Update: The Carolina Hurricanes ended up beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2.
Maybe you’ll blame it on Pittsburgh’s penchant to play poorly against weaker opponents. Marc-Andre Fleury’s not exactly having the greatest night so far.
Still, some of it comes down to Cam Ward being sharp, which David Perron found out all too well on the latest Save of the Year contestant:
It wasn’t the only time Ward baffled Perron tonight, although this save was more solid that astounding:
It’s painful enough to get checked by one NHL player, especially a guy as big as Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson. Things only escalate when more than two bodies get involved.
That’s what happened on Thursday when Wilson and Brooks Laich caught New Jersey Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas with a “sandwich” hit, ranking as one of the least enjoyable sandwiches to experience:
On the bright side, the early word is that Gelinas appears OK. Apparently this isn’t the only time Wilson has been involved in a mismatched mash, either:
Hey, remember how people were wondering if Jimmy Howard was losing control of the Detroit Red Wings’ starting job? Yeah, Thursday’s game won’t do much to silence such doubts.
Howard did indeed begin tonight’s contest against the San Jose Sharks, but it doesn’t look like* he’ll finish it. Howard was pulled in favor of Petr Mrazek heading into the second period after allowing three Sharks goals on 10 shots in the opening frame.
Again, it was just earlier today that Mike Babcock did a rather unconvincing job of kinda saying that Howard is still the No. 1 guy.
Howard, 30, came into this game with a 1-3-1 record in his past five games and could very well see another loss in that mix. Not ideal work with the playoffs about two weeks away.
* – We’ve seen instances in which both of a team’s goalies play so poorly that the starter finds himself back in the crease, so you never know …