- Bad blood ensued between Sabres forward Evander Kane and Florida defenseman Alex Petrovic. The two engaged in a trio of fights last night, with Kane electrifying the hometown crowd by winning all three of them. Petrovic also had a Gordie Howe hat trick adding a goal and an assist to his filled scoresheet. The Panthers lit the Sabres up for 7 and cruised to a 7-4 win on the road.
- Milan Lucic received a very warm welcome upon returning to Boston for the first time since heading to Los Angeles this past offseason. He scored a goal and added a helper as the Kings routed the Bruins 9-2.
- The Canadiens proved that people should not be overlooking their chances on competing for a cup. A huge 4-2 division win against the Lightning, moved them within 3 points of a wild card spot. Tomas Plekanec had two scores on the night, including the insurance marker with 13:43 left in the third period.
- Anaheim continued to stay hot, beating Philadelphia 4-1 on the road. They sit third in the Pacific Division, and just one point back of San Jose. A big night from Rickard Rakell, scoring two goals, including the game winner helped the Ducks move to 26-19-7 on the season.
- The New Jersey Devils retired the number 30 last night in honor of goaltender Martin Brodeur. Brodeur drafted 20th overall in 1990 by the Devils played 21 seasons for the franchise. He played in 1259 games, winning 688 of the contests and 3 Stanley Cup Championships. Currently Brodeur holds the record for most wins (691), losses (397), and shutouts (125). He also has 4 Vezina trophies, 5 Jennings trophies, and 10 All-Star appearances to his name. The Devils went on to beat the Oilers 2-1.
- The Capitals captured yet another victory beating the Predators 5-3 and extending their win streak to 4. Holtby was great per usual stopping 23 of the 26 shots he faced.
- Martin Jones and the Sharks blanked Chicago at the United Center 2-0 last night. Jones made 33 saves and recorded his 5th shutout of his campaign. The San Jose veterans played well with Thornton and Marleau both notching goals, and Joe Pavelski had a helper as well.
- Bob Hartley scratched Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Lance Bouma for “disciplinary reasons” after the three showed up late to practice following The Big Sunday Night game. Markus Granlund stepped up to the plate, scoring 2 goals including one shorthanded as the Flames down the Leafs 4-3.
- John Klingberg scored the OT winner and the Dallas Stars beat the Wild 4-3. This marks the Swede’s 9th goal and 44th point on the year. With the win the Stars sit 3 points back of the Central Division and Western Conference lead.
- Home Ice Disadvantage? The road team won 9/11 contests last night and outscoring the home teams by 11 goals. The League preps for the Wednesday Night Rivalry game as the Rangers visit Pittsburgh in a Metropolitan tilt. Dion Phaneuf suits up for his first game with Ottawa since being traded yesterday in a 9 player blockbuster deal. He will don the number 2 for the first time in his NHL career.
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