February 24, 2011
A five-goal first period boosted the Lightning to an 8-3 rout of the Phoenix Coyotes, ending their eight-game win streak in the process. Purcell recorded his first career hat trick by opening the scoring in the first period and then potting home back-to-back goals six minutes apart early in the second. Vincent Lecavalier(notes) registered a goal and four assists, while Martin St. Louis(notes) tallied a pair in the win.
Butler scored twice and Craig Anderson(notes) won his second straight start for the Senators making 23 saves as Ottawa got by the Florida Panthers, 5-1. Butler's pair now give him five in his last five games after opening his NHL career without a goal in his first nine games. Jason Spezza(notes) added three points as the Senators ended a 10-game losing streak at ScotiaBank Place.
Dubnyk faced double-digit shots in all three periods and allowed just one to get by him as the Oilers took care of the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1. Making 38 saves, Dubnyk earned his eighth win of the year and won back-to-back appearances for the second time this season. Jordan Eberle(notes) and Taylor Hall(notes) each had a goal and assist in the win.
Honorable mention: Willie Mitchell's(notes) goal 6:45 into the third period broke a 2-2 tie as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2. Jonathan Quick(notes) made 25 saves and won for the eighth time in 10 starts ... Teemu Selanne(notes) scored his 626th goal to pass Joe Sakic(notes) for 14th all-time on the NHL scoring list ... In front of new owner Terry Pegula, Tyler Mylers scored, added an assist and finished a plus-3 as the Buffalo Sabres downed the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-1. Ryan Miller(notes) made 40 saves to snap a three-game losing streak. Sabres defenseman Steve Montador(notes) played in his 500th NHL game ... Patrick Marleau(notes) scored his second goal of the evening with four seconds to go in overtime as the San Jose Sharks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2. Antti Niemi(notes) won his fifth straight and Logan Couture(notes) scored his 25th of the season, tying a San Jose franchise rookie record as well as Michael Grabner(notes) in the rookie scoring race. Three games after notching the OT winner against Nashville, Marleau recorded his sixth game-winner of the year:
Dishonorable mention: Jason LaBarbera(notes) was in net for all eight Tampa Bay goals ... Tobias Enstrom(notes) and Dustin Byfuglien(notes) finished a combined minus-7 against Buffalo ... Atlanta fell to 3-11-4 in their last 18 games ... For the second straight game, the lights at CONSOL Energy Center caused a delay. The start of the second period of the Penguins/Sharks game was delayed by 20 minutes after the house lights failed to turn on ... Already missing 10 regulars, Brooks Orpik(notes) took a puck to the hand in the second period and did not return ... Making his first start for the Avs, Brian Elliott(notes) allowed five goals on 31 shots.