The Vancouver Canucks entered Thursday night two points behind the Minnesota Wild for the Northwest division lead, while the Phoenix Coyotes were in the middle of the logjam around the final playoff spot in the West. The teams played a tough and physical game, with the defining moment coming when Vancouver's Alexander Edler crushed goalie Mike Smith late in the second period. Smith didn't return to the ice for the third period - the Coyotes said he was "being evaluated" - and each team scored once in the final frame to give the Canucks the 2-1 victory.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Martin Brodeur made a HUGE impact in his first game back from injury and Rick Nash made a HUGE impact on the back of a guy's head. Read on for all the details!
All The NHL Scores
Get caught up on Tuesday'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 last night's games, we presented five burning questions regarding the night's action. Here are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Will the Montreal Canadiens hold onto first place in the Northeast Division?
They did, with an impressive 5-2 win over the.
Canadiens win! Time to celebrate!
2. Will the Carolina Hurricanes take over first place in the Southeast Division?
Nope. See the next question for the reason why.
3. How will Martin Brodeur fare in his return?
Pretty well, actually. Brodeur was the best Devil on the ice in the first period, holding down the fort against an early barrage of Hurricanes shots. Oh, and he also SCORED A GOAL.The Devils won 4-1 in Marty's return.
Mike Fisher had two goals to spark and led the Predators to a 5-3 victory over the struggling Flames.
5. Will the Los Angeles Kings extend their winning streak to four games?
The Kings outshot the Stars 40-21 but were stopped cold by Kari Lehtonen's first shutout of the year.
What moment from last night's games will be making headlines in the coming days?
Stat of the Night
The Toronto Maple Leafs are bad at shootouts:
Toronto falls to 29-43 in shootout all time, one of worst records out there. Fifth fewest wins in league.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) March 22, 2013
Post to Post
- A recap of Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals dominating the Winnipeg Jets.
- Alex Kovalev retired in quiet fashion as a member of the Florida Panthers
- Steve Ott blew Dion Phaneuf a kiss. He got a penalty for it.
- Finally, here's a prime example of one of the major problems with stats in the NHL: