Yesterday, 4 out of 6 Canadian teams played as part of Hockey Night In Canada.
In the 1st, game, the Toronto Maple Leafs faced the Buffalo Sabres.
The Leafs had an extra boost going into this game as Darcy Tucker was coming back from an injury that kept him out of the lineup for a couple of months. After a scoreless 1st, the Sabres came out flying in the 2nd. Buffalo scored 2 in that period courtesy of Toni Lydman and Drew Stafford. In the 3rd, the Leafs were pressing for the tie, but the Sabres put the nail in the coffin with just over 3 minutes left in the game with a goal by Nathan Paetsch. The Leafs added 1 near the end, but the Sabres took this one 3-1. The Sabres are now 1st in the league in points and the Leafs are 10th in the Eastern Conference 2 points behind 8th place Carolina and the Leafs have a game at hand.
In an original 6 match up, the Boston Bruins faced the Montreal Canadiens.
After a scoreless 1st period, the Bruins came out strong scoring 03:30 into the period courtesy of Petr Tenkrat. Then, with the period close to it's end, the Brandon Bochenski scored for the Bruins to give Boston a 2-0 lead going into the 3rd. It the 3rd, it looked like the Habs were going to come back as Sheldon Souray scored just 03:02 into the 3rd. But then, all hopes of a comeback were squandered as Glen Murray scored his 28 to seal the game with just 4 minutes left. The Bruins are now in 12th place in the conference and 6 points behind 8th Carolina and the Habs are 9th in the conference and 1 point away from Carolina.
In the last Canadian game of the day, the Edmonton Oilers faced the Calgary Flames.
The Oilers are now playing the role of spoiler as their playoff hopes are all but gone by now. The game started with David Moss of the Flames scoring 07:07 into the game. After the teams exchanged goals, the 2nd period started with the Flames up 2-1. In the 2nd, the Oilers got the only goal of the period from Fernando Pisani. But then, early in the 3rd, the Flames ran away with it with goals coming at 01:56 and 04:29. The Flames are now 6th in the Western Conference and tied with division leader Vancouver and the Oilers are in 11th place and a full 12 points away from a playoff birth.
Here are the rest of the scores and standings.
| ||2||0||0||0||0 (2-4)||2|
| ||0||0||2||0||1 (3-4)||3|
|2||NEW JERSEY*||65||40||18|| ||7||87||174||153||22-7-5||18-11-2||6-3-1|
|3||TAMPA BAY*||67||37||26|| ||4||78||214||208||18-14-1||19-12-3||6-2-2|
|7||NY ISLANDERS||65||33||23|| ||9||75||197||184||18-10-5||15-13-4||7-1-2|
|11||NY RANGERS||65||31||27|| ||7||69||190||184||14-14-5||17-13-2||5-3-2|
|7||SAN JOSE||65||38||25|| ||2||78||193||169||18-12-2||20-13-0||3-6-1|
|10||ST LOUIS||65||28||27|| ||10||66||169||196||16-15-3||12-12-7||6-2-2|
|15||LOS ANGELES||65||22||33|| ||10||54||185||228||13-14-8||9-19-2||4-3-3|
|x - clinched playoff spot||y - clinched division||z - clinched conference|
|p - clinched Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)|
|GP - Games Played||W - Wins|
|L - Losses||OT - OT/Shootout losses (worth one point)|
|PTS - Points|
|GF - Goals For||GA - Goals Against|
|HOME - Home Record||AWAY - Road Record|
|L10 - Record in last ten games|