You know your season is probably about to fly off the rails when you're turning to the players' only meeting the first week of November. That's what happened with the Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers following their losses on Thursday night, and it seems both teams are out of answers.
With the Panthers, yelling and swearing could be heard coming out of their locker room following a 4-1 loss in Boston, while general manager Dale Tallon said that everyone will be evaluated.
Philadelphia seems to have its own set of issues as captain Claude Giroux angered some of the local press by skipping out on post game availability following a 15-minute players meeting and what was reportedly an animated exchange with team owner Ed Snider in the hallway.
The Flyers lost 3-0 to a struggling Devils team that received a goal from Cam Janssen, perhaps the unlikeliest player to score a goal on Thursday night.
All the NHL Scores
Bruins 4, Panthers 1
Devils 3, Flyers 0
Capitals 3, Wild 2
Hurricanes 1, Wild 0
Blues 3, Flames 2
On Thursday we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are your cool, soothing answers
He was not. After Tyler Seguin was booed in his return to Boston earlier in the week, Thomas was given a standing ovation by Bruins fans when he was shown during Boston's 4-1 win. Thomas, who did not play, was making his first appearance in Boston since he took the 2012-13 season off and was traded away. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy during Boston's last Stanley Cup win back in 2011.
2. Will Erik Karlsson or P.K. Subban do anything of note?
It was a meeting of the NHL's past two Norris Trophy winners, and the two guys who will probably be fighting for it for years to come. Subban assisted on Montreal's only goal, a power play tally by Andrei Markov in the first period to open the scoring, and attempted an incredible 15 shots (including nine on goal) in his 27 minutes of ice-time. Karlsson played 24 minutes for the Senators and did not factor into the scoring. Montreal's defense had some problems in the second period and Marc Bergevin was apparently tired of watching it.
3. Will the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers combine for more than two goals?
Surprisingly, they did, but it was bad news for the Flyers as all three goals went to the Devils, including one from Can Janssen. Crazy times. Martin Brodeur stopped all 22 shots he faced to record the 122nd shutout of his career.
4. Can Josh Harding stymy the Washington Capitals?
Harding played well for the Wild, stopping 25 of the 27 shots he faced in a 3-2 loss, but it wasn't quite enough as the Capitals got the best of him in the shootout when Nicklas Backstrom scored the lone goal.
5. Will Alex Steen extend his goal-per-game pace?
It's getting hard to believe at this point, but yes he did. Steen scored his league-leading 14th goal of the season for the Blues in their 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames and it was a big one as it proved to be the game-winner. Steen, a 9.5 percent shooter throughout his career, has now scored on 14 of his 49 shots this season. That's a 28.5 percent shooting percentage, which is absolutely out of this world.
The one play or moment from Thursday's games that will be making headlines over the next couple of days.
Probably something that has zero impact on the ice. It appears that it's time to start another chapter in the seemingly never-ending Philadelphia media vs. Flyers team captain fight.
Claude Giroux, after extending his goal drought to 21 games dating back to last season, did not speak to the media following their 3-0 loss and this did not sit well with some members of the local press, with Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer being the most vocal about it (both on Twitter and in print). This will probably get blown up in the coming days into something that it's not. It's also far from being the biggest problem with the Flyers. Giroux spoke to his teammates and owner, and those are the most important things. It's also not unheard of for a captain to not speak to the media after a game. It happens. The bigger concern should be what is happening on the ice, which has truly been ugly at times.
Stat of the Night
Cam Janssen scored his fourth NHL goal on Thursday night in his 313th career game. He is one of just nine players in NHL history to appear in at least 300 games and score fewer than five goals. The other players on the list: Nicklas Grossmann, David Hale, Randy Holt, Chris McAllister, Terry Murray, Matt Walker, Brad Brown, and Christian LaFlamme.
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- Derek Dorsett and the role of the agitator.
- The many troubles when it comes to trying to evaluate goalies.