Burrows crashed the Columbus net all night and his linemates set him up for his second career hat trick in a 7-3 laugher over the Blue Jackets. All three of Burrows' goals were scored from in close. He tallied twice from point blank off feeds from Daniel Sedin(notes) in the first period – one was admittedly a failed wraparound attempt – and capped the scoring by tipping home a pass from Ryan Kesler(notes) on a shorthanded rush. The supposedly defensive-minded Canucks are making a name for themselves as offensive juggernauts, while the Jackets' loss likely turned up the heat for embattled coach Ken Hitchcock.
Alex Ovechkin(notes) wasn't the only one adjusting to a new role for the Caps on Tuesday. Kudos to coach Bruce Boudreau, who had a hunch that Tomas Fleischmann might make a good center. Playing the position for the first time since his junior days, Fleischmann had a goal and two assists as the Caps pulled out a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens to snap a three-game losing streak. Centering Alexander Semin(notes) (two goals, eight shots) and Brooks Laich(notes) (assist), Fleischmann recorded his first three-point game since March of 2007. As for Ovechkin (no points, three shots) – clearly he can't multitask.
In Tuesday's wildest affair that didn't involve a post-game medal ceremony, Doan teed one up from the "ladies tees" (his words) to score on an overtime power play to give the Coyotes a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Doan had earlier backhanded one into a yawning net to give Phoenix a 2-0 lead. But in what certainly didn't follow the blueprint for a road win, the 'Yotes blew leads of 2-0 and 4-2 before earning the extra point on Doan's OT blast.Honorable Mention: Martin Brodeur(notes) (28 saves) picked up his third shutout in seven games (106th career) in a 4-0 victory over the visiting Stars. Patrik Elias(notes) decked Steve Ott(notes) with a cross-check to the head, then scored coming out of the penalty box for one of his two goals in the win. … Jordan Staal(notes) had a goal and two assists and helped put the clamps on Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) (no points, minus-3) in a 5-2 triumph over Atlanta. … The Bruins reacted favorably to an old-fashioned tongue lashing, scoring four times in the first period against Ottawa. Blake Wheeler(notes) had two goals and an assist and Tim Thomas(notes) won his 11th straight over the Senators in the 4-1 victory. … Marian Hossa(notes) had two goals and Patrick Kane(notes) extended his point streak to nine games as the Blackhawks tamed the Wild 4-1. … Matt Beleskey(notes) scored his first NHL goal and Saku Koivu(notes) potted career goal No. 200 as the Ducks defeated the Red Wings 4-1. … With three assists Henrik Sedin(notes) tied Joe Thornton(notes) for the NHL's scoring lead with 58 points. … Bryan McCabe(notes) had two goals for Florida against his former team in a losing effort in Toronto.
Did You Know?: Brodeur now has more shutouts against Dallas (four) than any other Western Conference team. He's blanked Colorado three times.
Dishonorable Mention: The Leafs have trailed 2-0 in 21 of their 43 games. Phil Kessel(notes) has just one point in nine games and is a minus-8 in that span. … Atlanta's nine-game losing streak is its longest since 2002. For the second straight year, the Thrashers helped Pittsburgh snap a five-game losing streak. … Jonathan Cheechoo(notes) hasn't scored a goal in 17 games and Milan Michalek(notes) has just two points (one goal) in his last 18 for the Senators.
- Tomas Fleischmann