Senators 5, Penguins 4
The game was tied, 1-1, when Ottawa's Mike Fisher
was sent off for interference. The Penguins already had one power-play goal, but the Senators' penalty-killers, led by forwards Matt Cullen
, Daniel Alfredsson
, Chris Kelly
and Jarkko Ruutu
, and defensemen Chris Phillips, Anton Volchenkov, Andy Sutton and Matt Carkner, shut the Pens down, holding them without a shot. Less than three minutes later, Chris Neil
scored to put the Senators ahead to stay.
Flyers 2, Devils 1
With the Flyers holding a 1-0 lead, Ian Laperriere
blocked a clearing attempt by Devils defenseman Martin Skoula
in the neutral zone, carried into the New Jersey end and made a highlight-reel, spin-o-rama feed off his backhand from above the right circle to a charging Mike Richards
on the opposite wing. Richards, who alertly jumped off the bench, collected the puck and unleashed a slap shot from just above the left circle that deflected off Martin Brodeur
's left skate and into the top far corner of the cage to give the Flyers a 2-0 advantage with 3:33 left in the second period.
Coyotes 3, Red Wings 2
The Phoenix power play, a weak point of the team all season, came up huge with three goals in four chances. The Coyotes needed only nine seconds for the first tally by Keith Yandle
and just 44 second for Wojtek Wolski
's goal in the second period. But the game-winner came suddenly: Matthew Lombardi
won a draw in the left circle back to Derek Morris
, who found no one coming out to play him. With plenty of time, Morris took a couple of strides before teeing up a slap shot that beat Jimmy Howard
cleanly at 2:19 of the third period. The Coyotes were rocky in their most consistent area – 5-on-5 hockey – but won the battle of the special teams against the Wings.
Avalanche 2, Sharks 1
Everyone else may have been under the assumption that the game was going to require an extra session, but Colorado's trio of Paul Stastny
, Chris Stewart
and T.J. Galiardi
certainly weren't interested. Their solid work down low allowed Stewart the opportunity to throw one at the net in the final minute of regulation, and it ended up going in off Rob Blake
's skate and into the net.