To read about today’s first two games, click here. If you want to know what happened in the Pittsburgh Penguins-Columbus Blue Jackets game and the Atlanta Thrashers-Washington Capitals game, click here. We’ll have recaps of the two late games either very late tonight or sometime on Sunday.
For at least one night, Phil Kessel and Brian Burke bested the Boston Bruins after that fateful trade. Kessel bested Tim Thomas (who was fantastic in the game, stopping 38 out of 40 shots during the real hockey) in the shootout to help Toronto earn a sorely needed win. Jean-Sebastien Gigure also got off the hook with a 25 for 27 save performance.
This is one of those “both goalies really got a shutout” games, being that the only puck that went in either net happened during a shootout (when Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo). Ryan Miller gets the shiny bonus point as he stopped 32 shots while Brian Elliott somewhat fittingly made 31.
Eleven goals were scored in this game and yet, somehow, Steve Stamkos didn’t earn a single point. That’s OK, though, because the Lightning received great performances from Martin St. Louis and Simon Gagne, who scored one goal and two assists each. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay’s goalie situation is still pretty sketchy as Dan Ellis allowed five goals on only 24 shots.
The Stars are now (quite quietly) on a six game winning streak and they needed to scrap for every one of those victories, as each win came by one goal. Stephane Robidas scored the overtime game-winner in this one, capping the win off with a victory hop that seemed reminiscent of Phil Mickelson’s far-from-gravity-defying leap from a few years ago. At least Robidas was on skates, though.
Here is a sentence I wasn’t expecting to write tonight: Scott Clemmensen out-dueled Ilya Bryzgalov in this game. Clemmensen earned 40 saves to Bryzgalov’s 36 as the Panthers. Breezy is now on a three game losing streak after winning six in a row.
Anders Lindback keeps playing pretty well whenever Pekka Rinne is absent as he’s now 4-1-1 during the 2010-11 season. In some ways, it was a typical Predators win, as they received offense from a variety of sources. It wasn’t just same-old, same-old, though, as the team also threw 38 shots on Cam Ward (who allowed four, with the other goal coming via an empty-netter).