NHL Scores: Rangers bust slump, Wild take the Northwest

Bruce Bennett

Corey Perry's contract extension overshadowed a busy night in the NHL.

Monday in the NHL featured a marathon shootout, endless fights and a team that looked like it would never stop scoring. It felt like a really long day of awesome hockey. If you missed out on any action, we've got you covered.

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:

Rangers 2, Hurricanes 1 (SO)

Lightning 4, Flyers 2

Stars 4, Flames 3

Blackhawks 5, Avalanche 2

Ducks 5, Sharks 3

Wild 3, Canucks 1

Kings 4, Coyotes 0

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. Will the New York Rangers end their three-game losing streak on Monday night?

They did, but just barely. Derek Stepan finally broke the Rangers' goal drought, but that was all the offensive power New York could muster. But they'll take the two points gladly. The Rangers are now only two points out of a playoff spot in the East with a soft spot in their schedule ahead of them.

2. How will Brad Richards, Rick Nash and Marian Gaborik do in their reunion on the Rangers' top-line?

The trio didn't make much of an impact on the scoresheet, but they created plenty of chances as the game wore on. Nash had multiple breakaways that he didn't convert on and Brad Richards looked more active and creative with the puck on his stick than he has in a long time. Gaborik still looks like he needs to shake off some rust, or something, but all in all it was a very encouraging night from the Rangers' top line.

3. Will the Tampa Bay Lightning continue their winning streak against the Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Times Forum?

Sure did. Not sure the Flyers had much of a chance the way these two teams are trending right now. Tampa Bay was able to do pretty much whatever they wanted offensively, including just walking right in and scoring off simple rushes. Travis Hughes at Broadstreet Hockey says the season is practically over for Philadelphia:

The Flyers are not a playoff team. They're not necessarily a rebuilding team, but they aren't a contender right now either. They'll almost certainly be sellers at the trade deadline, and it's just a matter of when that selling begins and how big the sale gets.

If Snider, Holmgren and Co. haven't come to this conclusion already, they almost certainly will over the next five days. The 2013 season might as well be over. That ball didn't start rolling tonight, but it did roll over the edge.

4. Will the Vancouver Canucks reclaim first place in the Northwest Division from the Minnesota Wild?

Nope. The Canucks played a good 40 minutes but floundered in the final 20, surrendering two goals to fall 3-1 to the Wild. The Canucks threw everything they had on net (79 shot attempts, only 36 made it on goal) but didn't have much luck. The Wild secured a big road win and now lead the Northwest.

5. Will Ray Emery still have an undefeated record at night's end?

Once again, Emery won. And once again, he really wasn't tested much at all. He only faced 19 shots on net in a 5-2 win for Chicago. Joel Quenneville seems to know exactly when to start his backup.

Impact Moment

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

The Anaheim Ducks locked up Corey Perry for the next eight seasons with a $69 million contract extension.

Stat of the Night:

I'm just going to leave these here.

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