The subject of trade rumors due to his ongoing contract talks with the team, the Rangers' captain scored a pair of goals and added an assist in their 5-1 dismantling of the Colorado Avalanche. This was a one-sided face kicking as soon as it started, with the Rangers outshooting the Avalanche, 22-4, in the first period and never looking back on their way to a fourth straight win.
Meanwhile, the Vancouver Canucks continued their recent run in the opposite direction with a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, losing their fifth straight game and 14th in their past 18. The Coyotes are still just one point behind them in the race for the last playoff spot, and thanks to their 3-1 on Tuesday the Dallas Stars are suddenly just two points back. Missing the playoffs is starting to become a very real possibility for the Canucks.
Michal Neuvirth was outstanding for the Capitals, including in the third period when the game was still scoreless, but it wasn't enough as they dropped tough 1-0 game to the New York Islanders. Jake Gardiner's fight wasn't enough to spark the Maple Leafs as they played perhaps their worst game of the season in a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. The Senators, having just played the night before in Pittsburgh, erased a 3-1 third period deficit in St. Louis to pick up a 5-4 shootout win against the Blues.
All the NHL Scores
Bruins 3, Canucks 1
Rangers 5, Avalanche 1
Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 1
Islanders 1, Capitals 0
Canadiens 2, Flames 0
Senators 5, Blues 4
On Tuesday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Will Mike Cammalleri be traded during Tuesday's game?
He remains on the trade block, but he is still a member of the Calgary Flames for the time being. Cammalleri played 18 minutes on Tuesday and recorded three shots on goal, but like the rest of his teammates could not beat Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price in a 2-0 loss.
2. How will James van Riemsdyk perform against the Panthers?
Along with his entire team he was pretty much a non-factor as the Maple Leafs were badly outplayed by the Panthers. van Riemsdyk recorded two shots on goal but none of them mattered. From a Maple Leafs perspective this is the type of game that should make the coaching staff want to burn the tapes.
3. Will anything happen between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins?
Other than the Canucks continuing their recent slide, nothing out of the ordinary. It was a physical game, but it was also a relatively clean game with nothing that really crossed the line. The Canucks still look like a shell of their former selves. Something is really, really wrong with this team.
4. How will Paul Maurice's return to Carolina go?
It resulted in yet another win for the Jets, who improved to 9-2 under Maurice with a 2-1 win against the Hurricanes. Maurice had two different coaching stops in Carolina, taking the team to the playoffs four times, reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2001-02 and the Eastern Conference Final in 2008-09.
5. Will the Islanders snap their five-game winless streak?
They did. A shutout from Evgeni Nabokov, a surprisingly strong performance on the penalty kill and a late goal from defenseman Andrew McDonald were all the Islanders needed to earn a 1-0 win in Washington. It's probably too little, too late as far as the playoff race is concerned, but they can finally put one back in the win column.
The one play or moment from Tuesday that will be making headlines over the next couple of days.
Nobody really knows for sure what is going to happen with Ryan Callahan and the Rangers. Will he stay? Will he go? Will the Rangers really trade their captain in the middle of the playoff race? No matter what happens, he certainly made a statement on Tuesday by scoring the first two goals of the game in the first 12 minutes to get his team rolling on its way to a big win.
Stat of the Night
The Maple Leafs getting outshot in a game is nothing new; it happens nearly every night. The Maple Leafs giving up more than 40 shots is also pretty common, as they've done it more than any other team in the league this season. But this game on Tuesday was their worst performance of the season in terms of getting outshot, and that's saying something.
Tonight was worst shot deficit of Leafs season (-27). Toronto had only 31% of the game's shots + missed shots, second worst ratio of season.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) February 5, 2014
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