The Pittsburgh Penguins may have done a little waddling threw the beginning of their game against the New Jersey Devils but by the middle of the second period they had their stride on line and showed the devils that they were not going to succumb to the Devils lair….. At 8:56 they began to answer the Devils 3 goals with 7 of their own , Including 3 power play tallies on the Devils 7 penalties. They finished with a 8-3 victory. There was no stopping them once they got going and they left the Devils with embers of their own fire, Sidney Crosby contributed 2 goals and Evengi Malkin scored on a power play. The home team fans were astounded and ecstatic at the verve of their heroes. The win gives them 11 points, along with Ottawa, Chicago and Dallas.
The Buffalo Sabres only had 10 shots on net on Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs and netted nothing, while Toronto tallied four times with goals by Tyler Bozak, Phil Kessel, James Van Riemsdyk and Jake Gardiner on 37 shots …. one of them, a power play goal by Bozak. The Leafs took only 4 of 12 penalties called. Toronto probably showed a much better offensive strategy and their efforts certainly paid off. If the Leafs can continue their offensive play, they should make a better showing in their all over results. Their results only lack a extra effort on their advantages. I look forward to a more aggressive challenge on their opportunities. The Leafs have it in them , but they lack the final effort. They showed the ability on Tuesday night , but have to continue taking advantage of the them.
Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little put their whole hearts into Tuesday nights game against the New York Islanders. Ladd gave the Jets a second goal in the third period to give a very important two points on the road as the took a 4-3 win in Long Island. The Jets are going to need more of these “all out efforts” if they are going to be any where near a playoff standing. The Jets have only 4 win and 5 losses. There first win of 6-2 gave the jets fans a real positive feeling of things to come, but the stats have not kept up to their expectations.
Pierre Alexander Parenteau scored in shootout to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames Tuesday night. Montreal remains tied with the Anaheim Ducks with 8 wins and 2 losses for … 16 points for the overall lead. Calgary lost Joe Colburne and Matt Stajan to injuries. It was a game fraught with 14 penalties…. with Montreal taking 9 of them There were no power play goals. Anaheim meets the St. Louis Blues and Montreal takes on the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night … in away games.
For a team that started the season with a 5 game losing streak the Edmonton Oilers have stepped up to a 3 game home winning streak. They made short work of polishing off the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night with a 3 – nothing victory. They killed off penalties in a breeze and goalie, Ben Scrivens, once a Toronto Maple Leaf prospect, swept aside any threat for his first of the season shutout. Even though the Habs were soundly beat by the young guns, they are still on top of heap, tied with the Anaheim Ducks …. 2 losses and 14 points.
The Chicago Blackhawks made it two in a row by beating the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Sunday night. Scott Darling made his debut in the National Hockey League in net for the Hawks and was named first star of the game. But Craig Anderson also had a good night in stopping 43 of 45 shots for his Senators. There were 14 penalties meted out … 9 to Ottawa and 5 to Chicago … and only 1 power play goal by Brent Seabrook. It was a good win for the Hawks, but they are going to need a lot more to step up to their standard.
Although Bryan Little got the winning goal in the 2-1 win for the Winnipeg Jets over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night, one has to give credit to the stalwart Andrew Ladd, who was there when he was needed. Dustin Byfuglien had a solid game and Ondrej Pavelec was in better form. When the jets had a power play late in regulation all hope was on them capitalizing on it, but the power play ended in overtime without a goal. It was not clear at first as to whether Ladd or Little would be credited for the winning goal, but a win is a win, and the Jets are certainly needing them, to crawl out of the cellar. Go Jets go and do my home town proud!