Players of the Night:
Paul Byron, Montreal Canadiens:
Byron notched his first career NHL hat trick as the Canadiens annihilated the Detroit Red Wings 10-1. He now has nine goals on the season, well on pace to eclipse his career-high of 22 he set last season. Bryon was claimed off waivers by the Canadiens from the Flames on the day before the 2015-16 began. He’s exceeded expectations, to say the least.
Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins:
How’s this for a replacement for Matt Murray? Two wins, one shutout, one goal allowed in 120 minutes of play. Jarry has been sensational since Murray went down with a lower-body injury and the Penguins are reaping the rewards.
Scott Wedgewood, Arizona Coyotes:
Wedgewood stopped 26 shots from the New Jersey Devils en route to his second-career shutout against the team that he recorded his first with. The Devils had yet to have been shutout this year prior to Saturday.
Highlights of the Night:
Wedgewood did this to Stefan Noesen:
Byron’s hat trick goal came off a nice snipe:
Ryan Miller did his best Domink Hasek:
Streak-ender of the Night:
The Buffalo Sabres finally scored. Jason Pominville, mercifully, fired home in the third period against the Penguins, the first goal for the club since Nov. 24, some 233:19 of game time.
Factoids of the Night:
A couple from the night of destruction in Montreal:
Tyler Seguin played quite a bit tonight:
- The St. Louis Blues have lost three straight and four of their last five after dropping a 2-1 overtime decision against the Minnesota Wild.
- So close, yet so far: The Oilers had a 6-1 lead early in the third period only to watch it get cut to 6-5 as the Calgary Flames stormed back after a brutal start. Alas, the Oilers held on to win their sixth game in a row against their Battle of Alberta rivals.
- Radek Faska has five goals in his past three games for the Dallas Stars.
- Elliotte Friedman said on Hockey Night in Canada that there is a “sense and a hope” that the salary cap in the NHL could reach $80 million next season.
- On the same broadcast, Friedman touched on what it would take for the Sabres to trade Evander Kane. The asking price, of course, is high. Friedman said the returns bigger than those of what the Winnipeg Jets got for Andrew Ladd (Marko Dano, 1st round and conditional picks) and the Arizona Coyotes got for Martin Hanzal and Ryan White (1st, 2nd, 4th round picks) should be expected.
- Furthermore, the Los Angeles Kings are going to make pending UFA Drew Doughty a priority when it comes to inking him to a long-term extension.
Bruins 3, Flyers 0
Wild 2, Blues 1 (OT)
Canucks 2, Leafs 1
Canadiens 10, Red Wings 1
Lightning 5, Sharks 2
Penguins 5, Sabres 1
Capitals 4, Blue Jackets 3
Hurricanes 3, Panthers 2 (OT)
Coyotes 5, Devils 0
Predators 3, Ducks 2 (SO)
Stars 3, Blackhawks 2 (SO)
Oilers 7, Flames 5