Karlsson and the Senators put a beating on the Maple Leafs, Crosby kept a good thing going, the Canadiens came away with a win, and more in six things we learned in the NHL.
You can’t spell Norris without Karlsson
Erik Karlsson was his usual dominant self, totaling four assists in a relatively light 24 minutes and 30 seconds of work. Nobody logs as much ice time as the Senators two-time Norris Trophy winner, who is averaging 28:48 per night.
Karlsson raised his season point total to 59 (11 goals, 48 assists) and currently sits in second behind Patrick Kane for the NHL scoring lead. Impressive? Most impressive.
Also impressive in Saturday’s Battle of Ontario: Mark Stone managed to avoid serious injury when Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul‘s skate blade came up and nearly left him looking like a Hannibal Lecter victim.
Stone made his way to the dressing room, but likely the only thing in need of repair was his visor.
Crosby, Letang come up big
Letang brought the Penguins to within one while Crosby pulled them even with just over one minute to go in regulation. Letang potted the game-winner on a feed from Crosby with the man advantage at 1:27 of the overtime period. Both players finished with three points.
Crosby extended his point-scoring streak to 10 games and moved into a tie with Evgeni Malkin for the team lead. The 28-year-old superstar is now 10th in NHL scoring. Crosby notched his 900th career point on Letang’s first goal and finished the night with 902 on his resume.
It wasn’t all bad news for the surprising Panthers. The BB&T Center attracted 20,295 fans Saturday night, which stands as a season-high attendance figure and third-largest ever for the franchise.
Plekanec comes alive, powers Canadiens to win
Plekanec had just one point in his previous seven games before exploding for his seventh multi-point effort of the season.
It was just the sixth win in 27 games for the Canadiens, who also put the brakes on a four-game losing streak.
Oilers rookie Connor McDavid was held pointless for the first time in three games since returning from a three month layoff with a broken clavicle.
Ferland does Ferland things in Flames’ win
Safe to say Canucks fans have seen enough of Ferland. He’s done his job.
Anisimov’s big night paces Blackhawks to win
Anisimov’s first four-point performance came on January 19, 2011 when he piled up four assists for the New York Rangers in a 7-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Chicago effectively quieted any discussion over who is the most dominant team in the competitive Central Division on this night. Corey Crawford made 36 saves for his 30th win of the season, which puts him one behind Braden Holtby for most in the NHL.
The 31-year-old is enjoying his finest NHL season, sitting in third with a .931 save percentage and sixth with a 2.12 goals-against average.
Marchand, Bruins frustrate Sabres in controversial OT win
Marchand was awarded the shot after getting tanlged up with Sabres defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen during the overtime period. He put the puck past Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner. The Sabres were not happy with the call.
Lehner let his feelings be known and tossed his mask before making his way off the ice.
The Sabres have good cause to be upset. Marchand never appeared to breakaway from Ristolainen on the play. File this one under ‘frustrating loss.’
With files from Associated Press