In a heated game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabers the Maple Leafs took it 4-3. It was a 3-1 score at the end of the 2nd period with a John-Michael Liles goal with less then a second left in the period. Buffalo scored 2 more in the 3rd and Toronto 1 goal but it wasn't enough for Buffalo. Surprisingly, Toronto won at home for the 1st time in 54 days. Randy Carlyle got his 1st win at home since becoming the head coach of the team. It was also Carlyle's first home win as a member of the Maple Leafs since his playing days as a Leaf in 1978. Buffalo is going to have to really work hard to solidify a playoff spot after this loss.
The Washington Capitals beat the Montreal Capitals 3-2 in a S/O. Matt Hendricks and Alexander Semin scored for Washington in the shootout. After these 2 points Washington has a 2 point lead over the Buffalo Sabres for 8th place. This also meant the return of Nicklas Backstrom for the Capitals. Backstrom had missed 40 games this season due to injury(concussion).
The New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricane 5-0. Five different Devils scored including Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise. New Jersey will be in the 1st round of the playoffs and Carolina? Better luck next year they are 12th in the east with 78 points.
The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 5-4. Five different Blackhawks scored including Patrick Sharp, Dave Bolland, Patrick Kane, Viktor Stalberg and Brent Seabrook. Nashville team Captain Shea Weber scored twice for his team. Both of these teams are heading to the playoffs.
The Minnesota Wild beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in a shootout. Erik Christensen and Mikko Koivu both scored for the Wild in the S/O. Minnesota is out of a playoff spot but with the single point LA picks up they move to 3rd in the west and 1st in their Pacific Division.
The Phoenix Coyotes beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-0. Four different Coyotes scored including Radim Vrbata assisted by Ray Whitney at 16:14 in the 2nd and then Ray Whitney assisted by Radim Vrbata 40 seconds later. Anaheim is out of the playoffs and Phoenix is 7th in the west with 91 points.
The Dallas Stars lost for the 2nd time in as many nights. This time is came in the form of a 3-0 lose to the San Jose Sharks. Joe Pavelski scored twice for the Sharks and Jason Demers scored once. Dallas now sits 9th in the standings with 89 points and with San Jose's win they're now one point ahead of their Pacific Division rival with 90 points.
Tonight's lineup is short:
Philadelphia takes on Pittsburgh at 9:30
Ottawa takes on the NY Islanders at 12:00
Florida takes on Detroit at 1:00
Minnesota takes on Chicago at 4:00
Boston takes on the NY Rangers at 4:00
and Edmonton takes on Anaheim at 5:00 Enjoy X
And head on down to Jack Poole Plaza today in downtown Vancouver for the Annual Canucks Autism Network's Family Festival from 10:00am to 3:00pm!