Penguins 2, Senators 1
Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma
said he wanted the line of Jordan Staal
, Matt Cooke
and Tyler Kennedy
to play more in the offensive end, and early in the third period, they did just that. The trio didn't score a goal, but they certainly put the Senators on their heels and nearly scored off a faceoff play when Staal beat Jason Spezza
and got a deflection off Cooke that Anton Volchenkov
had to dive to pull off the goal line.
Devils 5, Flyers 3
With the game tied and less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Devils forwards Zach Parise
, Patrik Elias
and Dainius Zubrus
cycled deep behind the Flyers net in setting up the eventual game-winner. Elias fed Zubrus, who sprung out from behind the net and uncorked a wrist shot. Brian Boucher
stopped that one, but Zubrus got to the rebound and whacked it -- barely getting his stick in front of Parise's -- into the top left corner for the go-ahead goal.
Predators 4, Blackhawks 1
Just 1:31 into the third period, former Blackhawk J.P. Dumont did exactly what Chicago wanted him to do. He flopped a lazy backhander at goalie Antti Niemi
-- only to have the puck bounce into the net, tying the game 1-1 and sparking the Predators to the upset victory.
Red Wings 7, Coyotes 4
Any shift put in by the line of Valtteri Filppula
, Henrik Zetterberg
and Todd Bertuzzi
would qualify. The trio combined for five of Detroit’s seven goals and dominated any group Phoenix tried to slow them down. The biggest shift came with 6:06 left in the game when Zetterberg banged home the rebound of a Bertuzzi shot to put the Red Wings ahead for good.
Sharks 6, Avalanche 5
Hoping to erase any momentum grabbed by the Sharks, the trio of Milan Hejduk
, Matt Duchene
and Brandon Yip
did just that when they gave the Avalanche a 3-2 lead at 4:08 of the second period. The tally came just 25 seconds after Rob Blake
had tied the game for San Jose. Hejduk notched his second goal of the night when he one-timed Duchene's nice feed past Evgeni Nabokov