Read our morning recap as you ponder what your middle-aged self is doing while Jaromir Jagr is taking on punks half his age and racking up game-winning goals in the NHL.
Essential Water Cooler
Brandon Sutter had a big night for the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring a sweet goal in regulation, then adding another in the shootout as the injury-ravaged Pens got past the Rangers 4-3. With rookie Brian Dumoulin already contributing and prospect Derrick Pouliot basically a lock for Canada’s world junior team, the Jordan Staal trade is looking pretty sweet for Steeltown. Carolina now has two star Staals with Jordan and captain Eric, but much less on-ice success. Did the Canes get killed here, or is it unfair to compare the clubs?
The Sens thought Damien Brunner should have been given a slashing penalty here on Jared Cowen, but you can’t deny the moves that followed in New Jersey’s 5-2 wipeout of Ottawa.
Men of the Night
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh: Sid just keeps doin’ Sid things, contributing two helpers to the cause in the Pens’ win over New York.
Eric Gelinas, New Jersey: The rookie blueliner is quickly becoming a stalwart for the Devils; he had a goal and two points in the victory against Ottawa.
Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers: Albeit in a losing cause, ‘The Hobbit’ was on fire for the Blueshirts, popping in a goal and a helper.
Better Luck Next Time
Joe Corvo let the puck get by him at the blueline on New Jersey’s first goal, then got tripped on a play that led to the Devils’ second tally. Not only was the trip missed by the refs, but Ottawa would never get a sniff once New Jersey had staked itself to that 2-0 lead.