There were four games played on Friday and the big news was the return of Pavel Datsyuk to the lineup.
Datsyuk has been out of the lineup all season as he underwent surgery on June 26 to repair tendons in his right ankle.
Poolies should be thrilled to get Datsyuk back as he was one of the few players to average more than a point a game last season as he had 65 points in 63 games. At age 37, the veteran Datsyuk can still dangle the puck with the best of them and he should be a joy to watch all season. He finished the game with four shots on goal in 20:53 minutes of action.
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CALGARY 3 WASHINGTON 2 (Overtime)
Sean Monahan scored twice including the overtime winner for the Flames as they downed the Capitals 3-2.
The overtime is exciting to watch but when there is a goal, it seems like such a small celebration with only three skaters celebrating.
Alex Ovechkin has now gone three games without a goal as he is tied for the all-time lead among Russian-born players with Sergei Fedorov as each have 483 goals. Ovie has 20 shots on goal in the last three although those stats are skewed as he had 15 shots on goal two games ago.
COLUMBUS 2 PITTSBURGH 1
Hometown boy Brandon Saad scored once and added an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
It was Saad’s first goal in Pittsburgh and it was the winner on the power play as Scott Hartnell also scored on a setup by Saad.
Sidney Crosby was held pointless for the 11th time in 16 games this season. He has nine points in the 16 contests and this certainly isn’t the Crosby poolies expected when he was likely drafted first or second overall.
Marc-Andre Fleury had 26 saves to lower his record to 8-6.
SAN JOSE 3 DETROIT 2
The San Jose Sharks put only 14 shots on goal but three went in as they defeated Detroit 3-2 Friday.
Martin Jones made 26 saves for his seventh win of the season.
Tomas Tatar scored once and added an assist to pace the Red Wings. Teemu Pulkkinen scored his fifth of the season to draw Detroit within one with the goalie pulled. It was as close as the Red Wings got.
Jimmy Howard made only 11 saves Friday as his record dropped to 3-4-1.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS 4 ANAHEIM 1
Corey Perry scored the lone goal for the Ducks. It was his fifth goal in his last six games after starting the season goalless in his first 11 games.
Nelson is on a three game scoring streak as he now has five goals and a similar amount of assists in 18 games.
+2 done by many
Ian Cole 3