NHL roundup: Thursday's action on the ice
NHL roundup: Thursday's action on the ice
"I was nervous and excited in the same breath," said Smyth, who was acquired from Edmonton before Tuesday's trade deadline. "I was waiting for the Canadian anthem to be played." Smyth got over his butterflies and had an assist in his Long Island debut, but Lee Stempniak's power-play goal 25 seconds into overtime gave the St. Louis Blues a come-from-behind 3-2 victory.
Stempniak had an open shot from the left circle off a pass from Eric Brewer and beat Rick DiPietro to the far corner to give the Blues their sixth win in seven games (6-1-0).
"It's a really good win for us," Stempniak said. "Eric made a great fake and drew the goalie out, and slid it over to me. DiPietro had too much room to cover to get back in time."
The Islanders were cruising to a 2-0 victory with less than three minutes left in the game when Jay McClement and Petr Cajanek scored in a 38-second span to force overtime. Curtis Sanford picked up the win by stopping 25 shots.
Elsewhere in the NHL it was: Minnesota 5 Edmonton 0, Vancouver 4 Phoenix 3, Pittsburgh 4 New York Rangers 3 (SO), Florida 2, Dallas 1 (OT); Tampa Bay 5 Washington 4 (SO), Philadelphia 4 Boston 3 (OT), Colorado 6 Chicago 1, and Los Angeles 4 Phoenix 3 (OT).
At Uniondale, N.Y., Smyth assisted on Mike Sillinger's first-period goal, and played a key role in Marc-Andre Bergeron's second-period score. After the goal was knocked off its moorings, Smyth used his skate to put it back in place just before Bergeron's shot deflected in.
DiPietro stopped 36 shots, but took the penalty at the end of regulation that led to the overtime goal.
DiPietro leads all NHL goalies with 22 penalty minutes. He chose not to meet with the media after the game.
The overtime point leaves the Islanders in sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Atlanta and one point ahead of Montreal. New York ended a seven-game home stand with a 5-2-0 mark, with the last five of those games decided by one goal.
"It's a valuable point," Sillinger said. "But for the last few games, we've had a two-goal lead and let other teams tie it up. We have to correct that, and do it quickly."
St. Louis outplayed the Islanders in the first period and had a golden chance to score the first goal when a shot left the puck laying on the goal line, but defenceman Brendan Witt swept it out of the goal mouth.
"We played hard for all 60 minutes," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "DiPietro made some big saves, but we kept working, and it paid off. I just wish it didn't wait that long to happen."
Smyth, who earned a warm welcome from the crowd of 12,263, assisted on the opening goal by Sillinger at 10:16. Down the left side, he centred a pass to Sillinger, who faked Sanford down with a forehand move and tucked a backhand into the open net.
"Silly made a great play on the goal," Smyth said. "I just tried to put it on."
Bergeron gave New York a 2-0 lead 40 seconds into the second period when he stuffed Jason Blake's pass past Sanford.
Smyth had the foresight to put the net back in position just before Bergeron's shot.
"Blakey (Jason Blake) said he ran into it when he tried to stuff a shot," Smyth said. "I just tried to put it back on."
St. Louis tied the game late in the final period with a pair of goals 38 seconds apart.
Wild 5 Oilers 0
At Edmonton, third-string goalie Josh Harding stopped 30 shots, Pavol Demitra and Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist apiece, and Minnesota beat Edmonton.
Canucks 4 Coyotes 3
At Vancouver, Markus Naslund scored late in the third period as the Canucks rekindled their NHL playoff drive with a win over Phoenix.
Penguins 4 Rangers 3 (SO)
At New York, Sidney Crosby scored the only goal of the shootout, and Pittsburgh used three special-teams goals in the third period to rally to victory over the Rangers.
Panthers 2 Stars 1 (OT)
At Sunrise, Fla., Olli Jokinen scored a power-play goal in overtime to lift Florida past Dallas.
Lightning 5 Capitals 4 (SO)
At Washington, Nick Tarnasky scored the lone shootout goal in the 10th round, goalie Johan Holmqvist was perfect during the tiebreaker and Tampa Bay opened its longest road trip of the season with a victory over Washington.
Flyers 4 Bruins 3 (OT)
At Boston, Scottie Upshall scored 4:50 into overtime and Philadelphia snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over the Bruins, who had 51 saves from Tim Thomas.
Avalanche 6 Blackhawks 1
At Chicago, Brad Richardson had a goal and an assist, and Peter Budaj stopped 23 shots in Colorado's victory over the Blackhawks.
Kings 4 Ducks 3 (OT)
At Los Angeles, Jamie Lundmark tied the game with 8:49 left in the third period and Michael Cammalleri got the winner on a power play at 3:17 of overtime, giving Los Angeles a victory over Anaheim.