What a world.
Here are five things we learned in the NHL Tuesday.
'The Ghost' is putting up scary numbers
Shayne Gostisbehere’s strong play has many believing he’ll earn a spot on the under-24 Team North America squad at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and for good reason. The Philadelphia Flyers defenceman extended his point streak to 13 games Tuesday, opening the scoring in a 6-3 victory over the Devils. His scoring streak is the longest by a rookie since Nathan MacKinnon a few seasons ago and one of the most impressive in the last quarter century.
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) February 17, 2016
Moulson snaps epic scoring drought
The 2015-16 campaign hasn’t been too fun for Matt Moulson. The 32-year-old is in the midst of the worst season of his NHL career from a production standpoint and his Sabres once again find themselves near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Moulson had some reason to smile Tuesday, however, as he picked up his first goal in a whopping 45 games. It was set up by a beauty pass from star rookie Jack Eichel, who happened to be roommates with Moulson.
Gudas could be suspended for his latest questionable hit
Radko Gudas might be a great guy, but he plays hockey like a dirtbag at times. Gudas plays a physical game and is among the league leaders in penalty minutes, but the big blue-liner seems to cross the line too often. He has inflicted damage on a handful of questionable hits this season. On Tuesday, his victim was Bobby Farnham.
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Blandisi with a dive Alexandre Despatie would be proud of
Joseph Blandisi has made an impact with the New Jersey Devils this season since debuting in December but he’ll likely catch some flak from his teammates for what he did against the Flyers. The rookie was given two minutes for embellishment after being on the receiving end of a light slash from Andrew MacDonald. We’re guessing that in addition to hockey he played a fair bit of soccer growing up in Markham, Ont.
Pucks were flying at officials
There were two separate incidents involving pucks being fired at an official. First, in the Dallas-St. Louis game, the Blues scored a lucky goal after the puck bounced off the referee’s skate right to Jaden Schwartz. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen could do nothing but shrug his shoulders and look at the ref in disgust. The Stars lost 2-1 in OT but you can’t blame the loss on this fluky goal. Dallas went 0-6 on the power play.
The second incident took place late in the Sharks-Lightning game. Victor Hedman was ejected for shooting the puck in the direction of an official following a San Jose goal that was aided by the puck bouncing off the ref. With so much focus being placed on protecting the officials after what happened with Dennis Wideman, it will be interesting to see if Hedman faces any supplemental discipline.
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