* 19-year-old rookie defenseman Seth Jones played over 30 minutes last night against the Coyotes, firing three shots on net. Shea Weber did to, but he only played 29 minutes.
* Coyotes captain Shane Doan had a goal and an assist.
* Ryan Miller stopped 44 of 46 shots for a .957 save percentage. Can you imagine if the Sabres even had like, an average goaltender? It’d be U-G-L-Y, and they wouldn’t have no alibi.
Iggy pop the waterbottle
After Zdeno Chara scored in the final minutes to tie up the Ducks/Bruins game (after a couple great plays by Krug and Krejci), Jarome Iginla scored a beauty of a wrister to give the B’s the win. This guy’s shot is out of control.
Speaking of comebacks, the Phoenix Coyotes pulled off a pretty massive one of their own. They fell behind 3-0 to the Nashville Predators after one period before setting to work chipping away and clawing back into the game.
It was Antoine Vermette who scored the game’s tying goal, on a play in which he both made a slick move, and got to run over the goalie. For a forward, that’s a damn near perfect play.
Mikkel Boedker scored in the shootout to give the Coyotes the win.
A head of the game
Henrik Lundqvist shut out the Buffalo Sabres by stopping all 29 shots he faced. I’m not sure if this one counts, but I do know he loves doing this.
For some reason he’s super into headbutting the puck. Go nuts, dude.
Wrong side of this one
Matt Hendricks got hurt after Derek Morris gave him a little extra somethin-somethin on this play:
Hockey people, we need to get on the same page about something. It’s your use of the word score. Take, for example, this NHL.com description:
“Iginla’s scary good shootout score.”
No. Just, no.
I get what happened here. It was Halloween, so they wanted to work in “scary” to stick with the theme. Then they saw the chance for some alliteration, and because the NHL’s headline writers like to be cuter than 10 kittens, they went for it. But we just can’t allow this use of “score” anymore.
Iginla scored a scary good shootout goal. He scored it. The goal, I mean. And, as I’ve bitched about before, if someone shoots the puck and you’re a commentator, he “scores.” The oft-used singular – “He shoots, score!” or just “score!!” after a goal simply does not work. Maybe in other sports – perhaps more gentlemanly, English ones? – a goal can be called a score. And while it technically is one in hockey too, it just rubs me the wrong way. It’s a goal, gosh darnit.
* John Scott got roughly the exact number of games most people thought he would – seven – for his hit on Loui Eriksson. You can check out the explanation for the suspension here:
* The Leafs’ Carter Ashton has a hearing with the league for his terribly dangerous hit on Derek Smith.
* Dustin Penner returned from the concussion he received on the illegal Ryan Garbutt hit, and assisted on the Ducks first goal.
* And finally, Brian Burke wrote an editorial in USA Today explaining why he sees the value in fighting in the NHL. It’s a nuanced issue with no clear answer (despite what folks on teh internetz will tell you), so it was nice to hear a quality take from a guy on the pro-fighting side. Seems like we only ever hear from the other side these days.
Ninety-eight percent of NHL players voted to keep fighting in the game, yet somehow members of the news media take it upon themselves to try to convince the players that the scribes know what is best for them. They don’t write about the times a heavyweight skates by his opponent’s bench to say, “Settle down, or I’ll settle you down,” and it works. They don’t notice a tough guy warning an opponent at a faceoff. They’ve never heard a star player march into their office, slam the door and demand the team get tougher because he’s getting killed out there by opponents playing without fear. They’ve never seen a chippy game on the edge settle down after a good fight.