The Wednesday night platter of hockey goodness was short but sweet, with some Jaromir Jagr magic, classic Habs vs. Bruins hockey and stunning rookie netminding to fill you over until the gauntlet of games begin again. Let's get to what you might have missed last night.
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:
Prior to Wednesday's games, we presented five questions regarding the night's action. Here are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Who wins the Habs vs. Bruins special teams battle?
It was about what we expected on special teams on both sides on Wednesday. The Bruins were given four opportunities on the power play and came up empty on all of them. Meanwhile the league's second-best penalty kill and eleventh-best power play pretty much locked horns in a stalemate all night, as the Habs only went 1-for-5 on the man advantage. We have to give the victory to the Bruins here after holding off Montreal's power play in the waning seconds of the game.
2. Will Habs fans behave tonight in hosting the Bruins?
Of course not.
Bell Centre crowd chanting "[Bleep] you, Boston!" to start the game tonight. That's a new one #BruinsTalk— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) February 7, 2013
3. Viktor Fasth has allowed just four goals in three games. Can he keep it up?
Make that four goals in four games. Fasth was at his best again on Wednesday, shutting out the Avalanche 3-0 with 31 saves. He was relatively untested in terms of penalty kill shots against, but the fact is his team was handily outshot and he came up big once again.
4. Do the Stars regret benching Alex Goligoski versus the Oilers?
Not necessarily. Philip Larsen played pretty well in his stead, registering a +1 and three shots on goal. The two big stats the Stars desperately wanted to see improve were shots against and turnovers. The Stars are still the only team in the NHL that hasn't outshot an opponent, but this time the shot differential was just one and the Stars managed to bend but not break up until Edmonton tied the game in the third period. The Stars only turned the puck over four times. How much of this can be attributed to Goose's absence? Not sure, but ultimately the Stars will hope the benching was a wakeup call as they benefit more with him on the ice than off.
5. With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins out, the Oilers look rough at center. Can they match up against the Stars?
The answer was no. Without RNH the Oilers struggled to contain Jamie Benn and Derek Roy all night long, and both of the Dallas forwards notched a goal in the contest. The situation became even more grim when the Oilers lost Anton Lander to a foot injury in the first period. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall picked up the slack on the wings but Edmonton faced an uphill battle up the middle all night long.
What moment from Wednesday night's games will be making headlines in the coming days?
While Jaromir Jagr's OT winner will make headlines Thursday, expect the goalie situation in Anaheim to build into a controversy if Viktor Fasth continues his hot play. The team plays hard in front of him and he's been picking them up on nights like Wednesday when they struggle to put pucks on the net. He's showing the kind of consistency right now that Jonas Hiller has failed to provide over the last two seasons. As long as Fasth continues to play well expect Hiller to ride the pine.
Stat of the Night
Jaromir Jagr moved up to tie Luc Robitaille for 10th all time with 668 goals scored.
Post to Post
- There was a lot to like from the Bruins side of things last night.
- Viktor Fasth: 4-0-0, 0.90 GAA and .962 SV%. Damn.
- A good point from Defending Big D: "Why does Rexall look like it was lighted by designers of hospital exam rooms everywhere?"
- And finally, an interesting note from Adrian Dater: Is there a disconnect between Joe Sacco and his players?