With only three games on the schedule it wasn't the busiest night across the league, but it certainly was interesting.
The Blues and Blackhawks played a thriller in St. Louis that ended with a bomb of a slap from Alex Steen in the final 20 seconds.
In a battle between two potential team USA goaltenders (Jonathan Quick and Craig Anderson) the Senators erased a 3-0 lead in Los Angeles to force overtime against the where Jeff Carter won it for the Kings with his second goal of the game.
The Flames managed to hold off a late Montreal rally pick up their first home win of the season thanks to another big night from young forward Sean Monahan.
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On Wednesday we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are you cool, soothing answers.
1. How will the first game of the "new" rivalry play out between the Blackhawks and Blues?
It was by far the best game of the night and one of the more entertaining games of the young NHL season. That probably shouldn't come as a huge surprise given that it featured two of the best teams in the league, including the defending Stanley Cup champions. If the rest of the meetings are as intense and exciting as this one ("playoff atmosphere" was talked about several times during the broadcast) hockey fans are going to be in for a treat.
2. Will the Blues remain undefeated?
Yes, but it wasn't easy. Until Alex Steen scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation the Blues had the lead for just a little more than a minute of clock time, allowing the Blackhawks to tie the game within a minute of each of their first two goals. Jaroslav Halak was strong in net for the Blues turning aside 26 of the 28 shots he faced, including all 25 shots he faced at even-strength.
3. How will Jonathan Quick rebound?
He made some big saves and was good enough to get a win, but he's probably not happy with the fact Ottawa overcame a 3-0 deficit to force overtime. It wasn't entirely his fault that the Senators rallied (he probably didn't even see their third goal off the stick of Milan Michalek) but he can still play better. Still, it was much a better performance than his last outing when he allowed Ryan McDonagh to score from the complete opposite end of the rink.
4. How will the Senators perform without captain Jason Spezza?
Quite well, actually, even with the overtime loss. They didn't start all that great by falling into a 3-0 first period hole, but Bobby Ryan had a big night with a couple of points, including his first goal with his new club. It was an impressive comeback to at least earn a point on the road when it appeared to be a lost cause after the first 20 minutes.
5. Will the Flames win their first home game of the season?
Yes. The Flames seemed to be outplayed for significant portions of the game and were dominated on the shot chart for much of the night but managed to slip a few shots past Montreal's Carey Price to give themselves enough of a cushion to hold off Montreal's late rally. Sean Monahan scored his third goal of the season and added an assist in the win.
The play or event from Wednesday's games that will make headlines over the next few days.
The Blackhawks-Blues rivalry, and just how incredible their first meeting of the season was. Also worth talking about: How in the heck did the Blackhawks allow St. Louis to get a 3-on-1 odd man rush with 25 seconds to play in a tie game? Talk about a costly breakdown at the absolute worst possible time. You should also probably get used to hearing this: "Alex Steen is really underrated."
Stat of the Night
With his two goals on Wednesday night Jeff Carter has now scored 50 goals in his first 108 games (including playoffs) with the Los Angeles Kings. Still one of the best snipers in the NHL.
Post to Post
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- In case you haven't noticed, Michael Ryder still has a pretty wicked wrist shot.
- San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart will miss the next three games as a result of his suspension for hitting New York Rangers forward Rick Nash on Tuesday.