NHL scores 2014: Canadiens blow out Kings, 6-2, Penguins win without Crosby
The Habs took down the defending champs on home ice. Elsewhere, Pittsburgh won without its captain, the Red Wings still can’t win a shootout, and the Ducks rolled the Oilers.
If we told you that the Los Angeles Kings outshot the Montreal Canadiens, 46-20, what would you expect the result of the game to be? You probably would never have guessed a 6-2 win in favor of the Canadiens at Bell Centre.
Price was out of this world, making 44 saves to cover up for the Canadiens’ defensive lapses throughout the game. He was great through two periods, stopping all 28 shots he faced. In the third, he was also strong, stopping 16 of 18 shots. Kings goalie Martin Jones fared a bit worse with 14 saves.
Elsewhere, the Pittsburgh Penguins won without Sidney Crosby and handed the Calgary Flames their fourth straight loss. The Florida Panthers continued to show they won’t be pushed around and knocked off the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout. The Anaheim Ducks held on late to beat the Edmonton Oilers.
All the NHL scores
Penguins 3, Flames 1
Panthers 3, Red Wings 2 (F-SO)
Canadiens 6, Kings 2
Ducks 4, Oilers 2
Three Things We Learned
1. Shootouts might be Detroit’s undoing. It’s not news that the Red Wings lost in a shootout again. After losing to Florida, they’ve fallen to 1-5 in the skills competition. They’re not 2013-14 New Jersey Devils-bad, but they’re not good. Detroit is atop its division for now, but if it can’t start figuring out the shootout, the team could be doomed at the end of the season. You’d think a team with Pavel Datsyuk and Gustav Nyquist would be better in the shootout, but Jimmy Howard hasn’t been good enough in net.
2. No Sid, no problem. Crosby didn’t play against the Flames because he has a grotesquely swollen jaw (did he borrow Ken Griffey Jr.’s nerve tonic?), but it didn’t seem to bother the Penguins too much. The Pens jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and cruised to victory. They’ll go at least one more game without Crosby, but it appears that they remember how to get things done without him.
3. Flames faltering. The Flames didn’t look so hot against the Penguins and lost their fourth straight game in the process. We know Calgary has been bucking advanced stats all season, but after dominating the Sabres on Thursday and losing, coming out flat and losing to the Penguins wasn’t too shocking. Still, this is Calgary’s longest losing streak of the season. Perhaps regression is calling for them like the Ghost of Christmas Past.
This hit from Penguins defenseman Simon Despres knocked out Flames defenseman Ladislav Smid for the game. No penalty was called on the hit. Now we wait to see if the NHL’s Department of Player Safety will act instead.
(GIF courtesy: @myregularface)
Stat of the Night
Kyle Palmieri’s goal seven seconds into second is the fastest in Ducks history to start any period.
— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) December 13, 2014
The Oilers are into the season of giving a bit earlier than others.
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Michael Hutchinson has done pretty well for the Jets this season, especially when it comes to positioning.