Crosby’s back: In a game that probably should not have traveled past regulation, the Sabres found themselves neck and neck with the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night. Coming into the game Sidney Crosby was on pace to set a personal worst 12-game streak without a goal. Well with 2:35 left in the second period Crosby found a pass from Patrick Hornqvist on the power play to make it 3-3 and end his goal drought. Benoit Pouliot would make it 4-3 with just seven seconds left in the second period. Phil Kessel tallied his 8th of the year with seven and change to go in the third. The game was forced to overtime where Connor Sheary scored his second of the game and game-winning goal from a Crosby feed from behind the net. The two have rekindled the flame finally and helped the Penguins earn their tenth win of the year.
Jackets strike in OT: In what was the most evenly matched game of the night, the Blue Jackets walked away with two points vs a red-hot Montreal team. For the entirety of the game, it was 1-0 Columbus until Paul Byron scored off a far pad shot from Shea Weber 12 minutes into the third. The game would remain at zero and forced to overtime. Where Zach Werenski managed to be left wide open in the high slot and score just 1:09 into overtime. The win would be Columbus’s eleventh win and Montreal picked up one point and their second overtime loss.
Preds break open: The Capitals defense and last week star of the week Braden Holtby would like this to be forgotten about. Holtby allowed six goals on 31 shots as the Predators toppled the Capitals 6-3 on home ice. Nick Bonino back in the line up added a goal, Kevin Fiala scored his first of the season and this game was a bore after T.J Oshie’ pair of goals and Alex Chassion’s goal. The rest of the game was all Nashville as they added four goals in the remainder of the second period. Nashville improved to 10-5-2 on the season and get ready to take on red-hot Devan Dubynk, Thursday night.
Dubynk in the zone: Devan Dubynk recorded his third straight shutout and has stopped the last 98 shots thrown his way. Dubynk became the third goaltender since 1967-77 to collect three consecutive shutouts, more than once in his NHL career. With Dubynk’s shutout, the Wild won 3-0 and third straight win, but another story is Jason Zucker recent point spree. Zucker has eight points in his five games and has been the focal point of this Minnesota offense. With Zach Praise and Charlie Coyle out, Zucker has stepped up big time for the Wild but can he continue this tear, will find out Thursday night vs Nashville.
Oilers are alive? The Oilers finally scored some goals! The Oilers erupted for eight goals in a blowout 8-2 win vs Vegas Tuesday night. This was the first time since 2015 the Oilers scored eight or more goals in a game and it is something this team desperately needed. Being that help came from all over and Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent Hopkins slotted four of the eight goals is a good sign for Edmonton. This team has struggled all season but this win puts a little more confidence heading into Thursday night vs one of the top teams in the league, St. Louis.
Canucks keep on knocking: The Canucks are a surprise team for sure, being fifth in the division and in the second wild-card spot this team is just staying afloat somehow. With barely any goaltending and versus one of the hottest teams in the West, the Canucks scored three straight goals to atop the Kings, 3-2. Game winning goal coming from Sven Baertschi, and Bo Horvat, and Daniel Sedin added the other two, positive sign is Horvat and Brock Boeser seem to be gelling. The Kings had Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson as their goal scorers. Although the Kings outshot the Canucks 32-27, the loss is not one to throw your hands in after, the Kings now just focus on the next opponent, the Boston Bruins. As the Canucks get ready for Vegas, a team that just the doors blown off them in Edmonton.