If you're a Canadiens fan, it's probably best not to think about it. That core group was the only reason they were able to escape Ottawa on Thursday night with a 5-4 win, in which all of them made huge contributions in a game the Canadiens were pretty much dominated in, despite the final score.
Had it not been for the play of Price, who singlehandedly kept Montreal in the game by stopping 40 of the 44 shots he faced, Ottawa probably could have scored six or seven. It was probably the most impressive performance in the NHL this season by a goalie who gave up four goals.
Pacioretty added his team-leading 21st goal of the season in the win, while Subban was perhaps the best non-goalie on the ice, playing 27 minutes and scoring the game-winning goal in overtime when his shot just 20 seconds into the period snuck past Senators goalie Craig Anderson.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Kings continued their dominance over the St. Louis Blues, beating them for the 16th time in the past 20 meetings (including playoffs). It was a bit of a heated game and included Jonathan Quick firing a puck into a crowd of players after a stoppage.
The Devils lost yet another shootout, while Henrik Lundqvist managed to outduel Jimmy Howard at Madison Square Garden. Howard made 47 saves but lost 1-0 decision because of one flukey shot that beat him late in the third period.
Ben Scrivens realized he's not in Los Angeles anymore and found out it's a lot harder to play in net behind the Oilers defense in a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.
All the NHL Scores
Predators 4, Flyers 3
Canadiens 5, Senators 4
Kings 4, Blues 1
Wild 4, Oilers 1
Avalanche 2, Devils 1
Jets 5, Flames 2
On Thursday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. How will the Canucks respond after getting embarrassed on Wednesday?
The good news is they didn't lose 9-1, so that's nice. The bad news is they didn't really play any better and lost to the Coyotes, 1-0. Phoenix had lost five in a row and 14 of 19 entering the game, so those probably aren't points you want to drop. Especially with an effort like that.
2. Which team will be in 8th place in the East when the night is finished?
It's actually the Washington Capitals, a team that didn't even play on Thursday. The Rangers' win over Detroit pushed them up into the third spot in the Metropolitan Division and knocked Washington down into a wild card spot. The Devils lost yet another shootout while the Senators lost in overtime to Montreal. The Red Wings are now down to 11th place in the East, two points back of a playoff spot.
3. Will the Jets win a second straight game under new coach Paul Maurice?
Oh yes, and it was another blowout as they beat the Flames, 5-2. That's now a 2-0 record for Paul Maurice with the Jets winning both games by a combined score of 11-3.
They combined for five goals with the Kings scoring four of them. That Los Angeles allowed only one goal isn't a surprise as they're giving up fewer than two goals per game on the season, the best mark in the league. But scoring four? That's a bit of a surprise, especially against a St. Louis team that is third in the league in terms of goals against. It was just the third time in 12 games that the Kings scored more than two goals in a single game.
5. How will Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson do against their former teams?
Seguin had assisted on both Dallas goals, but it wasn't enough for the Stars as they fell to the Bruins, 4-2. Eriksson had no points and recorded one shot on goal in the win for Boston. Chad Johnson played extremely well in net for the Bruins and even stayed in their game after taking a stick to the face and bleeding from his eye.
The one play or moment from Thursday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
There have been some great saves in the NHL this season, and then there is what Carter Hutton did against Michael Raffl and the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. With Devan Dubnyk now in town Hutton is going to have some competition for playing time until (if?) Pekka Rinne returns to the lineup this season, and performances like that are going to help him stay in the crease.
Let's watch that save again, just because it was so awesome.
In a game your team wins by one goal thanks to a seven-round shootout, that's a huge save.
Stat of the Night
P.K. Subban not only scored the game-winning goal for Montreal on Thursday, he helped salvage what was a pretty disastrous night be the Canadiens at even-strength. With him on the ice during 5-on-5 play the Canadiens attempted 25 shots and allowed 26. That comes out to a Corsi percentage of 49 percent. Without him on the ice? They attempted just 15 shots and allowed an incredible 42. In other words: When Subban wasn't on the ice for the Canadiens they were getting absolutely destroyed.
Post to Post
- What else can be said? The Edmonton Oilers are bad.
- Speaking of the Oilers, if you have the opportunity you should be willing to take a chance on goalies like Devan Dubnyk.
- What is the future of Simon Despres with the Pittsburgh Penguins?
- Mike Green and Dmitry Orlov: A potent pair for the Washington Capitals.
- Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis would be "willing" to trade Nazem Kadri, but that's probably not a good idea and is something he and the team should avoid doing.