SIX PACKS ON ICE: NHL recap from Sunday Feb. 24, 2013
Sunday had 8 games on tap throughout the league and certainly did not disappoint. When the first game of the day starts out with the big man Zdeno Chara looking like Pavel Datsyuk, you know it’s going to be a good day!
Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers
The Bruins hit the score sheet first with Milan Lucic snapping a shot past Jacob Markstrom right off the faceoff. The scoring continued a couple minutes later when Zdeno Chara looked like Pavel Datsyuk for a few seconds making a spin-o-rama play in the middle of the ice then going bar down on his backhand to beat Markstrom. You better believe you will be seeing this one in the top plays at the end of the year. The Panthers cut the lead in half when Tomas Kopecky battled down low to put the puck past Tuukka Rask. The Bruins pulled away after that getting a power play goal from Chris Kelly in the second and then an empty net goal from Daniel Paille within the closing two minutes. Despite losing 4-1 Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom had a good day in net making some great saves on multiple different Bruins players and earning the #3 star. The Bruins have now won the first two games of their road trip, sweeping their Florida trip.
Winnipeg Jets vs. New Jersey Devils
The Jets Zach Bogosian scored his first goal of the year to put the Jets up 1-0. The Devils came back and answered with two of their own goals in the first period from Travis Zajac and Steve Bernier to take the 2-1 lead. The Jets fought back to tie it with a power play goal from Grant Clitsome and never looked back. They went on top getting a breakaway goal from Evander Kane and an insurance goal from captain Andrew Ladd to defeat the Devils 4-2. Martin Brodeur was set to make the start Sunday but after taking the pregame warmups he left the ice and took himself out of the game with some soreness in his back. Johan Hedberg then got the start and made 23 saves in the losing effort. The Devils having lost five of the last seven games are in danger of dropping out of the top spot in the Atlantic Division with a Penguins win.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings exploded to put up eight goals against Robert Luongo and the Canucks to get the 8-3 win. Vancouver held a 3-2 lead going into the second period but that would be the last they would see of the lead. The Red Wings would score three goals in the second, all of the power play, from Daniel Cleary, Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner. Brunner then continued the scoring in the third period getting his 10th goal of the year and then followed by Joakim Anderson adding two goals in less than one minute to get to the eight goal total. Luongo stayed in for the full game and allowed all eight goals.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders
The Islanders had two first period goals, one from Matt Moulson getting his 10th and one from John Tavares putting in his league leading 13th goal. The second period was all Hurricanes when the brothers Staal tied the game. Eric scored his 9th on the power play and Jordan added his 4th, the goals coming just 45 seconds apart. In the third period Bobby Sanguinetti broke the tie putting in the game winner and getting his first career NHL goal. Alex Semin added a late goal in the third to make the final score 4-2. With the loss the Islanders snapped a two game winning streak. The Carolina win also pulled them into a tie for first place in the Southeast Division with Tampa Bay.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks kept their streak alive Sunday night getting the 1-0 win of the Blue Jackets. Chicago now with 18 straight games without a regulation loss. The only goal of the game came with less than two minutes remaining in the second period when Bryan Bickell made a no look behind the back pass to Andrew Shaw who roofed it to put the Hawks up 1-0. That would be all the support Corey Crawford would need stopping all 28 shots he faced and earning his second shutout of the season. Crawford was making his first start since February 12th after going down with an upper-body injury. The Blue Jackets were missing three top players in Jack Johnson (upper-body injury) Brandon Dubinsky (lower-body injury) Artem Anisimov (upper-body injury) and continue to sit in last place in the league.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh got off to an outstanding start with Sidney Crosby scoring two first period goals and Paul Martin adding one of his own to give the Pens a 3-0 lead. The Lightning came back in the second period getting goals from Eric Brewer and Steven Stamkos to cut the lead to 3-2. The Penguins got one back when Sidney Crosby made a great pass cross ice to Beau Bennett who put in his first career NHL goal. Both teams exchanged goals in the third period giving Pittsburgh the 5-3 win. This was the first game for the Pens without Evgeni Malkin. It was announced after the game that he does in fact have a concussion and has suffered some minor memory loss as a side effect. He will not be making the up coming road trip with the team. With three points on the night Stamkos took over the leagues scoring lead and now has a one point lead over Sidney Crosby with 29 points.
Phoenix Coyotes vs. Calgary Flames
The Flames rallied to get two late third period goals to just squeak by the Coyotes with a 5-4 win. Calgary’s Tim Jackman scored his first of the year just a couple minutes into the game getting the Flames on the board first. The Coyotes then took the lead in the second period getting goals from Michael Stone and Raffi Torres. The lead didn’t last long with the Flames matching the Coyotes two goals, with two goals of their own. Jarome Iginla scored first with just under four minutes left and then Mike Cammalleri added his fifth of the season three minutes later to take the lead back. The third period continued with “anything you can do I can do better” when the Coyotes got two more on the night one each from Torres and Nick Johnson. Then with under two minutes left the Flames got the final two goals of the game first from Iginla, for his second of the night, and then Curtis Glencross got the game winning goal with just one minute remaining. This made back-to-back wins for the Flames while the Coyotes have now lost two in a row.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks
The game opened with the first period being dominated by the Avalanche getting goals from Cody McLeod and P.A. Parenteau to get out to a 2-0 lead. The Ducks came back in the second period when Corey Perry added his fourth of the year then just two minutes later Teemu Selanne scored a power play goal to tie the game at two. The Av’s got one back to take the lead again when John Mitchell put in his 6th of the year halfway through the second. The third period saw only one goal being scored and that was Ryan Getzlaf getting a power play goal and tying the game back up at three. The game went to overtime and 3:59 into OT Ryan O’Byrne took a hooking penalty giving the Ducks a 4 on 3 power play. Just 15 seconds into the PP, Getzlaf finds Perry yet again for the redirect goal to get the 4-3 win. The Ducks have now won six in a row while the Av’s continued their two game skid.
For the final thought of the night there really is only one highlight to leave you with. If someone would have told you prior to the game that this is what Zdeno Chara would have contributed, not one person would have believed it. I now give you Zdeno Chara, the ballerina.
(Photo Credit: Boston Bruins via Facebook)
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