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The Morning After Skate

Welcome to the morning after!

A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed It

Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres

A slow start to the season for the Sabres offense has forced their goaltender Ryan Miller to stand on his head to try and keep his team in the games.

Both Miller and Senators goaltender Craig Anderson are hopefuls for the United States Olympic team and if they bring what they did against one another Team USA may just be in good hands in Sochi.

It would take the final 95 seconds of the game before either netminder would give up a goal

Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson would be the lone goal scorer as he would but a wrist shot past Miller to end the game before it reached overtime.

New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils

It would be a big night for last minute UFA signing for the Devils Damien Brunner and he wasted no time making his presence known as he opened the scoring early with a wrist shot past Islanders’ netminder Evgeni Nabakov.

Islanders would respond with a goal of their own to tie the game from Michael Grabner.

Brunner would make the boxscore once more in the first as he would get a call for hooking Brian Strait.

A tie game to start the second would see a wrap-around goal from Devils Michael Ryder to regain the lead. Grabner would put his second of the game (and season) past Martin Brodeur to tie the game once again. Just over a minute into the third period Frans Nielsen would give the Islanders their first lead of the game before Brunner would net his second of the game as well to force extra time and a shootout.

Shoot Out Results:

Devils: Brunner – Save

Islanders: Nielsen-save

Devils: Clowe-Save

Islanders: Bouchard-Save

Devils: Elias-Save

Islanders: Tavares-Save

Devils: Zajac-Save

Islanders: Bailey-Save

Devils: Ryder-Save

Islanders: Okposo-Save

Devils: Jagr-Save

Islanders: Moulson-Score

Yes, it would take six rounds of the shootout before finally someone got past one of the goaltenders. The Islanders would take a 4-3 SO win over the Devils.

Detroit Red Wings at Carolina Hurricanes

There may be a heat wave over parts of the US right now but it is hockey season but Carolina looked to defeat the newly aligned eastern conference Red Wings in the Hurricanes home opener.

Giving the hyped up home crowd fans what they came for it would be Radek Dvorak to open the scoring on a deflected shot from Jeff Skinner giving the Hurricanes the first momentum swing of the game.

Period two would see tit-for-tat penalty calls as Carolina’s Eric Staal would sit for tripping only to be boarded by Jonathan Ericsson.

Both teams would kill off the man advantages until Detroit’s Brendan Smith would get called for holding Skinner and Nathan Gerbe would put a wrister past Jimmy Howard.

Carolina would enter the third with a 2-0 lead over Detroit only to see Justin Abdelkader get the puck past Cam Ward to cut the Hurricanes lead in half less than a minute into the period.

Just as Abdelkader would score less than a minute into the period it would be Henrik Zetterberg with less than a minute remaining to tie the game and force overtime.

Now on 4-on-4 for over time both teams would get the spark they had missed for the majority of the game. It would be Stephan Weiss with the deflected shot from Johan Franzen to win it for the Red Wings.

Calgary Flames at Columbus Blue Jackets

Two and a half minutes. It would take less time than that for Sean Monahan to put the puck past Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky.

Shane O’Brien’s interference call would put the Flames down a man and Columbus’ power play until would see James Wisniewski and Marian Gaborik assist on Jack Johnson’s game tying goal.

Flames would regroup and T.J. Galiardi would give them the lead again over the Blue Jackets with an unassisted goal.

It would be Gaborik with his first of the season (in his first full season with the Blue Jackets) to give Columbus a tie game to head into the first intermission.

The second period would remain tied as both netminders kept their teams in the game. It wouldn’t be until midway through the third that the tie would be broken by a slap shot from Flames forward Jiri Hudler.

Calgary would take the lead and run with it seeing Curtis Glencross score his first of the season to bring the Flames lead to two over the Blue Jackets.

Artem Anisimov would bring Columbus within one but Joey MacDonald would lockdown the Flames crease and help the Flames to a 4-3 win.

Los Angeles Kings at Winnipeg Jets

The Kings would welcome the Jets to the Western Conference with a goal by LA’s Matt Greene off of a deflection.

Evander Kane would put a wrist shot past Jonathan Quick off of a feed from Devin Setoguchi to even out the score sheet.

Second period would start off with a hooking call to Jets Dustin Byfuglien only to be followed up with a fight between Kane and Colin Fraser.

It would be Olli Jokinen with a snap shot past Quick to give Winnipeg the lead and they would hold onto.

Kings Greene would take a holding penalty that would lead to a power play goal by Setoguchi. The Jets wouldn’t be done there as minutes after his power play goal it would be Setoguchi with a wrap-around goal to make it 4-1 Winnipeg.

Jets rookie Jacob Trouba would be assessed a penalty for tripping Anze Kopitar that would give the Kings a momentum push.

Jeff Carter would score on the power play while Trouba sat while Jets Evander Kane would take a hi-sticking call shortly after and see the Kings bring it within one with a power play goal by Justin Williams.

In a final push in the final minute of the game the Kings would pull their goaltender for the extra attacker and see Bryan Little score an empty net goal to give the Jets a 5-3 win.

Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche

It is early in the NHL season (two games for Colorado early); however, it looks as though the coaching change to Patrick Roy has given the team a bit of spunk.

PA Parenteau would give the Avalanche a momentous push as he scored his first goal of the new season late in the first period.

It took 20 seconds into the second period for Colorado’s Steve Downie to get called for tripping to get things rolling. After the Avalanche were able to keep the Predators at bay for their two minute man advantage Patrick Bordelaeu would tip-in the puck past Pekka Rinne to give Colorado a two-goal lead.

Just shy of the halfway point in the game Predators defenseman Shea Weber would be assessed double roughing penalties on Downie while Downie himself would receive a charging call.

Steve Downie put hit on Roman Josi that some are speculating has resulted in a concussion and should result in a suspension:

Nashville would net their first (and only) goal of the game after Paul Gaustad snuck one behind Semyon Varlamov.

One again in the third as time ticked down to nearing the halfway point in the game double minor penalties would be handed out, this time to both Downie and Predator Eric Nystrom.

Nashville would try to tie the game to force overtime by pulling Rinne for the extra skater when Parenteau would score his second of the game into the empty net; leading the Avalanche to a 3-1 win over the Predators.

Wrap Around News

New York Islanders announced yesterday that they have renewed their partnership with WRHU 88.7 FM, Radio Hofstra University. Coverage will be extended into Suffolk County on WRCN 103.9 FM.

In more radio news the Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network will provide complete coverage of the 2013-14 season with more affiliates, a new broadcast team, and contributions to a new weekly show.

San Jose Sharks recalled forward John McCarthy from the Worcester Sharks (AHL) and assigned forward Matt Pelech to Worchester.

Tonight’s Line Up

Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins

Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs

Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens

Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders

Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks

Florida Panthers at St. Louis Blues

Washington Capitals at Dallas Stars

Anaheim Ducks at Minnesota Wild

Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks

Phoenix Coyotes at San Jose Sharks

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