Taking a look back at Friday and Saturday’s NHL & AHL action, your Rinkside Rewind.
Friday Night: In New Jersey the Nashville Predators defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1. Former Albany River Rats Hall of Famer Steve Sullivan got the Preds on the board with his ninth of the year. Meanwhile the Devils lone tally came in the third when former Albany Devil Mattias Tedenby broke through on the power-play from Ilya Kovalchuk and ex-Rat Brian Rolston. The goal for Tedenby was his fourth on the rookie campaign.
Down in Florida, Rochester, NY native Marty Reasoner had a big night for the Panthers, posting two goals in their four goal first, including what turned out to be the game winner. The Florida Panthers rolled over the Buffalo Sabres 6-2.
The Colorado Avalanche were on a rocky mountain high after edging the Ottawa Senators in OT, 6-5. Matt Duchene nabbed the winner, while ex-River Rat Cody McLeod recorded his fourth goal of the season mid-way through the second.
Around the “A” on Friday saw both locals the Albany Devils and Adirondack Phantoms winning on the same night. In Norfolk the Devils used a pickett fence of goals from Michael Swift, Tyler Eckford, Matt Anderson and the OT winner by Vladimir Zharkov. Up in Glens Falls the Phantoms finally put together their first winning streak of the season on the strength of two Denis Hamel goals for a 3-1 win over the Hershey Bears.
In Empire State Cup action the Binghamton Senators smoked the Syracuse Crunch 7-0.
The Charlotte Checkers drilled the Providence Bruins 6-2. Former River Rats factoring into the scoring were Zac Dalpe who got the Checkers on the board, Oscar Osala posted two of his own and Chris Terry also picked up a goal in the Charlotte rout.
Saturday Scoreboard NHL:
In Philadelphia the New York Rangers put their league best road record to the test but were rebuffed by the Flyers 4-1. Former Adirondack Phantom Andreas Nodl picked up the eventual winner on his eighth of the year in the third.
Down in Atlanta the Thrashers smoked the New Jersey Devils 7-1 on the strength of Eric Boulton’s first career hat-trick. Former River Rat Andrew Ladd notched his 11th of the year for the Thrashers in the second. New Jersey’s lone goal came from ex-Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk on the power-play, with former Rats Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac both assisting.
On the Island former Rats enforcer Trevor Gillies was involved in a first period scrap, but New York would drop this contest to the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in a shootout.
Despite getting out-shot 41-21 overall and 26-2 in the third the Boston Bruins staved off the Washington Capitals 3-2. Former River Rats defenseman Johnny Boychuk added an assist on Blake Wheeler’s winner capping off the B’s three goal first.
It was not a great Florida getaway weekend for the Sabres. Buffalo dropped a 3-1 decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Los Angeles Kings ripped the Nashville Predators 6-1. The lone bright spot for Nashville was former River Rat Steve Sullivan who picked up his tenth goal of the year.
Saturday in the “A” saw the Adirondack Phantoms lengthen their winning streak with a 2-1 decision against the Abbotsford Heat. Denis Hamel who notched two against Hershey, tallied the 300th goal of his AHL career for the decider in the second. Former River Rat Michael Ryan posted the first Adirondack goal. In Albany the Devils couldn’t grab the mini-sweep and were pounded 5-1 by the Norfolk Admirals. Michael Swift picked up his second in as many nights for the Devils.
From Binghamton where the Charlotte Checkers doubled up the Senators 4-2. Former Albany River Rat Jerome Samson scored in the third, while former Adirondack Phantom Jon Matsumoto had two of his own.
Down in Hershey former RPI Captain and Albany River Rat Kirk MacDonald posted his third goal of the year as the Providence Bruins edged out the Bears 2-1.