December 09, 2009
Erat has been part of the problem this season for Nashville as far as scoring goes, but everything he touched Tuesday turned to gold in a 4-2 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks. Erat's second-career hat trick had a little bit of everything. He started the scoring with a bank shot off Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo(notes) from behind the Vancouver net. Tally No. 2 was a pretty backhander on a partial breakaway and while we never get too excited about empty netters, at least his freebie was scored under duress from center ice. Erat added an assist to have a hand in all four Nashville goals as the Preds beat Vancouver at home for the first time since November, 2006.
Playing in just his third NHL game, Sexton was instrumental in helping the Ducks pull off an improbable comeback from a 3-0 deficit against the Dallas Stars. Sexton's first NHL goal cut the Stars' lead to 3-2 at 6:08 of the final period. With Anaheim still trailing in the closing minutes and goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere(notes) waiting for a signal from the bench to vacate the net, Sexton played a waiting game with Dallas goalie Marty Turco(notes), then beat him from a sharp angle to tie the game with just 62 seconds remaining. The Ducks would win 4-3 in overtime and Sexton would later say his tying goal was his coolest feeling "multiplied by 10."
Halak faced 45 shots and seven Ottawa Senators power plays, but was up to the task in Montreal's 4-1 victory on Tuesday. It was the Slovak goalie's first victory since Oct. 31 as Carey Price(notes) has nailed down the starting goalie job after a slow start.
Honorable Mention: Ryan Kesler(notes) scored his fifth goal of the season to snap a 14-game goalless drought. … Michael Cammalleri(notes) extended his goal streak to three games (five goals) and Tomas Plekanec(notes) added three assists for the Habs. … Interesting box score from Tuesday's Islanders-Flyers tilt, as Mike Richards(notes), Jeff Carter(notes), John Tavares(notes) and Claude Giroux(notes) each scored back-to-back goals, in that order. … Peter Laviolette got his first win as coach of the Flyers. … Brendan Witt(notes) played for the Isles, which is something.
Did You Know?: Mike Modano's(notes) first-period goal in Anaheim was Dallas' 100th against Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, making the Stars the first team to reach the century mark against the 12-year veteran. The Kings aren't far behind with 97.
Dishonorable Mention: Montreal played short one forward after Ryan White(notes) was ruled to be ineligible after playing four shifts. … A boarding minor (what, no misconduct?) pushed Chris Pronger(notes) to the 1,500 penalty-minute plateau. … Mark Streit(notes) was a minus-3 for the Islanders and his turnover led to a Flyers' shorthanded goal. …