Making his debut for the Capitals after being dealt from Carolina before Wednesday's trade deadline, Walker made a very good first impression scoring twice in a 2:58 span during the third period in a 5-4 Washington win over Tampa Bay. Walker's second of the game came with 6:51 to go in the third period and was the game-winner to extend Washington's home winning streak to 12 games. The two-goal night was Walker's first since March 2, 2007 against Pittsburgh. Mike Knuble(notes) scored his 24th and 25th goals of the season in the second period to give him four in his last three games.
Down 4-2 midway through the second period, the Penguins fought back to tie things at four and send it to overtime where Staal would net the winner 3:42 into the extra frame giving Pittsburgh a 5-4 win over the New York Rangers. The OT winner was his second of the game and 18th of the season coming on a Pittsburgh power play. Staal scored his first goal of the game in the first period to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead before New York scored the next three. Chris Kunitz(notes) added a goal and two assists in the win that pushed the Penguins into second place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the New Jersey Devils.
Another late-season surge for the Blues? Kariya's two goals capped off an impressive opening period for St. Louis during their 6-1 victory over Dallas. Kariya and Brad Boyes(notes) scored 17 seconds apart near the end of the first period to give the Blues a 3-1 lead heading into the locker room. Chris Mason(notes) made 29 saves to extend his personal winning as well as St. Louis' to five games.
Honorable mention: Manny Legace(notes) made 25 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes downed the Ottawa Senators 4-1 to extend their current winning streak to seven games. The 'Canes have also won 11 of their last 13 ... Martin St. Louis(notes) recorded three assists while
Dishonorable mention: Almost four minutes after Los Angeles opened the scoring against Nashville, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick(notes) was the victim of a bad carom off his stick that allowed J.P. Dumont(notes) to pounce on a loose puck to tie the game early ... Bad nights for Pascal Leclaire(notes) (two goals, five shots), Dwayne Roloson(notes) (three goals, seven shots), Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) (four goals, 12 shots), and Marty Turco(notes) (four goals, 11 shots) who were all pulled tonight ... Ottawa has lost five in a row in Carolina ... The Lightning have allowed at least five goals in each game of their current five-game losing streak ... The Canadiens were brutal in the faceoff circle winning just 19 out of 61 draws.