Earlier on Tuesday evening, we wondered if the Boston Bruins might take advantage of a banged-up Arizona Coyotes team for their first home win of 2015-16.
The answer ended up being an emphatic “yes,” as the Bruins clobbered the Coyotes by a humbling score of 6-0.
Matt Beleskey played nicely in his return from a brief injury hiatus, nabbing two assists.
He wasn’t the Bruins player who stood out the most, however, as David Krejci‘s red-hot start is finally becoming so impressive that it might not slip under the radar any longer.
Things could change tonight, but right now it looks like he expanded his NHL scoring lead with two goals, giving him 14 points so far.
Update: Jamie Benn moved ahead of him with three assists (thus 15 points), but still an impressive start.
In other good news for the Bruins, Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of 2015-16.
For the Coyotes, it was a good lesson and a serious beating.
If you want to read the latest Coyotes-on-the-move rumors, check ESPN’s article here.
Break up the Columbus Blue Jackets.
All joking aside, the team has to feel a little better on Tuesday, as their 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils gives them two straight wins.
Yes, that’s their first winning streak just days after their first win of the season. Those are some useful firsts, and hey, they at least came in October.
Maybe the most promising news is that Sergei Bobrovsky was in the net for each win, this time stopping 23 out of 24 shots for New Jersey.
Now, it’s maybe too early to get too excited. Beyond the hole they’re still in, they only managed 14 SOG.
John Tortorella & Co. will probably take it, even if he might have needed to yell a bit tonight.
So far tonight, it’s a matter of good news and bad news for the Edmonton Oilers.
Let’s start with the bad, like pulling a Band-Aid off quickly rather than slowly; Lauri Korpikoski may be injured after a borderline hit by Minnesota Wild defenseman Mathew Dumba.
Dumba didn’t receive a penalty for that check, but Eric Gryba was whistled for roughing in responding on behalf of “The Korpedo.”
You can see the hit in the video above. Dan Tencer discusses the hit:
That’s not great, but Connor McDavid still appears to be. He (and also Nail Yakupov) kept a point streak going with an assist on this Taylor Hall goal.
Update: More good news/bad news for the Oilers.
The bad: Minnesota won 4-3.
Good? Darnell Nurse’s first NHL goal was impressive.
Jaromir Jagr sure doesn’t play like a 43-year-old, but every now and then, we’re reminded that he’s at least human.
The Florida Panthers’ veteran suffered a lower-body injury against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, and he won’t return tonight.
Considering his hot start and a bad break for former first-linemate Aleksander Barkov, this is another health setback for the (hopeful upstart) Panthers.
On the bright side, at least the initial word is that it didn’t seem too significant.
Then again, hamstring issues can be a real pain, whether you’re 43 or 20, so we’ll see.
Update: It seems like Jagr’s precise issue isn’t known just yet.
The Panthers persevered without Jagr, winning 4-1 against the Avs.
Not long after honoring Kimmo Timonen, the Philadelphia Flyers tipped their caps to another former player, this time clutch performer Danny Briere.
Fittingly, they’re paying tribute to his NHL career with another team he made a big mark with, the Buffalo Sabres.
It makes sense that Briere thanked Sabres fans as well on Tuesday:
You can see the tribute video above this post.