The Toronto Maple Leafs came away with a 2-1 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils last night in a game that was, for the most part, drier than toast.
Jonathan Bernier had a strong night stopping 34-of-35 shots, although the one he did give up was brutal.
Cody Franson picked up an assist and it was his first point in four games. He has still yet to score this season, but his ice-time and opportunities don't appear to be suffering because of it. Franson still got over 22 minutes against the Devils and more than six of those came with the man advantage. He also picked up four shots and a couple of hits, so he is still producing in other areas.
Phil Kessel found the back of the net for Toronto and he now has eight goals in his last seven outings. Kessel also posted six shots and he was really skating well. When he has his legs going he is almost impossible to defend and he proved it here on the goal when he put both the puck and two Devils defenders into the net.
Michael Ryder scored the goal for New Jersey after going six games without one. Ryder has a tendency to be a streaky scorer, so let's see if he can put together somewhat of a run.
Anton Volchenkov deserves a shoutout for his efforts on Friday. He had four hits and three blocks, while playing over eight minutes shorthanded. He could be a nice addition if you need assistance in the aforementioned two categories, but don't expect any offensive production from him.
Jacob Josefson was a scratch once again.
The Jets routed the Predators 5-0 despite being outshot 41-32 by Nashville.
Carter Hutton had a rough night between the pipes for the Preds, but he's actually done an admirable job filling in for Pekka Rinne. He's gone 4-2-1 to keep Nashville somewhat relevant in the standings.
Shea Weber had a night he would like to forget, going minus-3.
As mentioned earlier, the Jets gave up 41 shots and Ondrej Pavelec stopped them all. He needed that performance after coming off a bad outing against the Blackhawks.
Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd each had two points for Winnipeg. Ladd had two helpers, while Little countered with two goals. He has five of those in his last six games.
Devin Setoguchi also scored for the Jets and he seems to have received the message after being a healthy scratch earlier in the year, as he now has four points in his last three contests.
Eric Tangradi also chipped in with his first goal of the season.
Colorado beat Calgary 4-2 and Mike Cammalleri had two goals in a losing cause. He's flown somewhat under the radar this season with seven goals in just 10 games.
Mikael Backlund picked himself up two assists against the Avs. He hadn't had a point in eight games coming in and his ice-time had been drastically cut from what it was at the start of the season. Let's see if this effort gets it trending back into the right direction.