And it won't make headlines anywhere on Sunday.
Yes, on a night where two players accounted for seven goals in a single game, the biggest news revolved around a line brawl and coach-on-coach violence. The Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks combined for a whopping 204 penalty minutes, most of which came in the first second of the game.
It's a little bit odd that facepunching overshadows elite talent and skill, but that's just the dual nature of hockey. Saturday exemplified that: just the right mix of skill, grit and ridiculousness made for one entertaining evening.
Canucks 3, Flames 2 (SO)
On Saturday we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Can the Jackets keep the streak alive?
The Sabres gave Columbus a run for their money. Big Tyler Myers was a force, scoring the second of his two goals with just 25 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. But Ryan Johansen was the difference yet again in the shoutout. Don't look now, but the Jackets hold a Wild Card spot in the East and are within three points of top three in the Metro.
2. How does P.K. Subban follow up his controversial game on Thursday?
Well, he registered an assist! But that's about it for Subban in what was a poor defensive performance for the Habs. In fact, James van Riemsdyk stole his thunder with his third period goal by mocking Subban's celebration.
3. Will Alex Steen be back to his old ways?
Steen didn't exactly light up the scoresheet, but no one really expected him too after such a long absence. The important thing is that he skated well and looked very alert at both ends of the ice. It might take awhile for him to get back up to speed, but Ken Hitchcock has to be pleased with what he saw.
4. How does Devan Dubnyk fare in his Nashville debut?
We joked Saturday that Dubnyk would have to face the speedy Avalanche forwards in his debut, but it turned out his defensemen had a tougher time containing them. Dubnyk and the Preds dug a 3-0 hole for themselves in the first period and couldn't dig their way back out.
5. Can Dallas figure things out in Minnesota?
Once again, the Stars found themselves on the verge of winning two points when they had no business winning at all. And once again, the cards didn't fall their way. After sending the game to overtime, a questionable hit from Jamie Benn and bad play around their own net combined to doom them in Minny.
The one play or moment from Friday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
So how many games does Torts get? There's virtually no way John Tortorella escapes league discipline after he caused a scrum in the Flames' tunnel trying to confront Calgary coach Bob Hartley in the first intermission. We've seen him yell and throw water bottles before, but physical violence? That's a new low, Torts.
Stat of the Night
Canucks forward Tom Sestito has racked up 64 penalty minutes in his last four games.
Post to Post
- A lot of things will get overshadowed by the Vancouver fights, but the netting goal in Detroit shouldn't. Worst call of the season?
- Jamie Benn could face a suspension for his hit on Matt Cooke. sday night was met with some really pointless outrage.
- The Hurricanes are unhappy with Alexander Semin.