|Chris Chelios, who turns 46 on Jan. 25, passed Moe Roberts by playing in an NHL game at 45 years and 348 days old. Watch highlights from the Wings' 1-0 win
One reason Hasek faced only 19 shots: the play of 45-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios, who became the second-oldest player in NHL history as soon as he hit the ice.
Chelios, who turns 46 on Jan. 25, passed Moe Roberts by playing in an NHL game at 45 years and 348 days old. Roberts, a retired goaltender, played for the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 25, 1951, at 45 years, 347 days.
"I wouldn't say celebrate," Chelios said. "I guess it's something to be pretty proud of. I guess I'm the oldest American-born ever to play."
Only Wings legend Gordie Howe, who was 52 years, 6 days, before he retired in 1980 with the Hartford Whalers, played at an older age than Chelios. The Chicago native, now in his 24th NHL season and ninth with the Wings,
said being on a winning team, having great teammates and appreciative fans are the biggest reasons for his longevity. When the Red Wings acquired Chelios from the Blackhawks late in the 1998-99 season, he was one of Detroit fans' most despised opposing players.
He has since become a crowd favorite and received a standing ovation when the milestone was announced during the first period while he was on the ice. He even jokingly grabbed his back.
"I had to smile when they announced it," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "He grabbed his back like an old timer. I give him credit for that." Hasek, who'll turn 43 on Jan. 29, has back-to-back shutouts and hasn’t allowed a goal in 134 minutes, 13 seconds.
"Any time you get a shutout, you have to thank your teammates," Hasek said. "To get a shutout, of course everybody must play well. And when you hold the other team under 20 shots, it's obvious that you have played well."
Pavel Datsyuk, a youngster at age 29, scored the only goal for league-leading Detroit ( 700K ), which has 18 wins in its last 21 games. He converted Tomas Holmstrom's one-handed pass across the crease with his back turned at 18:21 of the second period for his 17th goal.
The rest of the night belonged to the forty-somethings.
“It was a good night for the old guys," said Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom, a relatively-youthful 37.
Lightning 5, Rangers 3 | Video
Karri Ramo made sure the Tampa Bay Lightning’s struggles didn’t get worse. Ramo made 12 of his 31 saves in the third period as the Lightning held on to win at Madison Square Garden after nearly blowing a 4-1 lead.
“Ramo was spectacular," Lightning coach John Tortorella said after his team ended a seven-game losing streak. "We found a win but we have so much work to do as far as understanding situations and having some common sense."
The Lightning had gone 0-5-2 following a win over Toronto on Dec. 20 that ended a 1-4-1 skid. Tampa Bay is last in the Eastern Conference with 37 points, and only Los Angeles has fewer in the NHL.
For most of two periods, the Lightning did almost everything right — except for Ramo, whose first-period giveaway led to Jaromir Jagr’s game-opening goal at 3:02 ( 700K ). But the Lightning tied the game less than three minutes later on Doug Janik’s goal ( 700K ), got two from Chris Gratton ( 700K, 700K ) and took a 4-1 lead when Vaclav Prospal scored at 10:51 of the middle period ( 700K ).
Scott Gomez scored a power-play goal late in the second period ( 700K ), and Michal Rozsival scored less than a minute into a double-minor to Craig MacDonald early in the third ( 700K ). But Ramo was flawless the rest of the way -- even though his teammates gave the Rangers five power plays in the final period. He got help when one shot caught a post and another trickled wide after he got a piece with his glove.
"It's just a matter of inches. I was kind of lucky," he said.
"We got some play out of people that we need to get play out of more consistently. That was important," Tortorella said. "We were good a lot during the trip, we were lousy a lot during the trip, we were awful a lot during the trip, and we were really good during the trip."
The Rangers fell to 0-3-1 in their last four games, dropping their return to the Garden after a winless trip to Western Canada.
"In the third, we all truly believed we'd come back to win, but we just came up short," said Gomez, who led the Rangers with eight shots on goal. "We can't put 60 minutes together right now, and that's hurting us."
Devils 2, Sabres 1, SO | Video
Sometimes, the simplest shootout strategy is the best one. Patrik Elias skated in and ripped a wrist shot past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller in the third round to give the Devils their 10th victory in their last 11 home games.
"I had it in my mind to just let it go, don't try to make any moves," Elias said.
|Patrik Elias skated in and ripped a wrist shot past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller in the third round of the shootout to give the Devils their 10th victory in their last 11 home games.|
"I just tried to move him across," Elias said. "It went right under the blocker and right inside the post."
The Sabres lost for the seventh straight time, their longest slide since they lost seven in a row from Dec. 4-19, 2003. They salvaged a point when Jason Pominville beat Brodeur with 1:47 remaining in regulation ( 700K ), tapping in a pass from Clarke MacArthur.
"We didn't give up," Pominville said. "We capitalized which was good to see. There is no quit in this team. That's a good sign. We just have to keep working hard."
The Devils got their only goal at 16:23 of the first period when Andy Greene scored during a power play ( 700K ), racing in from the left point to finish off a feed from Elias. It was Greene’s first goal since the second game of the season.
"It was a game in which both teams didn't want to give up much," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "It's always disappointing giving up a goal in the last two or three minutes of a hockey game, but we found a way to win. All points are big, any way you look at it."
Hurricanes 1, Bruins 0 | Video
Carolina’s renewed emphasis on defense was just what goalie Cam Ward needed to break out of a slump. Ward faced only 19 shots for his third shutout of the season after losing three of his previous four games and allowing four or more goals in all three losses.
"It's definitely been a little tough for me lately," he said. "That said, it's a long season and I can learn from my mistakes."
The Hurricanes entered the game 28th in goals allowed, but coach Peter Laviolette said they were concentrating on team defense a bit more.
"When you're giving up goals and you're losing because of it, it's something you look at," Laviolette said. "There's a fine line between playing too much defensive and giving up offense."
The only offense came at 18:20 of the second period, when Eric Staal collected the puck near the backboards, circled out front and fired a wrist shot between Tim Thomas' pads from the bottom of the right circle ( 700K ).
“I had a few options and just thought I throw it at the net, and it went through his legs," Staal said.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said he was as upset after this loss as any this season.
"Lack of effort," he said. "Simple as that. When you don't work, you don't win. This team has not been capable of working for 60 minutes for a while now. And it's something that has been addressed in the dressing room.
Despite a late offensive flurry for Boston and Carolina penalty with just over 17 seconds remaining in regulation, the Bruins were unable to convert. "When you don't do the things you are supposed to do and you don't work and you don't want to be first on the puck — you don't wan to win battles — you get the results you (got) tonight: no offense and a poor performance," Julien said.
Flyers 4, Thrashers 1 | Video
Falling behind in Atlanta didn’t bother the Flyers — not when they were playing a team they’d beaten seven straight times. Sure enough, Philadelphia regrouped after the first intermission, scored four times in the second period and made it eight in a row against the Thrashers.
“When you have a team's number, it gives you confidence," said Scott Hartnell, who had a goal and two assists in the Flyers' big second period. "You play with that confidence on the ice. This is no different."
|Philadelphia goaltender Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves on 28 shots to give the Flyers a 4-1 win over the Thrashers.
The Flyers are 12-2-1 all-time at Atlanta and overall have won 23 of 30 games in the series, including both meetings this season.
“We didn't show up. That's the bottom line," said Thrashers captain Bobby Holik, whose team hasn’t won consecutive games since Dec. 22-23. "We play good in one game and don't play good the next.
"It's the attitude, it's the approach. It has nothing to do with the schedule. It's the frame of mind. We know the reason, but we first have to solve it internally."
Jeff Carter, who scored twice for Philadelphia, said the Flyers focused on Atlanta's stars.
"We definitely know they have some great players," said Carter, who has seven goals and four assists in 10 career games against Atlanta. "We key on those guys. That turns into turnovers."
Steve Downie tied the game 32 seconds into the middle period ( 700K ), Carter beat Johan Hedberg twice in 13 seconds, at 13:42 ( 700K ) and 13:55 ( 700K ), and Hartnell scored a shorthanded goal with less than a second left ( 700K ).
"After the first period we were down and we knew we had to get something going," Hartnell said. "We wanted to win the second. Our guys were shooting the puck."
The Flyers are 4-1-0 on a six-game trip that ends Thursday in New York against the Rangers.
Canucks 3, Islanders 2, SO | Video
Vancouver bailed out goaltender Roberto Luongo on a rare off-night as defenseman Alex Edler scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Canucks a 12-0-2 mark in their last 14 home games.
For a change, the best goaltender on the ice wasn’t Luongo, a former Islander, but the man who replaced him — Rick DiPietro, who was drafted by the Isles minutes after they traded away Luongo to Florida in June 2000. DiPietro made 43 saves, including 18 on 19 shots in the first period, as the Canucks dominated the Islanders all over the ice. Luongo made 26 saves but looked shaky for most of the night.
“I thought we played a really strong game,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. “Their goaltender was really good. It shouldn’t have been close, but it was close.”
Markus Naslund scored midway through the first period to put the Canucks ahead, but Vancouver had a boatload of chances that DiPietro stopped.
“In the first period, we stood around and watched them play,” Isles captain Bill Guerin said. “We were lucky we weren’t down 5-0 after one. Ricky played out of his mind.”
Guerin tied it 6:26 into the second on a shot from the right corner that Luongo missed on a play that the Canucks thought was offside.
“We needed a break and got it,” Guerin said.
Vancouver’s Trevor Linden and the Isles’ Miroslav Satan scored in the third round of the shootout. After each goaltender stopped two more tries, Edler beat DiPietro over the glove with a wrist shot and Luongo got his glove on Trent Hunter’s shot for the win.
“It ended on a positive note,” Luongo said. “The guys worked really hard. It would have been really difficult if we had let this one slip away.”
The Isles lost their fourth straight game, including two in overtime and a shootout. Considering how badly his team was outplayed, coach Ted Nolan wasn’t unhappy with the outcome.
“We wouldn’t have been in the game except for the play of our goaltender,” Nolan said. “We’ll take the point.”
Penguins 3, Panthers 1 | Video
Ty Conklin isn’t perfect. However, he is still unbeaten. Conklin won for the eighth time in as many starts by stopping 27 shots as the Penguins extended their winning streak to seven with a victory at Florida.
|With Thuesday's 3-1 victory over the Panthers, the Penguins have now won seven straight games.
“Not really. We got the win," he said. "The team's been playing well. We've been getting some breaks. We've been doing a lot of little things that work."
Conklin has started all seven games during the Pens’ winning streak, allowing just nine goals.
"It starts with our goalie. He's playing great," defenseman Ryan Whitney said. "You don't want to get too confident or cocky, but we feel like we can play with any team — and we have been."
The game was scoreless until midway through the second period, when the Penguins scored three times in 3:06, with Sidney Crosby contributing a goal and an assist.
"Three minutes killed us," Florida defenseman Bryan Allen said. "It's the difference in the game."
The Penguins' winning streak is their longest since they won 10 in a row in 1998-99. They've outscored opponents 24-9 during the streak, and their past two wins have come against Florida.
The Penguins took the lead at 10:05 of the second period on a power play. Petr Sykora scored his 13th goal on a wrist shot after taking a pass across the crease from Crosby ( 700K ). Pittsburgh needed only 76 seconds to score again. Crosby scored his 18th goal with a wrist shot from between the circles ( 700K ), beating Tomas Vokoun on the stick side. Less than two minutes later, Georges Laraque scored his third goal of the season ( 700K ), poking in a rebound after Jeff Taffe's shot bounced off the post.
"We didn't play quite the way we wanted in the third, but we kept the goalie shots to a minimum," Conklin said. "The first two periods were picture-perfect."
"Once they do start going in, everyone starts getting momentum and starts feeling good,” said McDonald, a recent acquisition from Anaheim. “We had four lines contributing and we were very good in our own zone."
"After the second period I was hoping to get the 200 (minutes) mark," Legace said. "But they are a great talented offensive team. It's just a credit to the defense the way the guys have been playing in front of me."
Nash's goal was the lone bright spot for Columbus.
"It was a tough one," Nash said. "We didn't give it our all. They outplayed us in every area."
“We were beat," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "They were better for 60 minutes. They were better in every period. We didn't have enough good players tonight."
Mason stopped 28 shots for his third shutout against the Kings, including his first in the NHL on Jan. 13, 2004, when he made 33 saves in a scoreless tie at Nashville. The other was a 7-0 home victory on Dec. 23, 2006, when he stopped 34 shots.
|Chris Mason stopped 27 shots to earn his third career shutout against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings lost for the 11th time in 14 games and were shut out for the third time this season. Their 15-27-2 record is the worst in the NHL.
The Predators, who set a club record for the fastest four goals allowed during the second period of Monday's 5-2 loss at Anaheim (4:08), established a franchise mark for the fastest three goals scored in the first period against Southern California's other team as Darcy Hordichuk, Jason Arnott and David Legwand connected in a 1:15 span. Hordichuk’s goal ended a 64-game drought.
“We didn’t like the way we played last night,” said J.P. Dumont, who scored in the third period to extend his goal-scoring streak to six games. “Scoring those goals right away gave us a big boost.”
The Kings shut out the Predators 6-0 in Nashville’s last visit on Oct. 23, and Dumont admitted that, “this was a little payback.”
Kings coach Marc Crawford changed goalies after the first period, replacing Jason LaBarbera with Jean-Sebastien Aubin. It didn’t help: Scott Nichol and Martin Erat scored in the second period. Dumont and Jed Ortmeyer connected in the third.
“The big problem in the first period was that we didn’t want the puck,” Crawford said. “We threw the puck away, then complicated things by trapping ourselves in our own zone.
“This was one of those nights where there was nothing we could do to save us from ourselves.”
Coyotes 3, Flames 1 | Video
Getting Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers continues to look like one of the deals of the year. Bryzgalov improved to 13-8-1 since coming to Phoenix from the Anaheim Ducks by stopping 30 shots as the visiting Coyotes won their fifth in a row.
Since joining the Coyotes from the Ducks on Nov. 17 after being claimed off waivers, Bryzgalov has a 2.15 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.
"I've found a home here," Bryzgalov said. "This is my best year in the NHL. I feel the trust, I believe in the guys and they believe in me."
Bryzgalov, stuck behind Jean-Sebastien Giguere in Anaheim, has started 22 of 24 games since coming to the desert.
"We have a lot of respect for Bryzgalov and he came from a great organization and won a Stanley Cup," coach Wayne Gretzky said. "He played with a guy in Giguere, who was one of the best goaltenders in hockey. It's a nice start for him and a good opportunity to be the head dog and he's really taking a liking to it and I know the players enjoy him being in net."
Daniel Winnik, Joel Perrault and Keith Yandle scored in less than six minutes early in the second period as the Coyotes won in Gretzky's 200th game as an NHL coach. Gretzky improved to 89-100-11, all with Phoenix.
"We have a great young team," Bryzgalov said. "We've started winning games and we have a great future if we keep working hard and believe in ourselves."
Alex Tanguay scored Calgary’s lone goal with 3:52 left in the game, as the Flames lost in regulation for just the second time in eight games and had their five-game unbeaten run end.
"This is a big eye-opener," center Craig Conroy said. "We've got to work harder, we've got to get more aggressive and forecheck. We missed some chances, but (Bryzgalov) played well, you can't take anything away from him."
Phoenix won its sixth straight road game and improved to 14-8-0 on the road, surpassing its win total from 2006-07. The Coyotes' franchise record for consecutive road wins is eight, set in April 1985, when the team played in Winnipeg.
Material from wire services and team online and broadcast media was used in this report.