The shootout is a polarizing aspect of modern-day hockey. How do I know this? Because all of you were complaining about it on Twitter last night, as three games were decided by a shootout. If you missed out, we've got you covered.
All The NHL Scores
Get caught up on last night's NHL scores with recaps from our network of SB Nation team blogs. Here's a quick glance at the full night of action:
Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 1 (SO)
Stars 4, Blues 1
Canadiens 4, Bruins 3
Flames 4, Canucks 2
Prior to last night's games, we presented five burning questions regarding the night's action. Here are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Will the Stars' goaltending woes continue?
Nope. Kari Lehtonen wasn't spectacular, but he played a much better game in net than he did against Edmonton. Lehtonen stopped 25-of-26 shots and his offense picked him up in a 4-1 win over the Blues. The Stars will need him to string together a few more of these performances if they want to start winning with consistency though.
Not well. Luongo only stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced from a mediocre Flames squad. The Flames avoided a three-game skid with the win and the Canucks will likely return to the surging Cory Schneider for their next game.
3. Will the Habs or Bruins sit on top of the East after Sunday?
Montreal eked out a very gritty 4-3 win in Boston to reclaim their lead atop the Eastern Conference. The Habs benefited from a huge 34-save performance by backup netminder Peter Budaj and a crucial fight between Alexei Emelin and Zdeno Chara that left the Bruins' captain in the penalty box for 17 minutes.
4. Will Carolina start to pull away in the Southeast?
The Hurricanes' win in Florida pushed their lead over Winnipeg to four points. Unfortunately they lost Cam Ward to a leg injury and it did not look good. Carolina has yet to provide an update on his status, but can the Canes keep up their pace while relying on Dan Ellis in net?
5. Will the Blackhawks keep winning?
What moment from last night's games will be making headlines in the coming days?
The Oilers were struggling to generate offense last night:
Jordan Eberle's shot 1:33 into the 3rd snapped a span of 23 minutes, 36 seconds without a shot for the #oilers— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) March 3, 2013
Post to Post
- The Islanders deserve credit for fighting to the very end of their win.
- This comment sums up the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry perfectly.
- The Stars' win wasn't pretty, but it was a win.
- Finally, Jeff Petry needs to work on his timing: