Paul Stastny woke up Monday having gone nine games without a point.
He busted that slump in a big way, with a pair of goals and a four-point night to propel the Colorado Avalanche
to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Dallas Stars.
In fact, it had been almost a full month since the last time he found the score sheet, but this latest funk was quickly left behind.
He scored twice in the second period – his first came as he re-directed a pass at the side of the Dallas net, his second was on a deflection in front of the net – then added a pair of helpers as the floodgates opened for the Avalanche.
For the Stars, defenseman Aaron Rome suffered a lower-body injury, playing only six shifts in the first period. Head coach Lindy Ruff said only that “he’s going to be out,”
as per Mark Stepneski of the Dallas Stars’ website.
Over the years, the Chicago Blackhawks have been forced to let some important players leave to keep their core together, which ultimately meant parting ways with
The talented winger now wears a Dallas Stars jersey, so Blackhawks fans must face the reality of watching Sharp ply his trade for a formidable Central Division opponent.
Even if that might feel awkward, Blackhawks fans gave Sharp (and
Johnny Oduya) a warm reception in Chicago on Thursday.
provides video of that ovation, which you can see in the clip above.
The Stars currently lead the Blackhawks 4-2, thanks in large part to
Patrick … Eaves.
Death, taxes and
Alex Ovechkin winning the Maurice Richard Trophy.
OK, the third thing on that list isn’t
technically inevitable. It just feels that way lately in the NHL.
It’s unclear if the Washington Capitals can hold on against the Minnesota Wild, but we know for certain that Ovechkin already has a hat trick, the 14th of his high-scoring career.
This propels Ovechkin to the goals lead as of this writing, as he already has 34. As impressive as
Patrick Kane has been, No. 8 is heating up, and may just edge No. 88 if Ovechkin can remain healthy.
One has to feel a little sympathy for the struggling Wild. They played well but lost against the Dallas Stars earlier this week and now must deal with Ovechkin and the just-as-hot Capitals.
Rugged Philadelphia Flyers defenseman
Radko Gudas may get in trouble with the league once again.
At least, it will be that way if Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma has his way regarding Gudas’ five-minute charging major hit on Daniel Catenacci.
“I think there’s no question it’s head hit,” Bylsma said,
according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. ” … I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”
As far as the injury portion of possible suspension considerations go:
Marcus Foligno‘s analysis of Gudas was … well just check it out.
The Flyers ended up winning 5-1. Gudas was a busy man overall, racking up 17 penalty minutes.
Regular Selke winner
Patrice Bergeron can do it all on the ice, it seems. Apparently that means he’ll even drop the gloves.
That was the unlikely scene during Thursday’s Boston Bruins – Winnipeg Jets skirmish, as Bergeron fought fellow finesse forward
Perhaps unusual feisty behavior was just in the air, as
Tyler Myers squared off with Matt Beleskey.
as unlikely, but still.)