Calgary and Winnipeg had a Western shootout, while the Canes went down in flames against Boston in our morning recap.
Essential Water Cooler
Calgary snatched a big point off Winnipeg thanks to a 5-4 shootout win, but would the result have been different if the Jets’ Bryan Little was involved? Little was given a 10-minute misconduct by the refs as overtime expired, meaning he couldn’t participate in the skills competition. He has scored twice in four attempts this season. Should penalties carry over to the shootout? It’s certainly a deterrent for malfeasance, but the shootout is also an event many hockey fans detest as a gimmick anyway. So what do you think about the rule?
Brian Gibbons scored his first NHL goal, thanks to an excellent feed from someone with a couple points in his career, Evgeni Malkin.
Men of the Night
Carl Soderberg, Boston: The Bruins coveted Soderberg’s services for a long time and after his debut last season, he’s starting to crank it up, notching a goal and two points as Boston roughed up Carolina 4-1.
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh: ‘Geno’ had two assists on the night as the Pens downed Anaheim 3-1. Gibbons also had two points.
Sean Monahan, Calgary: The scoring was balanced for Calgary, but Monahan had an assist in regulation and the shootout winner for the Flames.
Better Luck Next Time
Cam Ward wasn’t bad against Boston, but he didn’t have the homecoming he would have liked after coming off the shelf. He missed 10 games with a lower body injury and stopped 26 of 29 in his return, but the Canes need him to be a star if they are to make the playoffs. The Metropolitan is bad, but Carolina can’t get too down.