NHL scores 2014: Blues lose Brodeur’s debut, Islanders spoil Alfredsson’s retirement
Not even aging NHL legends can slow the Preds and Isles down right now.
When it comes to the NHL’s surprise teams, slowing down doesn’t seem to be an option when NHL legends are involved.
The Nashville Predators and New York Islanders both worked to spoil the spotlight (and the narrative) away from their opponents. They must have felt Martin Brodeur and Daniel Alfredsson already had their moments of glory or something.
Thursday was a unique moment in league history, as legendary goalie Martin Brodeur started his first game since leaving the New Jersey Devils. That didn’t stop the Preds from lighting up the St. Louis Blues. The combined efforts of Filip Forsberg, Mike Ribeiro and Colin Wilson helped one of the league’s most surprising success stories take down the goaltending legend.
A similar situation played out in Ottawa, where the Senators honored retired captain Alfredsson with an emotional pregame ceremony. Once again, that didn’t impress the Islanders. They’ve been surging with a 13-2-0 record over their last fifteen games and nothing changed on Thursday. Brock Nelson scored again, Jaroslav Halak won again and the Islanders survived a late gasp of chances to ruin the perfect ending of Alfredsson’s night.
All the NHL Scores
Devils 5, Leafs 3
Islanders 2, Senators 1
Predators 4, Blues 3
Three things we learned
1. St. Louis might lean heavily on Jake Allen while Brian Elliott is injured. Brodeur’s debut with the Blues turned out to be more hype than substance as the veteran netminder sported a meager .833 ave percentage while surrendering four goals. He certainly didn’t look much different than the goalie New Jersey decided to put out to pasture this offseason. That could spell trouble should Allen get hurt as well.
2. The Blue Jackets are in a bad way. We’ve known that for weeks now, but on Thursday we learned just how bad it can get for Columbus. By the end of regulation, they were outshot 51-18! That is an absurd shot differential that belies just how much the team is struggling. Even their goalie lost track of how many pucks flew his way.
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3. Skating is hard when you don’t have skate blades.
Everything about the Senators’ final goodbye to Alfredsson was wonderful, from the pregame warmups to the standing ovations to his kids wearing Erik Karlsson jerseys. It was a touching tribute that everyone wanted after the two sides parted so unceremoniously two summers ago.
Stat of the Night
Depth scoring is still an issue for the Blues.
There have been 6 losing streaks of 11 games or longer since the start of the 2009-10 season…the #Oilers own 3 of them
— Sportsnet Ticker (@SportsnetTicker) December 4, 2014