Good evening, fellow Vinglers! Here is the rundown on the hockey action for today!
Scores: Devils 5-2 Rangers ; Hurricanes 3-1 Flyers ; Predators 3-2 Maple Leafs ; Red Wings 2-1 Blue Jackets ; Lightning 2-1 Coyotes ; Islanders 4-1 Wild ; Stars 5-3 Jets ; Senators 4-1 Oilers ; Kings 2-1 Flames
Kyle Palmieri notched his 23rd goal on a power player and Lee Stempniak had the game winner in the second period as the Devils ran past the rival Rangers. New Jersey won through volume, peppering Henrik Lundqvist with 36 shots on goal to New York's 19. Cory Schneider had some amazing saves in the win, including one I featured above (the first gif). The Devils are closing in on Pittsburgh and are currently right in the thick of the wild card hunt.
Eric and Jordan Staal each had a goal as the Hurricanes ensured that both of Philadelphia's teams would lose today. The Staal brothers were aided by strong play from netminder Cam Ward, who made 36 saves in the effort. The Canes also snapped Flyers rookie Shayne Gostisbehere's 15 game point steak, which was the longest by a defenseman since Chris Chelios' 15 game run in 1995-96.
Nashville topped Toronto on the road behind a hat trick from Filip Forsberg. The Preds now have had seven straight games where they came away with at least a point. They currently control the top wild card slot in the West.
Riley Sheahan had a shorthanded goal and Andreas Athanasiou beat Curtis McElhinney in the shootout on his first career shootout attempt to lift the Red team past the Blue team. Boone Jenner scored the lone goal for Columbus in the loss. Detroit bounces back from a four game road skid, and prepares for an outdoor game Saturday in Colorado. They recently activated Niklas Kronwall from long-term injured reserve, and he should be a boost for this team tha thas struggled on the road recently.
Tampa Bay defended their home ice well against the visiting Coyotes, using strong offense to keep the visitors on their toes the whole game. The Bolts fired off 36 shots against Louis Domingue, who performed well in back-to-back outings but was simply overwhelmed. The Yotes looked sluggish, allowing a shorthanded goal from Cedric Paquette in the second that proved decisive. Steven Stamkos scored the other goal for Tampa.
The Islanders were explosive in Minnesota, winning behind power play goals from Frans Nielsen and John Tavares. Nielsen also added a shorthanded goal as the Islanders inched closer to their crosstown rivals in the Metropolitan race. Minnesota failed to replicate the success they had outdoors against Chicago on Sunday, bu remains in the wild card hunt in the West.
Dallas flexed their offensive muscle in Winnipeg, seizing the W on the strength of their stars (get it?). Jason Spezza opened up the scoring with a power play goal in the first and Jamie Benn sealed the win with his 31st and 32nd goals of the season in the third. John Klingberg contributed with 3 assists and Antti Niemi was solid in the win. Dallas took control of the Western Conference after the victory.
The Senators blew out the Oilers to give their fans something to cheer about. Edmonton is clearly still in the process of rebuilding, because not even bad teams should get destroyed at home by other bad teams.
Anze Kopitar's power play goal late in the second lifted the Kings past the division rival Flames tonight. The Kings dominated on offense, putting up 35 shots to Calgary's 19. Jonathan Quick notched his 30th win of the season, moving into third in the league in wins. LA increased the gap between them and the Ducks atop the division to four points
That's it for tonight, folks! Leave a comment if you want to be tagged in future VSNA cards. See ya tomorrow!