Crosby scores

Scores

NY Islanders 5
Toronto 3 (Recap)

Philadelphia 3
New Jersey 2 (OT) (Recap)

San Jose 2
Nashville 3 (Recap)

Tampa Bay 4
Winnipeg 2 (Recap)

Carolina
Buffalo (POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER)

Calgary 0
Phoenix 6 (Recap)

St. Louis 5
Edmonton 2 (Recap)

Pittsburgh 5
Vancouver 4 (SO) (Recap)

Boston 2
Anaheim 5 (Recap)

Minnesota 2
Los Angeles 1 (SO) (Recap)

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Notable Numbers

* 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(!).

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What Happened

Solid bounce-back

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:

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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.

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Tough call

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?

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Jonas Hiller robbed Brad Marchand

This glove save is as good as it gets. Unbelievable.

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An Opinion

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.

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Other News

* 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!(?)

 

Comments (19)

  1. Nash and Kunitz, yet no St. Louis or Joe Thornton? That makes no sense. Nash for one just doesn’t seem to care, and being someone’s valet shouldn’t get you an Olympic roster spot. St. Louis has the will, the brains the nerves and the leadership skills you’d want in your locker room. Can anyone say the same of Nash or Kunitz? Which one of those two is better capable than St. Louis of shaming fellow pros into digging deeper and not finding but willing a way to win?

    • If they were going to take a Pitt winger, James Neal makes far more sense to me. He is younger and far more talented (Kunitz’s max is 26 and 61 while Neal’s is 40 and 81)

    • Leadership is overrated in short tournaments. Look at who the US brought with them in 1998 and that group wound up embarrassing their country and the league. There’s something like six current captains on this team (and a pair of former captains to boot… one of whom is Nash). That’s more than enough leadership.

      Also, on Thornton: who are you going to bump for him? I don’t think he’s ever shown he’s a good winger. He doesn’t go ahead of Crosby or Cpt. Serious, they’re going to keep picking Bergeron until he stops winning faceoffs in big games, and Getzlaf and Perry are something of a package deal. He had the bad luck of being an older player who wasn’t especially good in Vancouver and who plays at Canada’s deepest position.

      • Substitute the word ‘leadership” for the phrase “competitive fire” and you’re more likely to hear St. Louis’s name than either Nash or Kunitz.. St. Louis can spell “intensity,” whereas Kunitz can spell “lucky,” and Nash can spell………..”YAWN.” Doh has a point, there was a better choice available than Kunitz a couple stalls down.

  2. Sid’s buddy Kunitz batted that puck out of the air over to Sid backdoor. #overrated

  3. Because Sid scored that goal all by himself, with no help from Kunitz at all. And the Canucks didn’t score one of their goals because Gibbons couldn’t handle a pass from Sid. But hey, anybody can score playing with Sid, right?

    • What a ridiculous post. Yes, because the players that Canada could have taken over Kunitz are comparable to Brian Gibbons, and his 11 career NHL games.

      Kunitz is a good player, and he obviously plays well with Crosby, but for my money I’d rather take a future hall of famer like St. Louis. Or, you know, maybe a guy who’s only had a cup of coffee in the NHL, because yeah, great comparison. Why do people like you seem to get so offended at the idea that others think there are better players than Kunitz?

      • Yes, yes, people like me. Because you know so much about me and my opinions.

        Of course there are better players than Kunitz. There are better players than Jeff Carter, Rick Nash, or Dan Hamhuis, too, to name a few. But I don’t see all the teeth-gnashing about them being included that I have about Kunitz, both before and since the roster announcement.

        What’s ridiculous is the scorn heaped on the idea that in a short tournament without a lot of practice time, the guy – who happens to be a good player in his own right – who plays well with Sid and has great chemistry with him should be included on a team where he’s going to, you know, play with Sid.

        Also, dude, reading comprehension. In no way did I compare Kunitz or anybody else with Gibbons. Stop making stuff up.

  4. I don’t think that puck went through the net. It looks like it came from up high and fell. The net doesn’t pull like you’d think it would if the puck had gone through it.

  5. Pens fan here.

    Firstly, I agree with Jason about St. Louis. When I saw that he was a snub, I was kind of confused. It didn’t seem as glaring as the perception of USA leaving off Bobby Ryan, but if it’s the quick and confident analyzer you need, then St. Louis’ omission may have a bigger impact than Ryan’s omission.

    Secondly, whereas I agree with most that when looked at individually, there are probably plenty of better players than Kunitz, looking at the team as a set of lines and the chemistry that can create overall makes Kunitz look good. With barely any time to practice before the first game, I think it only makes sense to put high consideration on high-performance linemates. Much like Getzlaf/Perry, but you don’t hear anyone griping about those two.

    • Nothing wrong with Getzlaf and Perry. Sure Crosby is better than Getzlaf but Perry is way better than Kunitz so you can’t really compare the two there. Perry can score consistently but while Kunitz can not.

      • Adam:

        Kunitz has scored 23 goals this year. One goal behind Perry.

        Kunitz is second in the NHL (Ovie is first) with PP goals playing with Crosby.- that’s why I would take him.

        Kunitz has the highest +/- (if you count that as a worthwhile stat)

  6. If they’re taking Kunitz ( good player ) because of his chemistry with Crosby, why wouldn’t they take St. Louis ( great player, insert accolades here ) because of his chemistry with Stamkos instead. Is Crosby really that difficult to play with?

  7. I can’t believe the NHL is still saying that was a goal, they would say black is white to save face.

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