Your daily shot of hockey to go with your coffee
Friday, March 14th, 2014
LAST NIGHT’S SCORES:
Here are yesterday’s picks in case you missed them. Asterisk indicates who I picked:
Bruins* hold off Coyotes 2-1, extend streak to 7: TUUUUUUKKA! Rask and the Bruins defense shut down the Phoenix offense including 12 shots in the third period and five power play opportunities. Zdeno Chara SNIPED one for a goal in two-straight games while Jerome Iginla buried his 21st of the season.
Canes fire away on Sabres, win 4-2: Carolina took 54 shots in this game. Buffalo goalie Michal Neuvirth stopped 51 but it wasn’t enough. Four goals on 54 shots is low, but considering Carolina’s weaker offense, it sounds about right.
Sharks* edge Blue Jackets 4-3 in shootout: That’s four in a row for San Jose as they are now tied with Anaheim in the Pacific with 93 points. CBJ outshot San Jose 38-27 and outhit them 48-17 but Joe Pavelski had the last laugh in the shootout. The point pushes Columbus into second place in the Metropolitan.
Lightning down Panthers 5-4: The Lightning had a 5-2 in the third after a Stamkos snipe but the Panthers made a late-game charge scoring twice in the final two minutes. That was Steven Stamkos’ first goal since returning from injury while Ryan Callahan scored his first goal as a member of the Lightning.
Blues blast Oilers 6-2: TJ Oshie played a big part in this game scoring one goal and assisting two. St. Louis fired 37 shots on Ben Scrivens while Edmonton took 25 shots on Ryan Miller. Miller is now 2-2 since coming over to the Blues.
Wild drop Rangers 2-1: This game featured the backup goalies for both teams: Cam Talbot for NYR and Darcy Kuemper for MIN. Kuemper led the way for the Wild stopping 29 of 30 shots while Zach Parise netted the game-winner a minute into the third period for his 23rd of the season. The Wild are 11 points out of the third spot in the Central but hold a five-point lead on Dallas for the first wild card spot who, in return, have a point on Phoenix for the second wild card.
Maple Leafs end Kings* streak 3-2: James Reimer saved the day after Jonathan Bernier left the game with a lower back injury. Bernier let up two goals on 10 shots but Reimer stopped all 31 shots that came his way as the Maple Leafs overcame the 2-0 deficit. The back-breaker for LA is that Mason Raymond’s game-winner was a short-handed goal. LA’s winning streak ends at 8.
2-1 last night. 88-71 on the season now.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT:
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