In the first of three 7:00pm starts, the Toronto Maple Leafs faced the Edmonton Oilers.
scored on a power play 12 minutes into the game on a beautiful pass from The game started late because of a ceremony honouring the 1967 Maple Leaf Stanley Cup champions. Then the game started. Mats Sundin scored on a powerplay from a beautiful pass from Kaberle. In the 2nd period, John Pohl scored his 9th to give the Leafs a 2-0 lead. But then just 47 seconds after Pohl's goal, Steve Staios scored his 2nd on a point shoot. After the teams traded goals the 3rd started. 10:55 into the period, Mats Sundin scored his 25th to give the Leafs a 2 goal advantage. Then with the goalie pulled, Edmonton scored to make it a 1 goal game, but the Leafs held on for 4-3 win. The Leafs now find themselves 1 point out of 7th and they have 2 games to get they 1 point. And the Oilers are now 7 points out of a playoff spot and have no games at hand.
In the second game, the Montreal Canadiens faced the Carolina Hurricanes.
Late in the 1st, Sheldon Souray scored to give the Habs the lead. Then in the second Rod Brind'amour scored to tie it up. After the teams traded goals, the Canes started to run away with it. First scored again, and than Cole. Finally, Eric Stall scored to Late in the 1st, Sheldon Souray let a blast go and beat Cam Ward. But then early in the 2nd , Rod Brind'amour scored to clinch the win for the Hurricanes. The Canes now sit 7th in the Conference and the Canadiens find themselves on the outside looking in as they are now in 10th place.
In the final 7:00pm start of the day, the Ottawa Senators faced the Atlanta Thrashers.
This was a huge game for each team. The game's 1st goal was scored by Steve McCarthy 11 minutes into the 1st. Then with just over half a minute left in the period, Peter Schaefer potted his 11th to tie the game up at 1 a piece. Then in the 2nd the Thrashers scored 2 and the Sens 1 for the Thrashers to grab the lead 3-2 going into the 3rd. In the 3rd, Ottawa started there come back. First Comrie scored his 20th to tie it up, then Dean Mcammond scored to give the Sens the lead. Finally Fisher scored an empty-netter to give the Senators the 5-3 win. The Sens are now 5th in the Conference and the Thrashers are now 6th.
The final Canadian game of the night was the Calgary Flames against the Colorado Avalanche.
2:59 into the 2nd, Huselius scored his 26th to give the Flames the lead. Then the Avalanche scored 2 goals in a row curtsy of Paul Stastny and Andrew Brunette. Bu then the Flames came back with 2 of their own goals from Iginla and Dion Phaneuf. Going into the 3rd the score was 3-2 for the Flames. In the 3rd the Flames got 2 insurance goals from Huselius and Stephan Yelle. The Flames are now 7th in the Conference and the Avalanche are 10th and are at the bottom of their division.
Here are the rest of the scores:
Philadelphia vs NY Rangers: 5 - 3
Boston vs Buffalo: 4 - 3 (SO)
New Jersey vs NY Islanders: 2 - 0
Tampa Bay vs Florida: 4 - 5
Minnesota vs Nashville: 4 - 1
Detroit vs Phoenix: 4 - 1
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