Senators take advantage of Devils' home woes
Home ice is supposed to be a safe haven for most teams, but the New Jersey Devils, and their fans, would probably disagree. The Ottawa Senators scored a power play goal early and into an empty net late and rode the shutout goaltending of Craig Anderson to a 2-0 victory at the Prudential Center.
It was the first win in regulation for the Senators under Dave Cameron as coach as they ran their record to 2-1-1 since Cameron succeeded Paul MacLean.
The Devils were starting a four-game home stand after playing about two-thirds of their schedule on the road so far. But they haven't fared well at the Prudential Center, extending a winless streak on home ice to five games with the loss to the Senators. The fans let the Devils know about their displeasure with some third period booing.
Despite outshooting the Senators 34-16, the Devils couldn't find a way to get the puck past Anderson. The Ottawa goaltender even took a shot of his own at the Devil's empty net in the final minute. Watch it here.
Canucks can't break Stars jinx
Working on a four-game losing streak the Vancouver Canucks ran into some unfortunate scheduling with the Dallas Stars in town to face them at Rogers Arena. The Stars had won the last five meetings against the Canucks and they extended that streak to six with a 2-0 triumph.
Eddie Lack got the start in goal for the Canucks and played a solid game, save for one shot that opened the scoring by Colton Sceviour that he probably wished he would have played differently. The second Dallas score came into an empty net, by Antoine Roussel, with Lack on the Canucks' bench.
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Kari Lehtonen in the Stars' net made 27 saves for his second shutout of the season and 29th of his career. Back on Oct. 21 when Dallas beat Vancouver 6-3 Lehtonen made 43 saves in the victory.
Bruins shake one-goal blues
As the Boston Bruins fought through a stretch that saw them win only two of 10 games, they knew they needed to do something about a recent trend of losing games by a 3-2 score.
Wednesday in St. Paul, Minnesota against the Wild they twice had one-goal leads before heading to overtime -- that's right -- tied at 2-2. But this time the team that led the National Hockey League with the best record last season, came out on the right end of a 3-2 score, thanks to Loui Eriksson's game-winner after 1:30 overtime.
The result improved the Bruins road record against Western Conference teams to 2-4 and snapped a streak of three consecutive losses by 3-2 counts against Nashville, Ottawa and Chicago.
They even had a little luck on their side when Patrice Bergeron scored on a knuckle-puck shot that eluded Niklas Backstrom.
The Wild managed to come back, tying the game 2-2 against Boston's Niklas Svedberg who made 35 saves for the night, as Jason Pominville tallied his 7th of the season at 11:39 of the third period.
Then Eriksson decided the outcome in the overtime.