March 11, 2010
Just as the Jimmy Howard(notes) Calder Express is rolling in the media, the rookie defenseman posts the first four-point game of his NHL career in the Sabres' 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. Myers opened the scoring with a pinball-style deflected goal and then added three assists, earning a plus-4 on the night. Thomas Vanek(notes) scored his 20th for Buffalo, which overcame 38 saves by Marty Turco(notes) for the win. Ryan Miller(notes) made 17.
Sharp opened and closed the scoring in the Blackhawks' impressive 3-2 OT victory over the Los Angeles Kings. He netted goal No. 20 2:34 into the game on an assist from Adam Burish(notes), playing his first game of the season after injury rehab. In overtime, Dave Bolland(notes) converted a Kings turnover into a lead pass for a Sharp breakaway, and the Chicago forward used a nifty move to beat Jonathan Quick(notes) (40 saves) for the win. Anze Kopitar(notes) scored his 31st for the Kings.
In an effort to torture Maple Leafs fans to their breaking point, Stempniak now has three goals and an assist in three games for the Coyotes. He scored twice in regulation and added a shootout goal in the Yotes' 4-3 OT victory over the Vancouver Canucks, who naturally had to experience a protracted skills competition on the last night of their road trip. Adrian Aucoin(notes) had the definitive shootout goal; Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) made 36 saves and a few more in the shootout.
Honorable mention: Wild game between arch rivals in Newark, as the New Jersey Devils chased Henrik Lundqvist(notes) (12 saves on 17 shots) for the first time and defeated the New York Rangers, 6-3. Zach Parise(notes) scored his 31st, and Jamie Langenbrunner(notes) and Brian Rolston(notes) tallied 2:13 apart in the second to put the game away. ... After carrying the puck from the defensive zone, Eric Belanger(notes) found Tomas Fleischmann(notes) for the one-timer, game-winner in overtime as the Washington Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3. Mike Green(notes) scored twice for the Caps; Jussi Jokinen's(notes) power-play goal at 15:03 of the third tied the game for the Canes. Jose Theodore(notes) (28 saves) outlasted Manny Legace(notes) (35 saves). ... Stempniak would have had another goal, too, if it weren't for that meddling Andrew Raycroft.
Did you know? With an assist on Jamie Benn's(notes) goal, Mike Modano(notes) reached 1,354th career points to move into a tie with Brendan Shanahan(notes) for 23rd on the NHL all-time scoring list. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Dallas hasn't won in Buffalo since the Brett Hull Cup-clincher in 1999. ... Deflections and a porous Rangers defense did in Lundqvist, who was pulled in the second period. ... Minus-3's for the night: Mike Ribeiro(notes) and Brenden Morrow(notes) (Stars), Randy Jones(notes) (Kings) and Martin Hanzal(notes), Petr Prucha(notes) and Radim Vrbata(notes) of Phoenix.