Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.
(Quick note: Cory Stillman’s off-the-face goal didn’t win over Marian Gaborik’s all-around amazing night, but it’s a great clip worth watching anyway. Click here to view it.)
Everyone struggles here and there, but it’s a testament to a person’s will (and/or sublime talent) when that struggling individual responds to adversity in a big way. Naturally, it’s easier for someone as ludicrously skilled as Gaborik to bounce back big time, but that’s exactly what he did tonight.
This isn’t just a comprehensive achievement award, though, as his first goal was especially brilliant. Maybe Jonas Gustavsson made some mistakes, but Gaborik made him pay like few players could by making some gorgeous dekes around him.
While one of the goals was a bit of a softy, his entire performance is a delight to watch. Check it out below.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day