* The League’s best goal scorer didn’t manage to pot a single goal over his first three games, but he made up for it last night. Steven Stamkos had an all-situations hat-trick against the Panthers, scoring a powerplay goal, an even-strength goal and a shorty.
* Three goalies had shutouts last night – Colorado’s J.S. Giguere shutout the Bruins in his first start of the season (39 saves), Jonas Hiller shutout the Rangers in the Ducks’ rout (37 saves – Anaheim was out-shot 17-3 in the first period), and Jonathan Bernier blanked the Predators (36 saves). Bernier’s save percentage is now .974, having allowed three goals in four starts. Like Phil Collins, he’s been waiting for this moment, for all his life.
* The Wild won a franchise record 73.8% of their faceoffs, with captain Mikko Koivu winning 14 of 19.
* Alexander Ovechkin tipped a puck in, giving him goals in all four of the Caps games this year.
* P.K. Subban had three assists in the Habs win over the Oilers, giving the former Norris Trophy winner six points in four games.
* The San Jose Sharks four goals brings them to 21 on the year in four games, their highest total through four in franchise history (via @Buccigross)
Thomas Vanek Hertl’d
Last night Thomas Vanek scored a beauty, one-timing a puck with his stick between his legs. Why did he do that, you ask? To be fancy? To disrespect the league? Negative.
With the angle of his body and stick, it would’ve been hard to get much meat on a normal redirect, so by letting the puck go between his skates he can put his stick at an angle that allows for a bit more force. In sum, because it was the best way to score a goal, much like a certain rookie who scored a through-the-legs goal yesterday.
Sergei Bobrovsky was unimpressed by the goal, because everyone hates fun.
Some guys did some suspendable stuff
Alex Edler has a phone hearing with the league for this hit on Mr. Firestorm himself, Tomas Hertl. (GIF from SB Nation)
The Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robot helmet pop-off prooobably doesn’t help Edler’s case here.
By the way, aside from being involved in this play, Hertl again looked like an absolute stud last night. Kind of reminds me of Jonathan Huberdeau.
Speaking of suspensions, Patrick Kaleta has an in-person hearing for his hit on Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kaleta’s is likely in person because as far as “repeat offenders” go, he’s damn near the repeatiest.
That’s easily the worst subheader ever written. Ahem, let’s try this again.
Jonathan Huberdeau did a neat thing:
I have recently been outed for my man-crush on Huberdeau, and I gotta say, guilty as charged.
Mike Fisher got ejected for a hit on Cody Franson
It’s almost like you’re not allowed to smash guys’ faces into stanchions?
* Yesterday’s tire fire of an issue was Joe Thornton barking a response to a question someone else was asked about Hertl’s through-the-legs goal being “disrespectful” (for f***’s sake, people) or whatever. He piped in with “If I scored four goals I’d have my cock out. I’d have my cock out, stroking it,” which is a hilarious line.
Of course, reporting that line – clearly not meant for public consumption – was the wrong call by miles. Watch ex-NHLer Mike Johnson (and current media man) and long-time NHL reporter Pierre LeBrun weigh in on that making it to print here. (You really should watch that.)
The San Jose Sharks PR team took a jab at the reporter who printed it, calling it a pathetic grab for page hits.
* Milan Lucic thinks there’s a double standard when it comes to him with the officials because of his Big Bad Wolf reputation.
* And finally, check out this piece I wrote on Matt Duchene yesterday. I wrote it because he’s juuust a bit fast. Here’s his empty-netter last night: