Stealing the day
Craig Anderson made 44 saves and Colorado defeated Calgary, 3-2 in a shootout, despite being out-shot 46-21.
In a game that saw three fights in the first 3:47, Chris Stewart - one of the fighters - scored his 14th goal of the season to tie the score at 2-2, then netted the shootout clincher. Paul Stastny had a power play goal and an assist for the Avs, who moved into a points-tie with the Flames for first place in the Northwest. Both have 58 points but Calgary has a game in hand.
Rene Bourque and Dustin Boyd scored for the Flames.
One too many
In a tied score, Vancouver went on a power play with 4:49 left in regulation with a chance to score the go-ahead goal. In 22 seconds, the Canucks suddenly faced a 4-on-3 penalty kill after taking two penalties.
Shea Weber made them pay by converting the power play for the difference in Nashville's 3-2 victory. Joel Ward and Ryan Jones also had goals for the Predators, who got 30 saves from Dan Ellis.
Alex Burrows had both Vancouver goals and also one of those critical penalties, and capped his night off by taking an unsportsmanlike conduct and 10-minute misconduct penalties with four seconds to play.
Nashville finished 2-for-8 on the power play.
I have no idea what that headline is supposed to mean. Anyway, Dan Boyle's goal and assist helped San Jose earn a 2-1 win at Los Angeles. Evgeni Nabokov made 33 saves for the Sharks and Dany Heatley's 26th goal, on the power play, was the winner.
Randy Jones scored for the Kings and Erik Ersberg stopped 34 shots in rare relief of Jonathan Quick. The Kings have lost three straight games to open a seven-game homestand.
Stat of the night
2-7-2 - Pittsburgh's record against the Wild.
4-2 - Pittsburgh's record in Stanley Cup Finals against Minnesota teams. (This is all I have right now, so give me it. Sigh. Effing power play.)
Quote of the night
"It was personal. It started in warm up before the anthem. The ref came over to me and said I made him look bad in Nashville on the Smithson hit. He said he was going to get me back tonight and he did his job in the third."
Burrows, claiming referee Stephane Auger has a personal beef with the little pest. Burrows says Auger was upset after a Dec. 8 hit in Nashville by Predators forward Jerred Smithson on Burrows that resulted in a major penalty for charging and leaving Burrows on the ice.
Burrows also had this to say, which resulted in his misconduct penalty:
"After my second penalty I skated by him and he said if you say a word I am going to kick you out so I didn't say a word because I still thought we could come back and win the game. But with three seconds left and the faceoff outside the zone I thought I could tell him what I thought about him."
One of the four penalties Burrows took in the game was a diving call.
Tuesday, Jan. 12 (9 games)
-New Jersey (31-11-1) at Rangers (22-17-6), 7 p.m. ET, Versus. New York is pretty hot lately. The Devils were never really cold.
-Carolina (13-24-7) at Toronto (15-22-9), 7 p.m. Come on, you know you want to watch two of the worst teams square off.
-San Jose (29-10-7) at Phoenix (26-15-5), 9 p.m. Battle for Team Russia's starting job.