Here’s a quick breakdown of last night’s NHL action. (We’ll cover the Colorado Avalanche victory over the Boston Bruins later.)
The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 3-2. Alex Ovechkin scored another goal in the loss. The Capitals have been struggling hard as they fall to 1-3-0. The Anaheim Ducks unleashed a storm of punishment on the New York Rangers 6-0.
If the Capitals and the Rangers had it bad, the Buffalo Sabres have it worse. Three first period goals from the Columbus Blue Jackets led them to an early 4-1 rout of the Buffalo Sabres. They remain winless (0-4-1) after five games. The Detroit Red Wings lost two in a row after they were handed a 4-2 loss by the Phoenix Coyotes.
Steven Stamkos continues his scoring ways. Stamkos earned his sixth career hat trick in their victory. This time he unleashed his fury on Panthers back up goalie Scott Clemmensen. The Tampa Bay Lightning opened up a shooting gallery on their fellow Florida team, blasting them off the ice with a 7-2 win. The Toronto Maple Leafs pulled a 4-0 win against the Nashville Predators.
The Minnesota Wild scored a win against the Winnipeg Jets, beating them 2-1. Matt Cooke earned the game winner for the Wild (and he didn’t even have to ruin anyone’s career in the process.) The Montreal Canadiens beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1, the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks by the same score.
A gold star and a big stick tap goes out to Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings. He’ll be wearing a pink ribbon helmet this Saturday. People like Howard got me into hockey. They’re people who just happen to be professional athletes. (Puck Daddy)
Bleacher Report does a run down on which Bruin will end up with the next big contract. (Bleacher Report)
The Buffalo Sabres have had one of their worst opening seasons in recent memory. Still, there are things to be proud of in their rough struggle, and the crew over at Saber Noise do their best to find the silver lining in a very dark cloud. (Saber Noise)
Finally, a lot of us hate fair-weather fans. As a Bruins fan, I know what that feels like. Well, one of our writers over at Bolts By The Bay really can’t stand them. Here, read his report on his opinion of them (Bolts By The Bay)