Toskala is far from a fan favorite in Toronto, but for one night, he deserved a standing ovation. Making 38 saves (including this one stuffing Simon Gagne(notes) on the doorstep) and recording his first shutout in 70 games, Toskala blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0. It was the first time in six starts that he did not allow at least three goals.
Shutouts were a theme on Thursday night with five of them around the NHL including another Brodeur holding the New York Rangers off the scoresheet. Ottawa's Brodeur was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League just hours before puck drop at Madison Square Garden. The rush to get to the arena on time didn't affect him as he made 32 saves for his first career shutout in just his second NHL start.
While he wasn't the one being mobbed by teammates after each goal, Staal's three assists led the charge as the Penguins roared back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 and improve to 3-1 on their current road trip. Whether it was swooping in for a loose puck along the boards to set up Tyler Kennedy(notes); or taking a shot on goal that allowed for a juicy rebound that Matt Cooke(notes) would cash in; on or banking a pass off Pascal Dupuis'(notes) skate for the game-winning goal, Staal was making things happen in the third period and along with Marc-Andre Fleury(notes), was a key factor in Pittsburgh's comeback.
Honorable mention: Obviously the happy Edmonton Oilers fan above watched the Pittsburgh-Calgary last night and took notice of Sidney Crosby's(notes) No. 1 fan ... Ryan Miller(notes) and Ondrej Pavelec(notes) dueled in Atlanta, but it was the Sabres who came out on top 2-1 in overtime after Derek Roy(notes) cashed in on a power play opportunity as Zach Bogosian(notes) sat in the box after an elbowing penalty. Buffalo is red-hot, winning seven of their last eight ... It took 43 games, but Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) finally has his second goal of the season. Typically good for 10-15 goals a season, Lidstrom hadn't scored since October 8th. Red Wings forward Drew Miller(notes) tallied a goal an assist and a game-high six shots on goal in Detroit's 3-1 win over Carolina. Jimmy Howard(notes), who continues to be superb in net for the Red Wings, made 37 saves for his 17th win of the season. He leads all rookie goaltenders in victories ... After blowing a two-goal lead in the third period last night to Washington, the Florida Panthers took out their frustrations on Tampa Bay by scoring twice in the final frame to beat the Lightning 3-2 ... Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves in Pittsburgh's come-from-behind win over Edmonton. Two big stops early in the third period on a Dustin Penner(notes) breakaway and on Fernando Pisani kept hope alive for Pittsburgh ... Jonathan Quick's(notes) 22 saves paced Los Angeles in a 4-0 shutout win over Anaheim. Kings forward Dustin Brown(notes) scored his 100th career NHL goal while Anaheim's Ryan Carter(notes) played in his 100th NHL game ... Tim Thomas(notes) (41 saves) and Evgeni Nabokov(notes) (30 saves) battled in a game that ended with Zdeno Chara(notes) claiming the winning shootout goal for Boston in a 2-1 win ... Cristobal Huet(notes) made 24 stops and recorded his fourth shutout of the season as Chicago blanked Columbus 3-0 ... Brian Rolston's(notes) two goals for New Jersey weren't enough as Phoenix slipped past the Devils 4-3. Daniel Winnik(notes) scored the eventual game-winner midway through the third period as he took a stick to the face. Zach Parise(notes) recorded an assist which was his 300th point in the NHL ... Brian Gionta(notes) scored twice and Georges Laraque(notes) scored his first goal since March 27, 2008 in Montreal's 5-3 win over Dallas. Mike Cammalleri added this nifty goal and an assist in the win ... T.J. Oshie(notes) might have scored the only goal in St. Louis' 1-0 win over Minnesota, but he may be summoned by Colin Campbell after his apparent slew-foot injured Andrew Ebbett(notes), who left the arena sporting a neck brace. Blues goaltender Chris Mason(notes) made 19 saves for the shutout while Minnesota's Josh Harding(notes) was the tough luck loser despite stopping 36 St. Louis shots ... Leafs rookie Tyler Bozak(notes) scored his first NHL goal and takes home goal of the night honors with this dandy effort:
Did you know?: The Rangers haven’t played consecutive 0-0 games since February, 1928. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: While his distant relative Mike was having a fantastic night, Martin Brodeur(notes) struggled against the Phoenix Coyotes allowing four goals on 19 shots ... The Edmonton Oilers and rookie goaltender Devan Dubnyk(notes) took a 2-0 lead into the third period against Pittsburgh, but three Penguin goals ruined what could have been a memorable performance ... Marian Gaborik(notes) is now goalless in four straight games, his longest streak of the season. Since Gaborik isn't scoring, neither are the Rangers who have not scored in 144:23 ... Blair Betts(notes) (-4), Oskars Bartulis(notes) and Ian Laperriere(notes) (-3 each) did not have good nights as the Flyers were blanked by the Leafs ... Marty Turco(notes) continues to struggle and with his loss to the Canadiens has dropped five of his last six starts.