Perhaps the most stunning development to come out of the first six weeks of the NHL season is the Philadelphia Flyers goaltenders being their best players.
The Penguins had their chances but Emery was nearly flawless to help the Flyers win for the fourth time in their past six games.
Elsewhere, Nazem Kadri had an eventful night for his two controversial hits, one of which resulted in an ejection, as the Maple Leafs allowed Minnesota to tie the game late in the third period. The Wild went on to win in a shootout.
All the NHL Scores
Flyers 2, Penguins 1
Wild 2, Maple Leafs 1
Stars 3, Oilers 0
On Wednesday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. What will come of the Battle of Pennsylvania?
By Penguins-Flyers standards it was a pretty tame game and didn't feature the type of shenanigans and chaos that we usually get out of these games. Instead, the Flyers just shot down the Penguins offensively and received a couple of goals from Brayden Schenn to earn the tough road win after playing in Ottawa just 24 hours earlier.
2. Will Claude Giroux and/or Sidney Crosby continue their streaks?
Giroux did not score, but he did draw a penalty late in the second period that resulted in Schenn's second goal of the game. Crosby entered Wednesday riding a two-game pointless streak but ended that with his power play goal in the second period. Crosby has been kept off the scoresheet just four times this season.
3. Will the Minnesota Wild continue their three-game home winning streak?
They did, thanks in part to Kadri being a one-man wrecking crew for Toronto and Phil Kessel completely missing the net in the shootout. Zach Parise scored in regulation to tie the game while adding another in the shootout. Jason Pominville also tallied a goal in the shootout for the Wild.
4. Will the Edmonton Oilers be shut out at home for the third consecutive game?
Yes. The Oilers fell to Dallas, 3-0, and have now been outscored 12-0 in their past three home games. Even worse, the Oilers fell to 4-14-2 for the season and have won just one of their past 10 games. That was a 4-3 overtime win against the Florida Panthers.
5. How will Niklas Backstrom perform?
He didn't get much of a chance to do anything as he had to leave the game early in the first period after he was on the receiving end of the aforementioned hit from Kadri.
Watch it again, in case you missed it.
Kadri was given a two-minute minor for goaltender interference.
The one play or moment from Wednesday that will be making headlines over the next couple of days.
What was going through Kadri's mind on Wednesday? First, he steamrolled over Backstrom, knocking him out of the game, and then he ended up getting himself thrown out of the game (and perhaps costing his team an extra point in the standings) when he hit Mikael Granlund. Brendan Shanahan is going to be taking a long look at both plays. It would surely be the first time Shanahan had to suspend a player for two different things in the same game.
Stat of the Night
This one comes from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston after Ryan Suter played 36 minutes, logging more than 35 minutes of ice-time for the third straight game.
NHL players have exceeded 35 minutes of ice time just 10 times since 2007. Three of those were recorded by Ryan Suter in the last week.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 14, 2013
Now that is a lot of playing time.
Post to Post
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- For the Sabres fan perspective on everything that happened on Wednesday, check out Die By The Blade.
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