Player of the Night: Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
So far in their careers, Connor McDavid comparisons haven’t been kind to Jack Eichel. To be fair, just about every other NHL player pales in comparison to McDavid, but Eichel gets it the worst because he was selected right behind McDavid in the 2015 NHL Draft.
McDavid’s enjoyed a deep playoff run and piled up some impressive hardware, yet Eichel got the best of number 97 for at least one night. As part of a 5-0 win for the Sabres against the Oilers, Eichel generated a goal and three assists.
If you haven’t noticed, Eichel’s been playing some of the best hockey even before Tuesday. With 10 points in his last five games, he’s enjoying the most productive stretch of his young career.
It was outrageous to place Buffalo’s blame on Eichel, so hopefully this torrid run at least turns down the volume on his critics.
Highlights of the Night:
We saw the nasty side of Brad Marchand with this questionable hit, but this goal was very, very nice:
You may also enjoy Travis Konecny’s overtime game-winner, which you can check out here.
The Boston Bruins’ run continues, while the Avalanche’s winning streak ended.
Vegas Golden Knights zero in on more records for expansion teams. Remarkable stuff.
From remarkably great to almost unspeakably bad: how can the Oilers’ penalty kill be this ineffective?
Some key bits from tonight
Bruins 3, Devils 2
Penguins 3, Hurricanes 1
Canadiens 4, Avalanche 2
Flyers 3, Red Wings 2 (OT)
Blues 3, Senators 0
Lightning 4, Predators 3 (OT)
Stars 6, Panthers 1
Sabres 5, Oilers 0
Canucks 6, Kings 2
Golden Knights 6, Blue Jackets 3
Ducks 6, Rangers 3
Jets 5, Sharks 4 (OT)
When you think of the Dallas Stars against the Florida Panthers, a few things might come to mind:
- No state income taxes, if you’re an unrestricted free agent.
- “Non-traditional franchises.”
- Going further on that point, arguably examples of Gary Bettman’s vision in expanding the league’s scope.
You probably don’t think “blood rivals,” but maybe Tuesday will change that. Perhaps it was triggered in part by a misunderstanding about James Reimer‘s injury, or maybe because Antoine Roussel is Antoine Roussel, yet either way, things got pretty nasty between the Stars and Panthers on Tuesday.
The two teams piled up a whopping 138 penalty minutes in this one, which is great for lovers of chaos and/or fantasy hockey owners.
According to Sportsnet’s stats, that’s the highest combined PIM for a game so far in 2017-18. Somehow Matthew Tkachuk wasn’t even involved.
Again, it was a little senseless, which admittedly is sometimes the most entertaining form of violence.
The Stars pummeled the Panthers 6-1, by the way.
Hertl received a game misconduct and major penalty for boarding Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, as you can see in the video above this post’s headline.
For whatever it’s worth, Hertl, 24, hasn’t been suspended in the NHL. It seems like Kulikov suffered at least some ill effects from the hit.
Some put at least a portion of blame on Kulikov for turning his back before the check.
Is the major penalty sufficient or should Hertl sit for that hit?
Much has been made of Brad Marchand cleaning up his act, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Boston Bruins forward has totally stopped blurring the line between “physical” and “illegal” play.
Marchand was everywhere in the Bruins’ 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, and that was mostly in a good way, scoring a goal and an assist, easily leading all forwards with 20:06 time on ice.
Devils fans were unhappy when Marchand wasn’t penalized for a highly questionable elbow on forward Marcus Johansson. You can watch the infraction in the video above this post. You can also see it in GIF form below.
NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty reports that the Department of Player Safety is aware of the elbow, and supplemental discipline may come:
Again, many recall other incidents with Marchand, so plenty were unhappy with the situation:
What do you think? Is a suspension appropriate in this case?
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