After a huge comeback in the first period to tie the game, Team Lidstrom again got down early in the period. This time Patrick Sharp and Kris Letang got Team Staal ahead 6-4 early but Team Lidstrom would bounce right back.
Anze Kopitar scored on a 2-on-0 break with Loui Eriksson to make it 6-5. Four minutes later, Steve Stamkos tied it up after getting some great passing from Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards. Team Lidstrom grabbed the lead just over a minute later when Daniel Briere ripped one past Carey Price to make it 7-6.
Despite all the scoring the stars of the period were Team Lidstrom goalie Jonas Hiller and Team Staal’s Carey Price. Hiller stopped 15 or 17 shots including some incredible stops in the splits to rob Jeff Skinner. Price too stood on his head saving 13 of 16 shots showing that the game isn’t just about offense.
If you’re looking for early front-runners for All-Star Game MVP, Patrick Sharp of Team Staal has a goal and two assists while Team Lidstrom’s Anze Kopitar has two goals.
Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.
The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.
The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.
But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.
“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”
Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.