It’s been touch-and-go for the Minnesota Wild, but they’ve been a powerhouse in their limited reps against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They might even be sad that they swept their season series on Black Friday.
In today’s case, it was a 6-2 shellacking.
Both teams fired the puck a ton, accounting for 36 shots on goal apiece. It was the Wild who connected on the most, obviously, including a special teams advantage that was most obvious. While Pittsburgh went 0-for-3 on the power play, Minnesota connected on three of four.
It’s probably not accurate to say that the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins at their own game on Thanksgiving night.
In a 3-1 win, perhaps it’s correct to say that the Senators beat the Bruins at their old game?
Either way, the Senators stifled the Bruins for much of the contest, holding Boston to just 20 shots on goal and fighting back from a 1-0 deficit.
“We’ve been a better team than that,” Claude Julien said after the game, calling the loss one of the Bruins’ worst recent efforts.
One could assume that it stings a little more considering the Bruins’ current place in the East rankings. As CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty notes, if the playoffs began today, Boston would be in an uncomfortably familiar spot: right outside the playoffs.
W/regulation loss tonight, the Bruins are 9th in the East and out of playoff picture at US Thanksgiving. Always a perilous state of affairs
With a five-game winning streak, the Carolina Hurricanes came into Montreal as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. They weren’t hot enough to beat the Canadiens at home with Carey Price in net, though.
The Habs are now a ridiculous 12-1-1 at home (and an impressive 15-4-2 overall) after slipping by the Hurricanes by a score of 2-1 on Thursday.
Carolina generated a 32-22 shots on goal advantage during the game, putting the heat on Price late in the third period in particular. Only an attempt like this could be the all-world goalie:
That lead would only last about a minute and a half, however, as Andrew Shaw tied it up and Max Pacioretty eventually scored the game-winner.
The Hurricanes and Cam Ward are still building some nice momentum; their five-game winning streak included home victories against the Capitals, Sharks and, yes, the Canadiens. They just couldn’t quite get past the Canadiens in Montreal.
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