Marc Staal got the first goal, but the Blue Jackets got the last three in a 3-1 Rangers loss in Columbus. The game remained tied until there were just more than five minutes go, when Rick Nash scored the first of his two third-period goals. The Rangers entered the game with the bet road record in the NHL (11-4), but couldn't get any points for their solid effort.

Martin Brodeur allowed the first two shots to face him to go in, and that wasn't good news in a 4-1 loss to Detroit. Nothing seems to go right for New Jersey, which has now lost five straight.

The biggest story in the Islanders' 5-4 loss to the Thrashers wasn't the blown 2-0 lead. It was the busloads of Quebecois who came in by bus to try to persuade the NHL to put a team back in Canada's French-speaking province. They came to watch two teams in the bottom three in attendance battle it out. Will the NHL notice?