Dusk Til Dawn: 12 Hours of Hockey

Alan Bass

With 13 games last night, stretching from 1:00 pm to nearly 1:00 am Eastern Time, you were almost guaranteed to miss something. Here is the NHL fodder from Saturday night’s action.

Essential Water Cooler

After one of the busiest nights in the NHL this season, the standings are fascinating. We have the normal players near the top in Detroit, San Jose, Pittsburgh, and Chicago, but we also have incredible surprises such as Toronto, Carolina, Colorado, and the New York Islanders. The league has gotten the parity they’ve longed for, as any team seems to have the ability to win each night. Who is going to come out on top?

Primetime Play

Just a prototypical Toronto goal this year, Joffrey Lupul makes a great play to get the turnover, feeds it quickly in front, and Nazem Kadri, who just a couple years ago was being labeled by the Toronto media as a bust, registers his eighth point of the season and continues to be one of the Leafs’ best players.

Men of the Night

1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh: A dazzling performance yet again, as he registers the Pens’ opening goal and two assists, and leads his team to a shootout victory over the Canucks.

2. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton: With two goals and an assist, RNH finally breaks out this season and leads his Oilers to a win.

3. Mike Smith, Phoenix: Not only did he save 31 of 33 shots, but he scored an empty net goal with no time left on the clock add his name to the history books.

4. Joe Pavelski, San Jose: Two goals and four points in a highlight night for him, he showed why the Sharks are the top offensive team in the league.

Better Luck Next Time

As the string of bad goals continues, it was bound to happen eventually to Marc-Andre Fleury, who yesterday afternoon watched as a center ice slap shot from Alexander Edler bounced off his chest, over his head, and into the empty net.