Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Monica McAlister on 01/06/14 at 09:12 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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Winnipeg Jets 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 6
Tit-for-tat is the summary for the game in Pittsburgh yesterday as the Penguins and the Jets exchanged penalties and goals for sixty minutes.
Jacob Trouba took less than two minutes to give the Jets the early lead as he put a wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury.
Winnipeg would see Adam Pardy sit for two minutes for tripping Brandon Sutter before Penguins would see Craig Adams called for unsportsmanlike conduct. The intensity would grow in the first and see coincidental roughing calls on Penguins Deryk Engelland and Jets Dustin Byfuglien before Mark Schiefele would make it 2-0 for the Jets with four seconds left in the first.
Down by two on their home ice the Penguins would come out and take control in the second.
Evgeni Malkin would put a snap shot past Al Montoya just over a minute in while an early penalty to Jets Blake Wheeler for slashing Malkin would lead to a game tying goal from Pittsburgh’s James Neal on the ensuing power play.
Neal would score his second of the game just over 30 seconds later to give the Penguins their first lead of the game before Wheeler would tie it back up at three for the Jets.
Jussi Jokinen would regain the Penguins lead only to have Evander Kane score twice late in the second period to send the Jets soaring with the lead into the second intermission.
Third period would see the teams take control of their penalties problems with neither getting called for a single one in the final period.
Malkin would tie the game with a wrist shot while Matt Niskanen would put in a slapshot for the Penguins for the 6-5 win over the Jets.
Nashville Predators 1 Carolina Hurricanes 2
For all the speculation as to if Semin cares or not back in Washington or now in Carolina it took him less than five minutes to open the scoring with an assists from Jeff Skinner and Tuomo Ruutu.
Carolina would hold onto the lead created by Semin until the third period when a penalty to Ryan Murphy for interference would see the Predators go on the man advantage. It would be Patric Hornqvist with a deflected shot on the power play to even up the scoring.
Late in the game Skinner would net his twentieth of the season with assist to Ruutu and Semin to give the Hurricanes the two points for the standings.
San Jose Sharks 3 Chicago Blackhawks 2 (SO)
Two of the Western Conference big hitters were at it last night with the Sharks visiting Chicago.
Jason Demers would put a slapshot past Corey Crawford midway through the first to give the Sharks the lead at the United Center.
The only penalty of the game would come late in the first as Blackhawks Brandon Bollig would be called for roughing. Sharks would not be able to capitalize on the late power play and the game would head to intermission as a one goal game.
It would take until the third period for another goal to be scored. Niklas Hjalmarsson would net a slapshot past Alex Stalock to even the score.
With renewed momentum from the Hjalmarsson goal Chicago would see Michal Rozsival score his first of the season to give the home team their first lead of the game.
Brent Burns would answer back for the Sharks to force the game into overtime and the eventual shootout.
This is the #Blackhawks' 102nd shootout in franchise history. No other team has reached 100— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) January 6, 2014
Stalock would stop both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp from the Blackhawks; while Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski would both get theirs past Crawford to earn the extra point for the Sharks.
Tampa Bay Lightning 3 Edmonton Oilers 5
Things started off wrong for the Oilers as less than a minute into the game Justin Schultz would head to the penalty box for an automatic two minute penalty for putting the puck over the glass.
Nikita Kucherov would take advantage of the early power play chance and put the Lightning on the scoreboard with a slapshot.
Oilers would rally from being behind early on home ice to see Jordan Eberle tie the game; and just minutes later score a power play goal f his own to give the Oilers the lead.
Luke Gazdic would deflect a shot from Justin Schultz to register his second goal of the season and give the Oilers a 3-1 lead over the visiting Lightning before time ticked off in the first.
Second period would see the Lighting strike back as defenseman Victor Hedman would bring Tampa within one of Edmonton and Valtteri Filppula would tie the game late in the second.
Starting the third with a tie game would see a fired up home team hit the ice.
Boyd Gordon would score nearing the midway point in the final period to give the Oilers the lead once again.
At 10:10 Oilers Alex Hemsky would be called for tripping while Lightning’s Ryan Malone would get called coincidentally for diving.
It would be a tip-in goal from Team Canada hopeful Taylor Hall with GM Steve Yzerman in the house for the finally tally as the Oilers would win it 5-3.
Vancouver Canucks Anaheim Ducks
With Roberto Luongo out with another injury the Canucks signed 43-year old Rob Laurie to a professional tryout yesterday to play as back up against the Anaheim Ducks.
Penalties would play a roll in the game; as two in a row to Anaheim would lead to two power play goals for Vancouver to give the Canucks an early two goal lead.
A late period fight between Brad Richardson and Kyle Palmieri would not swing the momentum nor spark another goal and the teams would head off for intermission with Vancouver leading 2-0.
Second period would see a refocused Ducks team and just 24 seconds after the second started Saku Koivu would deflect a shot from Jakob Silfverberg and cut the Canucks lead in half.
Matt Beleskey would put a backhanded shot in past Canucks Eddie Lack to even the game in the second.
Third period would see an early goal from Canucks Kevin Bieksa to regain the Canucks lead. A late goal from Ducks Nick Bonino would tie the game up at three and force the two West Coast teams into overtime.
It would be 3:54 of overtime when Kevin Bieksa would get called for hooking and lead to a power play overtime goal from Corey Perry.
Corey Perry wins it with .6 seconds left in OT— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) January 6, 2014
Wrap Around News
2014 World Junior Championship
Gold – Finland
Silver – Sweden
Bronze – Russia
Don’t forget tomorrow Hockey Canada will announce their 2014 Men’s Olympic Team.
Loved Steve Yzerman's line to me "I can't wait until Tuesday to find out how how stupid I am."— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) January 6, 2014
In other Olympic news from overnight…
Today’s Line Up
Dallas Stars at New York Islanders
Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Rangers
Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens
Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche
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