Happy Monday, Vingle Fam! Today was pretty limited as far as professional sports goes, with the only games of note being NHL ones. This means today's card is all about hockey! Let's get to it!
The Red Wings traveled to New York for some lunchtime fun, with Detroit coming off a very successful five game home stand. The Islanders were up to the challenge, winning handily 4-1. Brock Nelson opened the scoring and Thomas Greiss stopped 28 shots to improve the Islander's home winning streak to four in a row. Greiss now has won five straight starts and seven of his last eight. Pavel Datsyuk scored the lone goal for Detroit and Jimmy Howard fell to 0-5-3 in his last eight starts.The Red Wings squandered an opportunity to inch closer to the Panthers in the Atlantic division race, and are now behind five points. The Islanders trail their cross town rival by four points, and are currently in third in the Metropolitan.
In Calgary, the visiting Ducks pulled out the W in a high scoring affair. Mike Santorelli scored twice and four other Ducks chipped in for a 6-4 victory, while Jiri Hudler and Johnny Gaudreau each had 3 points in the loss. Anaheim has gone 8-1-1 across their last ten games and has moved past San Jose for second place in the Pacific.
The Florida Panthers topped the visiting Penguins 2-1 in a shootout today. Chris Kunitz and Nick Bjugstad scored the only goals in regulation, and Al Montoya turned aside 31 Pittsburgh shots in the effort. Montoya let in a Sidney Crosby goal in the first round of the shootout but was bailed out by Bjugstad. He turned aside 4 Pittsburgh attempts, including Matt Cullen's last ditch effort to seal the victory after former Penguin Jussi Jokinen beat Fleury. Jaromir Jagr turned 44 today, but was held pointless. Jagr played in Pittsburgh for all of the '90s before leaving for Washington after the 2000-01 season. He reached his career high of 149 points 20 years ago in the 1995-96 season. The Czech national has 40 points on the season, and is a sure-fire first ballot hall of famer with 1842 career points across 1603 games. It's incredible to watch him continue to play well after all these years, and it's even more remarkable when you consider that 15 of his teammates were not even born when he entered the league. Enough about one of the greatest of all time, back to the games.
The Stars bested the Predators in OT 3-2 behind Matthias Janmark's winner and Cody Eakin's shorthanded goal. Carter Hutton put up a valiant fight, stopping 32 of 35 shots but was out-dueled by Antti Niemi. The Stars temporarily seized first place in the Central with the win, but Chicago tied them up again after they beat Toronto 7-2. The Blackhawks thrashed the Maple Leafs at home, and didn't allow James Reimer to get comfortable in the net at all. Chicago had a 7-0 lead midway through the third period, with goals from Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin, Brent Seabrook, Teuvo Teravainen, Brandon Mashinter, Andrew Shaw, and Viktor Svedberg. The Hawks were venting their frustration after losing their last three games, all at home. The hapless Leafs currently have the lowest point total in the league.
In another blowout, the Coyotes wan past the Habs 6-2. Six different Coyotes scored, including Martin Hanzal and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Arizona is currently four points out of a wild card berth and five points back from San Jose in the division race. Montreal has struggled recently and a playoff berth is looking increasingly unlikely.
Also the Wild are currently beating the Canucks 4-2 after two periods. I'll post an update in the comments when it ends.
Well, that's all for today! Leave a comment if you want to be tagged in future VSNA cards!