National Hockey League news: March 1, 2008

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

There were 7 games played in the National Hockey League on February 29, 2008.

Game summaries

Washington Capitals @ New Jersey Devils

  1 2 3 Total
Washington Capitals 0 1 3 4
New Jersey Devils 0 0 0 0

Mike Green broke the scoreless tie over halfway through the second period on Washington's first power play. Viktor Kozlov scored an early third period goal to put the Capitals up by 2. Alexander Semin scored on the latter two minutes of a double minor power play to put Washington a goal further ahead of the Devils. Donald Brashear made it a 4 goal game with 2:55 remaining in the game. Cristobal Huet made his debut in the Capitals net, earning his third shutout of the season by stopping all of New Jersey's 18 shots.

Montreal Canadiens @ Buffalo Sabres

  1 2 3 Total
Montreal Canadiens 2 2 2 6
Buffalo Sabres 0 1 1 2

Tomas Plekanec scored on an early Canadiens power play to give Montreal the lead 1:24 into the first period. Mark Streit scored his 11th goal of the season just past the halfway point of the first period. Buffalo cut Montreal's lead in half when Thomas Vanek scored a power play goal in the second period. Plekanec completed a hat trick with a pair of back-to-back power play goals to put the Canadiens ahead by 3 before the second intermission. Andrei Kostitsyn gave Montreal a 3 goal lead 2:39 into the third period. Tim Connolly scored a goal to bring the Sabres within two goals, but a Sergei Kostitsyn goal would give the Canadiens their four goal lead back. Plekanec had 4 points, his first career hat trick and an assist on Andrei Kostitsyn's goal. Carey Price stopped 31 of Buffalo's 33 shots.

Minnesota Wild @ Florida Panthers

  1 2 3 Total
Minnesota Wild 1 2 0 3
Florida Panthers 0 1 1 2

Mikko Koivu scored less than halfway through the first period to give the Wild the first goal of the game. Steve Montador tied the score 5:34 into the second period. Minutes later, the Wild would retake the lead on a Stephane Veilleux goal, and then went ahead by 2 on Brent Burns' power play goal. Nathan Horton would bring the Panthers within one, but they wouldn't find the back of the net again. The Wild pick up their second straight win, and their 6th straight win against Florida. Niklas Backstrom made 32 saves for Minnesota, and earned his 26th win of the season. The Panthers have now lost their third straight game.

San Jose Sharks @ Detroit Red Wings

  1 2 3 Total
San Jose Sharks 1 1 1 3
Detroit Red Wings 0 1 1 2

Joe Pavelski put San Jose on the board first 1:40 into the opening period. Devin Setoguchi gave the Sharks a 2 goal lead less than a minute into the second period. A couple minutes later, Detroit went on the scoreboard when Henrik Zetterberg scored his 36th goal of the season. Setoguchi scored his second goal of the night to put San Jose back up by 2 less than halfway through the third period. Mikael Samuelsson scored on a 5-on-3 power play to bring the Wings within 1. The Red Wings, who have been plagued recently with player injuries, have now lost 10 of their last 11 games. Niklas Kronwall and Zetterberg each had 2 of points for Detroit. Patrick Marleau also had a pair of points for the Sharks, assisting on each of Setoguchi's two goals.

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Tampa Bay Lightning

  1 2 3 OT Total
Toronto Maple Leafs 0 0 2 0 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 1 1 0 1 3

Michel Ouellet scored first for the Lightning to give them the first lead of the game. Alexandre Picard scored 12:13 into the second to put Tampa Bay ahead by two. Alexander Steen put Toronto on the board 27 seconds into the third. Jason Blake scored his 12th goal of the season to tie the score and force sudden death overtime. At 2:02 into the 4-on-4 overtime, Dan Boyle scored a power play goal to break Tampa Bay's 5 game losing streak. Lightning head coach John Tortorella had his 234th win, which tied the record held by Bob Johnson for most wins by an American-born coach.

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Vancouver Canucks

  1 2 3 OT Total
Columbus Blue Jackets 0 0 2 1 3
Vancouver Canucks 1 1 0 0 2

Ryan Shannon put the Canucks on the board first, 12:38 into the first period. Sami Salo would put Vancouver up by 2 goals in the second period. Columbus tied the score with a pair of goals 1:10 apart, first by Andrew Murray, his 5th of the season, then by Rick Nash, his 34th of the season. This would force overtime, where Jason Chimera scored for Columbus at 1:07 give the Canucks their second consecutive loss at home. Pascal Leclaire stopped 21 of Vancouver's 23 shots; Roberto Luongo made 30 of 33 saves for the Canucks.

Calgary Flames @ Anaheim Ducks

  1 2 3 Total
Calgary Flames 0 1 0 1
Anaheim Ducks 2 0 1 3

Mathieu Schneider scored for the Ducks 35 seconds into the game to put Anaheim up by 1 early. At 13:58 in the opening period, Scott Niedermayer put the Ducks up by two goals. Dion Phaneuf was assisted by Jarome Iginla in scoring Calgary's only goal goal of the game, in the second period. In the final minute of the game, Teemu Selanne scored a power play goal to salt Anaheim's victory. Selanne now holds a scoring streak of 9 points in 5 games. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves for Anaheim, and earned his 4th straight win.


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