Wednesday night is the marquee TV night for the NHL or so they would like you to think. But any hockey fan knows that Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights are when they have the most games. This past Tuesday we were treated to a doozy of big games.

You had the Rangers and the Islanders battling for first in the last regular season game to be played between these two teams in Nassau Coliseum. The Rangers prevailed 2-1 thanks to heroics by Rick Nash who had a goal and an assist. The Canadiens and Lightning battled it out for first place in the other eastern division. Carey Price had 35 amazing saves but it wasn’t enough as Tyler Johnson bounced one off a Canadiens defenseman for the game winning goal. Probably the only way you can beat Price these days. The Bruins and Senators battled it out for the last wild card spot but the Bruins were too hot for the Senators as they beat them 3-1 and took a commanding lead in the wild card race. The Jets and Blues were the last marquee match-up that was a wild and crazy game. The Blues scored three in the 2nd to take a 4-1 into the 3rd were the Jets crawled back with three of their own. Only to lose the game in the strangest of fashions. See the first goat of the week for the ending below.

Things I like

1. I love competition. The two hottest teams right now? They would be battling for the last wild card spot in the east and they would be the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators. Boston is just two points back of the Washington Capitals, which would have been unheard of a few weeks ago, and Ottawa is just five points back of Boston. Boston has the edge not only in points but they have four more regulation wins, which is a crucial tiebreaker. It is possible that Ottawa could knock out the Washington instead. On the other end of the spectrum, the three coldest teams are all battling for the most lottery balls. That would be the Buffalo Sabres, Phoenix Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers. Edmonton has lost seven in a row, Buffalo six in a row and Phoenix has lost four in a row after having lost ten in a row before that. Even with the Coyotes epic collapse they are still only third from the bottom. It’s too close to call but Buffalo has been more consistently bad so they are still in the driver’s seat.

2. Before the season started I had said the Bruins and Lighting would meat in the Eastern Conference Finals. But that can’t really happen, unless one team gets a wild card and ends up in the other division, so I changed it to Bruins vs Islanders. Which shows I’m pretty good at predictions. 😉 There is a possibility the Bruins could end up as a wild card in the other division so Bruins vs Lightning could still happen. But the point of all of this is we had the Bruins vs Lightning on Thursday, as a possible conference finals preview, and what a game it was. Each scored one goal in the 1st period, none in the 2nd and one in the 3rd. The game featured some great scoring chances and saves towards the end of the 3rd period. So we headed to overtime where a 4 on 4 become a 3 on 3 and morphed into a 5 on 4 for a little bit. Steven Stamkos broke his stick and then threw the remains into the stands which resulted in a game misconduct and him being ejected from the game. The Bruins ended up winning in the shootout but I just wanted it to keep going.

3. Like most players on the Panthers, Jonathan Hurberdeau is not well known. But in his third full season the former 1st round pick (2011) most recently had a five game point streak and has set career highs in assists and points. Hurberdeau is tied for the team lead with another former 1st round pick (2010), Nick Bjugstad. Although the Panthers more than likely won’t make the postseason they finally have a group of young talent that is developing nicely. Next season should be an even better one for them.

Things I don’t

1. The Winnipeg Jets had lost three of four before beating the Lightning with two goals in the 3rd. But you can’t help but feel they will be the odd team out of the playoff mix. They currently have the last playoff spot but the defending Stanley Cup champions are only a point behind and seem unlikely to be denied. Other than their games against the Sharks and Oilers, the rest of the Jets’ games are all against teams currently in the playoffs. They haven’t made the playoffs since they came back to Winnipeg and that’s unlikely to change this season.

Fights of the Week

Special thanks to hockeyfights.com for making this section a lot easier to do.

Anthony Peluso vs Ryan Reaves

A really long good fight.

Luke Gazdic vs Jared Boll

A decent scrap like the fight above, just not as long.

Kyle Clifford vs Derek Dorsett

Not as good as the first two but in any other week it would have made the cut, so here it is.

Goats of the Week

Ondrej Pavelec – Winnipeg Jets

This is goat of the year stuff. Anytime you give up a goal from center ice, you’ll be a candidate. As goalie though, sometimes it’s tough to pick up those long unexpected shots. It was a real heart-breaker though, as the Jets crawled all the way back to tie the game and then this happened.

Jake Muzzin – Los Angeles Kings

On a Predators breakaway Muzzin thinks he can, I guess stop the puck, but he instead deflects it right into his own net. Turned out to be the game winning goal.

Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis Blues

Only down by one in the 3rd, Tarasenko collides with his own teammate and loses control of the puck right in front of his own net. I bet you can guess what happened next.

Michal Neuvirth – New York Islanders

Neuvirth carelessly plays the puck behind his own net which leads to an easy short-handed goal and an 0-2 hole.

Stat Line of the Week

3/13/15 Anaheim 2 vs Minnesota 1

Skater

TOI

G

A

+/-

SOG

Bks

Hits

J. Silfverberg

17:38

1

1

2

4

0

2

One of the players acquired in the Bobby Ryan deal, Sifveberg is slowing improving. He had points in both of the two goals scored by the Ducks to snap their mini losing skid and help cool down the Wild.

Numbers, Numbers

901 – Career points Brad Richards
700 – Coaching wins for Ken Hitchcock
41 – Saves on 42 shots for Devan Dubnyk against the Blues
17 – Seconds between goals for the Minnesota Wild against the St. Louis Blues
66 – Seconds between goals for the Nashville Predators against the Los Angeles Kings
35 – Seconds between goals for the Anaheim Ducks against he Nashville Predators

This Week in Hockey History

Special thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame site for making this section a little easier to do.

March 9, 1991 Ulf Dahlen scored his second career hat trick (and his first with Minnesota) and added two assists as the North Stars extended their team-record home undefeated streak to 10 straight games (8-0-2) with a 6-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings.

March 10, 2004 Edmonton Oilers set an NHL record by playing in their sixth consecutive overtime game, a 3-2 loss to the visiting Colorado Avalanche. Defenseman Adam Foote scored two power-play goals, including the winner at 2:37 of OT.

March 11, 1979 Butch Goring became the first player in franchise history to score 250 goals as a member of the Los Angeles Kings. The milestone came in a 6-3 loss at Philadelphia.

March 12, 1975 Defenseman Jerry Korab scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Sabres to a 7-2 win against the Seals, at Oakland.

March 13, 1978 Montreal’s Guy Lafleur scored his 12th career hat trick with three straight goals in the first period, in a 5-2 win against the North Stars, at Minnesota.

March 14, 1980 Montreal’s Guy Lafleur scored twice to become the 4th player in team history to record 400 goals. The milestone came in a 4-3 Canadiens win against the Jets, at Winnipeg. Lafleur became, at age 28, the youngest 400 scorer in NHL history.

March 15, 1994 Randy Burridge scored his 4th career hat trick, including the winner at :40 of OT, and Mike Ridley had four assists as the Capitals won 5-4 over the Penguins at Pittsburgh. The win was the 250th of goalie Don Beaupre’s NHL career.

Rankings

The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.

Top 5
1. Ottawa
2. Boston
3. NY Rangers
4. Pittsburgh
5. Tampa Bay

Bottom 5
30. Arizona
29. Edmonton
28. Buffalo
27. Philadelphia
26. Nashville

Alex Mueller

Author: Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller graduated from Temple University with a minor in journalism over a decade ago. He’s been writing about NHL hockey, on and off, since the Fall of 2009. He’s written for Pucking Awesome, the Checking Line and now Hockey Recaps. He played goalie at San Diego Ice Arena. His first novel, Bobby Sterling vs Truth, is available on Amazon now.

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Wednesday night is the marquee TV night for the NHL or so they would like you to think. But any hockey fan knows that Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights are when they have the most games. This past Tuesday we were treated to a doozy of big games. You had...