A busy (and exciting) Thursday night in the NHL. Roy, Gaborik, Bishop, and Jagr were all difference makers in their respective debuts with new teams.
Picked a good Canucks game to go to – Pavel Bure was in the house, and got a rousing standing ovation from the crowd. He's the reason I fell in love with hockey. What a great moment.
For the Oilers, their kids line was really good at creating offense. The rest of the team… not so much. Sam Gagner has been great in 2013, but he was awful last night.
Derek Roy looked really good for Vancouver – he was dynamic with Chris Higgins. They created at least five or six high quality scoring chances. Roy is going to fit in quite nicely down the stretch run.
Cory Schneider was rock solid in goal – he wasn't tested early but made some nice saves down the stretch.
Roy also played on the PK and second PP unit.
Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal as a Bruin, and Tuukka Rask did the rest – 40 save shutout.
Evander Kane looks a little angry here, no? 17 PIM must help a few pools out there:
Flyers/Leafs game was a lot of fun to watch. Spotty goaltending, hits, offense, this game had all of the ingredients for great TV.
Joffrey Lupul left after getting smashed by a few Flyers, but apparently he isn't concussed. Hopefully not – he has battled some serious injuries recently, and has been playing great hockey since coming back.
Here is more on Lupul from the post game pressers.
James van Riemsdyk scored his first goal in 11 games for Toronto. He had a great game, and was taking the puck to the net more than he has in recent games (and not a surprise it led to a goal).
Ben Bishop sure made quite the Tampa debut – 45 save shutout. What a performance. Bishop is going to play a lot down the stretch as the Lightning already know what they have with Garon and Desjardins.
Another two points for PK Subban, who is playing his way towards a Norris Trophy.
Michael Ryder added two goals and an assist – he adds a dynamic to the Montreal offense (quick strike offense) that they may have been missing before the trade. Ryder isn't overly big or fast, but he knows where to go on the ice, and he always has his stick ready to fire the puck on goal.
Dubinsky and Gaborik looked great together for the Rangers, erm, the Blue Jackets, last night. Gaborik scored the game winner.
Bobrovsky stopped all but one of the 39 shots he faced. His sensational season continues.
It will be interesting to see how the Jackets spread their offense out – they suddenly have a pretty potent attack with the Gaborik trade and Dubinsky returning from injury.
Phoenix goaltender Chad Johnson was great last night – 32 saves on 34 shots. Did anyone make the smart move and scoop him off the wire? Phoenix goalies are money in the bank.
Keith Yandle had two helprs last night, but he saw less ice time than Stone, Ekman-Larsson, Morris, and Klesla.
Some beauty goal