In Rinkside Roundup we start in Montreal where 50 Canadiens shots couldn’t ward off the Atlanta Thrashers. Late in the second Thrashers Captain and former Albany River Rat Andrew Ladd put Atlanta up 3-2 with his 13th on the year, Niclas Bergfors picked up his 13th helper with a secondary assist.
Late in the third Montreal’s Captain and former River Rat Brian Gionta notched his 14th goal of the season to square things at 3-3. However Dustin Byfuglien’s 16th goal of the year on the power-play in OT clinched it for the Thrashers 4-3.
Three second period goals were enough for the Philadelphia Flyers to hold off the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. Amazingly enough it was the first time since 1988 the Flyers had won a game in Detroit Former Adirondack Phantom Andreas Nodl notched his seventh assist on the year for the Flyers, while former Adirondack Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom posted his tenth assist for Detroit and former A-Wings goalie Chris Osgood stopped all five shots he faced.
Locally it has not been a vacation in Florida for the New York Rangers as they were shutout by the Panthers 3-0. It was only the second time all year the Rangers have been shutout, the other time came against the St. Louis Blues.
Speaking of hockey teams from New York and Florida, the New York Islanders have traded veteran goaltender Dwayne Roloson to the Tampa Bay Lightning for minor league defenseman Ty Wishart.
Around the “A”
Trevor Smith of the Syracuse Crunch scored three goals but was ultimately credited with four as they defeated the Devils in Albany. Even in 2011 the Devils still can’t seem to catch a break at home. My guess is if New Jersey doesn’t want to play Brian Rolston that Albany fans would be more than excited to see him back in town.
Albany got jump-started in the first by a Chad Wiseman slapper from the point on the power-play, his third from Matt Anderson and Adam Henrique. But it wasn’t all peaches and cream on the man advantage for the Devs. A giveaway midway through the period led to a two-on-one breakaway resulting in a MacGregor Sharp shorthanded tally to knot things at 1-1.
Then the controversy came late in the first. On what was thought to be an icing call, Devils defenseman Alexander Urbom gave up on the play after touching up. Syracuse then took the puck from behind the net and it was Trevor Smith who beat Mike McKenna for the goal. Mckenna was irate soon thereafter and rightfully so as the replay showed the net came off its moorings before the puck crossed the line.
The Devils would rally though within the period’s last 24.8 seconds with the “return of the Mac” David McIntyre on the doorstep roofed his seventh marker on the year from Louis Robatille and Urbom, sending the contest tied to the locker room.
In the second two power-play goals by Trevor Smith hit the jackpot for Syracuse and put the Crunch up 4-2. It was certainly not a period the Devils would wish to re-tweet.
The third and final stanza saw Michael Swift continue his hot streak. Swift registered his eleventh goal on the power-play out front on a pretty pass from behind the net from Captain Stephen Gionta with Urbom picking up his second secondary assist. For Swift it was also his eighth straight game with a point and the Devils trailed by a count of 4-3.
The Devils would later have a 5-on-3 power-play and had a golden opportunity but Alexander Vasyunov couldn’t handle a bang-bang pass down low.
Finally the salt city Crunch salted the game away with Smith recording a shorthanded empty net goal for his fourth on the night and a 5-3 victory for Syracuse over Albany.
For the second straight night Rochester was burned by a couple of former Amerks. With the Amerks up 2-0 in the third, Denis Hamel and Michael Ryan tied the game at 2-2 for the Phantoms. Then Adirondack beat Rochester in the shootout 2-1 for the 3-2 victory.
A solid night by a few former River Rats and one Phantom in Binghamton as the Charlotte Checkers doubled up the Senators 4-2. Jerome Samson, Oscar Osala and Jon Matsumoto put the Checkers out front 3-0. Bingo got the game to within one midway through the third but Chris Terry added an insurance goal as Charlotte iced away another win.