A wild win in Buffalo, twice the history in Arizona, the Kings of Broadway and more. Here’s what we learned in the NHL on Friday night.
While the Canadiens found a bit of a scoring touch, so too did the Sabres. Evander Kane and Marcus Foligno were the main goal scorers for the Sabres, earning two goals apiece to claim the 6-4 victory and remind the Canadiens of their road struggles.
Emotions boiled over at the end of the game when P.K. Subban was given a game misconduct after vehemently protesting the Sabres’ empty-netter, which he argued the linesman inadvertently aided.
Subban spoke to reporters about the incident after the game, expressing his disappointment in the play.
Kopitar is King
Speaking of eventful hockey games, the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers also put on quite a show — and Anze Kopitar was the star. The $80-million man registered his third career hat trick Friday night (his first since Mar. 11, 2011) with the third goal coming with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Tanner Pearson was the unlikely hero with the overtime winner.
Though they came away with the win, the Kings lost forward Marian Gaborik, who skated off the ice gingerly after an awkward collision with Dominic Moore. (Perhaps the most painful part, though, is that it came in his 99th consecutive game played.) He didn’t return to the game, and the Kings have yet to issue an update.
Schwartz makes a statement in return from injury
Jaden Schwartz returned to the St. Louis Blues‘ lineup Friday night after a lengthy absence due to injury — and boy, did he make his presence known. The 23-year-old winger, who was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 24 with a broken ankle, registered a goal and an assist to help the Blues to a 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers.
His teammates certainly took notice.
And so did his dad, who was in attendance as part of the team’s annual fathers trip. Nice.
Doan makes history — twice
Friday was a great night to be Shane Doan. The Arizona Coyotes‘ captain had a career game against the Calgary Flames, writing his name into the franchise’s history books twice. After tying Dale Hawerchuk’s franchise points record (929) with the game’s first goal, Doan passed the record by registering an assist in the second period.
But wait! There’s more. The veteran added a power-play marker late in the game to earn himself another slice of Coyotes (formerly Jets) history with the most PP goals in team history with 123.