Chicago block 7

NEW YORK I- The “LOTTO” bound last-place Blackhawks get a rare Win as 1st Star Mark Giordano scores in the 3rd period to break a 2-2 tie & Chicago tops the Isle 4-2! Veteran Center Joe Thornton was asked if the team was trying to tank to get a “Lotto” pick, He replied “Are you kidding me, We know where we sit & guys like me,Jeff Carter & Frans Nielsen all play Center & we could lose our job if management gets that #1 Pick! We gotta show we still got game quipped Jumbo!

ST LOUIS- In a game that saw no forward score for either side, it was up to the defenseman to provide offense & the Blues squeezed out a 2-1 Win, as Brent Burns & his partner Nikita Zadorov both scored for St Louis while Jeff Petry had the lone Hawk tally! Connor Hellebuyck stole the show stopping 36 shots(5/5 gr’s) as the Blues got a Big road Win!

DALLAS- Game to be played by Commissioner,,,,

BOSTON- “Jumbo” Joe Thornton’s 2nd Goal of the game tied it late with Antti Raanta on the bench for the extra-attacker to send game to Overtime & the Shootout! Raanta should have stayed on the bench as both Evgeni Malkin & Connor McDavid made him look silly in a 4-3 Shootout Win for the B’s!

MINNESOTA- A back & forth contest where the Wild had three Defenseman score, Goals by Johnny Boychuk, Hamhuis Lindholm & the 1st of the season by Sami Vatanen staked Minnesota to a 4-3 lead with 6 minutes to play! Rookie Jake DeBrusk then tied the game with just 3 minutes remaining & with the clock winding down & a loose puck at center-ice, Zdeno Chara had a Breakaway, He lumbered in & sent the Fans into a frenzy, scoring the Winner with just 5 seconds left!

Dallas block 7

ST LOUIS- Brad Marchand recorded his 2nd “Hat Trick” of the season with two Goals coming in the 3rd period, the last into an empty-net for a 5-3 Win! This track meet featured plenty of scoring opportunities(22 ratings overall)for both teams, but the Blues Power-Play was shut down, going 0/4 ! Coach Hunter on newly acquired defenseman Josh Manson who led the team in ice time(27:55) ” Although he was a -1 for the game, Josh & Brooksie did a great job on the PK & we needed that!”

NEW YORK I- Former Islander James Reimer stops 35 shots, while another ex-Islander Josh Bailey gets the GWG, in a 5-1 Win! Karlsson, Muzzin & Marchand all had the flu & were at home watching as the Stars jumped all over the Isle in period one, scoring 4 times, two by Jordan Stall, sending Dubynk to an early exit! Jonas Brodin scored the lone Islander Goal, while T J Brodie ended a 62 game drought with his 1st of the season!

CHICAGO- Stars take 2-0 first period lead on just 7 shots, trade PP Goals in 2nd(Tavares & Arvidsson) & protect lead in 3rd, as Cam Atkinson adds a late score for a 4-1 Win, giving Dallas 4 straight Wins on Home Ice!

SAN JOSE- Tyler Seguin’s 2nd Goal of the game,late in period two on the Power-Play, gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead into the 3rd! Mike Hoffman tied it just past the midpoint & the teams traded chances, but Mike Smith & Sergei Bobrovsky would get this game to Overtime! On the opening face-off of OT, Rasmus Ristolainen took a tripping penalty & for the first time in 9 Overtime games this season, No Shootout, as Mike Hoffman buries a PPG for the Stars 1st OT Win of the year!

COLORADO- They say the 3rd time is a charm, not this time! Dallas took a 1-0 lead into the 3rd as Pekka Rinne made doorstep stops(J T Miller 1-9 & Kesler 1-8) earlier in game to keep Av’s close! In the 3rd, 2017 1st Overall Draft Pick Auston Matthews took over, scoring just 29 seconds in & adding two assists in a 3-1 Win, snapping the Stars 5-game Home winning streak! It was the Stars 3rd loss at home(No charm here) to the Avalanche this season, going 0/3 vs the Matthews led team! Coach Hunter postgame “We played a decent game, too bad the Zebra’s didnt answer their voicemail, They missed a few calls”