There was a ton of action last night in the NHL, so get caught up with our morning recap.
Essential Water Cooler
Are the New York Rangers the worst team in the NHL right now? The Blueshirts may not have the worst record per se, but they’ve been blown out in back-to-back games, suffering a 6-0 humiliation to Anaheim after a similar result in San Jose two nights prior. Perhaps former coach John Tortorella’s stifling techniques were truly what this team needed, as the Rangers have looked like decapitated chickens under Alain Vigneault so far. The defense is in shambles and goalie Henrik Lundqvist is looking terrible. What can be done about this Broadway bomb?
There won’t be a lot of good news coming out of Buffalo this year, so let’s think about the positives, like this sweet Thomas Vanek goal – the only marker in a 4-1 loss to Columbus.
Men of the Night
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay: The superstar sniper broke out last night, nabbing a hat trick and an assist as the Bolts destroyed their in-state rivals from Florida 7-2. That chemistry with Marty St-Louis is back, so watch out.
Jonathan Bernier, Toronto: Continuing his career mastery over Nashville, Bernier blanked the Preds 4-0 for his first shutout as a Maple Leaf, turning aside 36 shots, many of which had heat behind them.
P.K. Subban, Montreal: One night after hurting his team, Subban returned to lift them up, notching three assists in the Canadiens’ 4-1 romp over Edmonton. Teammate Alex Galchenyuk had two points on the night and is on fire early in his sophomore campaign.
J-S Giguere, Colorado: In his first start of the season, ‘Jiggy’ shut the front door on the reigning champs of the East, dealing Boston a 2-0 loss on the Bruins’ home ice. The veteran had a meaty 39 stops on the evening.
Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim: One goal was a fluky gift, but the other earned as Silfverberg’s two markers paced the Ducks in their dismantling of New York.
Marian Gaborik, Columbus: The Jackets’ most elite scorer proved himself in that category last night, registering a goal and three points as Columbus dusted Buffalo with ease.
Better Luck Next Time
Not only did Milan Lucic do nothing to help the Bruins on the offensive side of the ledger, but he got himself two and a 10 for a failed attempt to fight Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog. Gotta be smarter, Looch.