It was a short night across the NHL on Sunday, with only three games on the schedule. But it wasn't a quiet one by any means.
Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin scored his first goal of the season and then injured Senators goalie Craig Anderson two periods later. Zach Parise squared off against his former teammates in Minnesota and came out on top. And the unthinkable happened in Chicago: The Calgary Flames beat the Blackhawks in the United Center.
It was a fitting end to a crazy weekend of hockey.
All the NHL Scores
Stars 4, Senators 3 (SO)
Flames 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)
On Sunday, we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are your cool, soothing answers
1. How will Zach Parise perform against his old team?
Parise wasn't flashy, but he didn't have to be. He registered an assist on Mikael Grandlund's first goal of the season and was part of the chaos that led to a Marek Zidlicky own goal for New Jersey. He was everywhere on the ice, so it was essentially just another typical Zach Parise game.
2. We ask this a lot, but will the Senators keep Dallas under 45 shots?
After the first period, Ottawa was on pace to give up 50 shots yet again. But they rallied, limiting the Stars to just 18 shots for the rest of regulation. The improved defensive performance allowed the Senators to rally and tie the game with just nine seconds remaining.
3. Can the Stars keep their late-game momentum going?
Nope. The only goal Dallas scored in the third period was deflected in off of a Senators defenseman, and their defense collapsed late. You could see Bobby Ryan's game-tying goal coming a mile away as the play developed and the Stars got lost in their own end:
4. Will Chicago keep pace with Colorado?
Not if Reto Berra had anything to say about it. He did. We'll get to that in a bit. Chicago started off slow, clearly tired from their game in Winnipeg the night before. By the end, they were just as dangerous as ever. But it wasn't enough, and Colorado still maintains the lead in the Central Division.
5. How will Reto Berra fare in his debut?
Berra was pretty darn impressive. Beginning your NHL career against the defending champions is no small task, but Berra was up for it. He stopped 42 of 44 shots and was the biggest reason Calgary hung around long enough to eventually win the game in overtime.
The one play or moment from Sunday's games that will be making headlines over the next couple of days
It seems like some player gets carried out of the arena on a stretcher every other day in the NHL, and Sunday was no different. Valeri Nichushkin came barreling in toward the Ottawa net in overtime, toppling onto Craig Anderson's head. Seeing Anderson's prone figure being lifted onto a stretcher is one of the scariest sights of the year so far, and we're glad he was well enough to walk around the Senators dressing room after the game.
Stat of the Night
Post to Post
- Recently reacquired Flyers forward Steve Downie was released from the hospital on Sunday. He's out indefinitely with a concussion.
- The Kings' Jarret Stoll is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
- Jon Merrill did not have a fun NHL debut on Sunday.
- And Gary Bettman was not happy with the Ray Emery fight.