Here is a quick recap of Wednesday and Thursday's game in the NHL:
The New York Rangers beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2. It was a scoreless 1st period and then Winnipeg got a 2 goal lead in less then 1 minute to start the 2nd period. New York answer back with 2 goals later in the 2nd and 2 more in the 3rd. Winnipeg sits 10th in the east with 78 points.
The weakest team in the west the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2. Columbus always had the lead and Detroit was always playing catch up. Columbus was the 1st team officially out of playoff running this year with only 57 points and 25 wins total in 77 games.
The Los Angeles Kings beat the Calgary Flames 3-0. Kings Willie Mitchell scored in the 1st, Captain Dustin Brown scored in the 2nd, and Justin Williams scored in the 3rd. King netminder Jonathan Quick made 19 saves for his 9th shutout the year! Quick has the most shutouts this year so far! This game also saw Brent and Darryl Sutter battle it out from the bench. Darryl is head coach for LA, Brent in Calgary.
The Dallas Stars beat the Edmotnon Oilers 3-1. Michael Ryder scored twice and Mike Riberio scored once. Alex Hemsky scored for Edmonton. This win puts Dallas at the top of the Pacific Division and in 3rd spot in the west. Edmonton is out of the playoffs with only 71 points in 77 games.
The Anaheim Ducks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1. It was a tie game after the 2nd period with cutie Bobby Ryan scoring for Anaheim and Ryan Clowe scoring for San Jose. In the 3rd period Finnish Flash Teemu Selanne scored his 25th goal of the year and good Canadian boy Corey Perry scored his 36th of the year.
Finally the Vancouver Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche for the 2nd time in a less then a week. Chris Higgins scored the only goal of the night with less then 3 minutes left in the 1st period, short handed (meaning Colorado had a man advantage and a Canuck was in the penalty box) with a pass from Samuel Pahlsson. The strongest player would have been Vancouver netminder Cory Schneider. Schneider stopped 43 shots for his 3rd shutout this year! Schneider's hot streak has now been extnded to 11-1-1! Wow! Check out Higgins short handed goal below and funny enough Higgins has scored the last 3 goals for the Canucks against the Avalanche. Higgins scored the tying goal and the game winning goal last Saturday and now scored the game winning goal again!
Washington beat Boston in a 3-2 S/O victory. This was a big game for Washington because they are trying to get that 8th place in the east. Both teams played hard and the 1st goal didn't come till the 3rd period with 7:59 gone on the clock and the goals were all scored in just over 10 minutes. Washington's Brooks Laich scored the shootout winner.
The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-1. Daniel Briere picked up 4 assists in the win and mini Wellwood Eric Wellwood (little brother to former Canuck and current Jet Kyle Wellwood) scored his 5th goal of the season. It was a rough night for Toronto, their 11th straight loss at home and it turned into a downhill spiral even before the puck dropped. Jonas Gustavsson took a puck to the knee during warm up and was knocked to the ice and out of the game. Backup goalie Jussi Rynnas stepped in for his 1st NHL start and he took his first shot of warm up to the chin. Tough Break.
The New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2nd time in 3 days 5-3. Sidney Crosby left the game briefly after taking a puck to the face but he soon returned. The Islanders are in 14th spot in the east.
The Minnesota Wild beat the Florida Panthers in OT 3-2. Mikko Koivu scored the game winner with just 15 gone in the OT. After this win Minnesota is still 13th in the west with 74 points. They are out of the playoff running.
League leading St. Louis lost in a S/O to the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago always had the lead but St. Louis managed to always tie it up. The goal in the S/O came in the 4th round by Blackhawk Dave Bolland.
In the final game to end last night the Phoenix Coyotes beat Pacific Division rivals the San Jose Sharks 2-0. Radim Vrbata scored both goals. Ray Whitney also assisted both. San Jose has 88 points and is in 9th place tied with Los Angeles who currently have the 8th spot. Phoenix has the 7th spot with 89 points.
Tonight's line up looks like this:
Winnipeg and Carolina at 4:00
Florida and Columbus at 4:00
Pittsburgh and Buffalo at 4:30
Nashville and Detroit at 4:30
Montreal and NY Rangers at 4:30
Colorado and Calgary at 6:00
Los Angeles and Edmonton at 6:30
Dallas and Vancouver at 7:00 Enjoy X