It was a busy day and night in the NHL as there are 12 games including some afternoon action with the United States in the midst of its Thanksgiving weekend.
It was a wild night of action as eight of the 12 games went either into overtime or further, into the shootout.
I’m finding that the action during the three-on-three overtime is outstanding as it is end-to-end. It’s a better overtime than the four-on-four and games are settled more often without the need to go to a shootout.
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BOSTON 4 NEW YORK RANGERS 3
David Krejci scored the winner with 1:43 left in the third as the Bruins opened up the day with a 4-3 win over the Rangers.
J.T. Miller led the way for the Rangers with a goal and an assist. Rick Nash continued his recent hot streak with a goal and now has six goals in his last four games. Oscar Lindberg with his eighth, completed the scoring for New York.
It looked to be a goaltending battle before the start of the game with Henrik Lundqvist facing Tuukka Rask but Lundqvist gave up all four goals on 34 shots to lower his record to 12-5-2 while Rask stopped 24 shots as his record improved to 8-7-1.
Dylan McIlrath helped out poolies with 17 penalty minutes.
PHILADELPHIA 3 NASHVILLE 2 (Overtime)
Shayne Gostisbehere has played only seven games in the NHL but now has three goals of which two have been overtime winners (both this week) including today as the Flyers beat the Predators 3-2.
Colin McDonald with his first gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead before Fisher’s tying goal sent the game into overtime.
Pekka Rinne stopped 33 in the loss while Neuvirth was strong in the Philadelphia cage as he made 33 saves as well.
Gabriel Bourque suffered an upper body injury in the first period and did not return.
CHICAGO 3 ANAHEIM 2 (Overtime)
The Ducks were up 2-0 with less than two minutes to go in the third period and still lost 3-2 in overtime.
Artem Anisimov was the hero as he potted his 10th of the season in overtime.
John Gibson was headed towards the shutout before things fell apart. He stopped 29 shots as his record dropped to 1-1-1. Frederik Andersen has been out a week with the flu but should be healthy enough to return soon as the Ducks do not play until Monday.
Corey Crawford made 23 saves to push his record to 11-6-1.
Brent Seabrook assisted on all three goals.
WINNIPEG 3 MINNESOTA 1
Connor Hellebuyck saw only 15 shots on goal in his NHL debut and stopped all but one as the Jets defeated Minnesota 3-1.
The 22-year-old is considered the Jets goalie of the future (at least by me because I have him in one of my pools) and could get a few starts in a row to see what he able to do.
Ryan Carter broke up the shutout attempt by Hellebuyck.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 26 shots as his record dropped to 11-7-2. He has played well this season but not close to how good he looked last season as he was a Vezina Trophy finalist.
WASHINGTON 4 TAMPA BAY 2
The Capitals scored three power play goals as they cruised into a 4-0 lead before giving up a couple of third period goals as they defeated the Lightning 4-2.
Tyler Johnson was injured in the second period and did not return.
BUFFALO 4 CAROLINA 1
Chad Johnson made 27 saves to lead the Sabres to a 4-1 win over Carolina. Johnson picked up his fifth win of the season.
Victor Rask scored the lone Carolina goal. The win vaulted the Sabres over Toronto and into a four-way tie for 12th in the Eastern Conference.
MONTREAL 3 NEW JERSEY 2 (Shootout)
Sven Andrighetto scored the Canadiens first goal of the game and then the winner in the shootout as Montreal defeated New Jersey.
Condon stopped 25 shots to improve his record to 8-2-2 while Cory Schneider fell to 10-6-2.
COLUMBUS 2 PITTSBURGH 1 (Overtime)
Cam Atkinson scored in overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh. The game was marred by a bad crosscheck from Brandon Dubinsky on Sidney Crosby. The referee gave Dubinsky only a two minute penalty but you can be sure the NHL will look at this one further and do not be surprised if there is a suspension in the offing for Dubinsky. The good news is that Crosby did return for the third period and overtime.
Evgeni Malkin opened the scoring on the power play and also provided his fantasy owners with nine penalty minutes.
Ryan Johansen tied the game only 2:42 later at the 11:57 mark of the third to send the game into OT.
DETROIT 4 EDMONTON 3 (Overtime)
Niklas Kronwall waited until the overtime of the Red Wings 23rd game of the season to score his first and lead Detroit to a 4-3 overtime win.
FLORIDA 3 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2 (Shootout)
There were plenty of overtime and shootout games on Friday but this was one for the record books. The first four shooters for both teams scored and when Aleksander Barkov made it five in a row for Florida, Brock Nelson needed to do so for the Islanders. He didn’t and the Panthers defeated the Islanders 3-2.
DALLAS 3 VANCOUVER 2 (Shootout)
Antti Niemi was perfect in the shootout and managed to make 34 saves to lead the Stars to a 3-2 shootout win over Vancouver.
Twin brother Daniel Sedin had the only even strength goal in the game.
ARIZONA 2 CALGARY 1 (overtime)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the overtime winner to give the Coyotes a 2-1 win over Calgary who lost for the first time in the overtime.
Mike Smith stopped 25 shots to pick up his 10th win of the season as he has lost five. The Coyotes vaulted over Vancouver into eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
Karri Ramo made 18 saves in taking the overtime loss.
Josh Gorges +3
Jordan Staal -3
Joakim Norstrom -3