After winning every single one of the 15 games they played in March, the Pittsburgh Penguins had their winning streak snapped in their first game in the month of April. The team that did it? The Buffalo Sabres, Eastern Conference basement-dwellers. The Penguins struggled to find their offense in the absence of Sidney Crosby, and eventually fell 4-1 in the contest.
Elsewhere in the NHL on a magical trade deadline eve, the Islanders vaulted into a playoff spot with a big win, Alexander Ovechkin played like his old self again, and the Coyotes edged the Kings in a Pacific division match-up. Read on for the details on the major events of the night.
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 New York Islanders gain control of the eight seed in the Eastern Conference?
They did it with a dominant 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. They finished the night tied for seventh and two points ahead of the New York Rangers, though the Rangers have two games in hand.
2. Will any marquee players be A.) scratched before game-time or B.) removed from the contest mid-game?
Carolina defenseman Jamie McBain, who the team recently announced could be available prior to the deadline, was a healthy scratch.
The power-play specialist Bergeron recorded an assist on Jiri Tlusty's power-play goal in the first period.
4. Will the Pittsburgh Penguins extend their 15-game winning streak?
The incredible run came to an end as the Penguins fell to the
mighty decent actually not very good at all Buffalo Sabres. Maybe that Sidney Crosby guy who got hurt was kind of important to the Penguins?
Each team took three minor penalties, but for the most part this was a tamer game than the previous ones. Maybe all the hate has burned itself out?
What moment from last night's games will be making headlines in the coming days?
Stat of the Night
A big night for Jiri Tlusty, who had a hat trick for the Hurricanes:
Quick check of records, but Tlusty believed to be first Canes player to score hat trick in loss since Jeff O'Neill, Jan. 31, 1997 vs ANA.— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) April 3, 2013
Post to Post
- Who should the Chicago Blackhawks re-sign: Bryan Bickell or Viktor Stalberg?
- Don't expect much from the New Jersey Devils at the trade deadline.
- The Capitals' victory over the Hurricanes was a pretty big deal.
- Finally, with Pittsburgh's streak ending, it's time for our eyes to turn to the next in line: