.
The last game to end last night was also a S/O that ended a 1-1 tie between the Calgary Flames and the San Jose Sharks. San Jose won 2-1 because of Michal Handzus. Handzus also assisted Torrey Mitchell's goal, while Jarome Iginla assisted the Chris Butler goal for the Flames. San Jose is 9th in league standings while Calgary is 21st.
There are only 4 games today in the NHL.
Montreal Canadians vs Washington Capitals at 4:30pm
Chicago Blackhawks vs Buffalo Sabres at 4:30pm
Colorado Avalanche vs Florida Panthers at 6:30pm and finally
Anaheim Ducks vs Phoenix Coyotes at 7:00pm
Women's Only Fantasy Hockey Draft Results:
Juliet 1st place with 464 points
Sam 2nd place with 464 points
Roz 3rd place with 452 points
Sasha 4th place with 449 points
Mary 5th place with 448 points
Lexine 6th place with 448 points
Bonnie 7th place with 445 points
Sharon 8th place with 441 points
Josie 9th place with 440 points
Liz 10th place with 439 points
Stacey 11th place with 437 points
Joanne P 12th place with 433 points
France 13th place with 430 points
Vanessa 14th place with 427 points
Susan 15th place with 422 points
Tanya 16th place with 420 points
Jill 17th place with 419 points
Courtney 18th place with 417 points
Jean 19th place with 413 points
Amanda 20th place with 413 points
Teagan 21st place with 408 points
Amy 22nd place with 404 points
Michelle 23rd place with 398 points
Amie 24th place with 397 points
Gina 25th place with 392 points
Catrina 26th place with 391 points
Candice 27th place with 382 points
and finally super trooper Joanne with 374 points! Joanne may always be in last place but she has the best looking team with Bobby Ryan, Maxim Lapierre, Christian Ehrhoff, Kevin Bieksa and Chris Mason to name a few!
As for the All Star Game let's keep it simple and run over which 6 goalies were selected!
Brain Elliott of the St. Louis Blues. Elliott is the backup to Jaroslav Halak but Elliott has played 22 games out of 45 games for St. Louis this year. Out the 22 games 15 have been wins. Elliott has let in only 36 goals in those 22 games for a 1.63 goals a game average and 5 wins have been shutouts!
Jimmy Howard is representing the Detroit Red Wings. Howard has played 38 games this season and won 27! With only 75 goals getting past Howard this year he averages 1.97 goals a game and has also had 5 shutouts!
Henrik Lundqvist will be there for his New York Rangers. Lundqvist has played 33 games, won 20 and 4 of those wins have been shutouts. Letting in only 63 goals he averages 1.90 goals a game.
Montreal's Carey Price will suit up this year. With the Canadians struggling this year, Price has won 15 out of 39 played. Two have been shutouts. Price has let in 96 goals for an average of 2.46 goals a game.
Jonathan Quick will be representing the City of Angels. Quick has played 39 games, winning 20 and a whopping 6 have been shutouts! Quick has allowed 76 goals this season which averages to 1.95 goals a game. WOW!
The last goalie this year and the one picked by fans is Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins. Thomas has played 29 games, won 18 and 4 have been shutouts. Thomas has amazingly only let in 57 goals all season. That is an average of 1.96 goals a game. Big Wow.
Have a great day and enjoy your hockey! Check back in tomorrow and see who are the players chosen as forwards in the All Star Game! X