For fans watching the NHL last night, there was barely any time to catch your breath. Thursday featured eleven games and each one was just as thrilling as the next. Don't worry. You can breathe now as we get you caught up on all of the night's action.
All The NHL Scores
Here's a quick glance at the full night of action:
Bruins 2, Senators 1 (OT)
Hurricanes 4, Penguins 1
Blackhawks 3, Blues 0
Oilers 5, Stars 1
Red Wings 2, Sharks 1 (SO)
Prior to last night's games, we presented five burning questions regarding the night's action. Here are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Will the Chicago Blackhawks extend their point-streak?
The Blackhawks extended their points-streak to 20 games with a 3-0 win over the Blues. And they even got to breathe a little easier this time. Their previous six games had all been decided by one goal. Even the broadcasters were in a good mood:
Actually, it was the other Staal brother with the huge game. Eric Staal was a menace all night and ended up with a goal and two assists. Jordan, on the other hand, didn't make it on the scorecard and even lost the opening faceoff to the guy he was traded for.
The Bruins' win streak is intact, but it took overtime to keep it alive. The most impressive streak for the Bruins was actually their run of successful penalty kills, but the Senators ended that at 27 when they tied the game in the second period. Thanks to the overtime wins by Toronto and Boston, the top four teams in the Northeast are all separated by just one point.
The Oilers just wore down Dallas with a barrage of goals and the Stars only managed a single tally in the 5-1 beating. It was a miserable night for Dallas all around. The Stars were undisciplined again, racking up 38 penalty minutes and giving Edmonton nine power plays. Oh, and they probably just lost Jamie Benn to a suspension for this ill-advised cross check on Ryan Jones:
5. Will Rick Nash play on Thursday night?
He did, and boy, did he play well. You could tell just how much he missed being on the ice, because Nash played like a bull in a china shop all game long. The Rangers had 42 shots. Rick Nash had 12 of them. (Twelve!)
What moment from last night's games will be making headlines in the coming days?
Undoubtedly the biggest moment of the night was the Ryan O'Reilly saga. First, the Flames signed him to an offer sheet. Then, the Avalanche matched it. And then the Avs slapped the Flames in the face with a thrilling comeback in Colorado.
Post to Post
- The Oilers finally broke through at even-strength.
- Winnipeg keeps rolling.
- Your gif of the night: A crazy bank-shot goal from Keith Yandle.
- Finally, Nazem Kadri had the three prettiest hat trick goals you'll ever see: