Senators drop another: Things in Ottawa just continue to get worse and worse, and now after dropping five straight and last nights game to one of the worst teams in hockey, something needs to give. The first Sabres goal could not have better displayed the Senators season, as Benoit Pouliot went through the neutral zone, passed two Ottawa players, pushes by another and in for a soft back end shot. Buffalo would score two more in the second which would eventually be enough to seal the deal. Ottawa goal scorers were Cody Ceci and Derek Brassard in the third period. Robin Lehner made 24 saves of the 26 shots for his 7th win of the year and first win in two weeks.
Devils snap King’s streak: New Jersey Devils continue to impress as the knock off the hottest team in hockey and end the Kings 8-game streak. The first two periods it was all New Jersey as the Devils Travis Zajac scored his 2nd of the year, Taylor Hall scored two goals, one on the power play and Brian Boyle again late in the second. The Kings would eventually strike 12:04 into the third, but it simply was not enough. Brian Gibbons added a late third-period goal to add the cherry on top for a 5-1 Devils win. Despite this great win for New Jersey it was seen as Taylor Hall was not on the bench for a majority of the third, perhaps they were being cautionary, but right now that is not a good sign.
Oilers surge over Jackets: Edmonton finally breaks out for a 7 goal game, and take a big road win in Columbus, 7-2. It was all Edmonton as they outshot the Jackets 38-29, and scored the first five goals. Edmonton scored five goals within two periods, goals coming from Zach Kassian, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Matt Benning, Milan Lucic and Mark Letestu. Connor McDavid also had three assists and a goal to finish off a four-point night and bring his total to 39 points. Columbus head coach John Tortorella was not too thrilled after the game, as he had a press conference lasting about 30 seconds.
Lightning blank Blues: The Tampa Bay Lightning get a big win over St. Louis for the league best and their 22nd win of the year. This game was a more stand back and defensively played in a sense, not many chances were taken between the two teams for the first. The lone first-period goal came off a Blues forward offensive turnover, that led to Tyler Johnson streaking down the wing, with patience circled the net to find Brayden Point who slammed home his own rebound with 27.9 seconds to play. Nothing would come about in the second, but St. Louis controlled most of the game this period and had their fair share of scoring chances. The Lightning’s second goal and the icing on the cake came directly after Vladimir Sobotka missed a wide open net to tie the game. Moments later, Nikita Kucherov came in with an absolute rifle past Jake Allen from above the circles to give him his 21st of the season and the Lightning a 2-0 lead. The Lightning’s third goal came off the hot hand of Tyler Johnson. Lightning Andrei Vasalevsiky makes 32 saves for his third shutout of the year.
Ward earns 300th win in win over Vegas: It may not have been pretty but the Hurricanes go in after playing the night before and win in a place not many teams can. The Hurricanes early first-period goal off a fluke play by Brayden McNabb that hit off Marcus Kruger for his first as a Hurricane which gave the Hurricanes the bounce they needed. But after an eventful second period and two Vegas goals, the third was left blank on both sides, sending this game to overtime. Carolina outshot Vegas 37-24, and in Marc Andre Fleury’s first game back since October 13, he made 35 saves but would drop a tough one in a shootout. The shootout would last 10 rounds, where the game-winning goal came off the stick of Phillip Di Giuseppe as the Canes pick up their 12th win of the season and remain above .500. Cam Ward would be the winning goal as he made 22 saves, and picked up his 5th win of the season and 300th win of this career.