NEW YORK – Another light schedule on the NHL slate had four games under the lights. In Colorado, the visiting Calgary Flames rallied to defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 4-3.
Mike Cammalleri scored a power play goal late in the third period to lift the Flames past Colorado.
“We had talked about our power plays as something that needed to be better,” Cammalleri said. “To have a chance to win this game, I thought it started with our competitive level on the power play. We won a series of battles on the power play, down low digging out pucks. On the last one, the puck’s going to Hudler and we all know how talented Hudler is at finding the open guy, so I just tried to go to an open space and he made a great play.
“It feels very good. It’s been a tough little stretch for sure. When things like that happen, it’s easy to get negative. The best way to build trust is to get results, so it was nice to get some results tonight.”
Jiri Hudler had a goal and assist for the Flames on the same day he was by-passed for the Czech Olympic team.
“Right before the game we took a little walk with Jiri and I explained to him,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “He knows that people sit in the room, there’s debate, you get picked, you don’t get picked. Obviously everyone wants to be in the Olympics to represent their country, so you’re disappointed. But we saw that he’s a pro and he did it in a very good way.”
Issues in for Colorado came to the fore after the game.
The Avs; JS Giguere was quoted saying he felt the Flames were hungrier to with Colorado head coach Patrick Roy was quick to respond.
“Jiggy should have played better tonight,” Roy said. “I’m not going to look at our team. We may not have had the jump that we should have, but Jiggy should have been better. He hasn’t played well in the past four or five games and he should stand up and say, ‘I’m not playing up to what I should.’ He needs to be better and we need to have him playing better. Period.”
Giguere faced only 19 shots on the night.
“There is no easy game in this League,” Giguere said. “We have to learn this sometimes the hard way. You beat some good teams and then after that, you have a day off and you come up against a team that’s behind you in the standings, sometimes it’s a little harder to get going. It is disappointing that way. We have to find a way to win those games.”
In Montreal, the Habs got a rare win against their nemesis Florida Panthers, 2-1. Brian Gionta scored late in the second period for the difference maker.
“They’re a team that plays us well,” Habs goalie Carey Price said. “They’ve got a pretty good squad over there. They work hard. They always seem to play well in this building so it definitely feels good to get a win.”
Sean Bergenheim scored the lone Panthers’ goal in the first to knot the game at one.
Tim Thomas was solid in the Florida net stopping 33.
The Panthers had been badly outshot through forty minutes of play but responded with a healthy push in the final frame.
“The third period was better from us,” Bergenheim said. “We showed that we have that push. We know that we have that push but we don’t want to have to put ourselves in that situation.”
In New York, the Rangers once again staked the opposition to a two-goal lead; this time 3-1 to the visiting Blue Jackets.
Monday night saw the Rangers display a spirited comeback in the third period which they dominated save for a brief period midway. The final 4-3 loss in the shootout was disappointing but the addition of a point to the standings will be taken.
Rick Nash shook off the doldrums he has skated with since his return from a concussion and scored two goals.
“We came off a long road trip. The first game back is sometimes tough and you could tell the first couple of periods we were a little rough,” Nash said. “But we stuck with it, built some character and got one point. But we don’t want to be in that situation in the third period.”
From a game that was a loss of two points, the Rangers managed to gain one with the SO loss.
“In my estimation, we deserved to be in a better situation than down by two,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We made a pretty strong comeback, but I thought we deserved to be in a better situation. Our guys worked really hard and we got a point.”
Henrik Lundqvist was beaten twice in the shootout while New York was held scoreless in the skills competition portion of the game. Lundqvist just does not look comfortable in the cage this season. His efforts in the third period preserved the tie and forced overtime. But his overall play remains suspect this season.
NY Islanders 7, Dallas 3
Columbus 4, NY Rangers 3 (SO)
Montreal 2, Florida 1
Calgary 4, Colorado 3
TAVARES’ FIVE POINTS
Captain John Tavares (3-2—5)
recorded his second career five-point game, including his fifth career hat trick
(and first of the season), to power the Islanders to their fourth victory in
their last five outings.
* Tavares’ other five-point game came on March 16, 2010, his rookie season, in
a 5-2 victory over the Canucks (2-3—5).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Islander to register a
five-point game that included a hat trick was Zigmund Palffy, who posted 3-2—5 in a 7-2
win over the Penguins on April 17, 1999.
* With his five-point performance, Tavares moved into third place in League scoring
(20-31—51 in 43 GP). He has 7-5—12 during a five-game point streak, his third
streak of five or more games this season.
* Tavares also reached the 20-goal plateau for the fifth time in as many NHL
seasons. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the fifth player in club
history to post 20 or more goals in each of his first five NHL campaigns, with
each of those seasons coming in an Islanders uniform (Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Billy Harris, Bryan Trottier).
* Thomas Vanek collected
a pair of assists to stretch his career-long point streak to nine games
MacDonald also posted two helpers to extend his assist/point
streak to five games (0-8—8).
* Ryan Strome,
the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal in his
FLAMES EDGE MacKINNON,
Mike Cammalleri scored
the tiebreaking goal with 3:30 remaining in regulation to help the Flames
improve to 8-2-1 in their last 11 visits to Colorado.
* Avalanche rookie Nathan
MacKinnon scored a pair of power-play goals, his second
consecutive multi-goal game (2-0—2 Saturday vs. SJ). According to the Elias
Sports Bureau, MacKinnon (18 years, 127 days) is the youngest player in NHL
history to record multiple goals in each of two consecutive team games,
breaking the mark set by Jets forward Dale
Hawerchuk Oct. 23-25, 1981 (18 years, 204 days).
* MacKinnon also is the first 18-year-old (on any team) to post consecutive
multi-goal games since teammate Matt
Duchene did so Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2009.
* MacKinnon leads all rookies with 14-14—28 in 42 games this season. He also
paces all first-year players with seven power-play goals and 121 shots on goal.
* Fellow rookie Sean
Monahan, the sixth overall pick by the Flames in the 2013 NHL
Draft, scored his 12th goal of the season, third among freshmen.
BOBROVSKY MAKES STRONG
Sergei Bobrovsky made
a season-high 40 saves, plus another two in the shootout, to lead the Blue
Jackets over the Rangers in his first game since Dec. 3.
* Three Blue Jackets scored in regulation, including Brandon Dubinsky, his
first against his former club (1-2—3 in 3 GP vs. NYR).
* Rangers forward Rick
Nash also scored his first goals versus his former club,
tallying a pair on the power play (2-0—2 in 2 GP vs. CBJ).
PRICE RECORDS 20TH
Canadiens goaltender Carey
Price made 26 saves to record his 20th victory of the season,
his fourth consecutive season with 20 or more wins. According to the Elias
Sports Bureau, he is just the second Montreal netminder in the last 20 years to
post four straight 20-plus win seasons, joining Jose Theodore (2000-01 through 2003-04).
Prior to that, Patrick
Roy won at least 20 games in each of nine consecutive campaigns
for the Canadiens from 1985-86 through 1993-94.
Avalanche forward Paul
Stastny recorded 1-2—3, his seventh multi-point game of the
season. He has 19-27—46 in 40 career games versus the Flames, his most goals,
assists and points against any opponent . . . Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog collected
an assist for his 100th NHL point, extending his career-long point streak to
seven games (3-5—8) . . . Panthers rookie Aleksander Barkov posted an assist to
stretch his point streak to six games (1-6—7) . . . The Department of Player
Safety suspended Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers for
three games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Devils
forward Dainius Zubrus.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S
All Times Eastern
Carolina @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., FS-CR, MSG-B, BELL TV
NY Islanders @ Toronto, 7:00 p.m., TSN, MSG PLUS
Philadelphia @ New Jersey, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2, TCN-PH
San Jose @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., CSN-CA
Tampa Bay @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., SUN, TSN-JETS
Calgary @ Phoenix, 9:00 p.m., SNET-CGY, FS-A PLUS
St. Louis @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m., FS-MW, SNET-W
Pittsburgh @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m., TSN, ROOT
Boston @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., NESN, PRIME
Minnesota @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-N, FS-W
TOP CLUBS FACE OFF IN
Two of the top teams in the NHL face off when the Bruins (28-12-2, 58 points)
visit the Ducks (31-8-5, 67 points) at Honda Center. Anaheim is off to a record
start, ranking first in the League standings while setting the club’s best mark
through 44 games. The Ducks also are 17-0-2 at Honda Center, becoming just the
fifth team in the last 40 seasons to collect at least one point in each of its
first 19 home games. The Bruins, meanwhile, lead the Atlantic Division and place
sixth in the League standings. They have won five of their past seven games
overall and are 8-2-2 this season versus the Western Conference, including a
5-1-0 mark against the Pacific Division (3-2 shootout victory over the Ducks