Dusk til dawn: Ride the Lightning

The Sabres and Flyers got shut out, but we also have news from last night in our morning recap.

The Sabres and Flyers got shut out, but we also have news from last night in our morning recap.

Essential Water Cooler

Look way, way up in the Eastern Conference standings and you’ll find the Tampa Bay Lightning perched on top. As per usual, Steven Stamkos is on fire and added two more goals in a 4-2 win over the Oilers, but the difference this season is that the Bolts are getting goaltending: Ben Bishop stopped 38 last night and it wasn’t an aberration. The bottom two lines are no longer a wasteland, so we have to ask, how scared are you of Tampa Bay come playoff time?

Primetime Play

Dallas pulled out a tough win against Detroit last night, besting the Wings 4-3 in overtime. Jamie Benn made his contribution on this amazing rush.


Men of the Night

Bobby Ryan, Ottawa: That trade from Anaheim is looking pretty sweet: Ryan had a goal and two helpers as Ottawa dusted Montreal 4-1.

Justin Peters, Carolina: Killed by injuries, the Canes needed a hero in net and Peters helped the cause with a 21-save shutout against the dangerous Islanders, blanking New York 1-0.

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Carl Hagelin, NY Rangers: Look out, the Blueshirts are getting hot. Perhaps they missed Hagelin, who had a pair of goals in a 4-2 victory over Columbus after starting the year on the shelf.

Chris Higgins, Vancouver: The Canucks finally put the boots to San Jose, even recovering from a weird opening goal on Roberto Luongo. Higgins popped in a goal and an assist in the 4-2 triumph.

Cam Janssen, New Jersey: This may never happen again, but props to Janssen for tipping one home and playing solid physical hockey in the Devils’ 3-0 waxing of Philadelphia.

Better Luck Next Time

Big fan of Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov, but his matador act when faced with a possible bodycheck from Tampa’s Alex Killorn was tough to swallow. Particularly since the puck he left unattended was soon in the back of the net courtesy Steven Stamkos.