You shouldn’t have had any trouble choosing a game to watch last night as there were 11 of them, with eight of those games being decided by on or two goals. Not a bad night to be a hockey fan.
The Night that Was:
-Ville Leino had two goals and an assist while three other Flyers added two-point nights in a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
-Rookie Jeff Skinner’s 27th tied things up early in the third. Skinner also scored in the shootout along with Tuomo Ruutu as the ‘Canes won 3-2.
-The Leafs nearly lost the handle on their game with Buffalo last night, letting a 3-1 lead slip away, but Mikhail Grabovski scored the fourth goal of a 4-3 win for Toronto.
-Steve Mason and Scott Clemmensen dueled throughout the night as Mason made 29 saves and Clemmensen made 30 as the Florida Panthers lost 3-2 to Columbus in a shootout.
-Martin St. Louis and Dominic Moore each had a pair for Tampa Bay, while Steven Stamkos scored his league-lead-tying (is that a thing?) 44th goal as Tampa beat Ottawa 5-2.
-Tim Thomas shut out the defending Stanley Cup champions with 32 saves as Boston beat Chicago 3-0. Zdeno Chara scored a goal and was plus-three.
-After getting shut out three straight games, the Montreal Canadiens scored three goals on the Atlanta Thrashers, locking up a 3-1 victory.
-Chris Stewart had a pair of goals for the St. Louis Blues, but Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored in regulation and the shootout to give Minnesota a 3-2 win.
-The Vancouver Canucks clinched top spot in the Western Conference with their 3-1 win over Nashville yesterday, getting two goals out of Alex Burrows.
-Dustin Brown scored a pair as Dustin Penner returned to Edmonton. Jonathan Bernier made 32 saves for the shutout as Los Angeles beat the Oilers 2-0.
-Another shootout win as Dallas and Phoenix exchanged goals early in the shooters, but Ray Whitney scored in the fifth round to give Phoenix the 2-1 win.
What’s on Tonight?
The New York Rangers take on the Buffalo Sabres while the Islanders face New Jersey. Montreal looks to score a few more goals against Carolina, St. Louis heads to Detroit to take on the Central-leading Red Wings, while Anaheim and Calgary square off in Calgary.
The Injury Bug:
-Word is that Manny Malhotra’s eye surgery was a success. That’s all anyone can ask for.
-Doug Weight has been sidelined for the season by a chronic back injury. There’s also word that it might mark the end to Weight’s career.
-While he’s not sure when he’ll return to the lineup, Zach Parise is skating without pain during New Jersey Devils’ practice.
News and Rumours from Around the League:
-Al Montoya has come to an agreement on a one-year, one-way deal with the New York Islanders. It will be interesting to see how the workload is balanced between Montoya and Rick DiPietro next year.
-TJ Oshie was suspended for two games by the Blues for missing practice Monday. The reason for Oshie missing practice still isn’t known.
The Overlooked Fantasy Line of the Night:
Dominic Moore had two goals and an assist last night in Tampa Bay’s 5-2 win over Ottawa. All of Moore’s points came at even strength and he finished the night a plus-three.