While Mike Green set a new benchmark for NHL defensemen (more on that in a moment), Legwand gets the nod here for a singular effort in Nashville's 3-2 shootout win over the East-leading Boston Bruins. He tipped home Jordin Tootoo's shot in the first, and then rifled the puck past Manny Fernandez in the second for the Preds' two regulation goals. In the shootout, Legwand scored a back-hander off the water bottle for the huge Nashville victory at home.
Green set a new NHL record for goals in consecutive games by a defenseman in Washington's 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Green's second-period power-play tally past Karri Ramo broke a mark set by Mike O'Connell of the Boston Bruins in the 1983-84 season. It also earned Green and rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth, who had his first NHL victory, massive shaving cream showers. Fun fact: Coach Bruce Boudreau asked for and received permission to have Green's teammates spill onto the ice to celebrate Green's goal.
An exceptional performance for the Oilers keeper, who made 39 saves before the shootout and then two more in the skills competition in Edmonton's big 3-2 victory at the Los Angeles Kings. It was his 11th-straight start for the Oil.
Honorable Mention: Occasionally, Todd Bertuzzi provides a reminder about his offensive abilities. He had four assists, all primary, in the Calgary Flames' 7-5 victory over the spiraling Phoenix Coyotes, who no doubt would be considering a coaching change if their coach wasn't this guy. Ilya Bryzgalov faced 45 shots in the loss. ... Steve Mason hasn't missed a beat, stopping 26 shots for his second consecutive win for the Columbus Blue Jackets since his bout with mono. Kristian Huselius had two goals and an assist in the BJ's 5-1 win at the Carolina Hurricanes. ... We should probably stop goofing on Cory Clouston. The Ottawa Senators coach has sparked his team to a four-game winning streak, including last night's 5-3 win at the Minnesota Wild in which the Senators rallied from a three-goal, first-period hole. ... The Chicago Blackhawks' first game at home since Jan. 21 was a buzzer-to-buzzer manhandling of the Dallas Stars. Martin Havlat and Jonathan Toews had three-point nights in the 6-2 win. ... Marty Biron made his bid for the starting job, stopping 38 shots in the Philadelphia Flyers' 5-1 win over the New York Islanders.
Did You Know?: The Oilers are a rather incredible 17-0-1 when leading after two periods.
Dishonorable Mention: Losing 6-2 at the Toronto Maple Leafs was, as The Pensblog eloquently put it, a St. Valentine's Day massacre for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who blew a two-goal lead. Jason Blake scored twice for the Leafs. ... Mike McKenna (9 saves, 12 shots), Brian Elliott (9 saves, 12 shots), Marty Turco (24 saves, 27 shots) and Niklas Backstrom (wow, and
12 16 saves on 19 shots) were all pulled from their respective games. ... Sean Avery played 20 minutes with the AHL Hartford Wolfpack, without a penalty or fight, and made reference to "The Old Sean" in postgame comments. What have they done to you, sir?
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- Mike Green