It was goalie night and the saves were tight; it was goalie night, oh what a night. Catch up on the action with our morning recap.
Essential Water Cooler
The St. Louis Blues were THN’s pre-season pick to win the Stanley Cup and with just three regulation losses through 19 games, they’re looking pretty solid. But the Blues were dusted 4-1 by Washington last night and had problems with the Caps’ offensive prowess. Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks are right up there with the Blues, but they too got waxed last night by Chicago with a 5-1 final. San Jose was sloppy and the Hawks made them pay. Neither the Blues or Sharks have ever won the Cup, but they have a lot of great elements this year. Do you believe in them?
Sergei Bobrovsky has had his troubles this season, but the reigning Vezina Trophy winner looked awesome on this Kyle Turris shot as Columbus downed Ottawa 4-1.
Men of the Night
Kari Lehtonen, Dallas: Once again, the big Finn was superb for the Stars, stopping 42 shots as Dallas squeaked by Vancouver 2-1.
Ben Scrivens, Los Angeles: No Jonathan Quick, no problem. Scrivens landed his NHL-best third shutout last night, saving all 37 shots as the Kings got by the New York Rangers 1-0.
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota: The captain of the Wild popped in both goals as Minnesota took out their Lake of the Woods rivals from Winnipeg 2-1.
Patrick Sharp, Chicago: Sharp notched two goals and an assist in the Hawks’ romp over San Jose and got one of his markers on a penalty shot.
Ryan Johansen, Columbus: The youngster is beginning to come on strong and had a goal and an assist in the Jackets’ win over the Sens.
Better Luck Next Time
The Sharks’ defense was all over the place against Chicago and even though the Hawks can trot out a dizzying array of offensive weapons, a true contender would stand up to the attack. Jason Demers was a minus-2 on a night when goalie Antti Niemi could only do so much.