Tommy Wingles had a goal and two assists for the San Jose Sharks as they blanked the Anaheim Ducks 4-0. Antti Niemi said no to all 22 Anaheim shots and Logan Couture had two assists in the win.
SPIN: Wingles’ three-point night gives him 10 points for the season. He might have a breakout like this every now and again but isn’t roster-worthy in anything but large or deep leagues. Couture continues to be the most consistent Shark.
Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller took the loss in net and the seemingly strong goaltending for the Ducks has become seriously shaky. It’s hard to shy away from Hiller or Viktor Fasth but the Ducks have dropped four in a row in regulation for the first time this season. It might not get better soon for the Ducks as they play at Chicago in their next game.
Calgary edged Colorado 4-3 as Mike Cammalieri scored twice in the second period for the Flames. Ryan O’Reilly led Colorado with a goal and an assist.
SPIN: Jarome Iginla was scratched as the trade winds were blowing hard. The winds blew so hard that Iginla landed in Pittsburgh for a pair of prospects and a draft pick. As for the game, Calgary outshot Colorado 14-2 and held a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. The teams traded goals after that. Jiri Hudler and Steve Begin had the other Flames’ goals while Gabriel Landeskog and Jamie McGinn lit the lamp for the Avalanche. Neither team is going to the playoffs and Calgary might still be selling off parts in a fire sale so keep an eye on the Flames as they get closer to the deadline.
Montreal rallied back and knocked off Boston 6-5 in a shootout. Boston scored four goals in 14 minutes of the second period to erase a 2-0 deficit. Montreal scored three times in the third to force overtime highlighted by Andrei Markov’s goal with eight seconds left in regulation.
SPIN: Michael Ryder scored twice for Montreal and has been showing up well in since he was shipped there from Dallas in an early-season trade. Patrice Bergeron recorded a goal and three assists for the Bruins while Tyler Seguin added a goal and two helpers. PK Subban had a goal and an assist for Montreal in the win. Yeah, it was a bad night for Tuukka Rask (23 saves on 28 shots) and Carey Price (22 saves on 26 shots in two periods) but it was a high-scoring game that showed both teams have the firepower to keep up if a game turns into a track meet on the scoreboard.
Minnesota won its seventh straight game with a 4-3 overtime win against slumping Phoenix. Ryan Suter scored in the final minute of regulation before Mikko Koivu potted the winner in overtime.
SPIN:The Coyotes have now lost seven straight and picked up only a pair of points (0-5-2) during this dry spell that has likely killed their playoff chances. Rob Klinkhammer and Boyd Gordon each had a goal and an assist in the loss while David Moss picked up two assists for the Coyotes. None of those players are fantasy-worthy though. It’s going to be even tougher as Phoenix goes to Nashville for a second game in as many nights. Torrey Mitchell and Matt Cullen scored the other goals for the Wild.
Multiple Goal Scorers
Stat of the Night
With Iginla being scratched amidst trade rumors, it ended his consecutive game streak at 441.
Three Stars of the Night
Thursday’s Games (all times ET)
Carolina at Toronto 7pm
NY Islanders at Philadelphia 7pm
Winnipeg at Pittsburgh 7pm
NY Rangers at Ottawa 730pm
Buffalo at Florida 730pm
Los Angeles at St. Louis 8pm
Phoenix at Nashville 8pm
Columbus at Edmonton 930pm
Colorado at Vancouver 10pm
Detroit at San Jose 1030pm