It was a Halakian effort: 32 saves for the Blues netminder, showing the kind of mobility and ability to make the second stop in a sequence that made him a star last postseason. David Backes(notes) had both goals in the Blues' 2-0 victory over the Nashville Predators.
Vinny scored his fifth of the season in the second period and then won the game for the Bolts in overtime on the power play, sliding down from the point to score from the top of the crease. Tampa wins, 3-2, over the Atlanta Thrashers to earn a tie for first in the Southeast.
Kyle Turris(notes) scored the only goal the Coyotes would need as LaBarbera shut the door on the Dallas Stars in a 1-0 victory. He made 30 saves, including this one on a Loui Eriksson(notes) penalty shot:
Honorable mention: That Sidney Crosby(notes) extending his points streak to 24 games with a third-period goal will get the headlines, Brian Elliott's(notes) 44 saves and Erik Karlsson's(notes) two goals were the deciding factors in the Ottawa Senators' 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. ... Marian Hossa(notes) had two assists in his first game back after missing 10 with an injury, as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1. Marty Turco(notes), filling in for the flu-ridden Corey Crawford(notes), made 26 saves, including 14 in the first. ... Dwayne Roloson(notes) made 38 saves as the New York Islanders scored four straight goals to defeat the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, winning their third in a row. ... Alex Ovechkin(notes) had a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2. ... Henrik Zetterberg(notes) had a goal and an assist while Niklas Kronwall(notes) had two helpers and was a plus-3 in the Detroit Red Wings' 4-1 win at the Minnesota Wild. ... The Los Angeles Kings won the "Freeway Faceoff" against the Anaheim Ducks, scoring three unanswered goals in the second period for the 4-1 win. Anze Kopitar(notes) scored the game-winner, and Dustin Brown(notes) had a goal and an assist. ... After the Edmonton Oilers took a 2-0 lead, the Vancouver Canucks roared back with three goals, winning 3-2 on a Kevin Bieksa(notes) blast from the blue line with 24 second left. ... Colby Armstrong(notes) scored twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the hapless New Jersey Devils, 4-1. ... Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) and Dion Phaneuf(notes) dropped the gloves in the Leafs/Devils game.
Did you know? St. Louis was not called for a penalty for the first time in a game since April 1, 2004 against Detroit. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Dan Cleary scored goal No. 16 against the Wild but suffered what's been called a fractured left ankle. ... Only 3,136 were on hand at Nassau Coliseum for the Islanders game, as the NHL rejected a request from the team to postpone the game. The Isles will allow any fan with a ticket, including those who attended the game, to exchange their ticket for a future home game, according to Newsday. ... An announced crowd of 5,329 came out to Prudential Center; no word on Devils ticket exchanges. ... Marty Brodeur was pulled after giving up three goals on 14 shots. ... Dustin Byfuglien's(notes) boarding penalty at the end of regulation led to Lecavalier's OT PPG. ... Tim Gleason was ejected from the Caps/Canes game for what appeared to be a clean hit. ... Finally, Max Pacioretty(notes) was ejected for the Habs after a boarding call on Mark Eaton(notes). Said Pacioretty: "Sometimes you make mistakes, and I definitely made a mistake there that hurt our team and obviously hurt that player."