Yesterday's Newsmakers in the NHL: Boston Finally Beats Montreal
Boston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals by Shawn Thornton, Stephane Yelle, and Marco Sturm, as they rolled to a 6-1 victory in a battle of early-season Northeast Division heavyweights. Yelle and Sturm would each add another goal, while Milan Lucic added the other tally for Boston.
Saku Koivu, who is somehow one of 800 Canadiens leading the early All-Star voting, scored the only goal for Montreal.
Carey Price had his worst start of the season, stopping only 25 of the 31 shots Boston threw his way. In the process, the Bruins take over sole possession of first place in the Northeast, two points ahead of Buffalo, and three points ahead of the Canadiens.
Bruins blog HubHockey celebrates the end of the streak, while Montreal blog The Notwithstanding Clause offers the following: "I have a message for our defense: pylons are usually orange."
... Just two days after overcoming a three-goal deficit to win in Detroit, the Pittsburgh Penguins watched a three-goal lead of their own disappear, as the Flyers scored four second period goals, including two of the shorthanded variety, to take a 4-3 lead into the third. The Flyers would hold that slim one-goal lead until the final two minutes of the third period. Max Talbot (superstar) took advantage of a Flyers turnover behind the goal and set up Sidney Crosby in the slot for the game-tying goal.
The Penguins eventually took the game, 5-4, in a shootout.
Crosby finished with two goals, while Evgeni Malkin added a goal and an assist of his own, closing the gap to only one point behind Alexander Semin in the scoring race.
The shootout went six rounds thanks to some stellar play goal in by Martin Biron and Dany Sabourin, who entered the game in relief of Marc-Andre Fleury after the Flyers' four-goal outburst in the second period. Alex Goligoski scored the only goal in the shootout.
... After San Jose did what, so far, had been the unthinkable this year -- losing at home -- the Sharks rebounded with a 6-1 thrashing over the visiting Calgary Flames at the Shark Tank on Thursday. The Sharks are now 14-3-1, including 10-0-1 at home, and have a league-high 29 points. That's a ten-point lead over the second place team in the Pacific Division, Anaheim.
Milan Michalek and Joe Pavelski each scored a pair of goals for the Sharks, while Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton also scored. Dan Boyle, Christian Erhoff and Rob Blake each had three assists from the blue line.