BOSTON vs. CAROLINA:
Boston won 4-1, in Cam Wards debut back after missing quite some time with a LBI. Some unlikely help from Boston's secondary scoring in this game. Reilly Smith tallied a PPG and an assist, and Carl Soderberg also doing the same, just 1 goal and 1 assist.
Johnny Boychuk finally making himself present after having a big pre-season, tallying 1 goal and Milan Lucic potting the other goal for the Bruin's with the assist from Iginla (Nick, look, I spelled it correctly. Suck one). Carolina's only goal was from Tuomo Ruutu, with the helpers coming from Eric Staal, and Drayson Bowman. Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots to get the win, and now improves to 11-5-1 on the year.
ANAHEIM vs. PITTSBURGH:
Pen's skid comes to a halt, besting the Duck's 3-1 last night. It was a pretty quiet game until about the end of the second and beginning of the third when both teams started to turn up the heat.
Brian Gibbons scored his first NHL goal after being called up, he also tallied an assist. Not bad for a guy who just got off the bus. Evgeni Malkin, notching 2 assists. People are concerned about the drought of goal scoring, patience. They'll come soon enough. Brandon Sutter also scored his 4th goal of the year to help his team to victory. Sidney Crosby netting his team leading 10th goal of the year to put the nail in the coffin.
Duck's lone goal came from none other than, Jordan "Bald Man" Getzlaf, with the assists coming from Corey Perry and Ben Lovejoy. Viktor Fasth was in net for Anaheim and he did play well, but to me he looked uncomfortable. He struggled with his rebound control and I think he was either shaking off the rust still or might have that injury nagging him just a little bit more.
Marc-Andre Fleury was a monster, stopping all 12 shots in the first period as his team was outshot, 12-3. He stopped 27 of them including this beauty of a stretch save.
What a game this one was, Calgary ends their 6 game losing streak to edge the Jet's, 5-4 in a shootout.
Flames goalie, Reto Berra, has sealed the starting job in Calgary. Last night he played some of his best hockey, stopping 43 of 47 shots to get his team the hard earned points. Mike Cammalleri tallied 1 goal and an assist, and T.J. Brodie had the same on the night.
Jiri Hudler had one of the other goals for the Flames in regulation to take this game to extended time. Dustin Byfuglien blasted his 5th goal of the year home, and had himself an assist to go along with it. Bryan Little had the same as Byfuglien, and Blake Wheeler managed 2 apples, while Evander Kane only managed 1 assist?
Olli Jokinen had himself a big game, scoring a goal and compiling 6 SOG. But the story was Sean Monahan, who had just 1 assist during regulation play, but scored in the eighth round of the shootout to help his team clinch the win.
Blake Wheeler, I see you: