Though it’s been two years and two teams since Jeff Carter last played in Philadelphia, tonight’s return — the first time he’s played at Wells Fargo since being traded in 2011 — was probably a little more special than he let on.
As such, he decided to celebrate in style.
Carter opened the game’s scoring just 1:49 into the second period, converting an Alec Martinez pass for his team-leading 25th goal of the season:
Since being traded out of Philadelphia — reportedly because of their “hard-partying ways” — Carter and Mike Richards have enjoyed great success since being reunited in Los Angeles, where they won the Stanley Cup together in 2012.
For what it’s worth, Carter said he expected boos tonight in his first game back… and he got them:
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.