Riding the Zamboni – Tuesday, January 11th

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Here are the details regarding Tuesday’s other nine game.

Phoenix 4, Columbus 3

The Blue Jackets once held a 3-1 lead over the Coyotes, but they couldn’t close Phoenix out. In fact, Columbus didn’t even leave the game with a single point, as Derek Morris scored the game winner in the third period.

Boston 6, Ottawa 0

The Bruins poured a little salt in the Senators’ wounds tonight, as Patrice Bergeron scored a hat trick (including the game winner) and Tim Thomas earned a 31-save shutout to beat Ottawa handily. This gives Boston a two point lead over Montreal in the Northeast Division.

Montreal 2, NY Rangers 1

Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves and even earned an assist, but his efforts weren’t strong enough to push the Rangers past the Canadiens. Brandon Dubinsky scored the first goal, then Jaroslav Spacek and Benoit Pouliot scored for Montreal. Alex Auld made 25 saves to keep the Habs close to the Bruins for the top spot in the Northeast.

Carolina 6, Calgary 5 (SO)

The Hurricanes took a 5-2 lead but the Flames stormed back to send this to overtime and beyond, but Carolina as Jeff Skinner scored the only shootout goal. Jussi Jokinen scored two goals and one assist while Jarome Iginla scored one goal and provided the 500th assist of his career in this game.

Miikka Kiprusoff was pulled after allowing four goals on eight shots before giving way to Henrik Karlsson, who stopped 21 out of 22 shots. Cam Ward earned the win by making 27 out of 25 saves.

Florida 4, Washington 3 (OT)

Much like the Hurricanes, the Panthers coughed up a three-goal lead but ended up winning after allowing their opponents to earn a charity point. Dennis Wideman scored the overtime game-winner on the power play to win for Florida.

Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 2

What’s the best way to react to an All-Star snub? By playing great hockey, which Daniel Briere did tonight by scoring one goal and three assists to help the Flyers overcome a 2-0 deficit against the Sabres. (Surely the added carrot of playing against his old team didn’t hurt, either.) Scott Hartnell might not have been All-Star material this season, but his two goals, one assist and one fight earned him a Gordie Howe hat trick.

Nashville 5, Minnesota 1

All of a sudden, the Predators are in fourth place in the Western Conference. They are now on a six-game winning streak after dominating the Wild.

Dallas 3, Edmonton 2

It’s been a good week for Jamie Benn, as he earned the January 3-9th goal of the week award and also managed to score in tonight’s game against the Oilers. The Stars didn’t earn many style points while beating Edmonton, but a win’s a win and their place atop the Pacific Division is secure.

Toronto 4, San Jose 2

Ron Wilson earned the 600th win of his coaching career against his former team, which must have made the milestone that much sweeter. The Maple Leafs knocked Logan Couture out of the game and then earned the win, their fourth straight victory which also ranks as the Sharks’ fifth loss in a row.

Niemi blanks Pens, notches two assists in Stars debut

Antti Niemi, Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist

DALLAS (AP) — Antti Niemi recorded his 33rd career shutout and assisted on two goals in his Dallas debut, as the Stars beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Thursday night in the season opener for both.

Ales Hemsky had a power-play goal and an assist.

Rookie Matthias Janmark scored on his first shot on his first shift in an NHL game to make it 1-0. The Stars acquired Niemi and Janmark in trades earlier this year.

Dallas scored on two of five power plays. Jamie Benn, the NHL’s leading scorer last season, had a power-play goal in the third period.

Niemi made 37 saves to improve his career record against the Penguins to 5-1-1. He withstood a flurry in the final minute after Pittsburgh pulled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for an extra skater.

Fleury had 21 saves.

The Stars are 4-0-1 in their last five home games against Pittsburgh, and have won three in a row overall.

Janmark skated down the slot, took a pass from Hemsky and shot between Fleury’s legs at 1:39 of the first.

The Penguins dominated the latter half of the period, but couldn’t score. Niemi’s best stop was a reaching glove save of Rod Scuderi’s drive from the blue line with less than 3 minutes remaining. Pittsburgh outshot the Stars 10-4 in the first.

Hemsky scored at 5:42 of the second on Dallas’ first power play. His shot from the top of the right faceoff circle went in over Fleury’s right shoulder.

The Penguins again had an advantage in shots, 13-11. Pittsburgh had chances in close, but Niemi turned those away. Midway through the second, John Klingberg cleared away a loose puck from in front of the net.

Seven seconds into the Stars’ fourth power play of the third period, Jamie Benn tipped in Jason Spezza‘s shot from the right point.

NOTES: Dallas acquired Janmark as part of a March trade that sent Erik Cole to Detroit. The rookie had been playing in the Swedish Hockey League. . San Jose traded Niemi’s rights to the Stars in June for a seventh-round draft pick. Also making their Dallas debuts were LW Patrick Sharp and D Johnny Oduya, teammates with Chicago’s Stanley Cup champions last season. . In his first game for the Penguins, Phil Kessel played in his 447th straight game. . Pittsburgh was 0 for 3 on the power play.

Fabbri’s first spoils McDavid’s debut as Blues down Oilers

Robby Fabbri, Justin Schultz
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Robby Fabbri scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to help the St. Louis Blues beat Edmonton 3-1 Thursday night, spoiling Oilers rookie Connor McDavid‘s NHL debut.

Vladimir Tarasenko had the tying goal for the Blues near the midpoint of the second period, and Troy Brouwer added an empty-netter with 18 seconds remaining in the third. Brian Elliott finished with 23 saves.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in the first period for Edmonton and Cam Talbot had 28 saves.

McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, took 22 shifts, played 18:07 and was on the ice for Brouwer’s goal. He had two shots on goal, and struggled on faceoffs – winning only three of 13.

Fabbri, a 19-year-old forward — and McDavid’s childhood friend — was also playing in his first NHL game. The Blues’ first-round pick in 2014 was one of three rookies in the St. Louis lineup, joining defensemen Colton Parayko and Joel Edmundson.

Nugent-Hopkins gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead late in the first period with a fluke power-play goal. He lost a face-off but when Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo tried to clear the puck it bounced off Alexander Steen and past Brian Elliott. Nugent-Hopkins was credited with the unassisted power-play goal with 2:38 remaining in the period.

Tarasenko tied it a 9:10 of the second after getting loose on a breakaway with a stretch pass from Alex Pietrangelo and beating Talbot through his legs.

Tarasenko, who signed an eight-year, $60 million extension in the offseason, was the last Blues player to score in his debut.

NOTES: McDavid and F Anton Slepyshev made their NHL debuts for the Oilers. … St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina dropped the ceremonial first puck. … The attendance was announced as standing room-only 19,327.