Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Monica McAlister on 12/19/13 at 09:55 AM ET
Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.
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Ottawa Senators are New Jersey Devils
It wouldn’t take long for the Senators to get a power play as just over a minute into the game Devils are Zidlicky would get called for hooking Erik Karlsson. The Senators power play would lead to a short-handed goal from Stephen Gionta to give the home team the early lead.
Gionta’s goal would be his first of the season followed shortly by another first of the season and Reid Boucher would net his first of the season to give the Devils a 2-0 lead over the Senators heading into the first intermission.
Starting the second would be reminiscent of the first as another early penalty would lead to a New Jersey goal. It would be Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan called for holding Jaromir Jagr that would lead to a Jagr power play goal that would be record breaking later in the night.
Continuing the power play theme of the night it would be a power play goal from Colin Greening that got the Senators on the scoreboard.
Senators would be down by two goals when late in the second Damien Brunner would give the Devils their three-goal lead back.
Frustration would mount for Ottawa and Clarke MacArthur would get a roughing and boarding call as time in the second expired.
Devils up 4-1 to start the third a hooking call on Zidlicky would cut the Devils lead in half as Milan Michalek would net a backhanded power play goal for the Senators.
Less than a minute later Eric Gelinas would put a slapshot passed Lehner to give the Devils a 5-2 win; making Jagr’s goal in the second the game winning goal and thus putting him in first place all-time with 122 game winning goals and eighty overall all-time in NHL goal scoring.
Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers
It would be a slow start to the game at Madison Square Garden but a nail biter none-the-less.
The first goal of the night would come nearly thirteen minutes into the second period when a penalty to Rangers Ryan McDonagh would lead to a power play goal from Chris Kunitz. Minutes later Carl Hagelin would tie the game with a backhanded shot past Marc-Andre Fleury.
With a tie game to start the third period back-to-back goals from the Penguins early in the period would see the Rangers fall to a 3-1 deficit before Mats Zucarello would bring the Rangers within one just over midway thru the third.
A late penalty to Penguins Matt Niskanen for hi-sticking Carl Hagelin would lead to a power play goal from Derick Brassard to tie the game with just under two minutes left in regulation.
A five round shootout would be needed to decide a winner in the Metropolitan Division match up. Rangers Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash and Brad Richards would be three of the five that were stonewalled by Fleury. Henrik Lundqvist would stop Jussi Jokinen, Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis before Brandon Sutter would finally get one past the Rangers netminder and give Pittsburgh the extra point.
”We battled hard, came back, and Hank gave us a good chance of winning. We didn’t come through today and it’s a disappointing feeling, but at least we got a point. We were down 3-1 there, so it’s a good comeback,” Rangers Mats Zuccarello on the shootout loss to Penguins.
Wrap Around News
Detroit Red Wings Kyle Quincey will not be suspended for the hit the other night on Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf.
Pittsburgh Penguins Deryk Engelland has been suspended five games for his illegal check to the head of Red Wings Justin Abdelkader.
NHL Network and NHL.com will broadcast the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. NHL Network will broadcast 18 live contest while NHL.com will provide live streams of all Team USA Tournament Games.
Today’s Line Up
Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
Phoenix Coyotes at Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets at Philadelphia Flyers
Minnesota Wild at Pittsburgh Penguins
Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators
Calgary Flames at Detroit Red Wings
Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Lightning
Montreal Canadiens at St. Louis Blues
Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars
Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche
San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings
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