Six games Friday and only two major officiating gaffes. Here's a rundown of the night's notable happenings in our morning recap.
Essential Water Cooler
When the Ducks dropped the Hawks in a shootout last night, referee Kevin Pollock was the most relieved man in the building. Just a few minutes earlier, Pollock waived off a Ducks goal at 1:41 of overtime. He explained to the crowd, "No goal as the goalie could not play his position." Pollock made the call when he saw Saku Koivu crash into Hawks goaltender Antti Raanta. What Pollock didn't see -- and apparently everyone else in the United Center did -- was Brent Seabrook blatantly cross-checking Koivu and causing the goaltender contact. Skip ahead to 3:10 to see the controversial call.
There was yet another officiating controversy Friday night. As the Devils trailed the Wings 2-1 with just over a minute to play, Cory Schneider played a puck within the trapezoid area, but referee Frederick L'Ecuyer, who was behind Schneider, whistled the goaltender for a delay of game minor. The blown call killed New Jersey's chance for a last minute push. Not a banner night for the zebras.
The victory was essentially sealed for the Jackets prior to the goal, but Nick Foligno's behind-the-back dish to R.J. Umberger deserves a second look. You might even call Foligno's assist an Umberger Helper.
Men of the Night
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim: Now looking like a lock for Team Canada, Getzlaf led the Ducks offensively with a goal and an assist in their shootout victory over Chicago.
Curtis McElhinney, Columbus: The Jackets netminder shut out the Wild in a 4-0 victory, and you didn't even know he was on the Blue Jackets.
Elias Lindholm, Carolina: The 19-year-old doubled his point total with a three-point effort, helping the Canes hand the Sharks just their fifth regulation loss.
Max Talbot, Colorado: Talbot and John Mitchell connected on two of three Avs goals in a 3-2 defeat of the Flames.
Better Luck Next Time
The New Jersey Devils managed a feeble 11-shot effort against the Detroit Red Wings, matching their lowest ever single-game shot total. Amazingly, the game was deadlocked until the 12:40 mark in the third before Detroit pulled away to win 3-1.