NHL Scores: Penguins win battle of league's top scorers

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Sidney Crosby's three points helped the Penguins win their early game in a matchup featuring several of the league's leading scorers.

Hockey Day in America included thrilling comebacks and some stunning displays of talent from the NHL's brightest stars. Read on to find out what you may have missed if you were foolish enough to be watching the NBA All-star game instead:

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:

Penguins 4, Sabres 3

Kings 2, Blackhawks 3

Bruins 3, Jets 2

Flames 4, Stars 3

Red Wings 2, Wild 3

Capitals 1, Rangers 2

Blues 4, Canucks 3 (SO)

Five Answers

Prior to last night's games, we presented five burning questions regarding the night's action. Here are your cool, soothing answers.

1. How will Brad Richards respond to his third period benching?

Richards made sure he wasn't going back into John Tortorella's dog house, playing a solid game and assisting on the game-winning powerplay goal. Richards had more ice time than any other New York center.

2. Will the Dallas Stars succeed without Kari Lehtonen?

So far, so bad. Things were going pretty well for the Stars until the third period, when the Flames scored three unanswered goals on Stars goaltender (and Stephen King pen name) Richard Bachman. Bachman gave up four total goals on 26 shots.

3. Can Jake Allen further aid the Blues' turnaround?

It is possible. Allen faced fewer than 30 shots and gave up three goals, but he didn't have much of a chance on any of them. He looked sharp in overtime, stopping the Canucks time and again, including a breakaway opportunity in the final thirty seconds, and then was perfect in the shootout after watching some video on the bench.

4. Can the Winnipeg Jets regain home-ice advantage?

Not today. The Boston Bruins converted on the powerplay in the third period and won the game 3-2, handing Winnipeg their fourth straight loss on home ice.

5. Will there be a new scoring leader in the NHL after tonight?

No, Thomas Vanek held on to the crown -- just barely. Vanek had a goal and an assist in the Sabres loss, which gave him 25 points and kept him one ahead of Sidney Crosby, who had three points in Sunday's game, for the league lead.

Impact Moment

What moment from last night's games will be making headlines in the coming days?

Chris Bourque finished Sunday's game playing on Boston's first line. He had one assist in the game, and it appeared that Boston coach Claude Julien was rewarding him for strong play. If the promotion sticks, it could work out well both for Borque and the Bruins.

Stat of the Night

In a stat bragged about by the New York Rangers' own PR department, the Rangers are 18-3-2 in their last 23 regular-season games vs. Southeast Division opponents, outscoring them 77-46.

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