NHL: Monday Morning Games Review

By Tom Kelly
The Monday morning fixtures pinned Ice Hockey fans to the edge of their seats as two of the fixtures needed overtime to determine the result. 
Tampa Bay Lightning completed an incredible comeback away to Ottawa Senators, as the Senators have now lost six of their last seven games. With the score level at 3-3, it took just 14 seconds into overtime until Lightning winger Yanni Gourde converted and provided the winner for Tampa Bay. 
The Florida based side have now recorded six wins within their last eight fixtures and remain top of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division, while Ottawa Senators situate third from bottom. 
Much like the Senators and Lighting, both the Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets needed overtime to find a winner, but it was the Ducks that left the Honda Center victorious. 
Cam Fowler of the Anaheim Ducks provided an unforgettable performance by scoring three to help guide the Ducks to victory. Although, the Ducks conceded within the final period which denied Anaheim a win in normal time, Fowler scored his third and final goal which sent Ducks’ fans into pandemonium. 
Regarding Columbus Blue Jackets, this defeat has certainly stagnated their progress within the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division as they now trail behind New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. On the other hand, following their recent win, the Ducks now sit 5th within the Western Conference Pacific division. 
To round off the Monday morning fixtures, the New York Rangers continued their winning streak as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-1. However, it wasn’t a convincing win for the New York side. 
The Rangers took the lead in the second period and entered the final phase of the game 2-0 up – but it was worrying times for the New York fans in the tail end of the fixture. The Rangers conceded 18 shots within the final period of the game and were considered ‘very lucky’ by NHL writer, Steve Paulus, to leave Madison Square Gardens with the victory. 
In what was a slow start to the season for New York, the Rangers remain second from bottom in the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division. On the other hand, Buffalo Sabres, who will be disappointed following this fixture, sit 5th in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. 
The NHL is set to continue today with five blockbuster meetings in both the Eastern and Western Conferences set to take place. 
Edited by Frankie Levin

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