SIX PACKS ON ICE: NHL recap from Tuesday Feb. 19, 2013
Tuesday night had 8 games on the schedule with all games ending up as close ones.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo’s struggles continue as they got booed out of their own building after going down to the Jets 2-1. Winnipeg got out to a 2-0 lead getting goals from Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd. The Sabres got one back late in the 2nd period from Jason Pominville but weren’t able to get that extra one they needed. Ryan Miller, who has been quite vocal with his displeasure of how his team has been playing, continued voicing his opinion after the game Tuesday saying, “We deserved to get booed.” The Jets snapped a 3 game losing streak with the win over the Sabres.
Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers
The Canadiens put up 3 unanswered goals to overcome the Rangers 3-1. The Habs extended their winning streak to five, getting goals from Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk and Raphael Diaz. Carey Price returned to net after missing 2 games with the flu. Rangers head coach John Tortorella was not pleased with his team after the game saying, “I thought it was probably one of the worst hockey games I’ve been involved in. It was two bad teams playing, and we were worse than they were.” The Rangers were missing a key player when before the game it was announced that Rick Nash would be a scratch from the game with an unknown injury.
New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators
The Senators Andre Beniot and Dave Dziurzynski each got their first career goal in the 3-1 win over the Islanders. Also getting a 1st in the game was rookie defenseman Eric Gryba who got an assist on Dziurzynski’s third period goal for his first career NHL point. Rick DiPietro got his 3rd start of the season for the Islanders and making 23 saves in the losing effort. The Senators have now won 2 straight with the Islanders having dropped 2 straight. Craig Anderson improved his record to 7-4-2 on the season with the win Tuesday night.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos got his 10th goal of the season while Beniot Pouliot added 3 assists in the 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs. With Vinny Lecavalier‘s 1st period goal it snapped Ben Scrivens scoreless streak of over 150 minutes. The Lightning continued their winning streak Tuesday while the Maple Leafs mini 2 game winning streak was snapped. The game turned pretty physical with Toronto now leading the league in fighting majors after getting three 5 minute majors in the game.
San Jose Sharks vs. St Louis Blues
The Sharks were finally able to get their 1st win in the month of February on Tuesday night. Antti Niemi made 25 saves and allowed only 1 goal in the 2-1 win over the Blues. Patrik Bergland got the scoring started for the Blues just over midway through the first period but that would be all they would get with Joe Thornton getting one in the 2nd period and Tim Kennedy getting the game winner in the 3rd for the Sharks. Rookie goalie Jake Allen was in net for the fourth game straight game on Tuesday and suffered his first loss since coming in the league winning his first 3 starts. This was the Blues first loss in the last 4 games.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators
The Red Wings and Predators went back and forth in the goal scoring category before the captain Shea Weber ended it in OT putting in a loose puck. Detroit was down 2-0 before getting goals from Daniel Cleary and Jordin Tootoo who was making his first appearance in Nashville since spending the first part of his career there. All previous goals were out shadowed by the goal Pavel Datsyuk scored in the 2nd period that you can count on being in the running for goal of the year at the end of the season. Jonas Gustavsson, who was just recalled from the AHL on Monday, got into the game when Jimmy Howard went down with an injury in the first period.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks tied the NHL record Tuesday night to start a season with 16 straight games with at least one point. The Hawks held a 3-1 lead going into the 3rd period when the Canucks came back getting goals from Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa to tie the score and force OT. Nothing was doing in overtime and on came the shootout. After a long review it was ruled that Blackhawks second shooter Patrick Kane’s attempt went in legally putting the Hawks up 1. Vancouver’s Chris Higgins came right back putting one past Ray Emery before Andrew Shaw put an absolute beauty of a move on Cory Schneider to get the SO winner. The Hawks did suffer a loss during this victory when Marian Hossa went down after taking a hit to the back of the head by Jannik Hansen. There is now some big concern with Hossa going down after the major concussion that he suffered last season.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers
Jeff Carter scored the game winning goal with just 49 seconds left in regulation to give the Kings the lead and win over the Oilers. The game was eerily similar to the last meeting between the two teams that had the Oilers getting one late in the game to get the victory. The Kings, who have now won three of their last four, also got goals from Colin Fraser and Jarret Stoll in the victory. After getting off to a fairly good start the Oilers have only won two of their last eight games. Jonathan Quick came up with some big saves to keep the lead for his team making a huge point blank stop of Taylor Hall early in the third period.
Tonight I leave you with a great shot captured of the SO winning goal from Chicago’s Andrew Shaw.
(Photo Credit: Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks via Facebook)
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