Playing in only his third game for the Washington Capitals, the long-awaited rookie scored his first NHL point, and had his first NHL multi-point game against the Vancouver Canucks. Kuznetsov assisted on three goals, including this beautiful pass to Tom Wilson for the goal:
No. 2 Star: Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
Josi is one of the hidden gems of the NHL; probably because he's usually paired with some guy named Shea Weber. On Friday, Josi provided assists on all three of Nashville's goals against the defending champ Blackhawks; Preds won the game 3-2. On the GWG, Josi hit Ryan Ellis with a pass right as he stepped out of the penalty box:
No. 3 Star: Carl Hagelin, New York Rangers
Honorable mention: Vancouver overcame a two-goal deficit to the Caps in the third period to tie it up; Mike Green scored the eventual 4-3 game winner ... (sigh) another one-time torpedo of a power play goal from Alex Ovechkin ...
... Sharks remain tied with Ducks for the Pacific Division lead after beating the Islanders 4-3 for their fifth-straight win ... Frans Nielsen brought the Isle within a goal with 22 seconds left in the game ... San Jose put on a passing clinic on this Jason Demers goal (Leahy tweeted the Harlem Globe Trotters theme song should have been playing) ...
... The Avs and Ducks combined for 9 goals in the SECOND PERIOD; part of which included all of Anaheim's 6 goals in their 6-4 win ... People thought there might be fireworks between Patrick Roy and Bruce Boudreau. Corey Perry made sure the glass dividing the two benches was secure ... Detroit's Riley Sheahan and Edmonton's Ryan Smyth each scored a goal and the score remained tied after OT. The Red Wings beat the Oil 2-1 (SO) on this slick goal by Tomas Tatar:
... In the Battle of the Escaped (?) Canucks, Cory Schneider started strong against Roberto Luongo and then struggled to find his rhythm ... The Devils were up 3-1 over Florida midway through the second period, and then Florida scored four unanswered goals to win 5-3 ... Brian Campbell and Tom Gilbert were both plus-4 for the Cats ... Jonathan Toews is a robot or the Predators are REALLY crappy at face-offs; Toews won 19 draws and lost 4 ... And this goal he scored is just stupid amazing:
... Rich Peverley was on hand to cheer on his teammates against the Calgary Flames. He and the entire Stars medical staff got a very much deserved ovation from the crowd ... Alex Chiasson was back in the lineup ... The Stars were up by two goals in the third when the Flames Paul Byron and Mike Cammalleri tied the score. In the shoot-out, Jordie Benn scored for Dallas and Sean Monahan and Corban Knight scored for Calgary. The Flames win it 4-3 (SO).
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Kuznetsov also first NHL player to record three assists in one of his first three NHL games since LA's Anze Kopitar on 10/7/06 #Caps
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) March 15, 2014
Dishonorable mention: Cam Fowler did not return to the game after the first period due to a lower-body injury ... Erik Johnson and Matthieu Perreault got into a bit of a controversial scrum. Perreault cross-checks Johnson and Johnson returns the favor to Perreault's face. Shanaban forthcoming? You be the judge ... Semyon Varlamov was pulled after giving up 5 goals on 24 shots to the Ducks ... This Avs goal was signaled 'no goal' on the ice and confirmed by The Situation Room in Toronto. Did they make the right call?
Devils collapsed under vets: Marek Zidlicky (minus-4), Travis Zajac (minus-3), Jaromir Jagr (minus-3), and not a vet, John Merrill (minus-3) ... Hey, at least Bryce Salvador scored his first goal of the season (bright side?) ...