It was a big night for Andrew Hammond once again as he backstopped the Senators to a 2-1 win as well as Johnny Gaudreau who had three points to put him in a tie for points among rookies with Filip Forsberg as each has 53.
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DALLAS 4 WASHINGTON 2
The Stars scored three times on the power play to power their way to a 4-2 win over Washington.
It was the second unit that did most of the damage for the Stars as Shawn Horcoff and Vernon Fiddler scored with the man-advantage as Ales Hemsky set up both. Tyler Seguin also scored on the power play with Colton Sceviour finding the back of the net at even strength.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 18 Washington shots for the win while Braden Holtby gave up all four goals on 22 shots before he was replaced by Justin Peters late in the second period. Peters stopped all nine shots that he faced.
OTTAWA 2 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 1
Andrew Hammond has done it again. Hammond stopped 34 of 35 shots to lead the Senators to a 2-1 road win over the Islanders as he pushed his record to 9-0-1.
Hammond has played in 11 games and after giving up two goals on five shots in his NHL debut, he has been sensational as his GAA is 1.44 with a .954 save percentage and that includes his first game stinker.
The Senators are now within five points of eighth place Boston and the Bruins have to be hearing the footsteps (or should that be the skates).
Matt Puempel with his second of the season and Kyle Turris scored in the second period to put the Senators out in front. Tyler Kennedy with his sixth and second as an Islander, cut the lead in half with 8:01 left in the third but they could not get the equalizer.
Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves but he could not match the performance of his fellow netminder.
COLUMBUS 5 EDMONTON 4 (Shootout)
Alex Wennberg was the only shooter to score in the shootout and it took five rounds as the Blue Jackets scored late in the third to send the game into extra time as they finally beat the Oilers 5-4.
Mark Dano scored for the second Friday in a row and chipped in with an assist while Cam Atkinson and Artem Anisimov also scored. Scott Hartnell’s 20th of the season with 3:37 left in the game tied it at four.
It was the seventh straight game that the Oilers failed to get two points.
CALGARY 6 TORONTO 3
The Leafs had a great chance to get back into the game as they trailed 2-1 when Lance Bouma took a five minute major for kneeing Andrew MacWilliam but it was a disaster for Toronto as they not only failed to score but they gave up two shorthanded goals (both on breakaways). Perhaps they should have declined the penalty.
ANAHEIM 2 MINNESOTA 1
Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 road win over Minnesota.
John Gibson was stellar in goal for the Ducks as he turned aside 32 shots to post his 10th win of the season as he lowered his GAA to 2.54 while raising his save percentage to .919. He is in a goaltending battle for the top job in Anaheim with Frederik Andersen.
Devan Dubnyk suffered a rare loss for the Wild as he made 22 saves. He is now 28-10-3 overall and 19-5-1 with Minnesota as he played in his 26th straight game.
Lance Bouma 20
Sean Monahan +3
Tyler Bozak -3