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Riding the Zamboni – March 6; Caps and Sabres pull off OT stunners

Washington 3 – Florida 2 (F/OT)

If nothing else, the Capitals are getting good at stealing wins in games where they should really roll over their opponents. Alexander Semin scored 48 seconds into overtime to give the Caps a win that puts them back in first place in the Southeast Division. It was typically worrisome for the Caps though as David Booth’s power play goal with under three minutes to play in the third period tied things up. Michal Neuvirth held strong in this one stopping 32 shots to get the win. Scott Clemmensen stopped 22 in the loss for Florida.

Buffalo 3 – Minnesota 2 (F/OT)

No Ryan Miller in this one but no problem for Jhonas Enroth who got the start instead for Buffalo. Enroth stopped 24 shots while Drew Stafford again came up clutch scoring 46 seconds into overtime to give the Sabres a much needed victory. Andrej Sekera had two assists while Rob Niedermayer and Jason Pominville also added goals for Buffalo. Jose Theodore was a hard luck loser for Minnesota after making 30 saves. The win temporarily vaults Buffalo into the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Carolina. Minnesota is in a three-way tie for ninth in the Western Conference with Anaheim and Nashville with 75 points.

Calgary 3 – Nashville 2

Vancouver 3 – Anaheim 0

New Jersey 2 – NY Islanders 1 (F/SO)

New York 7 – Philadelphia 0

Riding the Zamboni – Saturday, March 5th

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For a recap of the Islanders win against the Blues and Sabres-Flyers game, click here. This post details the Canucks’ win against the Kings. Here’s the biggest chunk of recaps, with the evening games covered in this article. Finally, let’s take a look at the last two games.

Dallas 3, San Jose 2

The Stars have made San Jose a second home of sorts, winning 11 of their last 16 games at the Shark Tank. They turned the knife a little deeper tonight, ending the Sharks’ eight-game winning streak with this Dallas win.

Jamie Benn scored a goal and an assist, Loui Eriksson provided a tally and Jason Williams notched the game winner for Dallas, while Patrick Marleau and Kyle Wellwood scored for the Sharks. Kari Lehtonen earned his 27th win of the season while Antti Niemi finally lost for San Jose.

While the Sharks remain seated at No. 1 in the Pacific Division and third in the West at 82 points, the Stars moved into a sixth place tie with the Calgary Flames (Dallas currently has the tie-breaker since they have two games in hand). You can almost call any Stars win big at this point, but still, this one seemed a little sweeter.

Edmonton 5, Colorado 1

The Oilers have been like their Eastern Conference cousins in Long Island, as both Edmonton and the Islanders are doing an admirable job playing for pride … even if such a practice might hurt their lottery pick situation. The Oilers are now 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, while the Avalanche continue their belly flop to end the season. Colorado probably won’t slip behind Edmonton for the bottom spot in the West, as they have six more points and one game in hand, but the Oil might finish the season with more positive vibes.

Moving away from the big picture stuff, Sam Gagner scored one goal and two assists while Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for the Oilers. The two teams are moving in different directions. Maybe Edmonton’s way is better?

Early ride on the Zamboni – Saturday, March 5th

James Reimer, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa

For a recap of the Islanders win against the Blues and Sabres-Flyers game, click here. This post details the Canucks’ win against the Kings. Finally, here are recaps of the five early evening games. We’ll summarize the final two of the night later on.

Chicago 5, Toronto 3

The Blackhawks won their eight game in a row, but hopefully it didn’t come at the cost of Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith, who took a controversial elbow from Leafs plugger Mike Brown. Jonathan Toews scored a goal, extending his personal points streak to nine games. Chicago is now in fourth place in the West thanks to another impressive win; is it time to take them seriously as a Cup contender again?

Pittsburgh 3, Boston 2 (OT)

While the Blackhawks kept their winning streak going and the Sharks are playing the Stars tonight, at least one hot run is done. Despite getting a dramatic David Krejci goal in the waning seconds with Boston’s net empty, the Bruins weren’t able to grind out a win against the scrappy Penguins. Dustin Jeffrey left Dennis “The Pain Sponge” Seidenberg in the dust on the deciding goal in OT, befuddling Tim Thomas to give the Penguins a much-needed win.

Atlanta 4, Florida 3 (OT)

Considering how rare wins have been for the Thrashers lately, this game must have been a breath of fresh air, especially since Atlanta’s most important players came up big. Captain Andrew Ladd scored two goals and one assist, including the overtime winner. Dustin Byfuglien produced a four assist night. Even recently traded forward Blake Wheeler came up big, scoring the two other Thrashers goals. Sergei Samsonov notched a goal and an assist in one of his first contests as a Panther.

Montreal 4, Tampa Bay 2

The Canadiens beat the Lightning in front of a crowd with more than its fair share of Montreal fans in Tampa Bay tonight, as Carey Price stopped 43 out of 45 shots to help his team take the game. Max Pacioretty scored twice, including a game-winner on the power play, but perhaps the most surprising development was that Hal Gill also had a goal in the game.

Phoenix 5, Detroit 4 (SO)

If the City of Glendale was anywhere near as resilient as the team it hosts, the Phoenix Coyotes’ ownership situation would have been settled a long time ago. The Red Wings carried a 4-1 lead into the third period as it looked like Phoenix’s playoff hopes were dimming, but the team scored three unanswered goals to get it to OT. The game went to a shootout, with Radim Vrbata scoring the only skills competition goal while Detroit hit two posts against Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Coyotes broke a five-game losing streak with this win, moving themselves up to fifth place in the West with 78 points.

Riding the Zamboni – March 2; Ducks get OT penalty shot victory, Chicago wins sixth in a row

Red Wings Ducks Hockey

Anaheim 2 – Detroit 1 (F/OT)

A tightly officiated game was decided in the rarest of ways as Bobby Ryan’s overtime penalty shot goal put the Ducks over the Red Wings. Ruslan Salei was busted for hauling Ryan down on a breakaway and the mistake cost his team the game. Some may debate how legit of a trip it was, but Salei’s error helped keep the Ducks in the running out west. Detroit will kick themselves for going 1-9 on the power play in this game. Pavel Datsyuk’s 20th goal of the season was the Wings sole offense while Jason Blake tied the game up early in the third with his 12th goal. Dan Ellis was stellar in goal stopping 28 shots for the win. Jimmy Howard stopped 26 in the loss.

New Jersey 2 – Tampa Bay 1

The Devils continue to lurk in the East as they try to comeback from an epic hole in the standings to make the playoffs and it’s Ilya Kovalchuk that’s helping lead the charge. Kovalchuk’s 22nd goal of the year midway through the third period put the Devils ahead 2-1 where Martin Brodeur would hold down the fort making just 15 saves on the game to earn the win. The Lightning jumped ahead in the first on Dominic Moore’s power play goal, his 11th of the year, but Henrik Tallinder tied it up in the second with his fourth goal of the year. The win puts New Jersey nine points behind Carolina for the eighth spot in the East. The problem for them is that the teams between them and Carolina also are winning as well. The next seven games for New Jersey look very advantageous for them to keep rolling along though. Buckle up.

Toronto 3 – Pittsburgh 2 (F/OT)

NY Islanders 4 – Minnesota 1

It was a game the Wild sorely needed and they came out as flat as it gets. Blake Comeau scored twice for the Islanders, the second of which came 41 seconds into the second period chasing Wild starter Niklas Backstrom from the game after making it 3-0. Jose Theodore would relieve him and give up one more goal to Andrew MacDonald to make it 4-0. All in all the Islanders peppered Wild goalies with 41 shots on the night to earn the win. John Madden’s 10th goal of the year midway through the third period spoiled the shutout chance for Al Montoya who finished with 33 saves and the win for New York.

Chicago 6 – Calgary 4

Make it six in a row for Chicago as they once again rode Jonathan Toews coattails to victory. Toews scored two goals while Michal Frolik had a goal and two assists to lead the Hawks to victory. Rene Bourque tried to keep Calgary in it scoring two goals of his own, but the Blackhawks were able to rise to fourth in the Western Conference with the win. Just two weeks ago, Chicago was sitting outside of the playoffs and now they’re in a position to have home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Chicago was able to chase Miikka Kiprusoff from the game on the heels of him pitching two straight shutouts against St. Louis. With how things are going in the West this year, these two could be destined for a first round match-up in the playoffs.

Riding the Zamboni – Tuesday, March 1st

Dallas Stars v Phoenix Coyotes

For a recap of the first six games, click here. Let’s take a look at what happened in Tuesday’s four late contests.

Dallas 3, Phoenix 2

It was a wild finish in Phoenix. The Coyotes emptied the net and Ray Whitney tied the game at 2-2 with about 38 seconds left in the game, but the team took a costly penalty 25 seconds later. This opened the door for Jamie Benn to slam home the game-winning goal on the man advantage with only five seconds left, earning the suddenly streaking Stars their third win in a row. On the bright side, Rostislav Klesla scored a goal in his first goal as a ‘Yotes defenseman.

Dallas now shares an identical 34-23-6 record with the Chicago Blackhawks for seventh place in the West while Phoenix remains in fourth place with 76 points despite a disturbing four game skid.

Edmonton 2, Nashville 1 (SO)

It’s been a strange season for Martin Gerber, as he’s played pretty well in the rare instances when he’s not stuck in the minors. He made 34 saves to help the Oilers spoil things for the Predators, although Linus Omark’s latest shootout shenanigans will likely steal the headlines. Blake Geoffrion made his legendary made his Hall of Fame family members proud tonight, scoring his first career NHL goal.

Vancouver 2, Columbus 1 (SO)

Scottie Upshall’s first goal as a member of the Blue Jackets wasn’t enough to earn his new team a win. Roberto Luongo made 30 saves to and helped the Canucks earn an eight round shootout victory.

San Jose 2, Colorado 1 (SO)

Newly-rich goalie Antti Niemi earned his 24th win with an 18-save effort, but Brian Elliot was outstanding in a losing effort, stopping 34 out of 35 shots. The Sharks have won seven games in a row and now hold a six-point lead in the Pacific Division.