(Image via CSNBayArea.com)

(Image via CSNBayArea.com)

Scores

Buffalo 4
NY Islanders 3 (SO)

Minnesota 1
Toronto 4

Edmonton 2
Pittsburgh 3

Vancouver 3
Philadelphia 2

Chicago 3
Carolina 2 (SO)

Los Angeles 1
Tampa Bay 5

Columbus 1
Detroit 2

Florida 3
Nashville 4

San Jose 6
St. Louis 2

Montreal 3
Winnipeg 0

Dallas 2
Colorado 3

Ottawa 4
Phoenix 3

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Notable Numbers

* 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.

* The Wild outshot the Leafs 38-14…and lost 4-1.

* 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.

Kaleta’s a scourge on the league at this point, and you hope that him losing over $150,000 will help change the way he plays. It sure helped change the way Matt Cooke plays, but for some reason I’m a little more skeptical with Kaleta.

* 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.

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What Happened

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.

Here’s some video of the Sharks displeasure with the hit, and with Lapierre – “an idiot,” quoth Logan Couture – here.

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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.

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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:

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And finally…

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.

Comments (8)

  1. Stick tap to the Refs in that San Jose/St Louis tilt last night, they made that game a gong show last night, getting a penalty for taking a hit was fun to watch am I right David?

    • Seriously. Last two games I’ve been losing my F@@king mind with some of the calls. Stewart getting slashing call in the third when both guys got their sticks up? please.

  2. How are guys like Kaleta and Lapierre still in the league? Would anyone have a problem if they were given lifetime suspensions?

    • Lapierre is a bum for sure, but if Boyle didn’t lose both skates BEFORE the hit, we aren’t even talking about this play. Watch the gif. He blows both tires before contact.

  3. According to your 3 stars for Columbus vs Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg had a GREAT night!

  4. Geez, I can’t imagine what Kaleta even says during his hearings at this point. What a moron. I’m with you on the comparison to Cooke; Cooke can actually play at the NHL level without being an idiot. Not sure that’s true of Kaleta.

    And did Huberdeau put on 10 pounds of muscle in the off season? Guy looked small last season. Not so much now.

  5. And a new chapter in the Tremblay/Roy saga has begun.

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