Nationwide Arena saw a wild game this afternoon that had five goals in the opening period and 11 in total as Chicago edged Columbus 6-5. Down 4-3 entering the third period, the Blackhawks captain scored two power play goals to give Chicago the lead for good. The victory ensured a sweep of the home-and-home series between the two teams and was the seventh time this season that Columbus had lost a game after they led through two periods. The Blue Jackets continue their struggles and have now lost 24 of their last 30 games.
Coming off a 3-2 win against Tampa Bay on Thursday night, the Panthers swept the home-and-home with a solid 5-2 victory thanks to Vokoun's 47 saves. The Czech netminder has won three of his last four starts as Florida stays in the mix for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Lightning threw 41 shots at Vokoun in the first and third periods, but could only muster their two goals midway through the opening frame.
Montreal fans must be wondering where this offensive output was when Latendresse was a wearing the bleu, blanc et rouge. In a 6-4 loss to Phoenix, Latendresse recorded his first career hat trick and now has 12 points in his last seven games. While Benoit Pouliot(notes) has played well since heading to the Canadiens as part of the deal, it's been Latendresse who's been a focal point of the Wild offense in his short time with the team.
Honorable mention: Snapping out of an 11 game goalless drought, Rick Nash(notes) scored twice and Kristian Huselius(notes) added a goal and two assists in Columbus' loss to Chicago. Two of Patrick Kane's(notes) three assists came on Jonathan Toews' pair of goals ... Craig Anderson(notes) and the Colorado Avalanche keep winning and today bested Martin Brodeur(notes) and the New Jersey Devils 3-1. Anderson made 37 stops for his third straight victory. Chris Stewart(notes) and Wojtek Wolski(notes) each had a goal and an assist for the Avs ... Thomas Greiss'(notes) 27 saves and Devin Setoguchi's(notes) two goals led the way for San Jose's 4-2 win over Edmonton. Patrick Marleau(notes) scored his league-leading 32nd goal and Joe Thornton(notes) added a goal and his 50th assist of the season. With his two points, Thornton tied Owen Nolan(notes) for second place on the Sharks all-time points list with 451 ... Helping Tomas Vokoun on the offensive side for Florida were Cory Stillman(notes) and Rostislav Olesz(notes) who both scored twice while Keith Ballard(notes) added three assists ... Recording his first win in just over a years time, Rick DiPietro(notes) made 31 saves in regulation and overtime and then denied five Sabres in the shootout in his home debut for the New York Islanders ... Back after missing three weeks due to injury, Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson(notes) scored a goal and assisted on two others while Senators rookie Zach Smith scored his first NHL goal in a 4-2 win over Montreal. Mike Brodeur(notes) continued to give Ottawa head coach Cory Clouston relief in goal by making 30 saves for his third consecutive win. Making the most of his new scenery in Montreal, Benoit Pouliot now has six goals in his last nine games for the Canadiens ... It was a career night for Ed Jovanovski(notes) as he finished a plus-4 and assisted on four of the six Phoenix goals in their win over Minnesota. Petr Prucha(notes) scored twice as the Coyotes built a 5-1 lead before the Wild clawed back to make it close. Phoenix defenseman Adrian Aucoin(notes) scored a goal in his 900th career NHL game ... Continuing to improve his lead in the NHL scoring race, Henrik Sedin's(notes) goal and two assists, along with brother Daniel's two helpers (and his 500th career point), led the way for Vancouver in their 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Stung by an injury to Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) Thursday night in Edmonton, the Penguins had to sign 19-year old Alexander Pechursky of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League to a one-day amateur try-out contract. Thinking he was going to just work the door tonight, Pechursky was thrown into action in the second period and stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced after John Curry(notes) was pulled ... Anze Kopitar(notes) and Dustin Brown(notes) scored two and a half minute apart in the third period and Brown scored in the shootout as the Kings came back on the Bruins for a 4-3 win. The decimated Bruins scratched Marco Sturm(notes) before the game due to a nagging leg injury ... Chris Mason(notes) won his fourth in a row stopping 21 shots in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers. The St. Louis netminder has bounced back after a five-game losing streak and has allowed two goals in his last three starts. Alex Steen(notes) and Roman Polak(notes) each tallied a goal and an assist in the win ... Jussi Jokinen's(notes) two goals weren't enough as Carolina fell to Atlanta 5-3. Joni Pitkanen(notes) added three assists while Thrashers defenseman Zach Bogosian(notes) scored his ninth goal of the season and finished a plus-4 ... Alex Auld(notes) (26 saves) and Jimmy Howard(notes) (28 saves) performed admirably in a game that was marred by controversy in the shootout. See below for those details. Dallas' win was their fifth straight at home against the Red Wings.
Did you know?: Despite the loss, Boston is 14-1-1 in games where they've led by two goals. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: It was a back-and-forth game in Columbus, but that was thanks to the less-than-stellar efforts by Cristobal Huet(notes) (5 goals, 26 shots) and Steve Mason(notes) (6 goals, 31 shots) ... Edmonton continued their slide and have won just once since December 11th (15 games) ... Antero Niittymaki(notes) had a tough night getting beat for the second straight game by Florida and allowing five goals on 18 shots ... Montreal could have used a little help from their power play which went 0-for-6 in their 4-2 loss to Ottawa ... Making his first start for Pittsburgh in over a year, John Curry didn't receive any support from his defense and was lit up for five goals and chased early in the second period at the hands of the Canucks ... Scary incident in Colorado involving Devils forward Patrik Elias(notes) who needed to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after taking this hit from Avs defenseman Ryan Wilson(notes):
Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice reported after the game that Elias was "OK" and not taken to a hospital ... Another day, another controversy involving video-replay. During the Dallas-Detroit shootout, Steve Ott's(notes) attempt was initially ruled no-goal by the referee closest to the goal line, but later overruled by the back ref unbeknownst to anyone at American Airlines Center or the television broadcasters. Due to the call on the ice, the Toronto Situation Room could not find sufficient evidence to overturn the call and Ott was awarded the goal. Patrick Eaves(notes) missed Detroit's final attempt and the Stars gained the extra point. The Dallas Morning News' Mike Heika tracked down Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock after the game to get his opinion on the call:
"The video replay showed the puck didn't go in the net. I thought that's why we had video replay. The referee on the goal line called it, but then they determined I guess he was blocked out and the referee decided it went in the net. I don't know how a guy 20 feet away can make that decision when we have people in Toronto with video replay - that makes no sense to me whatsoever. But they've got to make the decision and they did. Disappointing."
Judge the call for yourself: