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Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

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Dallas Stars 3 New York Islanders 7

It would be Jamie Benn unassisted just over five minutes after the opening faceoff that would see the Dallas stars get off to an early lead on long island.

Erik Cole would net his eleventh of the season as he would net a slap shot to give the Stars a two goal lead to head into intermission.

Coming off of a strong first period it would be an early penalty to Stars Antoine Roussel for cross checking Casey Cizikas that would lead to Ryan Strome’s first goal of the season to cut Dallas’ lead in half.

With the momentum swing from Strome’s goal the Islanders would take control. John Tavares would tie the game and shortly after Peter Regin would give the Islanders the go ahead goal. A penalty to Cizikas would give Dallas the man advantage and Valeri Nichushkin would tie the game at three.

Not interested in heading to intermission tied or trailing the visiting Starts Brock Nelson would give the Islanders the lead once again with a snap shot.

The final period would belong to the Islanders as just over a minute into it Brian Strait made it 5-3.

Penalties to Dallas lead to two power play goals for John Tavares to round out his hat trick towards the 7-3 win over the Stars.

Columbus Blue Jackets 4 New York Rangers 3 (SO)

Starting off with some slashing and hooking calls it would be Brandon Dubinsky tipping in a shot from Nathan Horton to give the Blue Jackets the early lead and Horton his first point of the season.

A late penalty to Columbus; Mark Letestu for tripping of Rick Nash would see Nash score on the ensuing power play to tie the game up the end of the first.

A mere 21 seconds into the second Dubinsky would get called for roughing Chris Kreider while Kreider would get called for boarding and a game misconduct for a hit on Fedor Tyutin.

Cam Atkinson would score unassisted to give the Blue Jackets the lead over the Rangers and James Wisniewski would put it past Henrik Lundqvist to make it 3-1 for Columbus.

Third period would see the Rangers come out recharged. Brian Boyle would bring the Rangers within one of the Blue Jackets less than five minutes after the start of the third.

A delay of game penalty to the Blue Jackets would give the Rangers a power play early in the third and see Rick Nash net his second power play goal of the game that would force the game into overtime and the eventual shoot out.

Both Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash would miss on their shoot out attempts while Mark Letestu and Ryan Johnsen would score on both of theirs to give the Blue Jackets the much needed extra point in the metropolitan division playoff race.

Florida Panthers 1 Montreal Canadiens 2

The Canadiens would start the night off with a backhanded goal from David Desharnais past Tim Thomas for the early lead before Brendan Gallagher would go off for a slashing penalty just seconds later.

Florida would not be able to get on the scoreboard until late in the first when Sean Bergenheim would net his tenth of the season.

The game winning goal would come in the second when Canadiens Brian Gionta would put a wrist shot behind Tim Thomas for the 2-1 game winner.

Calgary Flames 4 Colorado Avalanche 3

Calgary would get things started in Colorado with an early goal from Sean Monahan. The Flames would follow up their early goal with a tripping call to Michael Cammalleri that would lead to a power play goal from Nathan MacKinnon to tie the game up midway through the first period.

With the game tied it would be a late period bench penalty for the Flames for too many men that would see Nathan MacKinnon’s second power play goal of the night to give the Avalanche a 2-1 lead.

Colorado would get their turn with time in the penalty box in the second as Paul Stastny would get called for hooking 26 seconds into the period.

It would be Joe Colborne with a tip-in goal late in the second to tie the game for the Flames before; recently snubbed from the Czech Olympic team, Jiri Hudler would give the Flames the go ahead goal.

Colorado would come out in the third and see Paul Stastny go backhand with an assist from Gabriel Landeskog to tie the game back up at three.

A bench penalty to the Avalanche for too many men would lead to a Michael Cammalleri goal to earn the Flames the two points over Colorado.

Wrap Around News

 

NHL’s Three Stars for the week ending January 5, 2013: Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner, St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott and Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter.

 

Today’s Line Up

Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres

New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs

Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils

San Jose Sharks at Nashville Predators

Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets

Calgary Flames at Phoenix Coyotes

St. Louis Blues at Edmonton Oilers

Pittsburgh Penguins at Vancouver Canucks

Boston Bruins at Anaheim Ducks

Minnesota Wild at Los Angeles Kings

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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