Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers
In the only matinee game on Saturday the sunshine state rivals went head to head in a back and forth game that ended in overtime. 1:19 into OT Benoit Pouliot scored his 2nd goal of the game and the game winner to snap the six game losing streak of the Lightning. Steven Stamkos potted 2 goals and three points total while Teddy Purcell had the game tying goal with just 11 seconds left in regulation to force OT. Vinny Lecavalier had an assist on Pouliot’s first goal to now have points in four straight games. Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Kopecky both scored in the 3rd period to take the lead but just weren’t able to hold onto the lead and the Panthers have now lost 4 straight.
Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Ben Scrivens stopped 34 shots and earned his first career shutout against the Senators on Saturday. Toronto has now won 5 of their last 6 games. This was the first game Ottawa has played since their star defensemen Erik Karlsson went down with a season ending injury on Wednesday. The Sens were also still without Milan Michalek who is day to day with a sprained knee. The game winning goal ended up being the first goal of the game from Frazer McLaren, that happened to be his 1st of the year. Toronto got the 2 other goals from Tyler Bozak and John-Michael Liles in the 3-0 win.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens
Peter Budaj and the Canadiens earned their 3rd win in a row, with Budaj getting the start due to Carey Price being out with the flu. Montreal’s rookie Brendan Gallagher got the first goal of the game and his 5th on the season, but left the game in the third period after taking a check into the boards by Luke Schenn. The Canadiens had an injury ridden 3rd period when Max Pachioretty went down awkwardly after getting tangled up with Kimmo Timonen. Danny Briere had the only goal for the Flyers, who have now lost 3 of their last 4 games.
New Jersey Devils vs. New York Islanders
John Tavares had 3 goals and an assist and Matt Moulson had a goal and 3 assists, giving them both 4 points in the win Saturday night. Three of the Islanders five goals came on the power play. Tavares is now tied for the league lead in goals with 11. The Devils, who had won 5 in a row early on in the month, have now lost two of their last three games. This was the fourth meeting between the two teams so far this season and the series is now tied at 2. They will meet one final time this season to settle the series.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators
The 30-year-old Viktor Fasth earned his 8th straight victory to start his career, in the shootout win over Nashville. The Ducks tied the game up late in the third period on Patrick Maroon’s first career goal. Nashville’s three game win streak ended, despite captain Shea Weber getting his 1st goal of the season. Anaheim ha now won four straight and either of their last nine games. In the shootout, the Ducks got goals from Nick Bonino and Corey Perry to pull out the victory.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Phoenix Coyotes
A rare power play goal for the Coyotes by Martin Hanzel propelled them past the Blue Jackets 5-3 on Saturday. Radim Vrbata scored in the first period of the game but then left the game in the second period with a lower body injury. Columbus got goals from three different players but were unable to hand on to the lead and have lost five of their last six. Coyotes scored on two of their first three shots in the game and got two goals in the third period to grab the victory. Keith Yandle assisted on three of the five goals on the night.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers put up five unanswered goals to come back and get the victory over the Avalanche. Colorado got out to a 4-1 lead but were unable to defend against the comeback. Edmonton had 56 shots on goal setting a new team record that had been held since 1986. Magnus Paajarvi, who didn’t find out he was playing in the game until less than 30 minutes before the game due to Leonard Petrell going down in warm ups, scored the go ahead goal in the victory. Ryan Nugent Hopkins got his first goal of the season and claimed the #1 star of the game.
In one of the best comebacks we’ve seen so far this season, the ‘Comeback Kids’ out in Edmonton sure put on a show Saturday night to get the well deserved 2 points. Here’s a couple of those “kids” celebrating one of the late goals.