Colum­bus plays to Tor­torella’s lik­ing in its over­time tri­umph


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John Tor­torella and Doug Weight were only a few feet away from each other.

The men­tal and emo­tional dis­tance sep­a­rat­ing the coaches was an­other mat­ter fol­low­ing a 3-2 vic­tory by Colum­bus over the host New York Is­lan­ders on Satur­day. Cam Atkin­son de­liv­ered the win­ner for the Blue Jack­ets 1:19 into over­time.

“I’m very happy with the way we played,” Tor­torella said. “I’m happy to win a close-check­ing one-goal game.”

Oliver Bjork­strand and Josh An­der­son scored 14:48 apart in the sec­ond pe­riod for Colum­bus, which won for the sev­enth time in March and im­proved to 46-18-6.

“We played re­ally well,” Tor­torella said. “I like the way we com­peted.”

Weight wished he could say the same about his team.

Travis Ha­monic and John Tavares scored for New York, which lost for the fourth time in five games (1-3-1).

“We just weren’t good,” Weight said.

RED WINGS 5, AVALANCHE 1: As the clock wound down on the fi­nal game be­tween Detroit and vis­it­ing Colorado at Joe Louis Arena, the video board at cen­ter ice wound the clock back in time.

It showed the wild brawls that erupted be­tween the teams on the night of March 26, 1997, when what would be­come the NHL’s most bit­ter ri­valry was ig­nited.

“That video they played at the end dur­ing the last TV time­out, it was re­ally cool,” Detroit for­ward Dy­lan Larkin said. “It got the fans fired up.”

“I wished they played it a lit­tle ear­lier in the game, maybe in the first, but I def­i­nitely got the chills watch­ing it.”

There wasn’t any­thing close to that in the farewell tour of the Avalanche and Red Wings at the Joe, a lop­sided Detroit win that ex­hib­ited lit­tle in the way of the pas­sion that once drove this show­down.

“Just to be a part of the ri­valry is pretty cool, and to play here in their last game at the Joe and get a con­vinc­ing win, it feels good,” Larkin said.

The Red Wings, who will move into Lit­tle Cae­sars Arena next sea­son, fin­ished with a 31-23-1 edge over the Avalanche at Joe Louis Arena.

RANGERS 3, WILD 2: Os­car Lind­berg had a goal and an as­sist, Antti Raanta made 25 saves, and New York held on to beat Min­nesota in St. Paul, Minn.

Brady Sk­jei and Jimmy Ve­sey also scored for the Rangers, who are 7-1 in their past eight road games and have a league-high 26 vic­to­ries away from home this sea­son.

HUR­RI­CANES 4, PREDA­TORS 2: Jeff Skin­ner scored in each of the first two pe­ri­ods, and Carolina beat vis­it­ing Nashville in Raleigh, N.C.

Jor­dan Staal added a goal and an as­sist while Jac­cob Slavin had two as­sists for Carolina, which swept the two-game sea­son se­ries and snapped Nashville’s three­game win­ning streak. Elias Lind­holm scored a short­handed empty-net­ter with 25.6 sec­onds to go.

Carolina won the teams’ other meet­ing, 3-2 in a shootout, Nov. 5 in Nashville.

Skin­ner had his fifth multi-goal game and sixth multi-point ef­fort of the sea­son.

Hur­ri­canes goalie Ed­die Lack, start­ing his sec­ond straight game, stopped 27 shots for his first twogame win­ning streak with Carolina. The Hur­ri­canes im­proved to 4-0-2 in their past six games.

BLACKHAWKS 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1 (OT): Ryan Hart­man scored with 17 sec­onds left in over­time to lead Chicago to a win at Toronto.

John Hayden notched his first NHL goal, and Corey Craw­ford stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Blackhawks.

CANA­DI­ENS 4, SEN­A­TORS 3 (SO): Paul By­ron and Alexan­der Radulov scored in the shootout to give Mon­treal a win at Ottawa in the first half of the teams’ home-and-home se­ries.

An­drew Shaw, Philip Danault and Bren­dan Gal­lagher scored in reg­u­la­tion for the Cana­di­ens, and Carey Price fin­ished with 28 saves.

BLUES 3, COY­OTES 0: Jake Allen stopped 31 shots for his fourth shutout of the sea­son to lead St. Louis to a win over Ari­zona in Glen­dale, Ariz.

Scot­tie Up­shall, Alex Pi­etrangelo and David Per­ron scored to help the Blues win for the sev­enth time in eight games over­all and beat the Coy­otes for the ninth straight time.


Cam Atkin­son scores the win­ning goal for Colum­bus against the Is­lan­ders and goalie Thomas Greiss.

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