December 12, 2010
Clowe provided all of the scoring for the Sharks in their 2-1 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks with the opening goal nine minutes into the first period and then the game winner with just over a minute remaining in the extra period. The two-goal night was Clowe's fifth multi-point game in his last six. Antti Niemi(notes) made 28 saves to beat his former team for the second time this season.
Behind Ward's 38 saves through overtime and three more stops in the shootout, the Hurricanes slipped past St. Louis 2-1. Ward snapped a two-game skid in the process and kept Carolina in the game making 17 saves in the third period. Jussi Jokinen(notes) scored the only goal in the shootout for Carolina.
Stastny factored in on all three Colorado goals during a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Assisting on Kevin Shattenkirk's(notes) fifth and Ryan Wilson's(notes) first of the year in the opening period, Stastny put the Avs up 3-1 on a power play goal midway through the second period. Craig Anderson(notes) made 40 saves for his second straight win and sent the Capitals to a five-game losing streak, their first since 2007.
Honorable mention: Mike Richards(notes) scored with three seconds remaining in overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Brian Boucher(notes) made 35 saves for his fifth win of the season ... Bryan Little's(notes) shorthanded goal off a faceoff was part of a four-goal third period as the Atlanta Thrashers got by the New York Islanders 5-4. Johnny Oduya(notes) scored twice in a 1:18 span for his first two goals of the season ... Anders Lindback(notes) made 22 saves and Ryan Suter(notes) scored a goal and added an assist as Nashville blanked Florida 3-0. It was Lindback's first career shutout and third win in four starts. The Predators have won five of their last six games ... Playing in his franchise-record 544th game, Rick Nash(notes) scored twice in a 3:57 span late in the third period to give Columbus a 3-1 victory against the New York Rangers. Steve Mason(notes) made 32 saves for his first win in five starts ... J.S. Giguere made 22 saves and Tomas Kaberle(notes) scored for the first time 35 games as Toronto beat Montreal 3-1 ... Behind a goal and an assist from recent call-up Dustin Jeffrey(notes) and 34 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury(notes), the Pittsburgh Penguins won for the 12 consecutive time with a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Sidney Crosby(notes) extended his points streak to 18 games with an assist, one shy of his personal record ... Detroit scored on their first two shots in the opening 1:42 en route to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. Pavel Datsyuk(notes) recorded three points and Chris Osgood(notes) won his 399th game ... With a power play goal, the Islanders snapped their 0-for-47 skid with the extra man ... Mike Knuble(notes) scored his 250th NHL goal in the loss to Colorado ... Shane Doan(notes) scored twice, Keith Yandle(notes) added three points and Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) made 33 saves as Phoenix knocked off Dallas 5-2 ... Brent Burns'(notes) franchise-record fifth game-winning goal in overtime gave Minnesota a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings ... Teddy Purcell(notes) scored a goal and had an assist and Steven Stamkos(notes) saved his second goal of the night for overtime as Tampa Bay beat Vancouver 5-4:
Did you know? Shane Doan has 35 career two-goal games, but has yet to record a hat trick.
Dishonorable mention: P.K. Subban(notes) was a minus-three against the Leafs ... The Rangers went 19-for-54 in the faceoff circle against Columbus ... Former Penguins defenseman Jordan Leopold(notes) finished a minus-four ...The Devils lost for the fifth straight game ... Viktor Stalberg(notes) had a go-ahead goal disallowed in the second when referee Greg Kimmerly blew the play dead after losing sight of the puck ...The Islanders are now 1-16-3 in their previous 20 games ... Alex Semin received a five-minute major and game misconduct for this cross-check on John-Michael Liles(notes):