The Oilers and Panthers won last night. That’s the punchline. (And some other notable stuff happened, so please read on.)
Essential Water Cooler
Martin Brodeur is 6-3-2, .919, 1.98 and two has shutouts. It is not 2009. Brodeur held the high-flying Penguins to one goal on Saturday night and looked marvelous. He’s won his past four starts and is inexplicably getting goal support while Cory Schneider isn’t; the Devils have scored 32 goals in Brodeur’s 11 starts and just 10 goals in Schneider’s nine starts. Should Brodeur be in the conversation for the Canadian Olympic team? He’s probably not on Steve Yzerman’s radar, but the 41-year-old doesn’t sound attached to the idea anyway.
Brodeur said he’d always go to Olympics if asked, but pretty much said it’s time for Canada to go with next generation.
— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) November 17, 2013
Eric Staal bolted at just the right moment and scored a nifty shorthanded breakaway goal against the Blues.
Oh, and then Nathan Gerbe scored another shorty, ON THE SAME PENALTY KILL!!!11111
Men of the Night
James van Riemsdyk, Toronto: After a handful of ineffective games at center, JVR returned to left wing and rewarded coach Randy Carlyle with a two-goal performance as the Leafs toppled the Sabres 4-2.
Craig Smith, Nashville: The Preds hammered the Hawks 7-2 (really) and Smith led the way with a goal and two assists.
John Tavares, NY Islanders: J.T. opened the scoring and set up a PP goal but couldn’t propel the Isles past the Wings in a shootout.
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit: The wizard of hockey stickery scored twice for the Wings, including the tying goal with less than a minute to go.
Cam Talbot, NY Rangers: A single goal from the Rangers was enough for the win, thanks to Talbot’s superb shutout effort against the Canadiens.
Alexander Steen, St. Louis: OK, how is he doing this? Steen scored his 17th of the year and added an assist, leading the Blues 4-2 over the Hurricanes. He remains atop the league in goals and now leads in points as well.
Martin Hanzal, Phoenix: The Yotes exploded for six goals to down the Lightning and the big Czech center was in on four of them.
Better Luck Next Time
Ben, you’ve gotta pay attention, man.