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Half of Tuesday night's games were decided in overtime or a shootout, and three featured thrilling last-minute comebacks.
In a jam-packed night of NHL action, two major themes were on display: comebacks and overtimes. Read on and get the scoop on all the last-second thrills and Bettman points Tuesday night had to offer.
All The NHL Scores
Get caught up on last night's NHL scores with recaps from our network of SB Nation team blogs. Here's a quick glance at the full night of action:
4, 3 (SO)
6, 5 (OT)
Prior to last night's games, we presented five burning questions regarding the night's action. Here are your cool, soothing answers.
1. The Rangers and Bruins meet for the third and final time on the year. Who wins the season series?
The Rangers were up 3-1 in the third period before the Bruins scored two goals with their goalie pulled to tie the game and send it to overtime. Rick Nash continued his earlier heroics and scored in the shootout, and Ryan Callahan added another to give the Rangers the victory and the 2-1 edge in the season series.
2. The Sharks need to rebound. Will they against Nashville?
Negative. The Sharks just can't get their offense going at all, and lost a very boring game to the Predators. That's six straight losses in a row for the Sharks, though they have picked up points in three of those games.
3. Can the Ducks give Chicago their first regulation loss?
The Ducks became just the third team this season to beat the Blackhawks -- but it was in a shootout. Chicago remains unbeaten in regulation.
4. Dustin Byfuglien's back in the Winnipeg lineup. How does Claude Noel use him?
From Arctic Ice Hockey:
Dustin Byfuglien played 24:24 in his return to the lineup, which was second on the Jets behind Tobias Enstrom and his 25:52. Buff didn't have a great game, but he wasn't awful.
5. Can the Lightning stop the bleeding?
Tampa Bay battled back in the third to send the game to overtime and earn a point, but ultimately lost and extended its winless streak to five games. Still, the Lightning looked solid in the third period, and could build on that effort to turn things around.
What moment from last night's games will be making headlines in the coming days?
The biggest NHL moment of the night may not have come on the ice, as rumors started swirling that Ryan O'Reilly will not be returning to the Colorado Avalanche, at all. True or not, this will fuel trade speculation involving the talented young center.
Stat of the Night
Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi hasn't given up a goal in regulation in his past two games ... and he's lost both of them.
Post to Post
- The Devils had their six-game win streak snapped by the Carolina Hurricanes, in a game that featured one of the longer waiting-for-a-stoppage-to-review-a-possible-goal stretches in history.
- The Canucks are on a six-game winning streak of their own.
- Jaromir Jagr scored a goal late in the Stars' victory over the Oilers, moving him ahead of Teemu Selanne on the all-time list ... for now:
- Finally, in honor of the Ducks' victory over the mighty Blackhawks, a cartoon from Battle of California:
Please note the hamburger feet.