* Joe Thornton had a goal and four assists, which while impressive, is not quite as impressive as the fact that it brings his career point total to 1,127, which passes Mike Bossy and Joe Nieuwendyk to take over 52nd in all-time NHL points.
* Jason Spezza gave his season stats (and campaign to make Team Canada) a nice jolt last night, scoring three in a 4-3 win over the Coyotes.
* Carey Price made 36 saves on 36 shots against the Jets the game after making 39 saves on 40 shots versus Vancouver, speaking of Team Canada hopefuls.
* That loser Sidney Crosby finally got to two points a game (12 over six contests) with three assists against the Oilers.
* Martin St. Louis had two goals and an apple in the Lightning’s 5-1 rout of the Kings, moving the defending Art Ross winner to second in league scoring.
Bernier has been 1st star twice, 2nd star once (vs. Col), and 3rd once (vs. Philly, should have been 1st). Reimer has been 1st twice. #SAVES
— Steve Dangle Glynn (@Steve_Dangle) October 16, 2013
* Speaking of notable numbers…Patrick Kaleta got suspended for 10 games by the NHL for his hit on Jack Johnson, making it the sixth time in four years he’s been suspended or fined.
* Patrick Roy is now tied with his former coach Mario Tremblay for the best start to a coaching stint in NHL history, at 6-0-0.
Dan Boyle put a real scare into people last night
Not to focus on the negative from a great night of hockey action, but this was the big story for awhile: Max Lapierre hit Dan Boyle in an awkward spot, as he followed through with his forearm on a hit where he was pretty clearly facing his opponent’s numbers. Boyle’s face hit the dasher, but that seemed like a secondary issue to how his neck bent going into the boards. All I could think was “vertabrae, broken neck, this is terrible.”
But, there’s good news. He’s alert, responsive and can move his limbs this morning, which didn’t seem like a guarantee after being stretchered off the ice.
Jonathan Huberdeau buried a beauty
The Predators may have beaten the Panthers last night, but Jonathan Huberdeau still provided one of the best highlights of the night. I’m not sure what to make of the goal call, exactly. You can judge for yourself.
Matt Duchene, man
I’ve been fawning over Matt Duchene a lot lately, but I think it’s fairly justified. Last night he hopped on as the extra attacker during a delayed penalty, set-up a regroup, and did this:
The Flyers are having a tough go
Ryan Kesler scored twice for the Canucks in their 3-2 victory over the Flyers, but the first one….oh boy, the first one. Poor Philly.