Perhaps it’s fitting that the Dallas Stars kept Chris Osgood from gaining his 400th career win today, as the team has been a tough rival for the Detroit Red Wings for more than a decade.
It was clear that both teams really wanted this game, as the contest had a little bit of playoff intensity to it. The Red Wings were trying to bounce back from a tough loss on Saturday while the Stars dealt with less than a 24 hour turnaround after a bruising contest against the Blue Jackets.
Ultimately, Brenden Morrow (two goals) and Loui Eriksson (two assists and the overtime game winner) trumped a talented Red Wings team in Detroit.
The best news is that this game wasn’t decided by a shootout, though. It simply would have been wrong if such a tightly matched, entertaining bout would have been decided by a skills competition.
Detroit jumped to a 2-0 lead via goals by Patrick Eaves and Pavel Datsyuk, but Brad Richards and Morrow tied it up. Johan Franzen gave the Red Wings another lead, but Morrow tied it again late in the third.
Overtime featured some captivating hockey, as Mike Ribeiro forced the Red Wings to take a penalty. Despite spending most of those two minutes in Detroit’s zone, Dallas couldn’t make it happen. Luckily for Dallas, Eriksson cashed in on an odd man rush to earn his team the win.
Both goalies were pretty strong, even if they faced some nervous moments. Andrew Raycroft stopped 28 out of 31 shots while Chris Osgood put up nearly identical stats in the loss, making 28 out of 32 saves.
The Stars now have a reasonably solid four point lead in the Pacific Division with 43 points, which leaves them only one point behind the Red Wings (44 points) for the top spot in the West. Detroit is struggling a bit at the moment, losing two in a row and going 4-4-2 in their last 10.
Should Erik Gudbranson get suspended for boarding Frank Vatrano?
Update: The Edmonton Oilers ended up needing every bit of Connor McDavid‘s brilliance, as goals weren’t coming easily against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
(Even though, as you can see with that highlight-reel assist, McDavid often makes it look easy.)
McDavid also managed a secondary assist on Mark Letestu‘s overtime-winner, ending the Edmonton Oilers’ losing streak at four games. The Blackhawks continue to be resourceful in getting standings points, in this case falling 2-1 in OT.
Anton Forsberg made 40 of 42 saves, but it wasn’t enough against a driven group led by number 97.
If you haven’t seen the more amazing of McDavid’s two helpers, do yourself a favor and check it out. You won’t regret it.
Connor McDavid’s speed and skill are glorious, but the thing that makes him extra-sensational is just how unstoppable he seems. Even against some of the NHL’s best.
To start the season, McDavid made very-solid Calgary Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie look downright permeable during the most impressive goal in his opening-night hat trick.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, the superstar tore through the Chicago Blackhawks – including certain future Hall of Famer Duncan Keith – and then sent absolutely obscene pass to Patrick Maroon for an easy goal.
You know how people used to say that a fire hydrant could score 50 goals with Mario Lemieux? We might need to bump that down to 30 for modern hockey, but either way, Maroon might laugh uncomfortably at such jokes.
If you prefer your jaw-droppers in GIF form, drop away:
The roller coaster isn’t slowing down for the Boston Bruins.
With Tuukka Rask‘s concussion looming over the proceedings, the Bruins gave fans some reason to celebrate; Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and three assists in an impressive 6-3 output by the B’s top guns against the overmatched Vancouver Canucks.
Even Anders Bjork enjoyed some measure of redemption after bowling over Rask in practice, as the young player scored two goals and an assist despite being limited to 12:29 TOI.
Other big guns like Brad Marchand did their increasingly reliable damage, with David Pastrnak probably providing the most exhilarating goal of the contest:
Yeah, that might get some attention from Canucks coach Travis Green in film sessions, assuming he doesn’t just burn the tape.
Bergeron broke down his night to Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy after the game:
The Bruins really made Erik Gudbranson and the Canucks pay for boarding Frank Vatrano, as they scored three power-play goals on the major penalty. Vatrano’s another health situation to watch, although it’s heartening that he returned during the game.
So … solid stuff overall, as the Bruins provided ample evidence that they might have the weapons to scrap through all this bad luck.
Then again, if opponents can slow the top-end guys, you wonder what kind of supporting cast the Bruins will have left through this run of attrition. David Krejci is the latest name to land on Boston’s troubling list of walking wounded.
Update: David Krejci will not return with an upper-body injury.
It’s fitting, though, that Kucherov made a little history even as his historic run ended. He earned two primary assists on the first two goals of Mikhail Sergachev‘s NHL career, factoring into the Tampa Bay Lightning’s surprisingly low-scoring 2-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
(C’mon, you pictured some fireworks there too, didn’t you?)
Here’s the first-ever goal for Sergachev, who matched trade mate Jonathan Drouin‘s two goals with tonight’s outburst.
And here’s the second:
Yeah, you can’t give Sergachev that kind of space and time; then again, maybe the Blue Jackets were a little preoccupied with stopping Kucherov and his red-hot partner-in-crime, Steven Stamkos?
The real star of tonight’s game/reason why it was so low-scoring was probably Andrei Vasilevskiy. Another key Russian for the Lightning, Vasilevskiy stopped all 43 shots for an impressive shutout. This marks his first of the season and only the fifth of what’s been a promising young career.
#CBJ owned the shot clock 33-8 over the final two periods. Fifth shutout of Vasilevskiy’s career, most saves (43) he’s had in a shutout.
After falling just short against the New Jersey Devils via a shootout, the Bolts improve to 6-1-1 while winning another early temperature check against Columbus, who are still off to a strong start at 5-2-0.