From a juicy story standpoint, it would’ve been sexier if Sidney Crosby eviscerated the Philadelphia Flyers in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 10-3 win. Crosby did fine to spite the Cowardly Lion Photoshoppers with three points, but Pittsburgh’s survival was based on a team effort. Here’s everyone who scored in the rout, in order of total points (goals being the tiebreaker, if you must know).
Jordan Staal: three goals
Evgeni Malkin: two goals, one assist
Crosby: one goal, two assists
Steve Sullivan: one goal, two assists
Matt Niskanen: one goal, one assist
Pascal Dupuis: one goal, one assist
Chris Kunitz: two assists
Matt Cooke: two assists
Tyler Kennedy: two assists
Kris Letang: one goal
Deryk Engelland: one assist
Eric Tangradi: one assist
Richard Park: one assist
Here’s the much-more-select list of players who failed to score a single point: Zbynek Michalek, Brian Strait, Brooks Orpik, Joe Vitale and Simon Despres.
Yup, everyone got in on this game. It also seems like the kind of material for a sassy T-shirt, doesn’t it?
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.