If you like drama, Saturday night in the NHL did not disappoint. Six games were decided by one goal. Three games went to overtime. Montreal and Pittsburgh scored 13 goals. A Flyer might get suspended for a violent hit. Daniel Alfredsson, of all people, was ejected from a game.
And we have video evidence of Alexander Semin backchecking.
So, yeah. It was quite a night.
(h/t HockeyVideoHD for most of the videos)
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Here's a quick glance at the full night of action:
Flyers 2, Senators 1
Sabres 4, Devils 3 (SO)
Hurricanes 6, Panthers 2
Coyotes 5, Ducks 4 (SO)
Sharks 2, Predators 1
Prior to last night's games, we presented five burning questions regarding the night's action. Here are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Can a 3-game series with Phoenix slow down the Anaheim Ducks?
The Ducks lost 5-4 in a shootout in Phoenix, but I wouldn't exactly say this loss slowed Anaheim down at all. They got a hat trick from Andrew Cogliano and peppered Mike Smith with 35 shots. The Coyotes simply buckled down and played terrific hockey down the stretch, killing off a penalty late in overtime and winning the shootout behind Mike Smith's hot goaltending.
Ben Bishop was outstanding in goal, stopping 39 of 41 shots. The Senators' struggles on the power play ultimately doomed them. The Flyers killed off five Ottawa power plays, including one with 45.6 seconds left in the game. So you can imagine why Daniel Alfredsson's frustration was boiling over by the time he did this:
3. How will the Capitals recover after a disappointing performance in Philly?
Quite well, actually. Braden Holtby rebounded nicely after getting pulled in Philly, stopping 35 shots in a shutout win. Even better news? The Florida Panthers are now at the bottom of the East, not Washington.
4. Will the San Jose Sharks ever pull out of this slump?
The Sharks finally pulled through with a 2-1 victory over the reeling Nashville Predators on Saturday. A lot of their success had to do with their opponent. The Preds just can't score goals right now, and they were unable to take advantage of a huge 37 save performance by Pekka Rinne. But a win is a win, and the Sharks will certainly take it.
5. Have the Buffalo Sabres found their groove?
Considering they played without leading-scorer Tomas Vanek and still won, I'd say they have. Buffalo beat New Jersey 4-3 in a shootout to hit a three-game win streak for the first time this season. It all came together for the Sabres. They got two goals from captain Jason Pominville and a big 28-save performance from Ryan Miller. The real test will be when they take on a Rangers team that has to be surging after Rick Nash's return to the lineup.
What moment from last night's games will be making headlines in the coming days?
Photo of the Night:
#coyotes Mike Smith celebrates their shoot out win after stopping the final shot by the #AnaheimDucks #azcphoto pic.twitter.com/FjNHiTTGaj— David Kadlubowski (@Davidkadlu) March 2, 2013
- Rick DiPietro won his first AHL game since 2009, stopping 22 shots for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. I know he's been through the ringer this week in the media, but good for him. He seems like a guy desperate for a good break.
- The Senators have been living on the edge and it's starting to cost them, writes Mark Parisi at Silver Seven.
- The Panthers lost Dimitri Kulikov, Jack Skille, Jose Theodore and Scottie Upshall in a terrible loss to Carolina.
- The Pens-Habs game was quite the thriller.
- Finally, I present this to you without comment:
Hilarious. Don Cherry has a killer whale on his head #HNIC pic.twitter.com/wYU2adDGu0— Chris (@rhisc) March 2, 2013