Patrick Marleau saved the day for the Sharks, then he won the day. First he knocked Marian Gaborik’s last minute shot out of the air and out of danger to keep the tie in the overtime period and force a shootout.
Marleau scored and Joe Pavelski scored in the shootout for the Sharks to give them a 3-2 win over the struggling Wild. This was their 9th straight victory, a franchise record.
Penguins 4 – Capitals 2
Sidney Crosby and the Pens own Ovechkin’s Caps when they are both in the game and yesterdays game was no different. The Penguins beat the Capitals in one of the weirder endings of the year 4-2.
Sidney Crosby was credited with 2 goals in this one. One of them was a legit goal that he scored in the second period which was his first game back since returning from his injury last week. The second goal was a gift from Nicklas Backstrom. The only problem for the Caps though was that Backstrom plays for them. He attempted to clear the puck in a tie game with 28 seconds left, it didn’t really work out for him though.
Backstrom shot it past his own goalie giving the Penguins the win. The goal was credited to Sidney Crosby who will gladly take it.
Stars 3 – Avalanche 0
For a few hours the Stars were slipping and managed to lose first place lead in the Pacific division. They got it back quickly though. Earlier in the day the Sharks beat the Wild and took over first place in the division but the Stars beat the Avs 3-0 to take back first place in the division.
Marty Turco got his 33rd shutout career shutout in this one and Brad Richards scored his first goal as a Star. That helped.