The Isles took a big step towards the playoffs yesterday afternoon with another road victory in Winnipeg. Brian Strait was back in the line up, so Matt Carkner sat yesterday.
This was one of the most exciting games this season, with so much on the line for both teams. In the beginning of the first, the Isles looked a little tired. That would not last long though, as Frans Nielsen scored his 6th of the season just 4:21 into the game on a nice play from Okposo and Bailey. (Photo: MVerminski/flickr)
The Flyers got their first look at Steve Mason, but it was under the circumstances they least wanted it to come under.
A second period melt down for starter Ilya Bryzgalov saw his night end abruptly. It also snapped the Flyers four-game winning streak with a 4-1 loss to the Jets, which also snapped Winnipeg's five-game skid.
The Flyers waltzed into the game three points out of a playoff spot. They were a point behind the Jets in the standings with two games in hand. They're now three points back and sit in 11th place currently with 10 games remaining.
For the second game in a row the Islanders took their opponent to a shootout. This time, it was the Winnipeg Jets.
The Islanders got off to a quick start when PA Parenteau put them on the board, but it would be a back and forth battle as the Jets' Nik Antropov would deflect a shot from the point to tie it up at 1.
Onto the second period, Michael Grabner tapped in the rebound of a Travis Hamonic shot to give him his 10th goal of the season and the Islanders the lead once again. But, the Jets would tally right back when Andrew Ladd slaps one past Al Montoya to tie the game at two.
The Jets: New Edition host the former version of themselves tonight, in the second and final meeting between the two but one that is sure to be more raucous than usual at the MTS Centre, where Shane Doan will return for the first time since a pre-season game against Calgary in 2008 (but before that, 1996). The game will get underway at 8:30 p.m. EST as the Coyotes will look to continue their recent play that saw them rebound from an awful showing against the Canucks in a 5-0 loss to beat Dallas 3-0 and Chicago 4-1. Had it not been for Patrick Sharp's late goal in the third period, Mike Smith would have earned two straight shutouts.
It's the clashing of two different eras at the Jobing.com Arena tonight at 7 p.m. EST, as the Winnipeg Jets of the new age face the team they've become since they left Canada fifteen years ago.
They're coming into Phoenix as the only NHL team without a win or a point in 2011-12. The Coyotes' record against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise is 12-1-1, and they are 10-3-1 in their home openers since moving to the desert. But they will be facing a hungry team with several wild cards in their lineup.
The last time these two teams faced one another in February, the Coyotes beat the then-Thrashers 4-3. Photo: NHL.com