California went three-for-three last night, while the Flames continued to struggle and an underdog with the Wild notched his first hat trick. Read about it all in our morning recap.
Check out our morning recap, where we can all relate to the Calgary Flames in the sense that none of us can score goals in the NHL either.
Essential Water Cooler
All three California teams won last night and that’s only rare because the Ducks, Sharks and Kings don’t necessarily always play on the same night. The franchises currently rank first, fifth and sixth overall in the NHL, with all three organizations run by owners that get it. Both Anaheim and Los Angeles have won the Stanley Cup in the past decade and the Sharks really seem close. So for a state that once hosted the laughable Golden Seals, is California finally hitting platinum status in the NHL?
Men of the Night
Justin Fontaine, Minnesota – The undrafted right winger notched his first NHL hat trick in a 4-1 triumph over Phoenix.
Cory Schneider, New Jersey – He was perfect in a 1-0 win over Dallas, stopping 26 shots and knocking down some tough ones in the process.
Jordan Staal, Carolina – The Canes’ condor potted a goal and added three helpers in a 6-1 demolition of Toronto.
Eric Fehr, Washington – Fehr posted two goals, including the game-winner, as Washington downed Tampa Bay 4-3.
Joe Pavelski, San Jose – With two goals on the night, Pavelski paced the Sharks to an easy victory over Detroit as San Jose took the contest 4-1.
Better Luck Next Time
The Calgary Flames were blanked 5-0 by St. Louis and while you wouldn’t expect one of the worst teams in the league to beat one of the best, there should be at least a base level of competency. The Flames couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn last night, giving Jaroslav Halak one of the easier shutouts of his career. Calgary has been shut out in three of the past four games and has just one goal in its past five home contests.