There were only 10 games on the night of January 19th. Out of these 10, there were two games that went into a shootout. Those teams were Detroit Red Wings vs Phoenix Coyotes and the Calgary Flames vs the Los Angeles Kings. The Red Wings won with a turnaround goal by Todd Bertuzzi. The game winning shootout goals for Calgary were Olli Jokinen and Mike Cammalleri. That leaves 8 games left. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne was on fire and stopped every shot from Columbus, leading the Preds to a 3-0 win, facing 38 shots. The Oilers, now with Jordan Eberle back on the ice, had the game tied vs St. Lois Blues, when a goal got passed Nikolai Khabibulin late in the game. The Blues won it 1-0. How many games are left now? Oh, yeah.
6 games left. The scores for the last 6 games were crazy. The games between Winnipeg and Buffalo, Toronto and Minnesota, Boston and New Jersey, Pittsburgh and New York(R), New York(I) and Philadelphia, and last but not least, Ottawa and San Jose, all ended 4-1! Six games in one night ending with a score of 4-1. That is 60% of the games. That’s why it’s crazy.
The winners of these six games: Winnipeg, Toronto, Boston, Pittsburgh, New York(I), and All-Star weekend host Ottawa. The most important one, in my eyes, was the Boston win over the New Jersey Devils. Boston sure knows how to make an entrance. New Jersey scored a goal and did a pretty good job of holding off Boston through the first and second period. In the third period, the Bruins came out to play. As Boston goalie Tim Thomas said, “We weren’t happy with the way we had performed in the game and we talked in the locker room, obviously about being better.” Andrew Ference got a goal, and all hell broke loose. The Bruins were taking shots and hitting net. They played a phenomenal third period, scoring 4 goals total, including the empty net goal. When interviewed, Boston Coach Claude Julien said, “In the third period once we got that goal, the Ference goal, it seemed out breakouts were clean, our execution was better and we went from there. “We got our second wind and things started going the way when we were playing well.”
Tonight is a light hockey night, with only 4 games on schedule, which are Washington @ Carolina, Tampa Bay @ Dallas, Montreal @ Pittsburgh, and Florida @ Chicago.
Predictions: Carolina by 1, Dallas by 2, Pittsburgh by 2, and Chicago by 3.
Also: Check out some hockey blogs on Fansided.com. Here is a few:
http://octopusthrower.com/ Detroit Red Wings
http://therattrick.com/ Florida Panthers
http://senshot.com/ Ottawa Senators
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