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Montreal 3 @ Washington 4 (SO) — Alex Ovechkin decided he was getting bored of the same old, same old goals. Last night, he stole the puck from Roman Hamrlik, backhand passed it to himself off the boards, broke in, got tripped, and proceeded to score from his back in what is the goal of the year. Meanwhile, the Habs are struggling to keep pace in the Eastern Conference. And as a bonus, here’s that Ovi goal.
NY Islanders 1 @ NY Rangers 3 — I don’t know how to summarize a straight-forward game like this one. Does “The win moves the Rangers one point ahead of the Habs in the standings” work? How about “Chris Drury had three assists”?
Nashville 2 @ Detroit 6 — A lesson for the Preds and the rest of the NHL: Don’t take penalties against the Red Wings. The Wings went 5/6 with the man advantage to decimate Nashville. Nic Lidstrom and Johan Franzen (free agent in the summer) both had a pair of goals.
St. Louis 3 @ Columbus 4 — The Blue Jackets’ win puts them six games above .500 in franchise history and they currently sit 6th in the West. They nearly coughed it up by giving up 2 goals late in the third but managed to hold on. The Jackets are the only team in the NHL not to have made the playoffs in franchise history. Prepare to hear that endlessly for the next two months.
Los Angeles 4 @ Anaheim 3 — Yeah, they’re free… Free fallin’! The Ducks have gone from contenders to pretenders over the last month and cemented that status with a loss to last year’s cellar-dwelling Kings. Jonathan Quick had 28 saves for the win. Look for him to suit up in the red, white, and blue in Van-city next February.