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Scores

Winnipeg
Chicago (Recap)

NY Rangers 7
New Jersey 3 (Recap)

Florida 5
Detroit 4 (SO) (Recap)

Phoenix
Vancouver (Recap)

Nashville
Edmonton (Recap)

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Notable Numbers

* Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, but it wasn’t enough. Detroit led the lead slip away, and Florida took the game in a shootout. By the way, Florida is now 0 for their last 42 powerplays!

* Jaromir Jagr had two assists while Patrick Elias scored two goals, but it was the Rangers who ran away with the game 7-3. Mats Zuccarello had two for New York, and ended up with the team’s “Broadway hat.”

* Blake Wheeler scored twice (one into an empty net) as the Jets beat the Blackhawks in Chicago 3-1. The Jets are now 6-1(!) with Paul Maurice behind the bench.

* I have NO idea how this is possible, but Ryan Smyth scored on the PP, which ties him for 2nd on the Edmonton Oilers in powerplay goals with the club at 125…with Wayne Gretzky. He’s now one back of Glen Anderson for first.

* Ben Scrivens stopped 34 pucks and was named the first star for the Oilers.

* Antoine Vermette had a hat-trick against the Canucks in a losing cause. It was Kevin Bieksa who got the OT winner for Vancouver, his second of the night.

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What Happened

Outdoor game penalty shot

Goal! Derek Stepan.

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Hat-trick

Antoine Vermette’s three-goal night was also the third of his career.

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OT winner

Kevin Bieksa got it done for the Canucks in OT.

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An Opinion

The weekend’s outdoor games were a hit, as they almost all have been. It was a neat, unique event in California, and the Rangers rout in Yankee Stadium was a-okay too (highlights of that game here). But I want to talk about a very small piece of one of the events.

I’m a little confused about Henrik Lundqvist’s pre-game decision yesterday prior to puck drop.

So, the game was supposed to start at 12:30. They decided to push it back because the position of the sun was causing a glare on the ice. They then tell the players warmups are now going to be at 2 or 2:30. The guys on the Rangers then make alternate plans, which apparently included “going to sleep” for Henrik Lundqvist. That’s a real thing. He went full Goldilocks in the bears’ room.

I mean, you’re already at the rink and prepped. How tired is this guy? I know I’m rare in my non-napping ways, but dude just shut ‘er down with all that uncertainty about puck drop? Right in the dressing room? Here’s Lundqvist’s quote from this Dave Lozo event wrap-up:

“They told us warmups were around 2, 2:30, so I went to sleep. Then they told us warmups in 30 minutes. I was half-asleep. Mentally I was somewhere else. I had to regroup.”

The starting time was undeniably in flux, so it just seems like such a bizarre call to me. He must have been like “warmups are pushed back okayZZZ,” full conk, immediately. He had to know he was gonna be foggy with how close the game was to starting even if he snuck in a quick one.

ANYWAY, after a rough first he got it together and was fine and got the win and all, that just struck me as a major “Wait, what?” from yesterday.

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Other News

* Martin Brodeur thought the game at Yankee Stadium was great…except for the game. Oh, and the ice. “Worst I’ve ever played hockey on.”

* New Sabres’ GM Tim Murray had this to say about Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson and Steve Ott:

“I told them not to believe everything they read or everything they’ve heard on the sports channels. But certainly their names are in play and we’ll see what happens but it doesn’t guarantee they’ll be moved at all. For me, it’s all about return. These are good players. So if the return was up to a certain point and not great and we then decide we want to talk to them about staying, then that’s an option too.”

So basically, don’t worry that you might be moved, because you’ll only be moved if we decide to move you. Exhale, and stuff.

* Zetterberg missed Sunday’s game against Florida. Just can’t get fully healthy.

And finally…

* I love that Zajac thought this was a good idea. Skates on leg lock action…from Redditor “Goodaccount”: