SIX PACKS ON ICE: NHL recap from Monday Feb. 25, 2013
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers
In the off-season the Flyers and the Leafs made a big trade sending James van Riemsdyk to Toronto and Luke Schenn to Philly. Monday night was the first time JVR and Schenn would face their former teams. Scoring got started at the end of the first period when Phil Kessel went speeding into the zone and put one past Ilya Bryzgalov at a tricky angle. Nikolai Kulemin added another in the second for the Leafs but the lead was cut in half when Scott Hartnell got his first of the year to make it 2-1. Toronto would add another when Mikhail Grabovski scored his sixth of the season and getting back the two goal lead for the Leafs. Philly’s Jakub Voracek would get one back on the power play making it 3-2 going into the last eight minutes of play. Toronto then had to survive a double minor to JVR for hooking and holding, which they did, to get the 4-2 win over the Flyers. The Leafs have now won both meetings against Philly this season.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators
When Senators top goalie Craig Anderson went down with an ankle injury many thought that the season was over. First losing their top forward, then their top defenseman and finally their top goalie, things looked bleak for Ottawa. When players go down though, it gives other players the chance to step up, Ben Bishop has done just that. Going into Monday’s game Ottawa had won four straight with Bishop getting three of those four wins. Ottawa and Montreal both scored second period goals, Dave Dziurzynski scoring for the Sens and Andrei Markov scoring on the power play for the Habs. The score would stay tied all the way to the shootout. Jakob Silfverberg got the shootout started putting a nice one past Carey Price. Montreal’s Dave Desharnais would get one by Bishop a couple of rounds later to even it up . It wasn’t until the fifth round when Peter Regin would put a sweet move on Price to go up in the SO. Bishop then came up big again stopping Montreal’s last shooter Tomas Plekanec and giving the Sens the 2-1 win. Bishop would make a total of 44 saves in regulation earning himself the #1 star.
Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators
The Predators were down 4-2 with a period and a half to play when they came back with three unanswered goals, including the OT winner, to top the Stars 5-4. Dallas got four second period goals, one each from Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith, Vernon Fiddler and Loui Eriksson, but couldn’t hold off the Preds. Nashville made it 4-3 near the end of the second with Patric Hornqvist scoring on the power play, then they tied it up when Mike Fisher added his 4th of the year. Just 28 seconds into overtime Roman Josi let go a bomb from the blue line beating Cris Nilstorp to give the Preds the 5-4 win. A couple of milestones in this game as well with Shea Weber playing in his 500th game and Mike Fisher scoring his 200th goal.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks
When you’re on a streak like the Blackhawks are, everything just seems to be going in their favor. Chicago has now made it 19 straight games with a point with the 3-2 victory over the Oilers Monday night. Edmonton held the lead on two separate occasions but each time the Hawks would come back to tie it up. Jeff Petry put the Oilers up 1-0 in the first with a shorthanded goal and his first of the year. Patrick Kane came back less than a minute later to put a sweet backhand past Nikolai Khabibulin tying it at one. The Oilers would take the lead again in the second when Nail Yakupov puts a one timer past Ray Emery on the power play. Just over two minutes into the third period the Hawks would tie it up again when Viktor Stalberg crashes the net and taps one in. The game would go to overtime and 1:44 into OT Marian Hossa capitalizes on Patrick Sharp taking the puck to the net and puts in the rebound giving the Hawks a 3-2 victory. Next record that is in the Blackhawks sight is for most consecutive games with a point. The current record stands with the 1979-80 Flyers who had 35 consecutive games with a point. Currently the Blackhawks are at 25.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings
Going into the game on Monday the Ducks had been one of the hottest teams in the league winning their last six games and holding the top spot in the Pacific Division. The Kings would get the final four goals of the game and snapping the Ducks winning streak getting the 5-2 win. Scoring didn’t start until the second period when Andrew Cogliano scored for the Ducks just 13 seconds into the period. Dustin Penner would tie it up with his first of the year just a few minutes later. Saku Koivu added a power play goal for Anaheim before Dustin Brown would score his sixth of the season tying the game at two. The eventual game winning goal would go to Slava Voynov who would put a slapper past Viktor Fasth to make it 3-2. The Kings would get two more from Jake Muzzin and Jeff Carter to make the final score 5-2. The Kings continue to heat up after their poor start and have now won six of their last seven games.
Tonight I leave you with the professional purse holder, whoops I mean Mike Fisher, who certainly made his 200th goal a pretty one! Watch him split the D and then go 5-hole on the Stars goalie!
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