To open a busy night of NHL action on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Penguins steamrolled the Winnipeg Jets to extend their winning streak to 14 games. The Penguins did it without the recently-added Jarome Iginla in their lineup, and looked scary-good all night long. There are no sure things in hockey, so we can't say for SURE that the Penguins will win the Stanley Cup, but WOW. They're playing incredible hockey right now. No team, including the Chicago Blackhawks during their impressive streak to open the season, has been better than the Penguins this year -- and now they're going to add Jarome Iginla.
Elsewhere in the NHL, the Maple Leafs won a thriller against the Hurricanes thanks to heroic performances from some of their stars, the plucky Senators shut out the struggling Rangers, and the Coyotes and Predators had one of the craziest first periods in history. Read on for all the details from Thursday night's action.
All The NHL Scores
Get caught up on Thursday's NHL scores with recaps from our network of SB Nation team blogs. Here's a quick glance at the full night of action:
Hurricanes 3, 6
Prior to last night's games, we presented five burning questions regarding the night's action. Here are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Will theextend their 13-game winning streak?
PENGUINS SMASH. They didn't have Jarome Iginla in the lineup yet, but they did get Evgeni Malkin back. He's pretty good, I guess. Malkin had a goal, Sidney Crosby had two assists, Tomas Vokoun recorded his 50th career shutout as the Penguins crushed the Jets 4-0 to win their 14th game in a row.
2. Will thepick up where the left off against the ?
The Flyers were up 2-0 on the Islanders at the end of the first period, but couldn't hold on to the lead. Philadelphia eventually lost in a shootout, and the bad times continue for the Flyers.
3. Will Joffrey Lupul continue his point streak?
Lupul had a goal and an assist in Toronto's 6-3 victory over the Hurricanes. His goal was an incredible end-to-end game-winner. He now has seven goals in his last five games.
4. Will theend their seven-game winless streak?
They scored the first five goals of the game in a wild first period, and eventually won the game 7-4. That's one way to end a losing streak.
5. Will thesweep the season series against the ?
The Kings won 4-2 after scoring the game-winner with less than two minutes to go in the game. The Kings own the Blues, and they own them hard.
What moment from last night's games will be making headlines in the coming days?
Though he returned to the game, Chris Neil suffering a nasty cut from a skate will hopefully get people talking about those magic cut-proof socks again.
Stat of the Night
Tomas Vokoun became the 26th goalie in league history to reach the fifty shutout mark.
Post to Post
- There is no joy in Philadelphia these days.
- What is it like to skate out of the big shark head at the beginning of San Jose Sharks games? Now you know.
- A recap of the insane game between the Coyotes and the Predators.
- Finally, in case you missed it, Pavel Datsyuk gave Logan Couture the worst birthday present ever: