Wait, so did the Dallas Stars trade for Kari Lehtonen(notes) just to turn Marty Turco into a brick wall in the crease? Turco shut out the Phoenix Coyotes for the second time in a week, making 40 saves in a 3-0 road victory. Brandon Segal(notes), Jamie Benn(notes) and Toby Petersen(notes) had the goals for the Stars.
Wild back and forth game between the Isles and the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Park gave New York a 4-3 lead in the second period, only to see Steve Downie(notes) tie the game again in the third. Later in the period, Park scored this marvelous, hard-working game-winning goal that was validated by video replay. The Isles won the game, 5-4, with Marty Biron getting the victory. Steven Stamkos(notes) scored goal No. 34 for the Bolts.
Briere was booed inside Bell Centre, which naturally inspired him to post a hat trick against the Montreal Canadiens in the Flyers' 6-2 victory. Briere scored his three goals in three different ways: 5-on-5 in the first period to open the scoring; on the power play in the second period and then on a penalty shot in the third against replacement goalie Carey Price(notes) (8 saves).
Honorable mention: Jarome Iginla(notes) scored two goals in the third period and Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) made 26 saves in his last start before the Olympics, as the Calgary Flames defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 3-1. ... Jimmy Howard(notes) made 29 saves, and Pavel Datsyuk(notes) scored on a terrific power-play tip shot along with an assist, as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Ottawa Senators, 4-1. ... The Buffalo Sabres crowd chanted "USA!" as Ryan Miller(notes) completed a 27-save performance and a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. Thomas Vanek(notes) scored his 18th for the Sabres, who snapped a six-game losing streak. ... Mark Recchi(notes) scored the game-tying goal in the third period and then beat Tomas Vokoun(notes) (37 saves) in the eighth round of the shootout to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. The Bruins have won four straight. ... Chris Mason(notes) made 31 saves and David Perron(notes) scored the lone goal of the shootout, as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-3. Alex Semin scored his 30th while Mike Knuble(notes) scored twice for the Caps. ... Jonathan Toews(notes) scored the only goal in yet another shootout, this time as the Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the Atlanta Thrashers, 5-4. Patrick Sharp(notes) had a three-point night, helping to overcome an impressive three-goal rally by the Thrash in the second period. Kim Johnsson(notes) scored a goal in his Blackhawks debut. ... Finally, Jonathan Quick(notes) made 22 saves in shutting out the Colorado Avalanche, 3-0. His 34th win matches Mario Lessard’s 1980-81 franchise record. Anze Kopitar(notes) scored his 28th in the win.
Did you know? Buffalo is 13-1 against San Jose at home all-time. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Martin Brodeur(notes) was pulled in the third period after giving up four goals on 22 shots, as the New Jersey Devils failed to win a road game for the sixth straight game, losing to the Carolina Hurricanes by a 5-2 count. Ray Whitney(notes) and Jussi Jokinen(notes) both had two goals. ... Cam Janssen's "late, dangerous hit" on Matt Bradley(notes) will be examined by the NHL. ... Petr Prucha(notes) of the Coyotes was stretchered off the ice after a hard hit from James Neal(notes); Five For Howling has a great review of the "unnecessary" hit. ... St. Louis was 1-for-7 on the power play. ... Vincent Lecavalier(notes) and Adnrew Ladd were a minus-3. ... Jaroslav Halak(notes) was pulled in favor of Price for the Habs, after giving up five goals on 17 shots.
- Marty Turco