Thursday, March 25, 2010

Islanders and Hurricanes win...excellent! So do Leafs...bogus.

With apologies to Bill and Ted, there (can you believe that movie is 21 years old?) but it seemed apropos for the standings discussion tonight.

And the Bruins outplayed Tampa Bay, but the 'Bolts got a tremendous game in net from Antero Niittymaki, (and two goals apiece from Steven Stamkos and Paul Szczechura- did I spell that right?) and escaped Boston with a 5-3 win.

Mark Recchi scored his 16th of the year to move him past Guy Lafleur for sole possession of 22nd on the NHL's all-time goal scoring list. (Also scoring for Boston- Zdeno Chara (6) and Johnny Boychuk (5))

Not a great night for the tank, but the Carolina (in the shootout after blowing a 2-0 lead- thank you, Manny Legace!),Tampa and Islanders wins at least keep them ahead of the Leafs, who got two points with their OT win over Atlanta. That's bad news for Boston because the Thrashers got a point to move within two of the B's. If the Leafs were going to win it, then obviously, standings watchers wanted them to do it in regulation.

But, Columbus also thrashed Chicago tonight, so that's another two points to put the BJ's further ahead of Toronto and making it that more difficult to leapfrog them

Oh, and the Bruins are still in eighth tonight, so not all is lost.

And if Carolina, the Isles, Lightning and Blue Jackets all keep winning, it doesn't really matter what Toronto does.

The Bruins are next up on Saturday with a matinee at home against Calgary (who lost to the Islanders tonight).

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