If you are a fan or a member of the Boston Bruins organization, Saturday was an awful day for you.
As the Bruins prepared for a big showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins, former top pick and scapegoat Tyler Seguin lit up the Philadelphia Flyers for his second hat trick of the season. Attention quickly turned to the Bruins and Loui Eriksson, who was traded to Boston for Seguin this offseason. Seguin had made his point. Now it was the Bruins' turn to prove they were better off without him.
What happened instead was unfortunate, if not sickening. By the end of the night, Eriksson had a concussion, Brad Marchand and Chris Kelly were shaken up, a Penguin was in the hospital and Shawn Thornton was suspended indefinitely.
The Bruins lost their composure and with it some of their dignity. Another win for Tyler Seguin's side in what is quickly becoming a nightmare of a trade aftermath for Boston.
But enough about storylines. Let's get on with the actual hockey from an exciting Saturday evening in the NHL.
All the NHL Scores
Stars 5, Flyers 1
Bruins 3, Penguins 2
Devils 4, Rangers 3 (OT)
On Saturday we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Who wins the battle at the top of the West?
The Ducks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back, beating St. Louis 5-2 in their own building. A big reason for Anaheim's success was Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks captain was a monster again, registering a goal and an assist .
2. Will Dallas finally defend their home ice against the Flyers?
Boy, did they. Tyler Seguin registered yet another hat trick, as the Stars scored three times in a minute to put away the Flyers in the second period. The power play is still as abysmal as ever, though. Dallas registered just five shots on goal during a first period power play that was SEVEN MINUTES LONG. Seven minutes!
3. Shea Weber is back. Will that be enough for Nashville to beat Washington?
Not nearly enough. Although Weber registered an assist while logging 26 minutes, the Predators were no match whatsoever for the Capitals' red-hot offense. Pekka Rinne's absence has really exposed the Predators' many flaws, as they dropped their fifth-straight game.
4. How will Stephen Weiss perform in his first game against Florida?
Weiss had no points, no shots and one turnover. So, pretty much how he's performed all season.
5. Will the Devils win the shots battle?
They came oh-so-close, tying the Rangers with 24 shots apiece. Luckily for New Jersey, the tying shot was the game-winner.
The one play or moment from Saturday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
Without question, the chaos in Boston on Saturday will be talked about all week long. It all started when Brooks Orpik leveled Loui Eriksson, knocking him out of the game with a concussion. Then James Neal kneed Brad Marchand's head, and Shawn Thornton literally attacked Brooks Orpik. Orpik was knocked unconscious and taken to the hospital, and both Neal and Thornton will face lengthy suspensions.
I bet you were wondering why the Stars had a seven-minute power play.
Zac Rinaldo's official time on ice for the game ... 4 seconds, 27 minutes in penalties— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) December 7, 2013
Post to Post
- Pensburgh takes a look at usage charts.
- The Islanders have a new mascot. (Not).
- Ducks defenseman picked a Twitter fight with the worst possible teammate.
- Finally, Erik Condra had a Jim Halpert moment.