On Tuesday morning, the Montreal Canadiens skipped the media and broke their own news. They have a new GM. The Pittsburgh Penguins looked like death warmed over in the first 20 minutes but then surged to a 5-3 win. Jeff Carter probably had the line of the night, but the Vegas Golden Knights weren’t so happy with Carter and the first goal. And the Edmonton Oilers are spiraling out of control.
Admit it, you were ready to throw in the towel during the Penguins’ first-period nap, but then things changed.
“Yeah, after the first period, when we got our sh*t together,” Jeff Carter said. The win pushed the Penguins into third place.
PHN+: Get the player grades and analysis. Things weren’t perfect. The Penguins game still lacked the high-speed precision of their 10-game winning streak, but they replaced it with something just as affection. Pittsburgh Penguins report card.
Vegas: From the flip side of the Penguins surge, Vegas wasn’t happy with their game or the officials. The first goal was a bit controversial (not to me), but Robin Lehner felt they got the shaft in the Vegas Golden Knights loss.
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Montreal: Successful player agent Kent Hughes traded the relative comfort of taking teams’ money for a fight to keep it. Hughes now has the most high-pressure gig in the NHL. He’s the new GM of the Montreal Canadiens.
Sportsnet: Things started well with the Edmonton Oilers. Things are no longer swell. The Oilers are spiraling. Connor McDavid is in danger of another regular-season magic show followed by…golf.
Boston: Marc-Andre Fleury was the NHL’s No. 2 star of the week. Guess who the first star was? Yep, Boston Bruins Brad Marchand.
Florida: Yep, we advocated for Sam Bennett for a couple of years. He flourished when he was finally free from Calgary, and whatever didn’t work there. Bennet has his Calgary homecoming tonight with the Florida Panthers.
San Jose: Did you see Timo Meier’s five-goal outburst? He had himself a day and a big win for the San Jose Sharks.
Vancouver: The Canucks are back in the playoff chase. Unlike their compadres from Edmonton, they turned it around with Bruce “there it is” Boudreau. Rob Simpson has the Top 5 Pleasant Surprises of the Vancouver Canucks.
Philly: The Pittsburgh Penguins would-be in-state rival is has thrown in the towel. Eight straight losses for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Washington: Like Evgeni Malkin, Nick Backstrom missed a lot of time and had to recapture his timing and conditioning. The star center claims he’s feeling good, though the results aren’t so hot for the Washington Capitals.
NYI: It was a bit shaky, but a win over the Flyers–or any win–is a win for the New York Islanders.
Canes Country: They said it–the Carolina Hurricanes reacted to their bounce-back win to stay on top of the Metro.