It’s a rare feat when a player is able to get on both the highlight and lowlight reels on the same night. Montreal’s Max Pacioretty managed to do it Thursday.
First, the good news. Pacioretty scored a hat trick in a 5-2 home win against the slumping Vancouver Canucks. It was his second three-goal game of the season and helped keep the Canadiens in a more comfortable playoff spot with one road game left before the Olympic break.
Now, the bad news. In a matter of less than two minutes in the second period, Pacioretty was hauled down on a couple breakaways and awarded two penalty shots. It was a one goal Montreal lead at the time of both of them, so the Canadiens’ leading goal scorer had the chance to bury the Canucks right there. Read more
Phil Kessel’s hat trick Saturday night was appropriate for a couple of reasons. First, because it came against the Ottawa Senators, a team he’s historically scorched. Second, because it elevated the 26-year-old to the 30-goal mark for the fifth time. He’s reached that level every season except his rookie year with Boston and the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. Read more
Calgary rookie Reto Berra took over in net for a struggling Karri Ramo in a come from behind win for the Flames over the Predators. The 27-year-old Swiss netminder made a stunning kick save on Ryan Ellis in the shootout to secure the win for his team, which ruined a four goal night for the Predators’ Eric Nystrom.
With the Stadium Series heading to Los Angeles this Saturday, the best hockey ambassador California has ever known took to the late night airwaves Thursday.
Wayne Gretzky, the Great One who the NHL pushed away for three years over $8 million he was owed, is now full compensated and back on the promotional pony. Thursday, Wayner was on Conan O’Brien (the best late night show there is, by the way) where he discussed the Saturday Night Live experience his wife Janet nominated him for as well as “The Trade.”