Four games were played in the NHL on Sunday, while many Canadians were enjoying their Thanksgiving turkey. And, hey, if you haven’t had your turkey dinner yet, that means you’re probably having it today…bonus!
Essential Water Cooler
The Ducks and Senators faced off for the first time since the huge Bobby Ryan trade and it was all Ducks on throwback night. Though Bobby Ryan scored a goal and Jakob Silfverberg – the main piece coming back in the deal to Anaheim – went without a point in 19:37 of ice. Silfverberg has been money with four goals so far and a point per game pace so far, the same pace Ryan has set. But at 4-1-0, Anaheim hasn’t missed a beat, while Ottawa is off to a slow 1-2-2 start. Early returns side with Anaheim, but who do you think is going to win this deal long-term? Discuss below.
Here’s what happens when you put a Stanley Cup contender against a team with one playoff appearance in the past decade-plus. Brian Campbell’s weak clearance attempt gets intercepted and, well, this pretty goal is allowed to happen.
Men of the Night
Corey Perry: Not wanting to be showed up by the goal scorer Anaheim traded away, Perry was lights-out with two goals and five shots. Maybe the Ducks need to wear those eggplants more often.
Al Montoya: It wasn’t the biggest workload of his career, but Montoya logged a 24-dave shutout in his first start for the Jets this season.
Ben Scrivens: The former Maple Leafs backup continued what was a pretty good night for No. 2s, stopping all 20 shots he faced for the shutout in his first L.A. start.
Rob Klinkhammer: One of the best names in the NHL scored two goals in a hard-fought win for the Coyotes over the Carolina Hurricanes. We need more nights like this, just so we can say “Klinkhammer” more often.
Better Luck Next Time
The Panthers didn’t look great against the Kings – go figure – especially in the second frame, when Los Angeles did as it pleased. But that brutal giveaway by Brian Campbell that was the precursor to our highlight of the night happens all too often for a guy who averages well north of 20 minutes a game.