After all the excitement of the NHL trade deadline, the actual games themselves could have been a bit of a letdown - but that wasn't the way it turned out Wednesday night as five exciting contests unfolded around the league. In the biggest story of the evening, three new acquisitions for the New York Rangers scored as the team blitzed the suddenly-reeling Penguins. Elsewhere around the league, the Flyers battled back to steal a game from the Canadiens, the Oilers totally dominated the Calgary Flames, and the Sharks edged the Wild to keep their winning streak alive.
Read on for all the details on the deadline day games.
All The NHL Scores
Get caught up on Wednesday's NHL scores with recaps from our network of SB Nation team blogs. Here's a quick glance at the full night of action:
Prior to last night's games, we presented five burning questions regarding the night's action. Here are your cool, soothing answers.
1. How will the Pittsburgh Penguins perform in their first game after the end of their winning streak?
Even worse than in the game that ended the streak!
The Penguins continue to look lost offensively, though the excuse of missing Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang IS a pretty solid one. They only managed one goal as they were overwhelmed by the Rangers. That's back-to-back losses for the Penguins now after winning 15 straight.
2. How will the Rangers perform in the wake of the Marian Gaborik trade?
Almost comically well. Deadline acquisitions Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard, and John Moore all scored for the Rangers in their 6-1 rout of the Penguins.
3. Will the Montreal Canadiens extend their three-game winning streak against the Philadelphia Flyers?
It looked good for much of the night for the Canadiens, who held a 3-2 lead going into the third period, but the Flyers kept pressing and got a few lucky bounces, and in the end it was Philadelphia who skated away with the 5-3 victory.
4. Will the Edmonton Oilers extend their four-game winning streak?
They did, in just about the most impressive fashion imaginable. After giving up two early goals to the Flames, the Oilers came roaring back and won 8-2. Edmonton moved into playoff position in the West with the victory.
5. How will the Dallas Stars play following their mini-fire sale at the trade deadline?
The Stars are a rebuilding team now, and they're playing like it. They lost 5-2 to the Ducks.
Remember the lockout?— DefendingBigD (@DefendingBigD) April 4, 2013
What moment from last night's games will be making headlines in the coming days?
The offensive explosion from Ryane Clowe and the other new Rangers will have people reexamining the action at the trade deadline.
Stat of the Night
Here come the Oilers:
The Oilers are in a playoff spot after going 8-2-2 since Horcoff returned to the line up.— Dustin Nielson (@nielson1260) April 4, 2013
Post to Post
- Who were the winners and losers of deadline day?
- Some sentimental quotes from former Lightning coach Guy Boucher.
Predators fans are stunned and hurt that Martin Erat requested a trade.
- Finally, in case you missed it last night, Dan Boyle owned Ryan Suter:
More in the NHL:
• Caps trade Forsberg for Erat
• Pitkanen injury renews hybrid icing debate