For all the talk that proceeded John Tortorella's return to the Big Apple, very little attention was centered on young Chris Kreider.
Why would it? After all, Tortorella spent most of his final few years in New York shuttling the youthful power forward between the AHL and the NHL while criticizing him along the way. Sure, it was constructive criticism at its core. But Tortorella knew Kreider had potential, so it's only fair that he was around to see it fulfilled.
Kreider stole the show on Saturday, notching a hat trick in front of his former boss while the Rangers romped all over the Vancouver Canucks. Quite the homecoming for Torts, indeed. Maybe that criticism paid off.
All the NHL Scores
Rangers 5, Canucks 2
Sharks 4, Ducks 3 (SO)
On Sunday we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are you cool, soothing answers.
1. Who wins the Coach Swap Showdown of 2013? (That's an unofficial nickname.)
Alain Vigneault's Rangers spoiled John Tortorella's return to New York on Saturday, thanks to Chris Kreider's hat trick. Fitting that Kreider was the hero, considering how often Tortorella criticized the young forward over the last few years. The tough love came back to haunt Torts.
2. How does the "Circus Trip" end?
Chicago finished its lengthy road trip with an impressive victory in the desert. It was impressive not only for their quick 3-0 start, but for the way the tired Blackhawks made the Coyotes fight for every last inch as Phoenix attempted a late comeback.
3. Which Marc-Andre Fleury shows up?
None at all! Jeff Zatkoff took over in net on Saturday and played splendidly against a surprisingly game Panthers squad. Zatkoff stopped 39 shots in the Penguins' 5-1 win.
4. Can the Flames beat Ben Scrivens in regulation?
The simple answer to this question is yes. Calgary took advantage of the Kings' scoring woes in a 2-1 victory. As for Scrivens...well, he just beat himself.
5. Will the Predators overcome the loss of Shea Weber?
Nashville rallied the troops and gave the Flyers everything they could muster offensively. Steve Mason threw it all back, stopping 34 of 36 shots in the Flyers shootout win.
The one play or moment from the games on Saturday that will be making headlines for the next couple of days
The Islanders are accustomed to losing after the last couple of decades, but they really outdid themselves on Saturday. Up 2-1 with 49 seconds remaining, the Islanders gave up a shorthanded, game-tying goal to Nicklas Backstrom. Alexander Ovechkin scored the game-winner for Washington just two minutes and change into the overtime frame to complete the Long Island collapse.
Stat of the Night
First, the effect:
Marleau is now tied for 79th in the NHL all-time goal scoring list with 416. Jumbo is tied for 29th in all-time assiss w/ 812. #SJSharks— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) December 1, 2013
Now, the cause:
Post to Post
- No suspension for Cody McLeod.
- But will Dustin Brown be suspended for this hit on Matt Stajan?
- Steve Mason's last save of the night was a beauty.