* Tyler Bozak had two goals and an assist and Jonathan Bernier stopped 38 shots as the Leafs
avenged their post-season loss won a regular season game in Boston 4-3.
* Ben Bishop got the win over Henrik Lundqvist in a tight one that saw him make 33 stops. Speaking of squeaking out close wins, Antti Niemi made 35 saves to help the Sharks push past the Capitals.
* The Flyers topped the Sabres 4-3, aided by Scott Hartnell’s three point performance (one and two). Another odd three point performance last night: David Legwand of the Nashville Predators (all assists).
* Marty Brodeur was the first star and Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist in Montreal, so Habs fans had about as much fun losing as they can.
* TJ Oshie scored both the St. Louis Blues goals in their 2-1 win over Phoenix.
* Robin Lehner got the shutout over the Wild (27 saves), and hell, Kuemper was named a star of the game too. I swear, 80 goalies were named stars on Tuesday.
* Ryan Garbutt had a goal and two assists in the Stars 5-2 win over the Oilers.
Save of his career
Hell, this might be the save of the career for 90% of goalies. Jhonas Enroth on Claude Giroux:
Patrice Bergeron scored a nifty goal against the Leafs last night, spinning out from behind the net and tucking the puck in one move. Check this out:
I hope so, cause here one is. Volpatti and Brown went pure jackhammer on one another last night. Here, I’ll commentate the bout for you:
How about this shot – he fades down low towards the goal line (as more shooters have been doing), one-times the puck, and puts it just under the bar. Unreal.
This looks like a fun time for the goalie. Tonnns of fun.
Okay, no fun at all. Watch rookie Aleksander Barkov and Brad Boyes go tic-tac-toe-boom on this rush for the goal.
Above you saw video of Aleksander Barkov’s goal for Florida, in which he makes a nice one-touch pass followed by a nice one-timer for a goal. The kid’s O-skills are pretty noteworthy, but it was actually something else that caught my eye: last night the Panthers were up 4-2 late in the game, and the Isles were pressing. Who did head coach Peter Horachek send out to take the draw and defend? Yeah no, this chunk is clearly about Barkov, that was an easy question.
The 18-year-old Barkov won 59% of his draws on the evening including that big one against the bull-like Kyle Okposo. It’s not that he’s some amazing faceoff man yet – his percentage for the year is a tiny hair under 50%, but check out Tyler Dellow‘s work on the age curve with faceoff-men. The numbers below are average winning percentages by age at even-strength for players with over 100 draws:
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You can read more about that here (I didn’t want to crib his whole chart, so go check his site out), but the point is, starting at 50% as an 18-year-old is pretty damn good, and he’s definitely going to get better.
If he’s more than just a talented offensive cog, kid could become a pretty important player in this league.
* Jaromir Jagr scored his 695th career goal, which moves him ahead of Mark Messier and into 7th on the all-time NHL goal-scoring list.
* Word is that Brian Burke’s top pick for GM in Calgary would be Joe Nieuwendyk. Now it’s just a matter of convincing him.
* Viktor Fasth’s Stadium Series mask is a tribute to Guy Hebert’s mask old. Purty nifty, it is.
* Skip to 1:45 if you’d like to listen to Keith Olbermann call Tom Sestito “6-foot-5 inch, 228 pound boxing hobo on skates.” I find that description hilarious.