* Brad Richards had a goal and an assist. I always root for that guy, so I approve.
* Leafy goodness: my old ECHL linemate Trevor Smith scored the OT winner, while Kadri grabbed a pair and Bernier stopped 48 of 50 shots. Nahbad.
* The Sharks got owned, which was weird. Kunitz had two, which means Crosby had a quiet three assist night.
* Okay, Marty St. Louis, we’re all soooo impressed. You’re older and good at hockey, we get it. Two goals last night gives him 12 and 14 in 28 games this year. Jebus.
* Jeff Skinner had a hat-trick vs. Nashville. I feel bad that this kid gets hurt all the time.
Totally under-rated scorer.
* Jeff Skinner AND Taylor Hall had hat-tricks? It’s a fantasy hockey miracle for Bourne (not if you’re playing me, I guess).
I’m not entirely sure how valuable Rick Nash’s skills are, but good lord does he score some beautiful goals on his own. Columbus will do that to ya, I guess.
Wanna see Jeff Skinner’s hat-trick?
Cause I can arrange such things.
How about Hall’s?
Sure, might as well check that hatty out too.
Roy left Varly in for all eight goals. The hell?
“I don’t think it was his fault. I could have pulled Varly after the fourth goal, but I thought that would be so unfair. They scored two breakaways, 2-on-1 situation, power play perfect shot … to be honest with you, Varly has nothing to blame himself tonight.”
Mmm, shallower nets
Nick Bjustad, gettin’ it done.
Oh that’s big
I’m always torn between lauding the goalie and verbally abusing the player, so, I’ll let you decide:
The Oilers would be a super-frustrating team to be a fan of, cause they’re young and talented, which means they’re going to be killer when they put it together, and terrible when they don’t. The put up eight goals on the Avalanche last night, which isn’t all that uncommon for them, but I’m sure they’d happily distribute a few of those goals around to other games.
But nope. When they have it going, they’ll blow teams out. Otherwise….collar tug.
* Tyler Bozak is out til after Christmas.
* Max Pacioretty’s hit on Johnny Boychuk seemed pretty harmless in intent, but it ended up pretty bad. The good news? He avoided serious injury. Montreal is on a bit of a tear, so someone asked Claude Julien if the loss of Boychuk was their main problem:
“We don’t have any excuses tonight. Excuses are for losers. We’ve played with five defensemen before and it didn’t affect us. We just had a bad second period and it cost us the game. We have to look in the mirror and blame ourselves.”
* And finally, this is not how you take a slapshot: