Check out our morning recap while resisting the urge to make a pun about the fact Carolina couldn’t score on Eddie Lack.
Essential Water Cooler
Corey Perry notched two goals in Anaheim’s 5-2 win over the New York Islanders last night, pushing his total to 20 on the season. The former Hart Trophy winner is top-five in both points and goals, while his Ducks are soaring and still haven’t lost at home in regulation. Sure, Perry will make Canada’s Olympic team, but does he get enough respect around the league? He may get under the skin of his opponents more than the average superstar, but he’s starting to put up some serious credentials. So, is Corey Perry underrated?
Not to tilt the conversation, but Perry did this last night. Note how much time was left on the clock, too.
Men of the Night
Eddie Lack, Vancouver: The Swedish stopper earned his first NHL shutout, blocking all 31 attempts as the Canucks got past Carolina 2-0.
Jason Spezza, Ottawa: Captain Spezza set up two last night, but more importantly he had the only goal in the shootout as Ottawa bested Philadelphia 5-4. It was the first shootout goal scored by a Senator this season in five games.
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh: His shutout was wrecked in the last minute of play, but Fleury still repelled 32 shots as the Penguins trumped Columbus 2-1.
Daniel Winnik, Anaheim: Perry wasn’t the only hot Duck. Winnik had three assists on the evening, including a beauty to set up Andrew Cogliano.
Better Luck Next Time
It’s probably a little unfair to rag on rookie Anders Nilsson for letting in five goals against a potent Anaheim attack, so let’s focus attention on Islanders GM Garth Snow, a former NHL goaltender who hasn’t found his team any goaltending. New York has now lost 10 straight and help between the pipes would be nice. Any minute now.