SIX PACKS ON ICE: Valentine’s Day NHL recap from Thursday Feb. 14, 2013
Valentines Day, also known as the day of flowers, candy and cheesy Hallmark cards. In the NHL, it’s just another day, full of 6 games that ranged from Minnesota to up and down the east coast.
New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers
The Islanders made the quick trip over to Madison Square Garden on Thursday to take on their state rivals. The Rangers got out to a quick start taking a 2-0 lead, but the Isles came back to score 3 goals in the 2nd period to take the lead back. The Rangers scored in the 2nd to knot the score at 3 and lead to a shootout. John Tavares who scored one in the second period had the chance to win it for the Islanders and was able to put it past Marty Biron for the victory. The Rangers did send their heavyweights Marian Gaborik and Rich Nash, but neither were able to put one in against Evgeni Nabokov. The Isles snapped a 3 game losing streak with the win.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes
The Hurricanes playing at home for the first time since February 1st took on the Leafs for the second time this season trying to make it 3 wins in a row. Canes back up goalie Dan Ellis got the call to start the game and with a great performance allowed only 1 goal ending it at 3-1 over the Leafs. Carolina outworked the Leafs on the dot 40-28, which is a little surprising seeing as the Leafs Tyler Bozak has been money at the FO circle this year. The Canes have now taken the first 2 games of the regular season series and will look for the sweep at the end of March. Eric Staal was able to extend his league high 11 game point streak with an assist on the first goal of the game by Joe Corvo.
Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
The Capitals went into Thursday night’s looking for their 3rd win in a row and that’s just what they got. Tampa Bay made a hard push at the end of the 3rd period getting 2 late goals but the Caps were able to hold them off for the 4-3 victory. Eric Fehr, who spent a season with Winnipeg before returning to the Capitals, scored is 2nd and 3rd goals of the season and earning himself the #1 star of the game. It was back up goalie Mathieu Garon who got the call to start for the Lightning as usual goalie Anders Lindback was ill. After started the season 6-0-1, the Lightning have now lost 6 straight games.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers
The lackluster first two periods between the Canadiens and Panthers gave way to a 3rd period that was action packed. Carey Price withstood a barrage of shots near the end of regualtion to send the game to OT. 2:10 into overtime Rene Bourque was able to bat a deflected puck out of the air and in the net to give the Canadiens the win. Price earned his 17th career shutout and Montreal earning just their 2nd road win this season. The 19-year old rookie Alex Galchenyuk played a great game and had the only assist on the game winning goal by Bourque.
Phoenix Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators
The 2nd meeting between the Coyotes and Predators took place Thursday. The first 2 periods saw no goals from either team but Nashville exploded for 3 goals in the third period to earn the victory. Pekka Rinne earned his 2nd consecutive shutout and 3rd in the last 4 games. The Predators got goals from Gabriel Bourque, Nick Spaling and Mike Fisher in win although the #1 star of the game went to a well deserving Rinne. Phoenix snapped a mini 2 game win streak with the loss to the Preds.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild
Colorado’s Matt Duchene netted his 4th goal of the season halfway through the third period to tie the game and send it to an eventual shootout. In the shootout Duchene was able to put a nice shot by Niklas Backstrom to win the game. The Wild were able to get goals from superstar Zach Parise and newly acquired Mike Rupp but just wern’t able to get anything past J.S. Giguere in the shootout. The Avalanche were able to snap at 3 game skid with the win of the Wild.
Now the only way to end this Valentine’s Day recap is to remind who Alex Ovechkin is probably rushing off to after the game for Valentine’s Day!
(Photo Credit: Be sure to sauce this athlete and hockey babe Alex Ovechkin a follow over on Twitter @ovi8 for use of his Twitter photo. Feature Image Photo Credit: Watch a classic Kiss Cam moment featuring Steve Yzerman from the @TBlightning)
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