(You think Landeskog got mad about a possible trade joke?)
The Flyers ended up easily beating the Avalanche 4-0.
The other noteworthy fight of the night involved Milan Lucic dropping the gloves with Robert Bortuzzo. Seeing Lucic drop the gloves is worthwhile even in a more mundane bout, while Bortuzzo tries to find himself a more consistent spot in the Blues’ lineup now that Kevin Shattenkirk leaves an empty spot:
Edmonton ended up edging St. Louis 2-1 in regulation.
Galchenyuk helps Price edge Bob in goalie duel; Torts gets angry again
Columbus Blue Jackets – Montreal Canadiens games are starting to feel like events.
While the 10-0 shellacking Montreal suffered felt like a blockbuster disaster movie (think “San Andreas”), Tuesday’s matchup was a little more nuanced. Granted, that’s not to say that the Canadiens’ 1-0 overtime win was always a high-brow affair.
On the other hand, Scott Hartnell got away with some tomfoolery early in the game. (If we have #HartnellDown, was this a #PriceCheck?)
Even with those salt-of-the-earth hockey moments, there was plenty for a connoisseur to sink one’s teeth into. Carey Price got his revenge on Hartnell & Co., winning a goalie duel with Sergei Bobrovsky despite this dazzling stop:
The Ottawa Senators are stumbling a bit, but with their games in hand, Montreal had motivation to start putting together wins. The Habs are doing just that, having won three straight games in overtime to give them 78 standings points.
Columbus gets a standings point for its troubles, at least getting some breathing room in front of the New York Rangers for third in the Metro.
Torts probably doesn’t really care about that right now, and some can’t blame him.
I mean, all you can do is laugh. That call is just brutal
The scary thing about the Washington Capitals acquiring Kevin Shattenkirk is just how formidable this team is even without him. That point was quite clear even as Shattenkirk looked quite solid in a debut win vs. the New York Rangers.
In tonight’s case, the Capitals’ vast arsenal of dangerous scorers really shone through.
Beyond the scoring stats, the Capitals impressed in the second period in particular. They fought back from a 1-0 deficit by scoring two goals in that middle frame while generating a 19-9 shots on goal advantage.
It felt like the Capitals were imposing their will at times in this one, giving Barry Trotz his 700th win as a head coach. He’s the sixth coach in NHL history to manage that many victories.
Rough one for the Rangers
This loss hurts the Rangers beyond the scoreboard and standings.
There have been some interesting trades streaming lately, but the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens made one of the purest “hockey” trades, a “player for player” move rather than a straight buy-or-sell.
Edmonton’s side is the easiest to understand. The Oilers have been far too dependent upon Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl for offense; perhaps Desharnais can give the team a big boost as far as scoring support goes.
Montreal, meanwhile, keeps loading up on defensemen. Almost to the extent where you wonder if there’s something that has to give.
In all seriousness, I would imagine there has to be a defenseman leaving Montreal before tomorrow