Dusk til dawn: Malhotra’s twist of Cane

Fairy tales do come true in the NHL, while Chris Neil invented a new fist-acular hat trick in our morning recap.

Fairy tales do come true in the NHL, while Chris Neil invented a new fist-acular hat trick in our morning recap.

Essential Water Cooler

It was the game-winner in overtime, but perhaps more importantly, it was Manny Malhotra’s first goal of the season for Carolina. The veteran, who sustained a near career-ending eye injury as a member of the Canucks, started out the year in the AHL on a tryout, but now he’s back and it couldn’t feel better thanks to the 2-1 victory over Philadelphia. Over in Edmonton, Taylor Fedun had a similar dream-like debut. The youngster’s career was derailed by a gruesome leg injury in the 2011-12 preseason and missed an entire campaign. Last night, he got a goal in his first NHL action. Who says there are no positive stories in hockey anymore?

Primetime Play

Vernon Fiddler’s penalty shot late in the third helped Dallas get to the shootout against Boston, where the Stars emerged with a 3-2 win in Tyler Seguin’s return to Beantown:


Men of the Night

Mark Arcobello, Edmonton: The underdog Yale alum got his first two NHL goals, one of which happened to be the game-winner in overtime as the Oilers triumphed over Florida 4-3.

Chris Neil, Ottawa: Two fights and a goal; we’ll call it the ‘Chris Neil hat trick.’ The dogged veteran helped the Sens best Columbus 4-1 and his scraps were no cakewalks, with Jared Boll and Dalton Prout on the other side of the ledger.

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Zach Parise, Minnesota: The Minnesota Kid did some damage on the night, posting two goals and a helper as the Wild roughed up Calgary 5-1.

Ryan Miller, Buffalo: He’s been playing well and not getting any help in front of him, so maybe it was karma that caused the refs to miss the OT goal San Jose put past him last night. Otherwise, Miller made 47 saves and stopped three of four Sharks in the shootout for the 5-4 win.

Alex Steen, St. Louis: You can’t stop him, you can only attempt to contain him. The Blues’ two-way pivot got his 13th goal in 13 games as St. Louis got past Montreal 3-2 in a shootout.

Better Luck Next Time

Habs defenseman Douglas Murray made a brutal giveaway behind his own net to set up St. Louis on the first goal of the game and in the end, Montreal couldn’t make up the difference in the shootout. Does any elite goalie get killed by his team’s turnovers more than Carey Price?