Maybe that nine-game home stand the New York Rangers are in the middle of right now isn't a good thing. That's the way it seems anyway given their struggles at Madison Square Garden this season, and thanks to their 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night they dropped to 0-2-1 on their current home stand and an almost unimaginable 5-8-1 on the season, the third worst mark in the league on home ice.
Even worse for the Rangers is that the loss on Tuesday came with a significant price as captain Ryan Callahan will miss the next four to six weeks with an MCL sprain.
The silver lining for the Rangers: They still play in the Metropolitan Division so they're still very much in this thing.
The other big story on Tuesday was Jarome Iginla's return to Calgary for the first time since he was traded last season, and the fans welcomed their long-time captain back with open arms.
The fans didn't seem to mind as Iginla took a couple of laps around the ice post game to a standing ovation, his second of the night.
The Islanders losing streak came to an end in San Jose.
All the NHL Scores
Capitals 6, Lightning 5
Kings 6, Canadiens 0
Predators 4, Rangers 1
Blackhawks 6, Stars 2
Coyotes 3, Avalanche 1
Bruins 2, Flames 1
Islanders 3, Sharks 2
On Tuesday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Will the Chicago Blackhawks seek retribution on Antoine Roussel?
At times, yes, and the game ended with Roussel and Jeremy Morin going at one another, but the real retribution came in the form of a dominating 6-2 Blackhawks win. Roussel has irked the Blackhawks and their fans this season for a couple of questionable hits on Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, and then taunting the United Center crowd after he scored a game-winning goal on a penalty shot last week. Roussel did score both Dallas goals on Tuesday, so he's still kind of trolling the Blackhawks a bit, but Chicago came away with the last laugh on this night.
2. How will Pavel Datsyuk perform in his return?
He was fine, scoring a goal, adding an assist, and having a couple of shifts where the puck looked like it was glued to his stick, but the outcome of the game wasn't what Detroit was looking for. The Red Wings let a 2-0 third period lead slip away in a 3-2 shootout loss that probably had coach Mike Babcock wishing he was sitting in the front row behind the net so he didn't have to see any of it.
3. What will Jarome Iginla's return to Calgary involve?
A wonderful tribute, a video, standing ovations, him being named the third star of the game, a couple of victory laps around the ice, and, of course, another Flames loss.
4. Will the Montreal Canadiens extend their 10-game point streak?
In a word: No. The Canadiens, entering their game against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night on a 9-0-1 run, ran into a Western Conference buzz saw that handed them a 6-0 loss. Kings goalie Martin Jones stopped all 31 shots he faced, including 17 in the first period.
5. Will the Islanders winless streak end?
Yes! Finally! After 10 straight losses the New York Islanders finally returned to the win column with a 3-2 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks. It was pretty amazing, and almost entirely thanks to the play of goaltender Kevin Poulin in net. The Islanders were badly outplayed for most of the night but Poulin did everything he could to keep his team in it until they could scratch out a pair of third period goals. Things became even more intense for the Islanders in the shootout when Poulin appeared to injured while making a stop on Sharks forward Joe Pavelski. Poulin remained in the game and stopped two more shots to get the win.
The one play or moment from Tuesday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
This is turning into a lost season for Ryan Callahan in New York. After missing the season opener while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, and then missing a couple of weeks with a broken thumb, Callahan is now going to miss four-to-six weeks with an MCL sprain, an injury that is not only going to seriously impact the Rangers, but could also impact team USA when the Olympics roll around.
Stat of the Night
Just because it needs to be repeated. Alex Ovechkin has 48 goals in his past 50 regular season games. This is a stat that cannot be repeated enough. Fifty games. Forty-eight goals.
Post to Post
- Shawn Thornton is probably sorry for what he did, but that's not enough.
- Dion Phaneuf was suspended two games.
- What will a $71 million salary cap mean for the Pittsburgh Penguins?
- Jay Rosehill says that if you don't like fighting in hockey, then you don't like hockey.