On Monday January 21st 2013 we had seven games of NHL action where three of those games went to shootout. I was fortunate enough to catch a little bit of each game and boy was it an exciting day in hockey. Six of the Seven games were decided by one goal. Here is a breakdown of Monday’s action.

Winnipeg Jets at Boston Bruins
Chirs Thorburn was able to get the scoring started just two minutes into the first period with assists from Paul Postma, and Jim Slater. Unfortunately for the Jets that would be the only scoring they would see for the rest of this contest. Brad Marchand tied it up for the Bruins later in the first period with an assist by Tyler Seguin. The second, third, and Overtime period all went scoreless, while Ondrej Pavelec (WIN), and Tuukka Rask (BOS) made 27 saves each, to take us to our first shootout of the day. Both teams would score on their first shot, Patrice Bergeron scored on Boston’s second try and then the goalies became stone walls, leading the Bruins to a 2-1 Shootout win. Boston starts the year at 2-0-0. Winnipeg is 0-1-1 to start out the shortened season.

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders
While the Jets and Bruins were battling it out in bean town the Lighting traveled to the island to take on the Islanders. The first period went scoreless but that doesn’t mean there was a lack of action as we saw two fights and nine total penalties. The Islanders would open the scoring 6:50 into the second period with a power play goal from Michael Grabner, assisted by Mark Streit, and goaltender Evgeni Nabakov. The Islanders would tack two more on before the period ended with goals from Matt Martin, and Kyle Okposo. John Tavares added two assists on the final two goals of the second period and Matt Moulson also picked up a helper. The Islanders would make it 4-0 with a goal from David Ullstrom 1:31 into the third period. Less than a minute later Martin St. Louis would score his third of the season to make it 4-1. The Lightning would go on to score two more goals to make it close but the Islanders were able to hang on in the end for a 4-3 win over the Lightning. Vinny Leavalvier played in game number 1000 of his career but was held quiet on the scoreboard. Benoit Pouliot, and Steven Stamkos each picked up their first goal of the year for the Lightning.

St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators
Colin Wilson started the scoring for Nashville with assists from Patric Hornqvist, and Ryan Ellis. At 10:28 into the first rookie Vladimir Tarasenko went to work scoring an even strength goal assisted by Andy McDonald and Kevin Shattenkirk to tie the game, than less than five minutes later assisted on Andy McDonald’s power play goal with Shattenkirk to take a 2-1 lead over the Nashville Predators with just under five minutes left in the first. With just under three minutes to go in the first period Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators scored a power play goal to tie the game at 2. Nashville would tally a second period goal on the power play again this time Hornqvist found the back of the net with Erat and Fisher picking up the assists. The St. Louis Blues than decided to pull goaltender Jaroslav Halak, in favor of the capable Brian Elliot, after letting in three goals on fourteen shots. Elliot would go on to stop all thirteen of the shots he faced from there on out giving his team a chance to win the game. The move seemed to work for the Blues as Alex Pietrangelo went on to score his first goal of the season to tie the game at three. The rest of the third went scoreless as well as the overtime period and on to a shoot out we go. T.J. Oshie and Alex Steen scored on the first two shots for St. Louis while Elliot stood tall stopping Craig Smith and Martin Erat to secure the 4-3 shootout win. The Blues moved to 2-0-0 and the Predators are 0-0-2.

Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs
Leafs’ head coach Randy Carlyle decided to go with the inexperienced Ben Scrivens between the pipes agains the Sabres on Monday night. Scrivens had a solid effort last game for the leafs allowing one goal and winning 2-1. While he made a respectable 20 saves on Monday night it wasn’t enough as the Leafs fell 2-1 to a Sabres team that has looked good through their first two games. Ryan Miller shined in net for the Sabres stopping 35 shots and only allowing one goal. Cody Hodgson scored his second of the season in the first period while Jason Pominville added his first for the Sabres in the second. The Leafs would get a power play goal late in the third period from Nazem Kadri to give them life. It looked like Joffrey Lupul had tied it up with under a minute left but the goal went in off his glove and the referees determined there was a distinct punching motion, no goal. The Leafs would apply good pressure late after pulling their goalie but Ryan Miller proved to be too much as he carried the Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Leafs. Buffalo moves to 2-0 on the season and the Leafs fall to 1-1.

Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators
Ottawa’s Kyle Turris was able to score a goal in each of the first two periods to give the Senators a 2-0 lead over the Panthers heading into the third period. The Senators would go on to build on that lead in the third period with Jim O’Brien and Jakob Silfverberg adding their first goals of the season and the Sens would go on to win 4-0. The four goals could not be blamed on Florida Goaltender Jose Theodore as he faced 37 shots. Florida was also able to test Craig Anderson with 31 shots but he was up to the task each time earning the shutout. The Sens improve their record to 2-0-0 as the Panthers are now 1-1-0

Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets
The Red Wings were hoping to bounce back from a shelling in their first game of the year losing 6-0 to the St. Louis Blues. The first period resulted in no goals for either side, but Detroit would get things started with a goal from Brian Lashoff just over a minute into the second period. Ian White would add one later in the second for the wings than Cam Atkinson scored a pretty goal to cut the lead in half heading into the third period down 2-1 to whe wings. James Wisniewski and Vinny Prospal would add power play goals for the Blue Jackets to give them a one goal lead mid way through the third period. Niklas Kronwall would find Pavel Datsyuk breaking to the net 13:56 into the third to tie the game at three. After a scoreless overtime we go to a shootout. The shootout would go scoreless for seven rounds until Detroit’s rookie forward Damien Brunner would line up at center and score one of the prettiest shoot out goals I have ever seen. Detroit wins 4-3 in a shootout to avoid an 0-2 start and Columbus avoids their first regulation loss with a 1-0-1 record.

Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames
The Ducks would start the scoring 1:06 into the game and build on the lead from there. By Midway through the first the Ducks had a 3-0 lead on goals from Ryan Getzlaf, Saku Koivu, and Daniel Winnik. After a 4-1 loss in their opener Calgary fans must have been thinking what is wrong with our team this year, but the Flames were determined to climb back into this game. They would get two goals with less than five minutes left in the first period out of Curtis Glencross and Alex Tanguay. The Flames would score the lone goal of the second period with Glencross picking up his second of the game 1:13 in. The Ducks would strike less than five minutes into the third period with Winnik picking up his second of the contest. With 8:45 left in the third Getzlaf extended the lead to 5-3 picking up his second goal in this one. Lee Stempniak netted his second of the season for Calgary but they could not battle back a second time to tie the game in the final minutes. The Flames fall to 0-2-0 on the year while the Ducks move to 2-0-0.

Yesterday was a great day for hockey, but then again isn’t every day? Tonight the Devils raise their Eastern Conference Banner in their home opener against the Flyers, but the game of the night to watch is the 2-0-0 St Louis Blues vs the 2-0-0 Chicago Blackhawks. Veteran Marian Hossa has been leading the Hawks in scoring and Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko has been a huge help for the Blues.

By: Eric Pfeiffer

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