Your daily shot of hockey to go with your coffee
March 6th, 2014
LAST NIGHT’S SCORES:
Here are yesterday’s picks, in case you missed them. The asterisk indicates who I picked.
Flyers Escape By Capitals 6-4 – What a game. This was the final game between these division opponents this season. Led by Giroux and Voracek who both had two goals. Andrew MacDonald had an assist in his team debut for the Flyers. I refuse to call them rivals, sorry “Wednesday Night Rivalry.” More on that at later time. For a full recap of this game, including the BIG BRAWL, check out my Flyers section.
Maple Leafs* drop Rangers 3-2 in OT – Bernier out-shined Lundqvist last night. Plain and simple. The Rangers fired 37 shots on Bernier and he stopped 35 of them. The newest Rangers, Martin St. Louis, was -1 with 3 shots last night. Tyler Bozak was the top star for Toronto scoring 2 goals on 7 shots plus a converted penalty shot in the first period.
Flames* down Senators 4-1 – The Flames acquired Marcus Granlund from Minnesota earlier in the day and he immediately made an impact 2:04 into the game. Big congratulations are in order to G Joni Ortio for stopping 30 of 31 shots and recording and earning his first career NHL win. Calgary is still uncharacteristically good post-Sochi.
Canadiens edge Ducks* in a shootout 4-3 – Shootouts! They’re my version of Newman. Always ruining my picks. Even without Vanek joining the team just yet, Montreal came out flying and was even able to rally. Carey Price has to be happy with his backup: Dustin Tokarski. Tokarski stopped 39 of 42 shots fired last night, outshining Jonas Hiller’s 28 saves on 31 shots.
2-1 last night; 77-67 on the season
Ten games around the NHL tonight. Three games to keep an eye out for are: Capitals at Bruins @ 7:30, Blues at Predators @ 8, and Penguins at Sharks @ 10:30 (NBCSN). Bruins over Caps: The Bruins defense has only gotten stronger since their loss to the Caps last Saturday. Adding Meszaros should help Boston tonight against Washington’s juggernaut of a power play. Blues over Preds: The Preds love to make games low-scoring affairs in Smashville. The good news for St. Louis? Ryan Miller. In case you forgot, Miller’s biggest problem in Buffalo was a lack of offense. Considering Nashville’s offense isn’t very powerful, Miller’s play will propel the Blues over Preds tonight. Sharks over Pens: Neither team made a deal at the deadline, but neither team had to. While the Pens dominated the Sharks 5-1 back in December, the Sharks are just like the Penguins, unbelievably great at home. CHOMP! CHOMP!