Bachman and Stalock give standout performances, while Craig Anderson may want to take a seat for a minute.
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Essential Water Cooler
Yes, the Oilers lost 2-1 in the shootout to Los Angeles, but without Richard Bachman’s 47 saves, Edmonton wouldn’t have been anywhere near an extra frame on the night. With starter Devan Dubnyk struggling and Jason LaBarbera’s ceiling only so high, what can the Oilers glean from this Bachman performance? Is it time to give him the keys for a couple starts and see what he can do?
Steven Stamkos has been a force for Tampa all season so far, so it was fitting that with the shootout on the line, he was the one to bury the Panthers in the Bolts’ 4-3 triumph. Stammer had two points in regulation, too.
Men of the Night
Alex Stalock, San Jose: With Antti Niemi given the night off, the Sharks still got premium goaltending as the rookie Stalock cashed in his first appearance and ‘W’ of the campaign with 38 saves in a 5-2 victory over Ottawa.
Paul Stastny, Colorado: Trade bait, what trade bait? Stastny’s name has come up a lot in the past couple months thanks to the Avs’ glut of pivots, but he had two points in a 3-2 win over Winnipeg and is heating up.
Corey Perry, Anaheim: His game-winner was a thing of beauty and the former Hart Trophy winner also picked up an assist as the Ducks dusted the Blue Jackets 4-3 in a chippy affair.
Better Luck Next Time
Craig Anderson is a world-class goalie and he may even win a spot on Team USA’s Olympic squad, but last night he got drowned by the Sharks. Not only did San Jose hang five on the Sens netminder, but several were of dubious quality, where Anderson found himself in the wrong place when it mattered most.