Boston and Phoenix made great comebacks while Buffalo is still dead in the water, in our morning recap.
Find out what you missed last night while trying to find the one house that gives out full-sized chocolate bars, in our morning recap.
Essential Water Cooler
En route to a 3-2 shootout win, the Bruins evened up their tilt with the Ducks late in the third on the power play when behemoth defenseman Zdeno Chara plunked himself in front of the net and easily found a loose puck to pump in. Anaheim blueliner Cam Fowler, who gave up eight inches and 60 pounds to the Boston captain, was powerless to do anything about it. So if a team doesn’t have someone on their penalty kill strong enough to battle Chara, is that the biggest disadvantage in the NHL these days?
It may have been in a losing cause, but this tic-tac-toe passing play finished off by Anaheim’s Devante Smith-Pelly was a beauty:
Men of the Night
Shane Doan, Phoenix: The longtime Coyotes captain popped in a goal and an assist to lead the Phoenix offense in a big 5-4 shootout win over the Predators that saw the Desert Dogs down three goals at one point.
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers: He struggled early, but Lundqvist has found his footing and stopped all 29 shots (including one off the dome) the Sabres threw at him as the Rangers beat Buffalo 2-0.
Carl Soderberg, Boston: He basically gave up a shot at playing for Sweden at the Olympics to come over last season and now Soderberg has his first NHL goal for the Bruins.
Better Luck Next Time
Giveaways are unfortunately not unique in Buffalo this season, but when blueliner Tyler Myers turned the puck over against New York, he could have at least taken a man – any man – as he skated back. He didn’t, and the Rangers scored.