It wasn’t just a great night for Tkachuk, mind you.
While there were still some signs of growing pains, The Flames got their first win of the season to improve to 1-2-1. It doesn’t hurt that franchise cornerstones Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau combined for the pretty overtime-winner, either.
When Marian Hossa made history with his 500th goal, it seemed like the Chicago Blackhawks would stroll through a win against the Philadelphia Flyers.
That … was absolutely not the case.
That Hossa goal made it 4-0, yet the Flyers stormed back with four goals in 5:26 to stun Chicago to a 4-4 tie. To the Blackhawks’ credit, they shook off that shock pretty quickly, ultimately managing a frantic 7-4 win on Tuesday.
Hossa himself experienced some highs and lows. That milestone goal was thrilling, yet it seems like he might be hurt, as he left during the third period and did not return.
Losing the veteran winger would really wound a top-heavy club, but at least their top players came up big tonight.
The trio of Patrick Kane (one goal, three assists), Artem Anisimov (two goals, two assists) and Artemi Panarin (two goals, one assist) reminded the hockey world why it feels absurd to call them a second line.
It won’t make Joel Quenneville happy, although Coach Q likely realizes that every win can’t be as pretty as the pass Kane made to Panarin for the sophomore’s second goal of the night.
Video: Steven Stamkos shouldn’t be able to do this
There are impossible angles, and then there are angles that are impossible for mere mortals.
Steven Stamkos scored an unbelievable goal on Tuesday that falls into the latter category. Not only was it a mind-blowing goal, but it was also very important; that tally tied Tuesday’s contest at 3-3 in the dying seconds of the third period.
The Tampa Bay Lightning went from a close loss to a 4-3 shootout win against the Florida Panthers thanks to Stamkos’ heroics:
Alex Killorn captured many of our thoughts in saying “I was shocked he was trying to shoot it. Just a really unbelievably skilled play by a skilled player.”
If Stamkos was the cocky type, he’d respond “I tried to shoot it because I can.“
Carey on: Montoya blanks Pens in Habs’ home opener
Last season, the Montreal Canadiens disintegrated without Carey Price in net. Good thing they signed Al Montoya.
While Price’s flu situation generates conspiracy theories, you don’t need a tin foil hat to realize that Montoya has been a rock for Montreal so far. That continued on Tuesday night, as Montoya and the Habs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 in their home opener.
It’s not as though Montoya’s being coddled by a system that suffocates opposing offenses, either.
Instead, he’s faced 30+ shots in each game, including tonight’s 36-save shutout.