Look, it wasn’t always pretty on Saturday night, but the Montreal Canadiens will take their 10th win over losing 10-0.
Credit the Habs by bouncing back from Friday’s historic 10-0 defeat to the Columbus Blue Jackets by scrapping their way to a 5-4 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers. That improves their record to a resounding 10-1-1, even if that second one was a big one.
Hey, it only counts as one game though, right?
Some might argue that the difference, ultimately, was Carey Price vs. Al Montoya. Those folks will cite this save, in particular:
Price stopped 34 out of 38 shots on goal, while Montreal made the most of its chances; five goals scored on just 17 shots for Philly.
Are there problems to clean up? That seems like a safe assumption, but most teams would envy Montreal’s results (10-1-1) and the problem-solver they throw out most nights in net.
Add Spezza to Stars’ already-ridiculous injury list
What else can you say after a loss like this for the Vancouver Canucks?
The sting must be a bit more severe, too, as it came against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Vancouver have been fumbling with a “reload, don’t rebuild” mentality while they got shellacked by Toronto’s rebuilt youth 6-3 on Saturday.
With that, the Maple Leafs have won three in a row while Vancouver is on a disturbing eight-game losing streak (0-7-1).
Chances are, few people will be all that excited about the Canucks scoring after being shut out for two straight games.
If the Rangers keep this up much longer, they’ll need to be acknowledged as one of the most dangerous attacks in the NHL. With Lundqvist in net – and Raanta available to provide great backup work like he did on Saturday – that could make for a frightening combination.
Every now and then, Jaromir Jagr reminds us that he is human (unless he’s trying to throw us off the scent).
It happened in a bad way on Saturday, as it was announced that he won’t return to the Florida Panthers game against the Washington Capitals, according to the AP’s Stephen Whyno.
There’s no word on how serious Jagr’s injury is, at least beyond costing him the remainder of this game.
The Panthers have to hope it doesn’t follow the early-season trend of top-six forwards missing considerable time. Jonathan Huberdeau isn’t expected back for some time while they’re still waiting on Nick Bjugstad to return from a hand injury.
If the “ageless wonder” is dealing with something serious, that would mean a big chunk of the Panthers’ offensive attack would be on the shelf, especially with Jussi Jokinen also day-to-day.
Here’s a clip that might make Panthers fans feel a little better, though: Roberto Luongo holding down the fort.
Update: The Capitals eventually overwhelmed the Panthers, scoring three unanswered goals to beat Florida 4-2. T.J. Oshie scored two goals and authored one of the most heartwarming moments of the night: