Snub this: Martin St. Louis scores twice in Lightning win


After learning that Martin St. Louis was left off the Canadian Olympic team, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said that the snub would “motivate the snot” out of Tampa Bay’s captain. The Winnipeg Jets saw what that looks like on Tuesday.

(Um … not literally, that is.)

The 38-year-old scored the game-winning goal and the empty-netter in the third period, pushing his goals total to 19 (along with 40 points in 43 games) this season.

One might describe that as St. Louis converting that negative energy (or snot?) into positive production, but his reliable scoring largely inspired the surprise about his omission in the first place. Whether you call it business as usual or sticking it to the man – including his own GM Steve Yzerman – the under-sized winger helped the Bolts overcome a 33-14 shot disparity to beat Winnipeg 4-2.

Here’s video of the game-winner:

Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.