What’s that? You missed all thirteen games last night? Worry not, dear friend. Here’s a recap of what you missed.
Essential Water Cooler
One night after being vilified (and rightly so) for his assault of Washington’s Braden Holtby in the midst of a blowout loss, Ray Emery was right back in goal for Philly and shut out the Devils 1-0. The Flyers played a tight defensive game, not recording a single turnover, and played like a different team than a night earlier. We know the reaction to Emery’s antics was overwhelmingly negative, almost across the board. But the question is, did the Flyers respond with such a focused effort thanks in part to their goaltender’s violent outburst? And if they did, the question then becomes, should Emery care about anyone’s reaction but his team’s? Patrick Roy threw a glass-pushing temper tantrum during his first game behind the Avs bench and he was criticized for his lack of maturity. But his team has done nothing but win since. Now there’s barely a mention of Roy’s antics. Does winning absolve sins in the National Hockey League?
James Reimer turned away 43 of 47 Vancouver Canucks shots, highlighted by a jaw-dropping toe save on Alex Burrows.
Men of the Night
Brandon Bollig, Chicago: The bottom-six Blackhawk poked fun at his lack of offensive prowess in response to Patrick Kane’s masterful stickhandling video, but the big winger showed some offensive value yesterday with a goal and an assist as the Hawks downed the Jets 5-1.
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver: His Canucks outshot the Leafs 47-21, but @strombone1 made the necessary saves to record the shutout.
Jeff Zatkoff, Pittsburgh: The 26-year-old rookie goaler also had a light workload, facing only 12 even strength shots, keeping the Jackets off the board in the Penguins’ 3-0 victory.
Derek Stepan, NY Rangers: He entered the game with no goals in 12 games and finished with 3 in 13. All three of his goals were set up by Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello.
Kyle Okposo, NY Islanders: The right winger’s breakout season continued as he assisted on all three Islander goals in a 3-1 win against the Bruins.
Thomas Vanek, NY Islanders: Scored his first goal on Long Island, a beautiful one-timer off a 2-on-1 with Kyle Okposo.
Ray Emery, Philadelphia: One night after being named the controversial third star for jumping Braden Holtby, Emery earned the shutout and the game’s first star by turning away all 14 Devils shots.
Alex Killorn, Tampa Bay: Playing with Steven Stamkos and Martin St-Louis, the left winger picked up three points and helped the Bolts beat the Blues.
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim: Getzlaf needs an impressive stretch to work his way up the ladder for Canadian Olympic team consideration, and he helped that cause with a three point night against the lowly Sabres.
Mike Smith, Phoenix: The Coyotes goalkeeper faced 50 Sharks shots and stopped 48, then picked up the extra point in a shootout.
Better Luck Next Time
The Oilers had been off since Tuesday, given plenty of time to prepare for the Wings, who played in Calgary on Friday night. The result? Detroit won 5-0 and held Edmonton to 14 shots. Fourth straight first overall pick?