New players made big contributions to their teams, while New York opened up on Broadway – and stunk.
Catch up on last night’s action in our morning recap.
Essential Water Cooler
The Montreal Canadiens have employed some classic enforcers in their history, from John Ferguson to Chris Nilan and Georges Laraque. But the Habs are a skill franchise and when they make the pretty plays, they’re more apt to win. This philosophy was on full display last night when they took out the New York Rangers 2-0, particularly on Tomas Plekanec’s goal, which came after a series of nice passes. Yes, the Habs have tried to toughen up in the arms race against Toronto and Boston, but why bother? That’s not them and it never has been. Shouldn’t the Canadiens go with what they know?
Brandon Saad’s spinning pass to Chicago teammate Patrick Kane was nasty; just one of the reasons the Hawks pasted Minnesota 5-1 last night:
Men of the Night
Jayson Megna, Pittsburgh: The former Nebraska-Omaha Maverick had a scorching debut, grabbing two points (including his first NHL goal) as the Pens struck down Carolina 3-1.
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver: The triggerman of the twins had the game-winning goal and a helper, creating confusion among the Caps as the Canucks beat Washington 3-2.
Tyler Seguin, Dallas: So that trade is working out alright so far for Dallas, as Seguin notched his fifth of the year and added an assist as the Stars took out Buffalo 4-3.
Matt Moulson, Buffalo: The Sabres’ new No. 26 popped in his first two tallies for the team, albeit in a losing cause. Still: silver lining, Buffalo fans.
Better Luck Next Time
The Rangers finally debuted in the renovated Madison Square Garden and it was one big flop on Broadway. Chris Kreider’s third-period interference penalty didn’t help the chances at a comeback and the youngster also suffered the indignity of getting run over by Douglas Murray earlier in the game.