Lost in all of the chaos that was the Capitals-Flyers line brawl is the fact Washington lit up an NHL team for seven goals without Alex Ovechkin in the lineup. That's pretty remarkable. Joel Ward had a hat trick, Jason Chimera recorded a four-point night, and Mikhail Grabovski added three assists in the win. Nicklas Backstrom also had a three-point night, scoring a pair of goals.
Meanwhile, Alex Steen, having been named the NHL's No. 1 star of the month for October earlier in the day, continued his incredible start by adding his 12th goal of the season in the St. Louis Blues' 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers.
Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner gets credit for the best performance in a losing effort, stopping 53 shots in a 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Islanders.
All the NHL Scores
Capitals 7, Flyers 0
Islanders 5, Senators 4
Blues 4, Panthers 0
Avalanche 3, Stars 2
On Friday, we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are your cool, soothing answers
1. How will Semyon Varlamov perform?
Patrick Roy gave Varlamov the start just two days after his arrest. He stopped 27 of 29 shots in the Avalanche's 3-2 overtime win in Dallas.
2. How will Maxime Talbot and Steve Downie perform?
Downie suffered a concussion and had to be taken the hospital as a result of his second period fight with Aaron Volpatti, while Talbot played 17:36 for the Avs. He had no points, recorded one shot on goal, and played two-and-a-half minutes on the penalty kill.
3. How will Columbus-Pittsburgh play out?
The Blue Jackets had a pretty quick start, but goaltending was the difference in this. Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled after giving up three goals on the first 12 shots he faced while Marc-Andre Fleury was outstanding at the other end of the rink in Pittsburgh's 4-2 win.
4. How will the Washington Capitals fare against the Flyers?
As mentioned above, it was a complete clinic by the Capitals and an absolute massacre in a hockey sense. Not that the Capitals ever want to be without Ovechkin, but this is probably as good a result as they could have possibly hoped for.
5. Will Thomas Vanek play better in his second game with the Islanders?
It was definitely a little better. For one, the Islanders won. Vanek also factored into the scoring with an assist on John Tavares' goal to open the scoring for New York in the second period. He played 22 minutes and also recorded five shots on goal.
The one play or moment from Friday's games that will be making headlines over the next couple of days
Well, let's face it, there was quite a bit to come out of that Flyers-Capitals game. The brawl, Flyers fans yelling for the dismissal of the general manager, the injuries, the quote from Ray Emery, the fact he was the No. 3 star in the game, Pat Sajak not being happy about it about any of it, and the fact the Flyers were completely embarrassed on their home ice by a team that didn't have its best player in the lineup. Bad news all around, and it's sure to kick off a lot of discussion. Fighting. Will the NHL do anything about Emery suggesting he fought a guy that didn't want to fight, and just what are the Flyers going to do about this raging tire fire that is the 2013-14 season?
Stat of the Night
Before this season the Ottawa Senators had allowed more than 50 shots in a regular season game just three times. That's 1,576 games over 20 seasons. They have already matched that total this season in 13 games. (That incredible stat comes via @Wham_City.)
Post to Post
- Henrik and Daniel Sedin are staying in Vancouver.
- Getting them for another four years is good news for Canucks fans.
- Carter Ashton was suspended two games for boarding.
- The NHL's championship belt.