* There’s this guy, I think he plays for Washington…Alex Ovechkin or something like that? I think that’s it. He scored four times last night. Now leads the league in goals by five, has 26 in 29 games. His teammate Nicklas Backstrom had an okay night, grabbing one and four for a five point night. Silly old Marty St. Louis only had a three point night (one and two) in the loss.
* The Islanders beat the Sharks! And all they needed was Kevin Poulin to make 46 saves on 48 shots! John Tavares had another two point performance, both assists.
* Cam Atkinson, who I just dropped in fantasy hockey, had two goals and two assists, of course. Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and three apples.
* Kings goalie Martin Jones got his second straight shutout in his third start (31 saves). So far, so good, I guess.
* Pavel Datsyuk had one and one in his return from…his fishing trip?
— Pavel Datsyuk (@Datsyuk13) December 10, 2013
* Patrick Kane is kind of a terror this year. His latest goal and two assist performance pushed him past Malkin into sole possession of second in league points with 40, just three behind Crosby.
* Taylor Hall and Nail Yakupov both had one and one for two in the Oil’s OT win.
The Return of the King
Jarome Iginla made his first trip back to Calgary since leaving the club, and the Flames did it right. Said Iggy after the game:
It was definitely emotional. I really appreciated the fans. It was a cool feeling and it felt special and the ovation there at the start and then you kind of feel funny out there standing by yourself. Thinking back, I was saying just a bit ago, you think back just trying to make the NHL and then you kind of reflect on all the years being able to play for a great organization here in Calgary and all the fun I’ve had so far in my career. I feel very fortunate and blessed.
Ovi’s big night
Ovechkin’s hatty-plus felt like a joke. As in, any of the goals below could’ve been from another game, you’ve seen them all 100 times. Quick wrister off face-off, back-door on the powerplay, one-timers on the powerplay… How the hell is someone not in his shooting lane? How does someone let him get back door? Who the hell is killing those penalties?
I’m reverse-Ron Burgandy’d. I’m not even impressed, I’m mad. (No, I’m impressed too.)
The neat part is that his goals actually mattered. The last one tied the game late.
No, I had this kind of confidence at 18, for sure. You didn’t? Barkov:
Not to be outdone, Nikita Kucherov and his 20 years of age and seven games NHL experience gave it a go too.
If you’re Rick Nash, you’re sort of obligated to be an NHL star. “Hi I’m god, you’re going to be 6’4″ and fast with good hands, do with that what you like, but you should probably buy skates.”
The finish wasn’t super-pure, but nice passing by the Oilers to grab the win in overtime.
This is one of my favourite plays in hockey. The slapshot….just kidding, wrister. Nice shorthanded goal by Eric Staal.
I don’t know about Rick Nash making Team Canada. I’m not entirely sold that the guy is a huge help when it comes to winning.
I know those seem like ridiculous statements because he’s the size of a Redwood tree, skates like a bullet out of a gun, and scores lots of nice goals (like the one above), I just feel like he’s hard to play with and doesn’t make anyone better. It seems like everything he creates he creates on his own, and when he has bad linemates he’s just as valuable because he doesn’t make use of them anyway. He only has 11 points in 15 games, which, while not bad…we’re talking Team Canada here. It’s so tough to decide who makes it and who doesn’t, I would be shocked if he ends up being the surprise omission.
* Way to go, Panthers staff. I don’t think they ran out, I think they couldn’t peel off the protective cover or something. But still.
— Jim Reilly (@jimreilly) December 11, 2013
* Nashville’s Filip Forsberg may play in the World Juniors.
* And finally, ow. Real splits are impressive to me for some reason.