The Bruins and Capitals helped kick off the second half of the NHL season on Tuesday, and the top two teams in the Eastern Conference did not disappoint in Boston's 3-2 overtime win.
While it was an exciting game for much of the night, the best action came in the overtime period as goaltenders Tim Thomas and Jose Theodore exchanged incredible saves at each end of the ice. Following a Niklas Backstrom hooking penalty, David Krejci sent a pass through the slot only to have it bounce off Shaone Morrison's skate and find the back of the net behind Theodore for the game-winner.
Thomas stopped 34 shots in net for the Bruins, while Marc Savard and Shawn Thornton also scored goals in the win.
For Washington, the best news of the night was the fact Alex Ovechkin was able to return to the game following an awkward fall into the boards late in the second period. The Capitals claim Ovechkin, the league's leading goal scorer, suffered a stinger.
Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 2: Bad night all the way around for Detroit, as it not only dropped a 3-2 decision in Columbus, but also suffered another loss when Henrik Zetterberg left the game in the first period with a back injury. In case you weren't paying attention over the All-Star break, the Red Wings were already without Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom due to suspensions for skipping out on the weekend festivities in Montreal. Rick Nash scored all three goals for Columbus, including the game-winner in overtime. Hopefully for Chris Osgood's sake, none of those goals show up on any commercials.
Lightning 5, Canadiens 3: Canadiens fans had an opportunity to give Vincent Lecavalier a hero's welcome over the weekend, and then they had the opportunity to watch him help beat their beloved team in Tampa Bay's 5-3 win. Lecavalier registered a goal and an assist, while Mike Smith turned aside 31 shots in net for the Lightning. Tampa Bay has won seven of its past 10 games.
Devils 4, Senators 1: Imagine how good the Devils would be this season if they had Martin Brodeur all season. Scary. New Jersey picked up its sixth win in a row Tuesday night with its 4-1 win over Ottawa. During their current winning streak, the Devils have allowed only nine goals.
Panthers 3, Flyers 2:Michael Frolik registered a goal and two assists in Florida's 3-2 win over Philadelphia. Tomas Vokoun stopped 33 shots in net, while Bryan McCabe and David Booth also tallied goals. Booth's goal was his 20th of the season, and puts him on a pace to shatter the career-high he set a season ago with 22.
Rangers 3, Hurricanes 2:Steve Valiquette stopped 33 shots in the Rangers 3-2 win over Carolina, while Brandon Dubinsky, Scott Gomez and Lauri Korpikoski provided the offense.
Wild 6, Maple Leafs 1: Toronto's Justin Pogge made his second NHL start against Minnesota, and it's probably one he would like to forget as he surrendered six goals on just 23 shots in the Leafs 6-1 loss. The Wild scored on four of their 11 second period shots, including a pair from Pierre-Marc Bouchard.
Stars 2, Thrashers 0:Marty Turco recorded his second shutout of the season on Tuesday, stopping all 25 shots he faced in the Stars 2-0 win over Atlanta.
Sabres 10, Oilers 2: It's never a good thing when you find yourself trailing 2-0 just 1:10 into the first period, which is exactly where the Oilers found themselves against Buffalo on Tuesday night. When all was said and done, the Sabres rolled to a 10-2 win, while Drew Stafford picked up a hat trick. Adding insult to injury for Edmonton, the 10th goal of the night came when Buffalo was shorthanded late in the third period.
Sharks 3, Avalanche 0:Evgeni Nabokov stopped 31 shots for his third shutout of the season, while Milan Michalek scored a pair of goals in San Jose's 3-0 win over Colorado. Claude Lemieux returned to his old stomping grounds and played 9:30, while registering two shots on goal.
Ducks 7, Coyotes 3:Chris Kunitz and Corey Perry each scored a pair of goals, while Bobby Ryan added his 16th of the season in Anaheims 7-3 win over Phoenix.
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