Saturday night was alright for scoring.
Six games featured four or more goals by the winning team. What's more, the stars came out to shine. Sidney Crosby scored twice and Evgeni Malkin registered his 600th career point in a Penguins win. Joffrey Lupul had four points in a huge Maple Leafs victory. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn both scored twice to rout the Winnipeg Jets. The Sedin twins even showed signs of life in a four-point effort against Boston.
Yes, two more players will likely be suspended for illegal hits. And a couple of stars went down with injuries.
But for once it was nice to have that bad news drowned out by some truly entertaining hockey in every single game.
All the NHL Scores
Stars 6, Jets 4
Maple Leafs 7, Blackhawks 3
Penguins 4, Red Wings 1
Canucks 6, Bruins 1
On Saturday we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. How does Toronto's week of doom end?
In grand fashion. Toronto absolutely blitzed the defending champion Blackhawks in a 7-3 rout. It was simultaneously the worst game Chicago played and the best game Toronto played all season. The key? Young Peter Holland, who the Leafs acquired from Anaheim a couple of weeks ago, scored twice and was active all over the ice. Oh, and Joffrey Lupul had a four-point night. A great evening all around for the Maple Leafs.
2. Will the Canucks get some revenge for 2011?
I'd say a 6-1 win is decent revenge for losing the Stanley Cup. Vancouver played a dominant game throughout, to the point that Brad Marchand resorted to pure pest form by the end of the night. It probably helped that the Bruins were road-weary and bruised after a rough two weeks.
3. Can the Stars keep from falling out of the playoff race?
Scoring six times will certainly help their cause. The relief was temporary, as Nashville, Minnesota and Vancouver all won later in the evening. They'll need more than occasional road wins in Winnipeg to keep pace in the West.
4. Will Ryan Strome make a difference?
It was a rather nondescript debut for the young center, although he did create a couple of nice chances during the course of the game. It might take a couple of games for him to get his feet wet before he hits his stride.
5. How awesome will 24/7 be?
Randy Carlyle broke a toaster. So, quite awesome.
The one play or moment from Saturday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
Guess what? Another pair of suspendable hits. I'm sure you're all as tired as Brendan Shanahan is of this stuff but it continues on with alarming frequency. The culprits on Saturday were Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland and Jets winger Anthony Peluso. Peluso was ejected for boarding Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski, and Engelland was tossed for an illegal hit to the head on Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader.
Stat of the Night
Post to Post
- Evgeni Malkin is injured, though the severity is unknown.
- That's 15 games for Bruins forward Shawn Thornton.
- And two games for David Clarkson.
- Canadians have invented a better version of beer pong.
- Finally, don't look at Jarome Iginla's hand. Don't.