Line of the Night: The St. Louis Blues’ superb top trio.
Seemingly every night, at least one of the NHL’s best scoring lines seems to make its case as the best. It’s getting to the point where any off night is surprising, which seems almost impossible in a league where it’s still (allegedly?) tough to score on a nightly basis.
Schwartz scored one goal and three assists, while both Schenn and Tarasenko enjoyed ridiculous two-goal, two-assists nights. Schwartz and Schenn both are at 30 points in 2017-18, while “The Tank” is rolling with 26. Tarasenko almost had a hat trick today, but settled for the Gordie Howe:
(They’re Canadians, but still.)
Shared sadness: The Canadiens lost a hard-fought game to the Stars as the 3-1 margin of defeat was inflated by an empty-netter, while the Oilers were just humiliated, yet both teams really needed wins and neither even got a standings point for their efforts. Times are getting tense for two Canadian franchises that came into 2017-18 with high hopes.
Brendan Gallagher‘s reaction to the empty-netter says it all:
Factoid of the Night: Clearly, it’s totally Connor McDavid‘s fault.
Canucks 5, Flyers 2
Blues 8, Oilers 3
Stars 3, Canadiens 1