Edmonton Oilers v Montreal Canadiens

Riding the Zamboni – Wednesday, December 1st

Edmonton 4 – Montreal 3 (F/OT)

Some nights a loss is worse than normal. The Habs went into the third period of this game with a 3-1 lead on Edmonton and playing great. The foot came off the gas pedal and the Oilers took advantage. Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner scored in the final ten minutes of the game to send it to overtime. There, Dustin Penner won it on a breakaway goal after a brutal turnover by Mike Cammalleri. Both Cammalleri and P.K. Subban were instrumental in Edmonton’s final two goals. The win is Edmonton’s second in a row, their first two-game win streak since the first two games of the year. For Montreal, it serves to be a lesson that sometimes playing it safe means death.

Boston 3 – Philadelphia 0

Tim Thomas had himself a hell of a night. Thomas had 41 saves in what turned out to be his fifth shutout of the year. Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin, and Milan Lucic had the goals for Boston as they got a little bit of payback on the Flyers after they ousted Boston last season. Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves for Philly in the loss.

Nashville 4 – Columbus 3 (F/SO)

Who knew that these division rivals would have a barn burner of a game? While Antoine Vermette had two goals for Columbus, it would be Steve Sullivan and his ridiculous deke in the shootout that would win the day for Nashville.

Washington 4 – St. Louis 1

What do you get with a rested Caps team and a Blues team that lost a 7-5 slugfest last night? A tired Blues team getting skated off the ice. Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and an assist for the Caps while Semyon Varlamov had a busy night stopping 37 shots for the win. Don’t let the shot total fool you, Washington was in control of the game but still, a stellar effort out of the young goalie to get it done. Alex Steen had the lone goal for St. Louis.

Phoenix 4 – Minnesota 2

The Wild drop another one but it wasn’t without trying. Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera made life on the Wild difficult stopping 33 shots in the win. Scottie Upshall scored twice for Phoenix to lead the way. For Minnesota, it seems like piling on because any mistake the team makes ends up in the back of the net and now it’s the team leaders that are making the mistakes. For Phoenix, the win snaps a two game skid while the Wild have now lost three in a row. Pierre-Marc Bouchard played 14:05 in his first game back in over a year and had no points and finished a -2 on the night.

Vancouver 7 – Calgary 2

Things got out of hand fast in Calgary for the Flames and by the time it was over, Mason Raymond finished with a hat trick and an assist while Jeff Tambellini had a goal and an assist. Daniel Sedin scored his 14th goal of the year while Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin each added two assists. For Calgary, the inconsistency continues while Vancouver looks like they’re starting to figure things out.

Anaheim 5 – Florida 3

This game was one of miracles. Ducks enforcer George Parros finished the game with more goals than fights (two goals, one fight). Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist as well for Anaheim who stays hot. Meanwhile the Florida Panthers snapped their horrendous power play inefficiency streak and piled on by scoring twice with the man advantage, each time by Steve Bernier. Bernier finished the game with three points earning an assist on Mike Santorelli’s goal in the second period.

Good news: Colaiacovo traveling with Sabres

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It was a scary sight.

Carlo Colaiacovo fell to his hands and knees after taking a cross-check to the throat from Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (above).

Arvidsson received a five-minute major and a game misconduct, while Colaiacovo suffered a dented trachea on the play.

After the game, both Dan Bylsma and Peter Laviolette agreed that there was no malicious intent on Arvidsson’s part.

“I don’t think there was intent there to maliciously cross-check,” Bylsma said. “They kind of lose the puck, turn and his stick is right at that level and delivers a blow. When you look at it, it’s a pretty stiff cross-check to Carlo’s neck.”

“It was tough for Arvidsson,” said Laviolette. “I don’t think he had any bad intentions. He just ran into somebody and the stick got caught a little bit high, but just a tough turn of events.”

The Sabres defenseman left the game and was treated at a nearby hospital, but there is some good news to report.

According to the Buffalo News, Colaiacovo was released from hospital and he was able to travel to Detroit with his teammates.

It’s unclear how long he’ll be out.

Start the Carr: Habs recall another player from the minors

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There’s been a lot of movement between Montreal and Saint John’s lately and that continued on Sunday.

This time, it’s forward Daniel Carr who’ll be getting a stint with the big club.

Carr has no prior NHL experience.

The 24-year-old spent four years at Union College before joining the Canadiens organization as an undrafted free agent.

In his first season as a pro, Carr scored 24 goals (led the team) and 39 points in 76 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2014-15.

This year, Carr has seven goals and 15 points in 20 games.

Montreal is without forwards Torrey Mitchell, Brendan Gallagher and Alexander Semin.

Campbell’s perfect snipe sinks Wings in OT


Brian Campbell doesn’t score as many points as he used to, but he came up with a huge goal against the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.

With the game tied, 1-1, in overtime, Campbell skated into the slot and beat Petr Mrazek with a perfect wrister to end the game.

It was also a pretty nice passing play between Jussi Jokinen, Jonathan Huberdeau and Campbell.

Dylan Larkin opened the scoring in the second period before Reilly Smith leveled the score with just over five minutes remaining.

The Wings have blown a lead in three straight games.

Detroit was up 2-0 and 3-2 in their last game, against Edmonton, before they finally closed the game out with an overtime goal by Niklas Kronwall.

They weren’t so fortunate against the Bruins on Wednesday, as they lost 3-2 in OT after leading 2-1 with under two minutes remaining in regulation.

This was the first meeting of the season between Detroit and Florida, but they’ll see each other three times between Feb. 4 and Mar. 19.

With Jonathan Bernier sputtering, we’ll meet Garret Sparks

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You can’t blame Mike Babcock for siding with the relatively unknown when the other option is Jonathan Bernier, a goalie who’s 0-8-1 so far in 2015-16.

With that in mind, meet Garret Sparks, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ expected starter for Monday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Sparks was a seventh-round pick (190th overall) in 2011, a guy who was off to a great start in the AHL. That much wasn’t lost on Babcock.

Let’s face it, though; this is as much about the Leafs’ other two goalies as it is about Sparks (whose name inspired a very obscure reference in this post’s headline).

In Bernier’s case, there’s an “enough’s enough” feel:

Meanwhile, James Reimer‘s not quite healthy enough to play yet, so the window of opportunity is open for Sparks … a little bit.

Sparks will get a chance to make an impression, even if it’s just a small one.