* John Tavares tallied three assists against the Toronto Maple Leafs to bring his point total over the past two games to 3-5-8. He’s now tied with Patrick Kane at second in League scoring with 54 points.
* Marty St. Louis scored twice (including the game winner) in his first game after being spurned by Team Canada. I have to believe if someone gets hurt, he’ll be one of the first couple guys to step in. More on this below in “An Opinion.”
* Lauri Korpikoski had a goal and two assists for the Coyotes in front of Thomas Greiss and his 28 save shutout in Phoenix’s 6-0 romp over Calgary.
* Darcy Kuemper took the net for the Minnesota Wild last night, and stopped 39 of 40 shots the Kings threw at him.
* The Ducks win pushes their record to 18-0-2 at home(!).
Brayden Schenn literally got kicked in the gut by Dainius Zubrus. I mean, not intentionally, but it happened. He managed to stay in the game, and have somewhat of an impact later on:
More heroics from Sid
Sidney Crosby scored in the final minute against the Canucks to take the game to overtime, before the Pens would eventually take the win in a shootout. His ability to use his feet is pretty impressive.
I feel like we see Crosby score a decent amount of game tying goals from that spot, despite the fact that priority 1A should probably WHERE’S CROSBY, CHECK BACKDOOR FIRST for the defense. He’s now first in league scoring by 11 points, with 65.
Oh, and by the way, he scored in the shootout too.
Maxim Lapierre of the Blues scored a goal that counted – the NHL is adamant it went off Bryzgalov’s elbow and in, not through the side of the net. Your call?
Jonas Hiller robbed Brad Marchand
This glove save is as good as it gets. Unbelievable.
My stance on Martin St. Louis being left of Canada’s Olympic team is an odd one. I wouldn’t have taken him personally, but I have an awfully tough time explaining why. He’s older, but he’s still scoring at a terrifying pace (40 points in 43 games). He’s smaller, but he’s the type of thinker that would be deadly on bigger ice. There are a ton of good players so it’s not easy to make the team, but Sochi almost feels tailor-made for him.
I wrote this about playing on Olympic-sized ice vs. NHL-sized ice awhile back:
First off, the hockey is a lot more possession-based.
There’s a huge misconception that because there’s more ice, you need faster players. I think you need better decision-makers with the puck. On the small sheet, you need players with great instincts who get the puck to the right areas without much deliberation. On Olympic ice, it can be alarming when you get the puck and realize you have a full second or two to figure out just what you want to do. “Paralysis by analysis” can be a thing, so composed, smart players will take you further than spazzes.
I still agree with the words I wrote. I think Martin St. Louis fits the mold of the type of player I’m describing perfectly. And yet…nope, I wouldn’t have picked him?
Must’ve been a brutally tough call for his own GM, Steve Yzerman, to make.
* Ottawa Senators now-assistant GM Tim Murray is apparently going to be the new GM of the Buffalo Sabres. I am very passionate about this hiring because I’m very familiar with the work he’s done as an assistant GM. Also, that entire last sentence was a lie.
* Dan Bylsma is now the winningest coach in Penguins history.
* Jaromir Jagr tied Mario Lemieux on the all-time points list. In only 520 additional games!
* And finally, John Tavares got the Olympic call, and MAN, is he thrilled!(?)