March 22, 2010
Acquired for a fourth-round pick at the deadline, Boyd helped the Predators rally for a huge road win at the St. Louis Blues, 3-2. His blast under the cross bar in the second period erased a 1-0 deficit; in the third period, he scored 48 seconds after Patric Hornqvist's(notes) game-tying goal -- a shot from the slot off a great Martin Erat(notes) feed -- for the 3-2 lead at 17:14.
The Thrashers have come back from the dead more than Jason Voorhees, so it's appropriate that a goalie led the way on Sunday. Pavelec stopped 44 shots, including 35 in the first two periods, in Atlanta's 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Thrash are one point behind the eighth-seeded Bruins and four in back of the Flyers.
In what he's said will be his final NHL season, the Finnish Flash scored his 600th career goal in Anaheim's impressive 5-2 rout of the Colorado Avalanche. Selanne's power-play goal makes him the 18th player in NHL history to hit that mark and puts him one away from catching Jarri Kurri. He also assisted on Ryan Getzlaf's(notes) third-period power play goal.
Honorable mention: The Phoenix Coyotes ended Sunday night tied with the Chicago Blackhawks atop the Western Conference. Read that again if you're concerned you may be hallucinating. The Yotes matched a franchise record with their ninth straight win, as Jason LaBarbera(notes) made 30 saves and Adrian Aucoin(notes) scored the definitive goal in the shootout for a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars. ... Miro Satan and Dennis Wideman(notes) scored while Tuukka Rask(notes) made 23 saves in the Boston Bruins' critical 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers to hang onto the No. 8 seed in the East. ... Less than 2 minutes after Steven Stamkos(notes) scored his 43rd goal to cut the Florida Panthers' lead to 3-2, Stephen Weiss scored for some breathing room -- and the Panthers went on to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2. ... Chuck Kobasew scored twice in the second period and Josh Harding(notes) made 29 saves as the Minnesota Wild kept their faint playoff hopes alive with a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, who lost center Daymond Langkow(notes) on a puck-to-the-neck accident. ... After beating Pittsburgh and Washington in the last week, the Carolina Hurricanes couldn't overcome the Buffalo Sabres, losing to the Northeast leaders, 5-3. Jochen Hecht(notes) had two goals. ... Finally, his team couldn't get it done, but David Perron's(notes) backhanded swat out of the air for a goal was pretty awesome:
Did you know? Selanne, Luc Robitaille and Mario Lemieux are the only players to score 600 goals after winning the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: The San Jose Sharks gave up the first five goals of the game against the Edmonton Oilers, losing to the lowly Oil, 5-1, to go 0-5-1 in their last six games. Said Evgeni Nabokov(notes): "I don't know if this is rock bottom or not, but we are certainly hoping it is." ... The goalies chased from their crease Sunday including Craig Anderson(notes) of the Avalanche, after stopping 15 of 19 shots through just under two periods; Justin Peters(notes) of the Carolina Hurricanes, for giving up four goals on 14 shots; and Vesa Toskala(notes) of the Calgary Flames, who stopped nine of 12 shots. ... Finally, Zenon Konopka(notes) of the Lightning earned his 24 penalty minutes in two fights with Nick Tarnasky(notes) of the Panthers: