The biggest game of the night standings wise was between the Vancouver Canucks and the St. Louis Blues. The teams went into this game with records almost identical. Vancouver had 88 points, St. Louis 87. If St. Louis won in regulation then they would be first in the league. If St. Louis won in OT the teams would be tied. If Vancouver won in regulation they would have a 3 point lead in the western conference.
In the 1st and 2nd period of this game not a goal was scored. Both teams were trying but it was clear both teams wanted to win . Luongo made 22 saves in the first 40 minutes and St. Louis goalie Brain Elliott made 18. Then with 4:17 gone in the 3rd period, 44:17 into a scoreless game, Alex Burrows scored his 23rd goal of the year assisted by Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa. It was 1-0 Vancouver with just over 15 minutes remaining. WIth just over one minute left in the 3rd period St. Louis pulled their goalie for the extra attacker and Canuck Chris Higgins was able to scored his 12th goal of the year into an empty net assisted by Alex Burrows and Kevin Bieksa. It was 2-0 Vancouver with 39 seconds left. Final score 2-0 Vancovuer. With this win Vancouver remains 1st in the league and breaks the 90 point mark. St. Louis is in 4th place overall with 87 points. Vancouver's next game is Saturday vs the Buffalo Sabres. Welcome back Cody! Check out the Chris Higgins empty netter below!
The Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders 6-3. In every period Philly scored twice and the Islanders scored once. The Islanders are 14th in the east with 61 points and Philly is 5th with 77 points.
The New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricane 3-2. The interesting part of this game would be the Staal brothers. Eric Staal, who is the Captain of the Hurricane hit his brother Alternate Captain Mark Staal who plays for the Rangers on February 22nd 2011. Mark ended up with a concussion and missed the first 36 games this season with post concussion like symptoms. This was the 1st time the brothers were meeting up since the hit. Rangers ended up winning even after Captain Eric Staal scored a goal for the Hurricane. What sweet revenge! New York is still #1 in the east with 88 points and Carolina is 13th with 61 points.
The Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0. Colorado is 10th in the west with 70 points and only 1 point behind 8th place Dallas. Columbus with their 19 win in 64 games this year is still 15th in the west with 45 points.
The Calgary Flames beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2. It was 3-0 at the end of the 1st with Calgary's heavy hitters Mike Cammalleri, Curtis Glencross and Olli Jokinen all scoring. Phoenix scored twice in the second but Calgary Captain Jarome Iginla scored the insurance goal on an empty net with 47 seconds left in the 3rd. Phoenix is 3rd in the west leading their division with 75 points and Calgary is fighting for that 8th place currently 11th with 69 points.
The Buffalo Sabres shut the door on the San Jose Sharks 1-0. Drew Stafford scored the lone goal at the end of the 1st period. Sabre's goalie Ryan Miller made 39 saves! WOW! This is Miller's 5th shutout of the year and second in a row!! San Jose is 7th in the west with 73 points and Buffalo is 10th in the east with 66 points!
The New Jersey Devils take on the Washington Capitals at 4:00 pm
The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators at 4:00 pm
The New York Rangers take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 4:30 pm
The MInnesota Wild take on the Detroit Red WIngs at 4:30 pm
The Dallas Stars take on the Edmonton Oilers at 6:30 pm
and finally, the Calgary Flames take on the Anaheim Ducks at 7:00 pm ENJOY X