Dusk til Dawn: Pauly goes walnuts on Sens

After being the target of pre-season trade rumors, Paul Stastny once again came up big at the right time for Colorado, while ‘B-Rich’ made things happen for the Blueshirts.

Come read our morning recap about the world of men on skates. Because in a good portion of North America right now, you probably skated to work yourself.

Essential Water Cooler

Chicago lost 3-2 to the New York Rangers last night and that in itself is totally reasonable. But with 10 players heading to the Olympics, is it time to start wondering about the near future for the Blackhawks? The last time the Games were held, Chicago won the Stanley Cup, but now they have targets on their backs, since they won again last season. Does coach Joel Quenneville start pulling back the ice time of stars such as Duncan Keith or Jonathan Toews, or simply let them do their thing? A repeat is possible but difficult. Is it time for the Hawks to begin conserving energy?

Primetime Play

Not only was Carl Hagelin’s goal timely, nudging New York past Chicago, but it was real pretty, too.

Men of the Night

Paul Stastny, Colorado – When the Avs drafted Nathan MacKinnon first overall this summer, many speculated that fellow center Stastny would be dealt, but instead the veteran is having a resurgent season. Last night, he posted a goal and two helpers, including the game-tying goal and the winning assist in overtime as Colorado downed Ottawa 4-3.

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Andrej Meszaros, Philadelphia – The Flyers kept the good times rolling with a 3-1 flattening of Montreal and Meszaros was in the middle of everything, assisting on all three tallies.

Brad Richards, New York Rangers – Richards was money for the Manhattanites, opening the scoring and then assisting on Hagelin’s winner over the strong Chicago side.

Better Luck Next Time

Senators captain Jason Spezza got a rude return to the lineup after missing four games with a hip injury, particularly in the faceoff circle. Spezza won just 41 percent of his draws on the evening, including one of six in the defensive end. The captain can be forgiven for coming back a bit rusty, but that was still an extra point the Sens lost in the standings.