habs…win?

Scores

Winnipeg 2
Washington 4

Calgary 4
NY Islanders 2

Colorado 1
Philadelphia 3

Edmonton 2
NY Rangers 1

Toronto 4
Tampa Bay 1

Buffalo 2
Ottawa 3

Detroit 3
Florida 1

Vancouver 2
Montreal 5

Boston 2
St. Louis 3 (OT)

Nashville 2
Minnesota 3 (OT)

Columbus 1
Los Angeles 2 (OT)

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Notable Numbers

* Welp, congratulations, Earth. You’ve been around long enough to experience the Patch-trick: a hat-trick for one NHL player who also managed to miss two penalty shots in the same game. Max Pacioretty – well done.

* Ovechkin has like, 1000 goals this year. More on that below.

* Steve Mason stopped 38 of 39 shots (.974), and Ben Scriven stopped 34 of 35 pucks (.971) to help their respective teams to victory. Nicely done, fellas.

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What Happened

Being fast is handy

And Mason Raymond is as fast as they come. Great pass too.

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And in transition…

Gustav Nyquist is making quite the name for himself…

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Poor Sabres

Just…poor, poor Sabres.

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Hold on, how many?

Here’s Alex Ovechkin’s 40th goal of the season. I don’t care if it went in off his chin, he hit 40 this early in the year, so we’re showing it.

Your thoughts, Ovi?

It’s [a] good number. I’m pretty sure it’s not my last goal, so I don’t want to stop. I just want to keep going.

(From NHL.com)

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An Opinion

(My take on St. Louis in for Stamkos, from yesterday.)

So Martin St. Louis has been named the replacement for Steven Stamkos on Team Canada, and that’s a great thing for both him and the team. While he may not be the best player on the list of available names – Giroux, Neal, Seguin, Staal, Thornton and others were available as well – he’s the best suited for the Olympic Games.

Awhile back I wrote this about the difference between playing on NHL-sized ice and the big international rink:

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.

Marty St. Louis is the human embodiment of those characteristics. He’s smart, patient and skilled, not to mention experienced enough to not panic when the pace of the game becomes frenzied.

This is a guy a year removed from an Art Ross trophy who’s again leading his team in points with 54 in 56 games. He’s a great selection.

At this stage in their careers Claude Giroux is probably a better player than Marty St. Louis. But for an international event on big ice that starts in a week, the latter was the correct choice for Canada.

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Other News

* Ed Snider said something not-that-unreasonable that hockey people hate.

* Gagner to LA not done yet.

* Kris Letang is sick, no doubt. We aren’t sure how sick. But Pens media are saying it “isn’t life-threatening,” which offers some context.

And finally…

* Sometimes you just gotta give the guillotine to those you hate.