Tyler Seguin goal

Scores

Calgary 1
Minnesota 5 (Recap)

Edmonton 4
Florida 3 (OT) (Recap)

Philadelphia 1
Carolina 2 (OT) (Recap)

NY Islanders 2
Washington 6 (Recap)

Ottawa 4
Columbus 1 (Recap)

Dallas 3
Boston 2 (SO) (Recap)

St. Louis 3
Montreal 2 (SO) (Recap)

Vancouver 2
Phoenix 3 (SO) (Recap)

Buffalo 4
San Jose 3 (SO) (Seriously) (Recap)

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Notable Numbers

* Alex Ovechkin returned to the Washington Capitals in grand fashion, scoring two goals and adding an assist. One of his goals made Evgeni Nabokov react like this:

“If I stay verrrry still no one will notice me here…”

* The Oilers Mark Arcobello scored his first NHL goal, and followed it up with another later in the game. Also scoring first? His two teammates Philip Larsen and Taylor Fedun.

* Zach Parise had two goals and an assist in the Wild’s win.

* John Tavares had a goal and an assist in the Isles 6-2 loss, which is exactly what you’d expect.

* The Capitals Tom Wilson recorded his first NHL point, and followed it up with his first NHL goal. That means he gets shaving cream in the face. That ALSO means that we get this AMAZING Alex Ovechkin face.

I think this calls for one of Puck Daddy’s photoshop contests. Here’s the GIF from Japer’s Rink:

* Erik Karlsson scored two goals and extended his point streak to five games because he is amazing.

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What Happened

The big return

By now you’re well aware that Dallas and Boston made a big trade in the off-season. Well, last night the two teams faced off for the first time since, meaning Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverly skated in front of their old fans in a barn where they won a Cup in the Black and Yellow. Neither were particularly amazing in regulation, but when the game went to a shootout, both players got their numbers called.

Seguin got them close with this angry shot…


And Peverly iced the game.

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The big return part deux

Manny Malhotra’s career was nearly ended in Vancouver by an eye injury, but he wasn’t ready to hang ‘em up. He rehabbed, got signed by the Carolina Hurricanes farm team, and was eventually given a shot with the big club. He scored the OT winner for the Canes last night:

This guy CAN’T BELIEVE IT.

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Tic tac toe…tic again, I guess?

The Minnesota Wild scored one of the nastier goals I’ve seen in sometime, and it came in a four-on-four situation. Dishin’ magicians:

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Wait, what?

In a previous “An Opinion” section, I wrote about the Sabres/Sharks matchup that was on the docket last night, and what an assault it was going to be. Hell, I tweeted this:

Well, miraculously, the Sabres beat the Sharks 5-4 in a shootout despite two things – this defense on Joe Thornton:

And the fact that the Sharks clearly scored in overtime, clearly before the whistle. Puck clearly goes in. CLEARLY.

I’m thinking the ref was mentally fixated on the intial shot (not shown here – full video here) which hits the inside of the post, knew it didn’t go in, and didn’t even consider the follow-up action. The puck dropped before it had time to even go to video review.

The saddest thing about this, aside from it costing me a loss in my survivor pool, is that the Sabres are tanking here, people. Don’t go burdening them with excess points.

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Heads up

Some of hockey’s best hits come when a forward gets solid possession in his own zone, and assumes the d-man will be backing off as they so often do. Last night Erik Cole was like “Alright, let me just double check that I have solid possession of the puck, and get to showing off these great wheels I’ve gOHMIGOD…”

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An Opinion

Really, Bruins fans? You’re going to boo Tyler Seguin? The young man who you loved for years, who helped you win a Stanley Cup, who was traded unwillingly? Yeah, how dare he do something completely out of his control like get dealt! What’s your issue, that he partied a lot (en route to leading the team in points last year)? My god, give your collective head a shake. That Bruins smear campaign was glass-level transparent.

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Other News

* Pekka Rinne has an e. coli infection in his hip. You can read more about his situation from our own Jo Innes here.

* Jay Feaster wants to make it mandatory for their players to wear additional foot protection, and the players be like…”Yo, NHLPA, can this dude even do that?”

* And finally, Alex Ovechkin’s mustache still needs some work: