Missed the action last night? We’ve got you covered in our morning recap.
Essential Water Cooler
With the Detroit Red Wings now in the East, the two best teams from the old Central Division are setting up a real sweet rivalry. St. Louis beat Chicago last night, but it took more than 59 minutes to create the final 3-2 margin and a lot of bad blood was spilled en route to the conclusion: Chris Stewart and Sheldon Brookbank fought, while Max Lapierre spilled Andrew Shaw with a sketchy hit from behind. Given the overall excellence of these two teams – the reigning Stanley Cup champs vs. our pick to win it this year – is this now the top rivalry in the NHL? Hit us up in the comments.
Old. School. Calgary netminder Joey MacDonald stacks the pads somethin’ fierce on Montreal’s Andrei Markov:
Men of the Night
Jeff Carter, Los Angeles: The potent sniper had two goals (including the overtime winner) and three points as the Kings flipped the Senators 4-3 in extra time. Once again in line for the NHL’s ‘Cy Young’ award, Carter has four goals and one assist on the year after going 26-7 last season.
Sean Monahan, Calgary: The kid had a goal and two points in the Flames’ 3-2 win over Montreal, bringing his totals up to five points in his first four NHL games. The first started with a nifty back-spinning pass.
Bobby Ryan, Ottawa: Albeit in a losing cause, Ryan had an excellent night for the Sens, contributing to two Ottawa goals and helping the Senators earn a point thanks to his work.
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis: The young blueliner had two assists on the night, but the second one earned his new paycheck, as Pietrangelo sprung Alex Steen for a 3-on-1 that resulted in the game-winning slapshot with less than a minute remaining in the game.
Better Luck Next Time
Give P.K. Subban credit – he took ownership for his lack of discipline in Montreal’s loss to the Flames. Two unnecessary penalties and a general loss of cool by the talented defenseman made the comeback effort that much harder for the Habs, who dropped a game against a winnable opponent on paper.