It was a big night for some of the big trade deadline acquisitions across the league.
Martin St. Louis made his first impact play for the New York Rangers at the right time, David Legwand had a goal and two assists in a huge win for the Detroit Red Wings, and Roberto Luongo returned to Florida and posted the team's first shutout in two years.
Just like everybody drew it up, no doubt.
All the NHL Scores
Rangers 4, Hurricanes 2
Red Wings 7, Devils 4
Panthers 2, Sabres 0
Flames 4, Islanders 3
On Friday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Is it finally Cory Schneider's time in New Jersey?
Not on this night. Schneider played what was perhaps his worst game as a Devil, surrendering seven goals in a 7-4 loss to the Red Wings. If it weren't for the Devils playing a game on Saturday he probably would have been pulled.
2. Can Roberto Luongo cool down the Sabres?
Not only did he stop the Sabres, he recorded the Florida Panthers' first shutout in two years in his first game back with the team. Now that is how you make an entrance. Or a return.
3. Does Martin St. Louis get his first goal as a Ranger?
No goal, but he did get a point (more on that in a minute) to help lead the Rangers to a come-from-behind 4-2 win in Carolina.
4. How does Sidney Crosby respond to a minus-5?
He was better than he was on Thursday (but that is not really saying much) but it still wasn't what we are used to seeing from Sidney Crosby. His best shift was probably in overtime when he created at least two or three scoring chances by himself, including a breakaway that was stopped by Jonas Hiller. He did score a beautiful goal in the shootout. The real concern for the Penguins, even in the win, is that they were badly outplayed for most of the night against another top team. Their defense is a mess without Kris Letang and Paul Martin.
5. Who wins the battle of bottom-dwellers?
It was the Calgary Flames, and of course it featured yet another blown lead by the New York Islanders. New York entered the third period with a two-goal lead and allowed Calgary to score three straight goals to earn the win. New York has a .474 winning percentage when leading after two periods, which is almost impossible to comprehend. How does a team lose more games than it wins when leading after two periods? Only one other team in the league (the Detroit Red Wings) has a winning percentage worse than .730 (Detroit is .667) when leading after two. Historic incompetence.
The one play or moment from Friday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
The New York Rangers are better team with Martin St. Louis than they were with Ryan Callahan, and even though they didn't get the result in his debut game you could see the potential they had with him in the lineup. On Friday, they were even better and this time they got the result, and St. Louis played a big role in by setting up Derek Stepan's game-winning goal late in the third period to record his first point with the Rangers.
Stat of the Night
When Johan Franzen is healthy he is an incredibly productive player, and over his past 23 games he has been putting up some huge numbers. After his four-point (two goals, two assist) performance on Friday against the New Jersey Devils he has 29 points over that stretch. With the lineup depleted by injuries the Red Wings are going to need a lot more of that.
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