Nobody knows for sure what is going to happen with Martin Brodeur before the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday, and just about everything seems to be on the table at this point.
If Tuesday was really the end of his incredible run in New Jersey, he at least went out with a win -- and it was a big win -- as the Devils knocked off the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, in what was a huge game in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Stephen Gionta scored the game-winner with less than a minute to play, breaking what had been a 3-3 tie, while Brodeur stopped 20 of the 23 shots he faced.
Now we wait to see if there is another team in the NHL that thinks he can still help them, and if Brodeur is willing to go somewhere else.
Meanwhile, out in Vancouver, the Canucks season continued to circle the drain in a 1-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. After starting the season 23-11-6 Vancouver has won just five of its past 24 games and seems to be entering an all-out rebuild mode. Cory Scheider and Roberto Luongo are gone. Ryan Kesler might be right behind them. The Sedin twins are starting to slow down. Tough times may be ahead for the Canucks.
Tim Thomas made the save of the night on Patrice Bergeron, and the Islanders coaches were willing to respond to an angry Jets fan following their overtime win in Winnipeg.
All the NHL Scores
Bruins 4, Panthers 1
Devils 4, Red Wings 3
Blue Jackets 4, Stars 2
Avalanche 4, Blackhawks 2
Blues 4, Lightning 2
Penguins 3, Predators 1
Islanders 3, Jets 2
Coyotes 1, Canucks 0
Hurricanes 3, Sharks 2
On Tuesday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. How will Martin Brodeur perform Tuesday night?
He wasn't great -- and that's been nothing new this season, or the past three seasons -- but he was good enough for the Devils as he stopped 20 shots to help lead them to a win over the Red Wings. He's been involved in trade rumors for a couple of weeks now and there seems to be a real chance Tuesday was his final game in New Jersey.
2. Will Marian Gaborik be more visible against the Dallas Stars?
He only played 15 minutes and recorded an assist, but he failed to record even a single shot on goal in the Blue Jackets' 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars. He hasn't really done anything to stand out in his past two games, which may in fact turn out to be his final two with the Blue Jackets as he could be traded before the deadline on Wednesday.
3. How will Ryan Miller's first home start with the St. Louis Blues go?
He had a bit of a slow start, giving up a pair of goals in the first period to spot the Lightning an early 2-0 lead, but he slammed the door shut after that and did not give up another goal as the Blues rallied for a 4-2 win. T.J. Oshie helped turn the tide with this beautiful shorthanded goal to tie the game in the first period.
4. How will Pekka Rinne perform against the Pittsburgh Penguins?
He made an outstanding pad save in the first period against an odd-man rush for the Penguins, but gave up three long-distance goals (two to Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen, and a blast of a one-timer from Chris Kunitz) which may have been the result of some rust in his first game back in the lineup. The Predators limited Pittsburgh to just 19 shots on goal.
5. WIll there be any trades?
After a busy day on Tuesday there was only one trade in the evening, with the Washington Capitals sending forwardMartin Erat to the Phoenix Coyotes for defenseman Rostislav Klesla, prospect Chris Brown, and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick.
The one play or moment from Tuesday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
When we expected the Roberto Luongo trade to happen, it never happened. When we gave up on the idea of, he gets sent back to the Florida Panthers, and the Canucks are left to wonder what direction they go next. Get ready, Eddie Lack, the franchise is in your hands.
Stat of the Night
Nathan MacKinnon, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft, is off to an incredible start to his career, but anytime you get to share a record of any kind with Wayne Gretzky you're starting to get into some pretty rare territory.
Nathan MacKinnon assists and extends his point streak to 12 games. Tied for the longest by an 18-year-old with Gretzky.— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) March 5, 2014