Miss any of last night’s action? Here is the only recap you need to be caught up on Friday night’s games.
Essential Water Cooler
Close contests were the story of the night, as four of the five games were decided by a single goal. Pittsburgh beat the Islanders 4-3, Montreal defeated Washington 3-2, Calgary downed Florida 4-3 in a shootout, and Anaehim beat Tampa 1-0 in overtime. The fifth game was a blowout, as Vancouver dominated the Blue Jackets and came out with a 6-2 win.
In a game that went scoreless for nearly 65 minutes, Ryan Getzlaf ripped a shot, grabbed his own rebound, and watched as it sat on the goal line. Tampa defenseman Richard Panik then dove to remove it, but ended up putting the puck into the net himself for the win. The time on the scoreboard? Five seconds remaining.
Men of the Night
1. Crosby and Malkin may get the spotlight, but Chris Kunitz is the one that had the two opening goals and an assist on the game-winning goal for the Penguins.
2. As always, Alex Ovechkin was the offensive spark for the Capitals, scoring their only two goals of the night in a loss to the Canadiens. He now leads the league with 19 goals in 23 games.
3. Jonas Hiller pitched a shutout for the Ducks, stopping all 31 shots he faced in a 1-0 overtime win against Tampa Bay.
Better Luck Next Time
Friday morning the Anaheim Ducks announced Viktor Fasth as the starting goaltender against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The PA announcer called Viktor Fasth’s name as the starting goaltender to the Anaheim crowd. When the puck dropped, it was Jonas Hiller in net. Either the Ducks communications department needs a good sit down, or Bruce Boudreau needs to work on his decision-making.