* Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding continued his amazing start to the season by stopping 37 of 38 shots against the San Jose Sharks. His goals against on the year is now 1.5, first overall in the league. The Wild won the game despite take a mere 13 shots.
* Speaking of good goaltending, the Caps got 30 saves on 31 shots from something called a Philipp Grubauer. Steve Oleksy had a goal and an assist to help give the Caps the win.
* A couple Blackhawks had three point nights against the Panthers – Patrick Kane had three assists, while Patrick Sharp had one and two. Kane is now tied with Malkin for second in league scoring with 37 points, five behind Sidney Crosby.
* Mike Santorelli had a night – he was in on all three of the Canucks goals, grabbing two and one. He really has Erik Johnson to thank for the BS d-to-d pass.
The Capitals scored a few interesting goals against the Rangers last night. They scored twice in 25 seconds at one point, which means the colour guy is still explaining the first one when the second happens, and Mikhail Grabovski got a penalty shot, on which he chose to do this:
Ya kinda have to love it because, who in their right might actually bombs it from that close? You gotta think Lundqvist assumed that was going to be a fake, but nope – just a good ‘ol slapbomb.
Of course, it wasn’t as if everything went by Lundqvist yesterday. Check out this sequence:
Speaking of breakaway goals
This one is probably the exact opposite of the Grabbo goal. Brandon Saad sells a fake and puts home a nifty one:
I never had the confidence to try that move cause if you miss, you look silly - just shoot the dang puck, buddy – but when guys score on it I’m always impressed.
First things first
26-year-old defenseman Kevan Miller scored his first NHL goal yesterday, wristing a puck on net that Jonathan Bernier probably thinks he should’ve had.
My favourite part of that goal is this comment from Torey Krug, the 22-year-old d-man who’s played in just over 30 NHL games.
Very happy that old guy finally scored. It was great. You see the excitement on his face. I remember when I scored my first goal and it’s just such a great feeling. Anytime you can help contribute to a team win it’s a lot of fun.
Things didn’t go so great for Miller later in the game, when Dion Phaneuf tried to murder him with a hit from behind. Miller left the game, and Phaneuf has a phone hearing:
First, the obvious: I will be writing about the Pittsburgh/Boston mess, but that will come as a stand-alone post later today.
So for now:
I’m more than okay with pulling your goalie with a weird amount of time left in the third if you’re down by two or three goals.
Yesterday the Avs were losing 3-0 to Vancouver, and Roy pulled his tender with five minutes left in the game. Our own Thomas Drance joked that it was because Roy doesn’t want Luongo to catch him in all-time shutouts (Lu has 64 to Roy’s 66), but in situations like that, I think Roy did the right thing. You’re supposed to try to win, yeah? Who cares if you lose 10-0 or 4-0 or 2-1 or whatever – a loss is a loss is a loss. If we believe that having six skaters on the ice helps you score more than having five, you should create that situation for your team when you’re losing late in a game. Otherwise, you’re just not trying your best to win.
* Sharks’ coach Todd McLellan is displeased with the inconsistency in goalie interference calls. I’m so, so on board with allowing video replay on these calls, especially when the puck ends up in the net.
* Johnny Boychuck should be back soon for the Bruins, which is a positive.
* And finally, it’s the reverse-Sean Avery! J.S. Giguere appears to be trying to obstruct Sedin’s view of his defenseman, and it makes for an odd dance.