The New Jersey Devils beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout. The Devil's Petr Sykora scored in the 1st period and Brent Seabrook scored for the Blackhawks in the 3rd. The shootout went to the 5th round. 3rd round shooters Patrik Elias of New Jersey and Patrick Sharp of Chicago both scored but the winning goal came in the 5th from Travis Zajac. Both teams sit in 6th place in their respective conferences.
The Boston Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2. Tampa Bay's only 2 goals came from Steven Stamkos. Stamkos's 54th and 55th goals of the year! Stamkos has scored the most goals of any player this season in the NHL! Tampa sits 11th in the east with 77 points.
The top team in the east the New York Rangers beat the Minnesota wild 3-2. Minnesota sits 13th in the west with 72 points and are officially out of the playoffs. The New York Rangers hang on to top spot with a 3 point lead.
The top team in the west and perhaps the 2nd most heated game of the night was a 3-0 win for the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis net minder Brain Elliott made 24 saves for his 3rd consecutive shutout and took over the league lead with 9 shutouts this year alone! Elliott hasn't let a goal get past him in 186 minutes and 33 seconds, a franchise record! The St. Louis goaltenders (including Jarolsav Halak) tie the modern record for most shutouts in a season with 15! With 5 games remaining maybe they will beat the record?! Another fun fact about this game is that Jamie Langenbrunner scored the opening goal for St. Louis and it was Langenbrunner 1,100th career game! With this win St. Louis has a 4 point lead in the west and Nashville needs just one point to secure a playoff spot.
Tonight's line up is short and sweet:
New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets at 4:00
Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets at 4:30
Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames at 6:30
Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers at 6:30
Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks at 7:00
and finally San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks at 7:00
This is the 4th and final meeting between the Vancouver Canucks and the Colorado Avalanche. The scores have been 6-0 Vancouver, 3-2 Vancouver in a S/O with Mason Raymond scoring the winning goal and 3-2 Vancouver in OT with Chris Higgins scoring the tying goal and the OT goal! Perhaps the best moment was Kevin Bieksa blocking a goal and then scoring the tying goal! Check it out below!