Howdy! This is a new feature we'll be running giving overviews and analysis, as well as how (if at all) the outcomes of the nights games affect the Jets.
Only 3 games in the cards tonight, as 11 games were played yesterday and another 9 will be played tomorrow.
This was a game where the Sens were able to dominates a Caps team, much to the dismay of our own TJCAPS, that did not feature Alex Ovechkin in the lineup as he nursed a "lower body injury" . The Sens, lead by Milan Michalek and Erik Karlsson, who each had 3 points on the night, as well as strong goaltending from Craig Anderson who stopped 33 of 35 shots he faced. The game also featured a goal that Mathieu Perreault scored with his face. Ouch.
With the loss, Washington remains in 10th spot in the Eastern Conference, 2 points behind the Jets. They've played 60 games to the Jets 62.
One of the best teams in the league on home ice suffered a rare defeat at the Scottrade Center, losing to the defending champs. Brad Marchand, as hatable as he is, had two very nice goals that were in the running for my highlight of the night, but ultimately fell short. Tim Thomas had some dandy saves in the effort, picking up the W while stopping 30 shots and not once posting on Facebook during the game. Brian Elliot, on the other hand, looked mortal for once this season and gives me hope that the Jets can beat him this Saturday afternoon.
The Avs got a good win at home to help ease the pain they endured at the MTS Centre on the weekend. They managed to chase Jonathan Quick from the game after 1 period in which he allowed 3 goals on 11 shots, as another one of the top goaltenders in the NHL looked bad tonight. Jonathan Bernier all but stemmed the bleeding for the Kings, but Paul Stastny notched his second of the night and that was all she wrote. Semyon Varlamov had a strong showing with 32 of 33 shots saved. The win pulled the Avalanche within 2 points of the Kings who currently sit in 8th place in the Western Conference.
Here's a look at how the Southeast division looked after the night's action. Washington failed to gain any ground, while all other teams had the night off. Winnipeg plays Tampa Bay on Thursday, where they hope to build on the 5 point lead they have over the Bolts.
AIH 3 Star Selections:
1) Brad Marchand, Boston. 2 goals.
2) Erik Karlsson, Ottawa. 1 goal, 2 assists.
3) Milan Michalek, Ottawa. 2 goals, 1 assist
Honourable mentions: The 3 winning goalies, and the face of Mathieu Perreault
AIH Highlight of the Night:
Very nice goal by Milan Michalek there, as he absolutely undressed Dennis Wideman and used a dandy move to beat Tomas Vokoun.
That's it for tonight, hope to see you all back here tomorrow. Until then...