Friday, February 23, 2007

History Making Night

This is courtesy of today's NHL Today:

Eight of the 12 games played Thursday went to overtime, a League record for most overtime games in one day. The previous record of seven was set on March 27, 2004. Other notes from a remarkable slate:
-- Ten of the 12 games were decided by one goal - four in a shootout, four in overtime and two in regulation
-- Seven involved game-tying goals in the third period
-- Five winners - Buffalo, New Jersey, Tampa Bay, NY Islanders and Montreal - overcame a two-goal deficit

Ottawa 5 at Buffalo 6 (SO)
In a game that featured both clubs surrendering two-goal leads, the Sabres defeated the Senators 6-5 in a shootout. The win kept the Sabres five points ahead of the Devils for the Eastern Conference's top seed and extended their lead atop the NHL's overall standings to three points over Detroit and Nashville.

New Jersey 3 at NY Rangers 2 (SO)
The Devils swept a home-and-home series from the New York Rangers, rallying from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 shootout victory at Madison Square Garden. Zach Parise scored his 25th goal of the season to tie the game with fewer than eight minutes remaining in regulation.

Tampa Bay 5 at Atlanta 4 (OT)
The Lightning overcame 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3 deficits in a 5-4 overtime victory at Atlanta in a showdown for first place in the Southeast Division. Andre Roy scored his first goal of the season to tie the game 4-4 early in the third period and Martin St. Louis scored his 37th of the campaign in the extra period.

Pittsburgh 2 at Florida 1 (OT)
The Penguins got an overtime goal from Colby Armstrong in a 2-1 victory at Florida, improving to 15-1-2 in their past 18 games. Earlier in the game, the Penguins' three young superstars clicked on the power play when 18-year-old Jordan Staal scored his 25th goal of the season, assisted by 19-year-old Sidney Crosby and 20-year-old Evgeni Malkin.

Philadelphia 2 at Carolina 3 (OT)
The Hurricanes surrendered a 2-0 lead to the Flyers but got an overtime, shorthanded goal from veteran defenseman Glen Wesley in a 3-2 home win that kept the defending Stanley Cup champions in the Eastern Conference's eighth seed and just four points behind Tampa Bay in the hunt for the Southeast Division title.

Toronto 2 at NY Islanders 3 (SO)
The Islanders overcame a 2-0 deficit, capped by Trent Hunter's second goal of the game with fewer than seven minutes remaining, and defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2 in a shootout. The victory kept the Islanders one point behind eighth-seeded Carolina in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.

Montreal 6 at Nashville 5 (SO)
The Canadiens came back from 2-0, 3-1, 4-2 and 5-4 deficits to defeat the Predators 6-5 in a shootout. Sergei Samsonov scored the game-tying goal with 48 seconds left in regulation and rookie netminder Jaroslav Halak on the bench for a sixth attacker. With the victory, the Canadiens retained the seventh seed in the East; had they lost in regulation, they would have ended the evening 9th.

Vancouver 3 at Los Angeles 2
Defenseman Kevin Bieksa's goal with less than four minutes remaining gave the Canucks a 3-2 win at Los Angeles, maintaining their three-point lead atop the Northwest Division

Minnesota 4 at Colorado 3
The Wild withstood a three-goal, third-period rally by the Avalanche and claimed a 4-3 road victory, staying three points behind the Northwest Division-leading Canucks.

Calgary 2 at Phoenix 3 (OT)
The Flames, who entered Thursday four points behind the Canucks in the race for first place Northwest, gave up a game-tying goal with fewer than five minutes remaining to Steve Reinprecht and the OT winner to Shane Doan in a 3-2 loss at Phoenix.

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