The Daily Sniper: News and notes from last night's action...
Calgary 5, Minnesota 3 -- The Wild are, indeed, human after all. That's what we thought they were, but we were all naive and let them get away with convincing us that they were of a higher power. They still were able to shut down Paul Stastny, though. That has got to count for something.
The Flames overcame a 3-0 first intermission deficit by scoring five unanswered goals the rest of the way. Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla each had three points for Calgary. And who said Mike Keenan can't motivate his players?
The Wild have now given up seven goals in their last two games. Somewhere, Gary Bettman is smiling and sipping champagne.
Apologies for the football reference.
Detroit 3, Vancouver 2 -- Numbers on the scoreboard may not be as close as they appear.
The Red Wings outshot the Canucks in dominating fashion, 39-15, and Tomas Holmstrom netted two to help Detroit to their seventh win in ten games.
Carolina 6, Buffalo 2 -- The Carolina Hurricanes are an unstoppable offensive force... when they feel like it. Four third period goals broke open what was a 2-2 tie at the second intermission, as five different players had a multi-point game. The Canes cruised to their sixth win of the year and have lost only once during their first ten games. As for Buffalo, well, not so much. Jason Pominville had two goals, if that matters.
Washington 5, Tampa Bay 3 -- The Capitals scored a season high of five goals Wednesday night in the District, pulling themselves back to the .500 mark. Captain Chris Clark (say that three times fast) was moved back to Alex Ovechkin's line, leading to Clark scoring his first two goals of the season. Ovechkin was no slouch either as he put up three points on the night. Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier racked up 19 penalty minutes after being given a game misconduct during the third period. Hoo ha.
The score that makes you glance twice
Florida 4, Philadelphia 3 -- Yes folks, the Flyers rolled into Sunrise, Florida and surprisingly fell flat on their faces, suffering only their second loss of the young season. Olli Jokinen and Greg Campbell each had a pair of goals for the Panthers, while Daniel Briere's goalless streak climbed to five games. The city of Philadelphia holds its collective breath.