Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Montreal 3
New York, NY - Erik Christensen notched his first goal of the season and added an assist to help the New York Rangers take a 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden. Artem Anisimov had two assists while Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves in the Rangers' third straight win. Carey Price stopped 24-of-28 shots and Tomas Plekanec assisted on all three of Montreal's goals as the Canadiens had their four-game win streak snapped.
Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Washington 3
Uniondale, NY - P.A. Parenteau scored the game-winner with 1:46 remaining in regulation, as the Islanders snapped a six-game slide with a 5-3 victory over the Capitals. Parenteau and Frans Nielsen each had a goal and two assists for New York, which tied a season-high in goals. Alex Ovechkin, Joel Ward and Brooks Laich all scored for Washington, which was coming off a 5-1 win at Carolina on Friday. Rick DiPietro made 25 saves in the win, while Tomas Vokoun was beaten four times on 34 shots to take the loss.
Final Score: Detroit 5, Anaheim 0
Detroit, MI - Nicklas Lidstrom had two goals and an assist to back Jimmy Howard's second shutout of the season, as the Detroit Red Wings snapped a six-game skid with a 5-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Howard made 22 saves for the Red Wings, who won for the first time since October 21st. Johan Franzen had a goal and two assists for Detroit. Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg also lit the lamp. Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller turned aside 40-of-45 shots before being pulled in the third period. Dan Ellis made five saves in relief for Anaheim, which has lost five in a row.
Final Score: Philadelphia 9, Columbus 2
Philadelphia, PA - Saturday night was an exercise of scoring balance as the Philadelphia Flyers got goals from eight different players en route to a 9-2 thrashing of the Columbus Blue Jackets from Wells Fargo Center. James van Riemsdyk scored and added two assists, rookie Sean Couturier scored a pair and former Blue Jacket Jakub Voracek finished with a goal and two helpers for the Flyers, who bounced back after a 4-3 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. Jaromir Jagr, Claude Giroux, Max Talbot, Wayne Simmonds and Matt Carle also netted goals for the Flyers. Ilya Bryzgalov was solid in net, stopping 33-of-35 shots fired his way. The nine-goal outburst is the Flyers' highest single game total since they defeated the Montreal Canadiens 9-5 on February 6, 1997. Derek Dorsett and Grant Clitsome scored for the Blue Jackets, who fell to 2-11-1 on the season.
Final Score: Minnestota 2, St. Louis 1
St. Paul, MN - Guillaume Latendresse scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second period, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues from Xcel Energy Center. Dany Heatley netted the other goal, while Mikko Koivu and Nate Prosser added assists. Josh Harding turned away 30 shots for the Wild, who have won four straight. Jamie Langenbrunner netted the lone goal for St. Louis, which has lost three of its last four games. Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves in defeat.