NHL recap — April 2, 2014 Miller, Blues get 1-0 win in SO over Philly

Talk about a schneid. Martin St Louis was acquired by the New York Rangers at the traded deadline for fan favorite Ryan Callahan. St Louis then went 13 games without a goal and only three assists. A goal or a point here or there might have turned several losses around. Tuesday night St Louis finally ended the drought with a shorthanded goal in the third period off a pretty feed from Rick Nash who broke into the zone on the right side.

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Benoit Pouliot’s 13th was winner for Rangers – image by Lewis Bleiman

St Louis collected the pass, settled the puck and wristed a shot that clanged off the crossbar and at least one post before hitting net.

“It’s always nice to score goals, especially in a winning way,” St. Louis said. “It’s a big momentum for our team to get one shorthanded. [I’m] excited to get the first one. First one I guess is the hardest.”

The goal gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead late in the third as they held off the Canucks in Vancouver.

“I love to score goals, everyone loves to score goals, and 15 games, plus the two prior to coming here, that’s as long a drought as I have had in a while,” St. Louis said. “There is a lot of things playing against you with a new team and new environment, but you try to stay the course, play the right way and find that fine line of anticipating and not cheating. I feel I am getting more comfortable finding that line.”

The Rangers have been on a tear on the penalty kill where a good deal of their offense is coming. They have 10 on the season.

“A lot of shorties,” said Nash, who also scored shorthanded in a 5-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. “We’re taking our chances when they are there, not getting out of position to get them, and guys are finishing.”

Henrik Lundqvist was busy in net making 34 saves on the night.

“It was a good road game and special teams came up really strong,” said Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who made 34 saves and enjoyed seeing the penalty kill chip in at the other end again. “We’re using a lot of skill players on the penalty kill right now and they are going to go for it when they can and they have scored some big goals for us lately. We’re aggressive, we’re on pucks and we’re on our toes all the time and that’s why we create chances.”http://

In Toronto, the Maple Leafs got a much needed win with a 3-2 decision over the visiting Calgary Flames. The win ended an eight-game skid.

But Leafs needed a late breakaway goal from David Clarkson to get the win.

“That’s great for [Clarkson]. Numbers aren’t always everything,” Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson said. “[Clarkson’s] been a guy that went out and worked hard every night for us, he’s just tried to be very physical and create a lot on our cycles. You can’t judge a guy just by numbers. I think he’s brought a lot more to the table than people give him credit for, and we’re happy for him that he got that one tonight.”

If the Leafs want to build on the win they will need a much effort against the Boston Bruins, their next opponent. And the playoffs are still a question mark for this club.

“To be rewarded tonight… it wasn’t from lack of effort, what was going on,” Clarkson said. “But I think tonight, [goaltender Jonathan Bernier] made some big saves for us and we capitalized on our chances and that’s how you win games.”

The Leafs certainly recognized the win for what is was but also the reality of its ugliness.

“Obviously it’s so much better feeling then what we’ve been able to enjoy over the last little while,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. “Now you can build on it. But I don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, because we didn’t paint the Mona Lisa here tonight.”

Dave Bolland scored for the Leafs, his eight of the season and second since returning from injury in late March.http://

“He finds a way to get on the score sheet and score important goals,” Carlyle said. “I don’t know how he scored the goal tonight. The puck was in the corner and somehow, whatever, he swept the puck across the goal crease and it hit somebody’s foot, went in the net. All of the goals he scores, he scores most of those goals are from 10 or 15 feet and there doesn’t seem to a goalie in the net. Good for him.”

In Columbus, the Blue Jackets took a 2-0 lead into the third period and looked poised to move up the Metropolitan standings with two points.

Instead, the visiting Avalanche rallied for two goals in the third and the game winner in overtime to win 3-2.

Bad bounces cost the Jackets as the Avs managed to ricochet their goals off Columbus players and past Sergei Bobrovsky.

“We were the best shooters in the game tonight vs. our own guy,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “To have three pucks go in off you is deflating. It takes away a lot of the good things we did in the game.”

Columbus was looking to push their point total higher and solidify their second wild card spot.

“I don’t look at it as a loss,” Richards said. “We still got a point. You’d like to get two points, but we did get one. That might be a huge point. Who knows? We’ll find out in a couple of weeks.”

Gabriel Landeskog scored the winner in OT on the power play after drawing a call on Artem Anisimov.http://

“It was a lucky play,” Landeskog said. “I was going to Nate (MacKimmon) there. (Jack) Johnson went down, and it went off his shin pad, I think, and went in far side. That’s as lucky as they come.”

 TUESDAY’s RESULTS
Buffalo 3 New Jersey 2 SO
Toronto 3 Calgary 2
NY Islanders 4 Florida 2
Pittsburgh 1 Carolina 4
Washington 0 Dallas 5
Columbus 2 Colorado 3 OT
Tampa Bay 3 Montreal 1
St Louis 1 Philadelphia 0 SO
Vancouver 1 NY Rangers 3
Phoenix 1 Winnipeg 2 SO
San Jose 5 Edmonton 4

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