Check out our morning recap while rationalizing to yourself that only the sugar inside your Christmas cookies counts, not the sugar on top (those aren’t calories; they’re decorations).
Essential Water Cooler
Carey Price got straight-up victimized last night by the Blues, who of course were led by Alex Steen’s two goals in a 5-1 romp. Most of the St. Louis scores went high on Price, who, while being one of the strongest goalies in the NHL, looked pretty vulnerable in the butterfly. The dominant style of netminding, the butterfly clearly has its pros and cons, but with guys like Steen, Claude Giroux and Patrick Kane on the hunt, is it time to reconsider the drop-to-your-knees-ask-questions-later approach?
Even the Kings’ grinders make beautiful plays. Check out Dwight King as he eludes Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s stick to feed Jeff Carter in a 4-1 L.A. win over San Jose.
Men of the Night
Matt Duchene, Colorado: ‘Dutchy’ made some power moves last night, posting two assists and an empty-net goal as the Avs rocked the Oilers 4-2.
Daniel Alfredsson, Detroit: The old man was everywhere for the Wings, scoring the opener, the OT winner and assisting on the middle tally in a 3-2 win over Calgary.
James Reimer, Toronto: The surprise starter when Jonathan Bernier didn’t feel 100 percent, Reimer stopped 34 in regulation and two of three in the shootout as the Maple Leafs squeaked by Phoenix 2-1.
Erik Cole, Dallas: The Stars are trying to put a run together and getting Cole hot helps the cause. The veteran power forward laced the Canucks for a goal and two assists as Dallas whomped Vancouver 4-1.
Tom Gilbert, Florida: Break up the Panthers! Florida has won five in a row and Gilbert was the hero against Ottawa, setting up Aleksander Barkov on the game-tying goal and then scoring the winner himself as the Cats went on to a 4-2 triumph.
Better Luck Next Time
Philadelphia made a remarkable comeback on Columbus, scoring three times in the last five minutes to snatch a regulation 5-4 win from the jaws of defeat. The Jackets got scrambly and rookie Ryan Murray was caught on the ice for all three late Flyers goals, as was veteran forward R.J. Umberger.