It was a huge night for captains nicknamed ‘Gio.’ To find out how many of them exist, check out our morning recap.
Essential Water Cooler
After causing his team to go down a goal late in the game, P.K. Subban knew he had to make amends. The Canadiens defender did end up helping the cause, but in contributing to the Habs’ game-tying goal by slewfooting New Jersey’s Patrik Elias, he went the by-any-means-necessary route. Sure, Montreal beat the Devils 4-3 in a shootout, but should Subban be disciplined for his actions? The NHL can’t change the final score, but will the league hurt the Habs by suspending Subban?
Jiri Hudler has been a revelation for the Flames this season and here we see him with a nice touch to feed Mikael Backlund en route to a 4-1 Calgary victory over Phoenix.
Men of the Night
Sean Couturier, Philadelphia: The Flyers stomped all over a shorthanded Red Wings team 6-3 in Detroit last night, with Couturier leading the way. The big guy had two goals and four points on the evening.
Mark Giordano, Calgary: Returning to the lineup after missing more than a month with a broken ankle, the Calgary captain potted a goal and two points while logging more than 20 minutes of ice time.
Brian Gionta, Montreal: He set up the winner and had a goal himself to open the game. That’s some good captain work.
Reid Boucher, New Jersey: His team didn’t win, but it was a memorable NHL debut for the rookie, who got his first NHL point and scored in the shootout.
Better Luck Next Time
Though he only finished minus-1, Brian Lashoff had a much more gruesome night than indicated (no wonder folks hate that stat now). The Detroit blueliner was on the ice for four Philadelphia goals, including three power play markers and on a couple occasions could not find a man to cover. Three of the four goals-against also came in the third period when the Flyers pulled away from the banged-up Wings.