Just a note of congratulations to Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riot for being named the top news story of the year in British Columbia by CBC. It’s an honor that wouldn’t have been possible without thousands of people joining forces, tipping cars over together, and sharing lighter fluid to set stuff on fire. There were also some great individual performances in the categories of smashing windows and stealing purses. Hats off to all the participants.
Fifteen total goals.
Four goalies used.
Twenty-three skaters with at least a point.
No, this wasn’t the aftermath of a seven-game series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Instead, it was a Monday night sizzler between the Chicago Blackhawks and visiting Ottawa Senators — a wild and wacky affair that, when the dust settled, saw the Blackhawks emerge with an 8-7 victory.
The game had five goals combined within the first 7:55 of the opening period. By the time the 17:46 mark came, there were nine goals scored, and there was 12 lamps lighted just after the halfway point of the game.
Here’s a quick summary:
- OTT – Ryan – 2:06
- OTT – Balcers – 2:40
- CHI – DeBrincat – 3:54
- CHI – DeBrincat – 5:07
- OTT – White – 7:55
- CHI – Kane – 12:36
- CHI – Strome – 13:22
- CHI – Saad – 14:53
- OTT – Stone – 17:46
- OTT – White – 1:32
- CHI – DeBrincat – 8:19
- CHI – Forsling – 10:31
- CHI – Toews – 3:51
- OTT – Chabot – 9:01
- OTT – Chabot – 14:43
And here’s the full breakdown from the NHL game sheet.
Chicago shot at a 19 percent success rate, edging out Ottawa’s 18.4 shooting percentage in the game.
The puck dropped in the game at 7:38 CT and the final horn didn’t sound until 10:11.
The difference between a goal and a save can come down to mere millimeters sometimes.
This one, however, came down to a razor’s edge.
The Boston Bruins came within less than of scoring a goal in the first period of their game against the San Jose Sharks on NBCSN on Monday when Charlie McAvoy‘s point shot flirted with the edge of the goal line at the 7:32 mark.
The puck appeared to teeter on the goal line before Marc-Edouard Vlasic swatted out of the net. You be the judge on the above video evidence. It’s so incredibly close.
To the referee’s credit, he immediately waved no goal, a testament to his hawkish eyesight. He was right. Video review determined that the puck, somehow, did not cross the line.
The game continued until the 10:13 mark before the play was reviewed.
The call didn’t seem to faze the Bruins, who scored three straight and led 3-1 after the first period.
Here’s some homework: find a superlative that hasn’t been mentioned in the same breath as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s success this season.
Go ahead, we’ll wait…
The class of the NHL was dishing out harsh lessons once again on Monday night, putting on a clinic against the Columbus Blue Jackets — a good hockey team, by all accounts — who were completely muzzled by the NHL’s best team in a 5-1 loss on NBCSN.
Is it even in question anymore of who the Vezina will be handed to in June, or the Hart at this point, too?
In Kucherov’s case, you might as well give the Art Ross now, as well. He entered the game with 94 points in 59 games and exited with 99 in 60 after an incredible five-point night.
‘Kuch’ scored twice in the first period, both silky smooth goals, set up Steven Stamkos on the power play in the second period, and then provided both primary assists on Brayden Point‘s 34-second brace in to begin in third.
Vasilevskiy can barely be scored on these days after he made 39 saves in Tampa’s sixth straight win.
The 24-year-old ‘tender came within 1:45 of his third straight shutout. He showed no love for the Dallas Stars in a 32-save blanking on Valentine’s Day last Thursday and then put up a 20-save performance against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
The Russian once again looked calm and clinical in Monday’s win, much like he’s done all season.
The Blue Jackets came into the game on fire, winning five of their past six to move into third in the Metropolitan Division (tied with Pittsburgh). The Blue Jackets were 0-for-4 on the power play, including a dismal four-minute stretch in the third after Kucherov clipped Seth Jones in the face with a high stick.
Both teams play again on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, while winning isn’t a concern after Tampa took it’s 45th ‘W’ of the season on Monday, what will be of some concern heading forward for the Lightning is the status of Victor Hedman, who didn’t emerge for the second period and was ruled out by the team with a lower-body injury.
Jon Cooper told NBC’s Pierre McGuire during the telecast that he didn’t think Hedman’s knock was a serious one. Time will tell on that, however.
Speaking of McGuire… he came within inches of getting drilled by an errant puck during the game. What an incredible angle.
NBCSN’s coverage of the 2018-19 NHL season continues with Monday’s matchup between the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks. Coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.
The battle of two of the NHL’s hottest clubs will take center stage in California on Monday night.
The Boston Bruins, winners of five straight (and points in 10 straight at 7-0-3) will look to make it a season-high six against a San Jose Sharks team that’s won seven of their past eight contests (7-1-0).
A large part of the Bruins’ current run has been the play of Brad Marchand, who 13 points n his past seven games, including four goals in his past five. Marchand got off to a “slow” start with 24 points in his first 28 games of the 2018-19 season. In the 30 he’s played since he’s amassed 16 goals and 46 points to sit with 70 with a lot of hockey still to be played.
The impressive bit in Boston’s streak is they’ve been doing it without David Pastrnak, who’s out after having surgery on his left thumb. Even without his team-leading 31 goals, the Bruins have scored 13 times in their past three games.
Suppressing scoring is what the Sharks have done over their past six wins, allowing exactly two goals in each of those games. They’ve been buoyed by at least five goals in three of their past five games.
The Bruins will have to contend with defenseman Erik Karlsson, who return to the lineup Saturday after missing nine games with a groin injury. Karlsson has been on fire with 28 points in his past 19 games.
Up front, Joe Pavelski continues to scores with five goals in his past eight games and 31 on the season.
What: Boston Bruins at San Jose Sharks
Where: SAP Center
When: Monday, Feb. 18, 10 p.m. ET
Live stream: You can watch the Bruins-Sharks stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.
Starting goalie: Tuukka Rask
Starting goalie: Martin Jones
Randy Hahn (play-by-play) and Bret Hedican (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will have the call from SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.