MINNESOTA- Youngster Nathan MacKinnon scored just his 2nd Goal of the season, seven minutes into the 3rd period to pull the Wild even at 2 Goals apiece! Star’s had a 2-0 lead on Goals by Nick Backstrom, as he scored in both the 1st & 2nd period, but veteran Henrik Zetterberg scored just 30 seconds after Backstrom’s 2nd Goal! It remained 2-2 late into period 3 when the Wild’s Mark Stone high-sticked Chris Higgins & on the ensuing PP, Pavel Datsyuk made em pay, as he knocked home the GW PPG in a 3-2 Win! Michael Raffl had an outside shot with Quick on the bench, but sent it wide!
ST LOUIS- Pavel Datsyuk & Jordan Stall were both out with the flu, the way the home team played, they might as well been out too! The Blue’s rang up 5 Goals on just 23 shots, chasing Cory Schneider to an early exit in period two! Petr Mrazek stopped all 18 shots(6/6 gr’s)the rest of the way, but 1st Star Carey Price turned aside 38 shots(7/8 gr’s)in a 5-1 Win! Erik Karlsson had the lone Dallas marker while 5 different Blues blitzed Cory Schneider! The defensive tandem of Oliver-Ekman Larsson & Justin Falk both scored & were a +2 for this rout!
WINNIPEG- Star’s avenge an earlier home loss to Winnipeg by Grounding the Jets 7-2! Dallas scored 3 times in the 1st period, as both J. T. Miller & Colton Sceviour scored their 1st Goals of the season! The Stars struck 3 more times in period two, as Pavel Datsyuk scored twice, as veteran Jason Spezza was chasing the crafty Russian all night! Cam Ward took over for Starter Karri Ramo in the 3rd & just 2 minutes in, Datsyuk completed his 2nd “Hat Trick” of the season! 10 minutes into the 3rd & Joe Pavelski finally evaded his shadow (Jordan Stall) & beat Cory Schneider to get Jets on board! Tyler Ennis wrapped up the scoring as Jets taxi outta Texas!
NEW YORK I- A scoreless game into the 3rd period as both Devan Dubynk & Andrew Hammond came up with big saves to keep game at zero apiece! Dubynk robbed Backstrom(1-17),while Hammond stopped Patrice Bergeron(rating)on a SH Breakaway! J T Miller finally breaks the ice & gives Dallas an early 1-0 lead in period three! Islanders tie it up on the Power-Play, as Nikita Nikitin(Who)blasts one by the “Hamburglur”. With 5 minutes to go, Gus Nyqvist (1-11) beats Hammond glove side for a 2-1 lead! Time running out, Hammond races to the bench, Cam Atkinson all alone in the slot, fires a bullet that Dubynk brush’s aside & Eric Cole sends it the length of the ice into the empty-net for a 3-1 Islander Win!
BOSTON- The B’s, not having the best season so far & lingering near the bottom of the League, unload on the Stars with a 6-1 Shellacking, sending Rookie Goalie Andrew Hammond to an early shower! “Gino” Malkin led the onslaught with the GW Goal & 4 assists for a 5-Point afternoon! 6 different Bruins lit the lamp, including Tyler Toffoli who scored Short-Handed! It was a really rough afternoon for Center Ryan Kesler who was a -4 in the game! Ondrej Palat also had a big day with 4 Points on a Goal & 3 Assists! Coach Dale Hunter after the game said ” Some games you get all the breaks & bounces(Winnipeg game for instance)& some games you get none(this one). We kept turning over the puck (bad card after bad card)& in this League, anyone can beat anyone on their home ice & we took a beating!