Read our morning recap before a co-worker jumps you unexpectedly (don't worry; he'll get an in-person hearing).
Essential Water Cooler
Though he's known as much for his brawn as he is for his skill, it's the combination of the two that makes Milan Lucic such an effective player. In last night's 5-2 Boston win over Toronto, Lucic had an incredible shift to turn the game in the Bruins' favor for good, outmuscling Phil Kessel for the puck in the defensive zone, then cruising through the Leafs' defense to set up a Jarome Iginla score. That's some nice power forwarding there, Looch. So here's the question: If he continues to play like that, does Lucic make the Canadian Olympic team?
Josh Harding has been a shining beacon for the Minnesota Wild and the netminder was at it again last night, stoning the Sharks in a 3-1 victory. Check out this robbery of Joe Pavelski.
Men of the Night
Mike Santorelli, Vancouver: A late round pick who has been traded for a depth draft choice and been picked up on waivers, Santorelli has found a home in Vancouver. Finding particular chemistry with Ryan Kesler, Santorelli had two goals and a helper in the Canucks' 3-1 triumph over Colorado.
Patrick Sharp, Chicago: Sharp had the touch for the Hawks last night with a goal and two assists, as Chicago stomped on Florida 6-2.
Zach Parise, Minnesota: While Harding brought the goaltending, Parise provided the offense for Minnesota, potting two goals.
Philipp Grubauer, Washington: Not a bad first start for the German goalie: Grubauer picked up his first 'W,' stopping 30 as the Caps waxed the Rangers 4-1.
Better Luck Next Time
Dion Phaneuf's night for Toronto was bad, bad, bad. He did nothing on two of Boston's goals, collided with teammate Phil Kessel and then ran Bruins rookie Kevan Miller from behind, potentially earning a suspension. Maybe he needs a couple days off anyway.