Florida 1
Boston 4 (Recap)

NY Rangers 4
Columbus 2 (Recap)

New Jersey 3
Philadelphia 0 (Recap)

Minnesota 2
Washington 3 (SO) (Recap)

NY Islanders 0
Carolina 1 (Recap)

Montreal 1
Ottawa 4 (Recap)

Dallas 4
Detroit 3 (OT) (Recap)

Edmonton 2
Tampa Bay 4 (Recap)

Calgary 2
St. Louis 3 (Recap)

Buffalo 0
Los Angeles 2 (Recap)

Vancouver 4
San Jose 2 (Recap)


Notable Numbers

* It was all about the goalies last night:

- Martin Brodeur – heard or him? 22 saves on 22 shots vs. the Flyers.

- Justin Peters21 of 21 shots stopped to shutout the Isles.

- Robin Lehnerstopped 33 saves on 34 shots for a .971 save percentage. Yeah that’s not bad.

* From the League:

Lightning forward Steven Stamkos potted his 12th and 13th markers for his third multi-goal game of the season (15 GP). Stamkos has 8-4—12 during a seven-game point streak, including goals in five consecutive contests (6-1—7). He ranks second in the NHL with 22 points, one behind Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (8-15—23).


What Happened

The Dallas Stars might secretly be pretty good

New jerseys, new teammates, new coach, new GM…it was never going to be particularly tidy right away.

But the ship seems to be pointed in the right direction right now, so maybe keep an eye on this group.

Rich Peverly, take it (and by it, I mean the two points) away:

I have such a hockey crush on Nichushkin, if I haven’t mentioned that enough lately.


Speaking of Dallas

This Jamie Benn goal is almost equalled in greatness by the flatness of the colour guy’s reaction.


Suspension time

Last night Jesse Winchester forgot the “don’t throw jumping elbows into people’s heads” rule, and as a result has a hearing with the league.

You probably shouldn’t do that. I’m guess that costs some money right there.


I don’t miss this part of hockey

An ice rink is basically just a human blender that a bullet mixed in, so people inevitably get hurt. Last night was no different. As our own Erin Valois explained:

The puck showed no mercy on Thursday: Blood poured (not dripped, poured) out of Senators forward Chris Neil’s face thanks to an errant puck to the face by teammate Erik Karlsson. Way to go. Then, Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas was seen on crutches after the game because he blocked a shot with his foot. It looks like he escaped without a fracture, but it is not clear if he will play against the Leafs on Friday. Finally, Wild forward Zach Parise couldn’t take part in the shootout because he hurt his wrist, also from a blocked shot, and Minnesota lost 3-2 to the Capitals.

You should follow Erin on Twitter, by the way.


Claude Giroux, you guys

He didn’t talk to the media after their terrible loss to a poor Devils team at home, so people are upset. And by people, I mean some media members. I have no idea if this matters or not, just thought I’d prep you for the avalanche of attack articles that are coming.


Anze Kopitar scored a beaut

I know, you’re used to that header.


An Opinion

Pavel Datsyuk is probably the most skilled human on earth with a hockey puck. He’s everything you could ever want in a player, myself included. And hey, last night he did this:

An undeniably great goal. A display of personal skill. Another highlight for his resume. I love him, you love him, got it. …Just allow me this, isall I’m saying:

That goal, in particular, was not that “holy s**t” worth as a player (even though the public reaction has been that), because he went for option A, it was available to him, and it resulted in a goal. Great execution, it was just a basic dangle.

If your plan is to dangle someone, the first thing you do is put the puck under their triangle (it’s becoming increasingly clear that Datsyuk does this better than anyone). But yeah, that’s a pretty basic go-to. Puck under stick near skates, carry on.

So yes. YES. Datsyuk’s goal last night was sick. But because it wasn’t outside the playbook, I refuse to lose my mind along with the group today. He saw option one, took option one, shot it in. Very nice goal.


Other News

* Tickets are more expensive …which one would expect after a lockout. (No? Oh okay then that’s weird.)

* Cam Janssen now has more goals than Claude Giroux.

* Kevin Dineen got fired! The Florida Panthers hired Peter Horachek as the interim guy.

* And finally, the Canucks won, but Joe Thornton scored a weird one.

Comments (14)

  1. Not even a shoutout for Torey Krug tying Erik Karlsson for the NHL lead in goals by a Dman. It was a beauty too.

    • Love that guy. I find most goal celebrations amusing, but in a sports world where increasingly the slightest accomplishment is license to perform a 10 second , choreographed, trademarked routine, it sure is nice to see a guy like Krug acknowledge the assist and otherwise act like it’s not his first rodeo. Great composure for a 2nd year player.

  2. That hit by Winchester should be more than a fine. Im not sure if it’s just the speed of the replay, but it doesn’t look like a brutally violent hit, but it certainly checks off just about every other measure of what the league doesn’t want to see. It’s getting a little tiresome seeing guys continue to throw elbows to the head.

  3. Well the Sharks’ regular Hot October is officially over.
    #1 in Pacific Division will probably be between Anaheim & Vancouver
    #3 San Jose coasting in at a steady pace
    Western Wildcards to the Pacific #4 LA, #5 Phoenix
    vs Colorado, St Louis, Chicago in that order

    It’s early, but there is a huge bifurcation of results. Edmonton, Buffalo, and Philadelphia are really setting new all-time record levels of pathetic. I’m actually more interested in seeing breakdowns of how those teams are so terrible, than following the few tweaks the top teams have made this season.

    There are so many stacked teams that are so bad, it’s got to be an explosion of trades waiting to happen.

    What those teams think their problems are, and what their problems actually are will tell how that trading free-for-all will play out.

    • The Flyers played some of the worst hockey I have ever seen at the NHL level last night. I don’t think you could catalog what they were doing wrong because there was so much wrong with it. They couldn’t even enter the zone without going offsides. While I get that they aren’t a cup contender, I have trouble believing that they’re *that* bad.

      • Edmonton looked pretty good in pre-season and early on.

        I thought Dubnyk might struggle with shorter pads, but he definitely looked like he’d worked hard and was finally a decent goalie. Their defence lineup was much better.

        The talent is there. They have all the ressources they ask for. People were supportive.

        I don’t get it. Calgary has done much better, much quicker, and much with less.

        After the 04-05 lockout, if a team was failing for whatever reason a new coach could come in and they could grind out boring wins. Can you be successful but boring anymore? Boston and LA have come close. They would spread out big slow bodies, and when the puck came in close they would depend on not getting called on overwhelming numbers of weak infractions to slow/impede the other team. Even them now, for example they no longer duck out of hits by throwing up elbows or sticks at the heads of incoming checkers.

        • How exactly did Edmonton’s defence get “much” better? They added one NHL caliber defenceman. So they now have 2 NHL d-men. Smid annd Ference. The rest are for the most part garbage with minimal potential.

      • You must’ve missed Edmonton vs Florica on Tuesday……..

  4. Where is the podcast ?

  5. The podcast died at the end of last year when they apparently decided to get rid of the roundtable format with John and Jake.

  6. I agree w/ you on the Datsyuk goal. But I will say that anyone that goes to the well so often by using the under stick deke is just begging to get stood up with a big body check or at least ridden off the puck. Datsyuk is so good laterally that he avoids that. Guy is slippery as a snake which is probably his most impressive attribute.

  7. Justin, please address the Kreider hit on Upshall, the finest example of failure to grasp what the smartest coach in the building –the clock– tells you is verboten. The hockey Gods must have been at the beer stand or that would have cost the Rangers the game.

    • I meant to write “scoreboard” rather than “clock.” The scoreboard dictates play in such a situation, something the Habs shamefully refuse to trust Subban to get.

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