Riding the Zamboni – Thursday, February 3rd

Want a recap of the busy start and 6-3 win for Boston against Dallas? Click here. We’ll have a summary of the Wild-Avs game later on. In the mean time, chew on these other four games.

Toronto 3, Carolina 0

Ron Wilson said that the best revenge for Tim Gleason’s knockout of Nikolai Kulemin would be taking two points from the Hurricanes. If that wasn’t just PR-speak, then the Leafs got what they wanted. Gleason did fight Jay Rosehill in the first period, so at least some retribution took place.

James Reimer earned the first shutout of his career in this one, making 27 saves. Clarke MacArthur, Darryl Boyce and Kris Versteeg scored Toronto’s three goals. Cam Ward stopped 38 out of 41 shots.

Tim Brent earned the second star of the game, despite going without a point. He did so by blocking three shots on a 5 on 3 power play. That’s the kind of thing that makes you a short-term folk hero in a hockey mad (and optimism-poor) market like Toronto.

Calgary 4, Atlanta 2

Talk about two teams going in opposite directions. The Flames have now won six games in a row and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games while the Thrashers are 2-6-3 in their last 11 contests.

Mark Giordano scored one goal and one assist to help the Flames beat the team that plays in their original host city for the first time in Atlanta. That’s some long-term context, ladies and gentlemen.

New Jersey 3, NY Rangers 2

Well, look at that: the Devils are no longer the worst team in the NHL. They’re now tied with the Islanders for second to last with 39 points as they’ve won eight of their last 10 games.

They built a 3-0 lead against their regional rivals and almost gave it up, but Martin Brodeur earned his 16th win of the season. Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after allowing three goals on 12 shots, giving way to Martin Biron, who stopped all the six shots he saw.

Philadelphia 3, Nashville 2

The Eastern Conference-leading Flyers opened their four game homestand with a win over the Predators, a team that helped spark the franchise’s resurgence years ago. Philly traded with Nashville for Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell, two still-valuable players who helped key their resurgence.

Another savvy trade piece (though not from Nashville) factored into Philadelphia’s win, as former Red Wing Ville Leino scored the team’s last two goals to earn the win. Jeff Carter also came up big, scoring a goal and assisting on both of Leino’s goals. Joel Ward and Marcel Goc scored for the Predators, who are on a troubling four game skid.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.