Check out our morning recap as you brag to your friends that you had as many shots in the third period against Pittsburgh as the Maple Leafs did last night.
Essential Water Cooler
Defensemen take longer to develop. This is a truism in the NHL that is accepted because more responsibility comes with the position and mistakes are amplified since there's only one guy behind you instead of three or four. So check out what Victor Hedman, the player taken immediately after John Tavares in the 2009 draft, is doing this year: He's on pace for nearly 50 points from the blueline and ranks a close second to Matt Carle in ice time, playing 21:36 per game at the tender age of 22. Last night, he paced the Lightning with three points in a 4-2 win over Philly. And at 6-foot-6, 233 pounds, he's not easy to get around. So can we safely say the Bolts made the right pick at No. 2 that year?
Ah, teamwork. So nice. Check out this passing display by Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler and finisher Andrew Ladd in Winnipeg's 3-2 win over the Islanders.
Men of the Night
Patrick Kane, Chicago: The reigning Conn Smythe winner extended a personal-best point streak to 12 games with two goals, including the winner as the Hawks dropped Calgary 3-2.
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh: 'Geno' seems to have found his moorings again and blitzed Toronto for three points and the shootout winner as the Pens triumphed 6-5.
Johan Franzen, Detroit: The Wings ran roughshod over the Bruins with a 6-1 detailing and Franzen was the catalyst. He posted three helpers in the romp.
Andrei Markov, Montreal: Like Franzen, the wily Habs vet was all about the help last night, dishing out three assists in Montreal's 3-1 victory over Buffalo.
Marek Mazanec, Nashville: Who needs Pekka Rinne, right? Mazanec got the second shutout of his very short NHL career last night as the Preds blanked the Blue Jackets 4-0.
Better Luck Next Time
The Toronto defense has completely come apart this week and as captain, Dion Phaneuf needs to take some ownership. Being on the ice for three of Pittsburgh's five goals in regulation isn't exactly George Washington leadership, so Phaneuf should probably go back to the video room for awhile.