January 03, 2011
In his fifth shutout of the season, Vokoun stopped all 32 New York Rangers' shots he faced in a 3-0 victory at home. David Booth(notes) scored at 11:32 of the second period to break a scoreless tie; it was the up to Vokoun to preserve it until ex-Ranger Christopher Higgins scored at 8:50 of the third.
The Predators defenseman's cannon of a shot led Nashville on a 3-goal second period rally en route to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. His blast from the point tied the game at 2:59; two more shots led to rebound goals from Nick Spaling(notes) and a Patric Hornqvist(notes) goal scored as he tumbled to the ice. Pekka Rinne(notes) made 19 saves in the win.
Hiller stopped 39 shots to steal a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1. Andreas Lilja(notes) and Corey Perry(notes) had the goals. Hiller stopped 19 shots in the third period to clinch the win. One of his better saves in the game came against Jack Skille(notes):
Honorable mention: Dustin Byfuglien's power-play goal, with PK Subban(notes) in the box for hooking, gave the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Ondrej Pavelec(notes) had 47 saves in the win. Evander Kane(notes) and Andrew Ladd(notes) scored their 13th goals for Atlanta; Brian Gionta's(notes) 14th for the Habs tied the game in the third. ... The Philadelphia Flyers won in Detroit for the first time since Nov. 4, 1988 with a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. James van Riemsdyk(notes), Daniel Carcillo and Scott Hartnell(notes) scored the goals, and Brian Boucher(notes) made 25 saves. ... Pierre-Marc Bouchard(notes) scored with 26 seconds left in regulation and Cam Barker(notes) win it in OT for the Minnesota Wild, who defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 6-5. Andrew Brunette(notes) had a 3-point night. Scottie Upshall(notes) scored his 10th for the Yotes. ... Brenden Morrow(notes) scored twice, Brad Richards(notes) notched goal No. 18 and James Neal(notes) closed out the scoring in the Dallas Stars' 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Kari Lehtonen(notes) made 28 saves. ... R.J. Umberger(notes) has goals in three straight games. ... Finally, Alex Bolduc's first NHL goal preceded Mason Raymond's(notes) eighth of the year in the third period, as the Vancouver Canucks and Roberto Luongo's(notes) 31 saves defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1. Paul Stastny(notes) scored No. 15 for the Avs.
Did you know? Chicago appeared to score the tying goal in the third when Jack Skille's shot forced Hiller to reach back for a glove save right on goal line. The play was originally ruled a no-goal and a video review upheld the call. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Nashville center Cal O'Reilly(notes) broke the fibula in his right leg on a third-period fall. ... Martin Havlat(notes) was a minus-4 for the Wild. ... Jimmy Howard(notes) was pulled in favor of Chris Osgood(notes) to start the third after giving up three goals on 27 shots. ... The Blue Jackets have been outscored 42-29 in the second period this season.